Ginette Groh is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In the summer of 2018, she 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 connection to the cancer community is knowing various loved ones and friends in my life who have struggled and are currently struggling with cancer. My grandma died from breast cancer years ago, some friends around my age have died from this deadly disease and people I know today are struggling with cancer right now. It seems everyday I hear someone new has been diagnosed with cancer or has a cancer scare. So my connection to cancer in my community is being immersed in a life where cancer is a common struggle. My other connection to cancer is the research aspect. My mother works at the Mayo Clinic and she worked on hematology protocols in research. So I know secondhand what research for cancer entails and giving our money towards people with this disease is worth every penny. There are so many people affected with cancer every day and biking while raising money is a great way to make a difference and fight for what you are passionate about, just like our loved ones fought for their life against this deadly disease.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I want to be a rider for the 4k for several reasons. First, cancer is something I am very passionate about preventing someday and raising money for this cause is a great way to start. I also would like to do this ride because I think it will be such an unforgettable way to see the United States at a biking pace. But the most important reason I want to be a rider with the 4k is to support those people who are struggling with this disease every day. I want these people to know we are fighting for them and we won’t give up. And not only for the people fighting cancer right now but the people who have died from cancer. I am riding for a cure and I can only hope our contributions will make head way in the next discovery, but you won't know unless you try. So I am riding to fight for a cure just like people with cancer are doing every day. Bringing my passion of biking with a cause I truly believe in is the chance of a lifetime.
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!
|Heidi Wessel-Derhy||09/30/2017||$100.00||Jessie Groh||09/29/2017||$25.00||You're gonna rock this trip! I am so excited for you. Get ready for the summer of your life and so many memories to come. See you at the finish line :)||Ann Widmar||09/29/2017||$100.00||Sounds like quite an adventure and for a great cause! Go get 'em Ginny!||Ginette Groh||09/26/2017||$100.00|