Bartosz Kwiecinski is a sophomore at Harding University. In the summer of 2018, he 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 grandfather, his four brothers and his father all had a lung cancer. It was a genetic cancer. He was one of the most important person in my life. He started to have a cancer symptoms when I was 15 years old. That was not easy look at this strong man when he is getting weaker and weaker, but I will have good memories about him forever.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Firstly I want to travel across America because I want to show people from cancer community that they are not alone and there is somebody who care. Also I like to help people, this is good feeling when we can help and see the smile back. I know that together as a team we can make a difference.
On the other hand I want to travel 4000 miles this summer on the bike because I like big challenges in my life and this one is very big and interesting way to see the country and meet new people who have similar thinking about life to me.
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!