Chen Lu's Fundraising Page
Fundraising Header image
Chen Lu's Fundraising Page
Fundraising Page Image

Chen Lu is a Graduate of Mount Holyoke College. In the summer of 2019, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to Seattle, WA raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.

What is your connection to the cancer community?

I am a research technician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. My daily work ranges from using advanced imaging techniques to elucidate the mechanisms of cancer biology to analyzing clinical trial data to study the effectiveness of novel chemotherapeutics. In addition to studying cancer in a lab setting, I shadow oncologists in the clinic and during inpatient rounds. Outside of work, I volunteer for the Adaptive Sports Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. As a volunteer for the program, I work with various patients, some of whom are cancer survivors. Through these experiences, I saw how cancer takes a toll on the lives of patients and their families, and how many of them stay strong and hopeful in the face of cancer. With 4K for Cancer, I hope to make a more direct connection with cancer patients and their families by being their advocate and sharing their stories with a greater community.

One of my fellow college student athletes, Mika, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an extremely rare cancer type. Even though Mika and I were never close friends in college, I have been following her story and constantly inspired by her resilience. A stellar horseback rider, she was diagnosed with cancer in her junior year of college. I loved seeing her radiant smile and her loving family on social media, despite chemo-induced pain and the emotional strain. She remained positive and did not let cancer stop her from living her dream. She finished her college education on time while going through her cancer treatments, she helped her team win ribbons by giving tips over phone conversation, and she cared for her college friends by planning for them surprise parties despite being hundreds of miles away. She lost one leg to cancer, but she never gave up. Always striving for "exceptional", not just "good", she switched her goal from the Olympics to the Paralympics, got back on the saddle, and won the National Championship. However, she recently passed away. I will always remember how positive and strong Mika was in her battle against cancer. Through 4K for Cancer, I hope to learn and share more stories like Mika’s, and contribute my efforts to help creating and maintaining a community of support for cancer patients and families. I will ride for Mika. #RideForMika

Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?

I am a cancer researcher by profession, a traveler by nature, a bicycle nomad at heart. Having worked in a cancer research lab for over two years now, I have always wanted to make a more direct impact on cancer patients. Separately, I have been thinking about traveling across the country for a long time, and doing it on a bike is the best way to do it! Biking is empowering and environmentally friendly, and it allows me to be close to local culture. I love biking in the Northeast. You can oftentimes find me bike touring in Eastern Massachusetts. 4K for Cancer is a great opportunity that combines all my current passions. I will have the opportunity to be cancer patients’ advocate and achieve my dream of biking across the country, while being surrounded by a team of supportive individuals in the process.

Follow my trip on Strava and Polarsteps:

ABOUT 2019 4K for Cancer

2019 marks the 18th 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 Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at


Over 72,000 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. 


Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.

Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Mike Carter 06/04/2019 $30.00  
Tian Ong 06/01/2019 $35.00 Good luck Chen!!! Ride safe :)
Anonymous Friend 05/22/2019 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/22/2019 $100.00  
Risa Burr 05/21/2019 $80.00 Congratulations and we'll miss you from the Haber-Maheswaran (et al) lab!
XIN HONG 05/21/2019 $25.00 You guys rock!
Jonathan Marcus 05/18/2019 $100.33 This is inspirational! Almost there!! ^_^
Dana Kotler 05/18/2019 $100.00 Ride strong and healthy!
Erica Weathers 05/18/2019 $50.00  
Badri Krishnan 05/14/2019 $25.00 Good Luck and Have Fun Biking!
Jennifer Garcia 05/12/2019 $100.00 I believe in you! Can’t wait to see you on the 4K!
Chen Lu 05/12/2019 $41.00 donations from Ariya and Annette. Thank you!!!!
Nicole Villacres 05/08/2019 $100.00  
Rosa Ruiz 05/08/2019 $25.00 go Chen!
Kristin Morris 05/06/2019 $30.00 Thank you for letting me borrow your bike!!!
Anonymous Friend 05/04/2019 $25.00  
Charlie Neely 05/04/2019 $30.00 From one 4K (2014 SF route) and MHC alum to another—have the best time this summer!! Cheering you on from afar
Chen Lu 05/01/2019 $25.00 Venmo donation from Jasmin and Kelly. Thank you!!
Yun Zhu 04/28/2019 $200.00 Thanks Lu for your inspiration and commitment. Hope you will continue to carry the mission!
David & Lynn Brown 04/19/2019 $50.00 Ride for Mika--We shall always treasure her wonderful spirit.
vishal thapar 04/18/2019 $40.00 Chen is amazing and so are her ideas! We used “Rent-a-Chen” for babysitting our kids and she did such a good job!!! She engaged both our kids (6 and 2) and was super professional, on time and effortlessly engaged both kids till we got back! Highly recommend her for babysitting. :)
Erin Polich 04/16/2019 $30.00 Bike on!
Kayla Nguyen 04/15/2019 $30.00 Good luck Chen!!!
Kelly Lim 04/13/2019 $300.00  
Chen Lu 04/12/2019 $50.00 From the Wesley family! Thank you!!
Guandong Yang 04/11/2019 $25.00 Good for you!!
Gina Favata 04/10/2019 $50.00 You are amazing, Chen!
Azulina Green 04/10/2019 $20.00 Proud of you Chen! Go Lyons!
John Mikalsky 04/07/2019 $200.00 We're rooting for you, Chen!
Chen Lu 04/05/2019 $35.00 insta challenge. Donations from Briana, Kim, Jill, Regan, and Lily!
Chen Lu 04/05/2019 $15.00 Venmo donation from Matt!
Rohini Sen 04/04/2019 $40.00 Go Chen!!! Wooohooo
Eric T 04/02/2019 $20.00  
Sarah Read 04/02/2019 $50.00  
Marcus Zachariah 03/26/2019 $100.00  
Megan Chiango 03/20/2019 $20.00  
Mark Kalinich 03/20/2019 $25.00  
Chen Lu 03/19/2019 $70.00 pull-up contest fundraiser at MetroRock Ladies' Climbing Night. Donations from Amber, Maureen, Katrina, Giuliana, Tiffany/ Josh, and Erika. Plus $20 Venmo donation from Jenna!
Anonymous Nautilus 03/18/2019 $10.00 Yay Chen!
Paul McKinney 03/17/2019 $150.00 You ride for all of us! Thank you
Marcus Zachariah 03/17/2019 $52.50 5 star review for rent-a-Chen!
Stef & Joe 03/15/2019 $100.00  
Chen Lu 03/15/2019 $125.00 plank challenge Venmo donation - sponsored by Olivia, Cleo, Uyen, Rose, and Brittany! Thank you everyone!
Chen Lu 03/15/2019 $20.00 Venmo donation from Haley!!
RICHARD EBRIGHT 03/14/2019 $50.00 ride the waveeeeeeeee
Chen Lu 03/13/2019 $105.00 Instagram fundraising challenge. Donations from Sarah, Cathleen, Joe, Lily, Yan, and Abby.
Emily W 03/11/2019 $25.00 You are such an inspiration and always doing amazing things! Best of luck!
Alana Gross 03/11/2019 $40.00 Honored to be directing with you! Let's kick cancer's ass!!!
Katie Tyler 03/10/2019 $20.00 Go Chen!!
Anonymous Friend 03/10/2019 $50.00  
Jingjing Rong 03/03/2019 $200.00 Great cause, hope you reach goal soon!
Katie Gill 02/09/2019 $20.00 Good luck Chen!!
Shannon Stott 02/07/2019 $100.00 Chen, you never fail to impress me! Good luck!
Azfar N 02/06/2019 $15.00 Happy birthday Chen
Jasmin Joseph 02/04/2019 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 02/03/2019 $25.00 Happy Birthday!! :)
Fiona Imami 01/29/2019 $20.00 Happy Birthday Chen!!!
Kira N 01/23/2019 $40.00 Send us pictures!
Chen Lu 01/21/2019 $183.00 spin class fundraiser
Max Liu 01/09/2019 $50.00 Go, Chen! Make sure that you will take care of your back!
Hongshan Guo 12/26/2018 $50.00  
Miriam Niedergang 12/25/2018 $25.00  
Annie Laurie Hines 12/23/2018 $25.00 This is awesome!
Rebecca Fisher 12/23/2018 $20.00 Go Chennifer!
Emily Baas 12/21/2018 $25.00 From one PDX director to another, have the summer of a lifetime, don't take anything too seriously, and keep Portland weird!
HAIYAN XU 12/20/2018 $20.00 !!!!!!!!!!
Ben Wittner 12/18/2018 $100.00  
Secret Santa 12/17/2018 $20.00  
Meghan O'Connell 12/16/2018 $25.00 You are amazing, Chen. Thank you for sharing your passion and skills with the world!
Catey Favreau 12/16/2018 $100.00 Chen was the absolute best helping me prepare for my AVAB exam that I will be taking to go into the military! She was so sweet and patient with me, and really helped me with my self confidence :) Just like you're helping me with my dreams and ambitions, I will support you 1000% of the way! Go Chen!
D S 12/16/2018 $15.00  
Kathy Shaw 12/09/2018 $20.00 So inspiring!! Good luck and be safe!
Isabelle Van 12/06/2018 $10.00 This is rad. Best of luck!
Liye F 12/06/2018 $50.00  
Meara Algama 12/05/2018 $10.00 Kick ass!
Megan Morrow 11/27/2018 $20.00 Can't wait to follow you across the country this summer!
Amy Hubbard 11/27/2018 $5.00  
Xilin Yu 11/27/2018 $50.00  
Casey McClellan 11/21/2018 $20.00 Go Chen!!
Jenna Ogden 11/21/2018 $10.00 Thankful for your friendship! Have a great ride to Hadley and a wonderful Thanksgiving, Chen!
Anonymous Friend 11/21/2018 $300.00  
Ann Liu 11/21/2018 $20.00 Go Chen!!
Tracy Whelen 11/19/2018 $30.00 Good luck Chen!
Kirsten Therrien 11/13/2018 $50.00 Good luck Chen!!!
Linda Nieman 11/13/2018 $100.00 Good luck!!
Eytan Gross 11/13/2018 $20.00  
Marcus Zachariah 11/12/2018 $25.00  
Ye T 11/10/2018 $20.00  
Briana Chace 11/06/2018 $25.00  
Chen Lu 11/05/2018 $100.00  
  Total $5,121.83  
Report Abuse Edit My Page