In the summer of 2018, Shayna Buffalow will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandma passed away from lung cancer in 2000. At the time I was young and didn't really understand much of what was going on, all I knew was that I lost someone very special to me. Since doing the 4k run last year I have learned that a lot more people in my family have had or have cancer. Most of them thankfully being survivors. My Aunt however lost her Mom to cancer and when I dedicated a run to her during my summer she was so thankful and hearing about her mom made me feel so much closer to my Aunt and the cancer community as a whole. Seeing how cancer effects people is heartbreaking especially your loved ones. But also hearing success stories is so inspiring! I hope one day no one will have to experience cancer.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I ran on Team Baltimore in 2016 and the experience I had was unforgettable. The Ulman Cancer Fund is such a wonderful organization and to be apart of something so incredible is an honor. I wanted to challenge myself a little bit more and be apart of one of the 4k for Cancer ride teams. It'll be a challenge because one, I'll be riding across the country which is hard enough, two I'm not the most experienced rider, three I'll be away from my family and friends for 70 days, and interacting with people that have been effected by cancer is hard. It's incredible hearing every ones stories but it can also be very emotional! One of my favorite things about the 4k for Cancer is meeting all the strangers along the way. Whether it's on the side of the road, at your host, in a restaurant, or in a hospital, you meet so many incredible people who have stories about cancer and are truly inspired by the 4k and Ulman Cancer Fund. My experience was one I'll never have again but I'm ready to be apart of a new experience that will be just as unforgettable. Cancer changes lives, so do we.
2018 marks the 17th year of the 4K for Cancer sending young adults on journeys across the country in an effort to inspire hope and unite communities in the fight against cancer. The 4K for Cancer is a program of The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including fertility preservation, social isolation, lack of insurance, delayed diagnosis, and more.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, the Ulman Cancer Fund is able to provide free support services and resources for the young adult cancer community including:
Cancer to 5K - a 12-week training program designed to introduce or reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity.
Patient Navigation - a free program (onsite at cancer centers and remotely through our office) that ensures no young adult ever faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one support & resources to young adults and their families to help them manage the cancer experience and long-term cancer survival.
Scholarships - a financial assistance program to help young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.
UCF House - This year UCF broke ground on a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore.
Your donation will help make these programs and our mission possible!
|Schuyler Hughes||02/21/2018||$75.00||I am so incredibly proud of you and all that you are doing! You amaze me everyday with the strength you show the world. Thank you for not only being one of my best friends but for continuously fighting for such an amazing cause. I love you so much. BMore always beautiful!||Mike H&A||02/12/2018||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||02/11/2018||$30.00||Chipotle Mexican Grill||02/02/2018||$58.10||Gabbi Romero||01/31/2018||$35.00||So proud of your accomplishments Shayna! Good luck on your ride this summer!! <3||Tammara Morales||01/28/2018||$20.00||So proud of you, Shayna! You are truly an inspiration ❤️||Sophie Caplan||01/28/2018||$75.00||Shayna!!! Sorry this took me so long! I am ecstatic to following your SECOND 4K journey this summer! You are incredible, brave, and amazing for taking this on again! I'm so glad I got to share your first 4K experience with you and I miss you so much! I know you're gonna kill it this summer :)||Lowell Allen||01/27/2018||$100.00||BINGO Night||01/27/2018||$205.00||Thanks to everyone that came out to support me last night!||Caitie Runyon||01/25/2018||$27.00||Dearest Shayna, I'm so freakin' proud of you and so incredibly jealous that you're going on this journey again. I know you're going to do amazing things and BE MORE because what else could you be? So so lucky to have you as a teammate and friend. Get out there and kick ass - this country is not going to bike itself! Much love, be safe, live your best life, and don't forget about your Baltimore family <3||Marie Anne Miller||01/23/2018||$100.00||I'm so proud of you. Your team is blessed to have you. Xoxo||Karen Allen||01/15/2018||$100.00||Thank you for your commitment and inspiration. Good luck on your journey.||John Crisler||01/15/2018||$150.00||Way to go, Shayna! My staff and I are very proud of you for this wonderful ride you are doing for such a great cause!||Jinae Carr||01/15/2018||$18.00||Kathy Carlson||01/15/2018||$100.00||For Tripp Lassseter, Stage 4 High Risk Nueroblastoma||Tim Palmer||01/14/2018||$50.00||Shelley Curtis||01/10/2018||$100.00||Erik Ludwinski||01/08/2018||$50.00||What a wonderful thing you are doing! I know your mom is proud and rightly so. Enjoy Ohio!||Sarah And Mike||01/06/2018||$150.00||Good luck Shayna! You inspire me in so many ways!! Thank you for doing this for those who need it! I love you!!||Anonymous Friend||12/25/2017||$100.00||For Jena||Eva P.||12/20/2017||$40.00||Anonymous Friend||12/14/2017||$1,000.00||Charlotte Gilmer||12/13/2017||$25.00||Rachel McCann||12/01/2017||$30.00||Go be the Wonder Woman that you are!||John Valdez||11/28/2017||$25.00||Jermaine Washington||11/25/2017||$20.00||Ted and Cheri Parson||11/25/2017||$20.00||Liz Caldwell||11/25/2017||$27.00||YES! I'm super proud of you and know this will be another amazing journey for you! Good luck!!||Gary J.||11/22/2017||$20.00||Karen Rinehart||11/22/2017||$50.00||You can do it!||Joe Romero||11/21/2017||$25.00||Great cause!||Danielle Baltz||09/05/2017||$100.00||Go get them Shayna. So proud of you.||Marc Rinehart||07/07/2017||$50.00||Best of luck next year Shayna! We are rooting for you. - marc and karen and seth||Nancy Buffalow||06/23/2017||$200.00||Please dedicate one day for your Grandmother. Love you and pray you will have an experience of a lifetime biking across our lovely country and meet a lot of very special people along the way and with you.||Nancy Allen||06/23/2017||$50.00||You go girl! Thanks for your part in helping find a cure for cancer and assisting those who have it.||Shayna Buffalow||06/07/2017||$100.00|