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.
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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 www.4kforcancer.org!
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!
|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|