Fabian Guerra is a sophomore at North Seattle College. 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 Seattle, WA, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I grow up close to Kathy and Phil who helped raised me and my brother when my mom was in a car accident. The amount of support from both was given to our family can’t ever be repaid. The sacrifices that they made for us are unforgettable nevertheless they open their own hearts for our shattered hearts. Later Phil developed leukemia. Although Kathy thought she was alone, but she had the love a bigger family by her side. Phil beat cancer. I want to ride for them as for what they have taught me was to have an open heart.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I want to step out of my comfort zone and reground myself into a new norm. I make no time for myself and get carried away in work and school. I want to look at this and say to myself that if I can do this what else can I do. Most importantly I want to do this for my health, and riding was an opening for me that help me work on it. I want to ride as a way of honoring for those who cannot.
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!