Evan Super is a senior at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. In the summer of 2019, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to San Francisco, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Few people have not been affected in some way by cancer; I am no exception.
Watching from the sidelines, I have seen multiple close family members of mine diagnosed with some form of cancer. Their experiences took a considerable toll on their physical and mental wellbeing, however, I saw them persevere through their hardships and eventually overcome them. I am riding because they have inspired me to tackle obstacles head on, no matter how daunting they appear.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
Before I even learned to ride a bicycle, my father pulled me along in a bicycle trailer all over the parks and trails near our town. Once I grew up a little, I biked these same trails with my family, going longer and longer every year. Later these rides became a mission for me: to see how fast and how long I could ride. The 4K for Cancer would not just be a mission for the riders but also anyone dealing with cancer who is having trouble facing it. Overcoming obstacles takes time and effort, but by consistently pushing yourself to work harder and longer, you can overcome them. Surmounting these obstacles alongside each other would bring about hope and support for those battling 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 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!