Jaayden Thomas is a freshman at The University of Maryland, College Park. 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 Seattle, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandmother and two of my aunts have breast cancer. My grandmother and one of my aunts are in remission. My other aunt's cancer has metastasized in her bones and lungs. I have seen how going through this battle not only affected their bodies but also their lives and families. I may not be the primary victim but I have been impacted by it. Cancer has affected us in almost all aspects of our lives.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I am traveling the 4,000 miles this summer because I believe that this is my first step towards making a difference in the cancer community. I do not have the ability to donate large sums of money or make advances in the medical field, but this is something within my capabilities. Another reason for doing this is for my aunts as a way to show them my support and love. This will be a great way to meet new people and hopefully lead to a positive change in myself as well.
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!
|Anonymous Friend||06/10/2019||$30.00||All the best and God be with you.||Anonymous Friend||06/09/2019||$25.00||safe travel||Timothy Johnson||05/30/2019||$200.00||Good luck Jaayden! We appreciate the opportunity to help you reach your goal for this worthy cause. ~ EJL Dental||Antonio Fidalgo||05/21/2019||$500.00||Hi Jaayden, while I don't know you that well, what you are committed to do here tells me a lot about your character and I don't hesitate to contribute to your cause||Ramish Rajoo||05/18/2019||$100.00||It’s a worthy cause which is close to our hearts and wish you all the best in reaching your goals. Love Godma & Godpa||Annemieke Van Der Sluijs||05/09/2019||$50.00||Good luck Jaayden!!||Anonymous Friend||05/08/2019||$25.00||Thank you for doing this. May God be with you in all that you do.||Good Samaritan||05/07/2019||$500.00||Jaayden, your noble effort to extend a helping hand to others is highly commendable. God blessings for safe and successful expedition.||Cecilia M||05/07/2019||$70.00||All the best||Anonymous Friend||05/07/2019||$25.00||Auntie Mee Lin||Anonymous Friend||05/07/2019||$500.00||Uncle Raja||Shawn Lourdusamy||05/07/2019||$100.00||All the best! Damn proud of you for taking on such a big challenge. GBU!||Valerie Cheah||05/07/2019||$300.00||In memory of Mr Sunny Cheah and Ms Irene Cheah||Lavinia Lourdusamy-Usuanlele||05/07/2019||$100.00||I'm so proud of you and thank you for making this your cause. Love you ❣️||Indra Param||05/06/2019||$50.00||Ride On!||Anonymous Friend||04/16/2019||$200.00||For Jaayden's biking trip||Umesh Shah||04/12/2019||$25.00||Best wishes Jaayden Thomas. Great effort. Umesh Shah||Anonymous Friend||04/08/2019||$200.00||Enjoy the ride...||Bala Nair||04/06/2019||$50.00||Vasantha Mary Singaram||04/02/2019||$100.00||Sharmini Ambrose||04/02/2019||$50.00||Perpetina Lourdusamy||04/02/2019||$20.00||Enjoy the experience||Frutta Maryland LLC||03/08/2019||$18.26||Rachelle Sims||02/25/2019||$10.00||You got this!||Vishal Chalam||02/16/2019||$25.00||Good luck, you got this||Anonymous Friend||02/16/2019||$90.00||Marissa Thomas||02/16/2019||$100.00||Good luck :)||Mary Lim||02/15/2019||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||02/15/2019||$27.00||JooEun Lee||02/14/2019||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||02/14/2019||$70.00||Carolyn Coronado||02/09/2019||$100.00||Godspeed!||Martha Mason||01/14/2019||$10.00||Good luck!||Ella Jandu||01/14/2019||$20.00||Brijesh Singh||01/14/2019||$60.00||Nikhil Yadav||01/13/2019||$100.00||Siva Kumar Subramaniam||01/09/2019||$200.00||Well Done Jaayden and safe travels||Chris Carnahan||12/12/2018||$25.00||Congrats Jaayden! Looking forward to hearing about the trip.||Saravanan Shanmuganathan||12/10/2018||$100.00||Ella Johnson||11/29/2018||$13.00||Ella and Jared||Ben Dearing||11/29/2018||$5.00||Cristina Czochanski||11/27/2018||$30.00||Jorge Familiar||11/27/2018||$15.00||Good Luck||Anonymous Friend||11/26/2018||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||11/26/2018||$25.00||Andrew Stehman||Steve and Becky Jantz||11/25/2018||$25.00||Revathi Ramasamy||11/25/2018||$100.00||Sreekumar Sreedharan||11/19/2018||$25.00||Savundiram Singaram||11/19/2018||$100.00||Good luck! Love, Ima||Amy S||11/14/2018||$25.00||Nell Trotter||10/22/2018||$5.00||Jaayden Thomas||10/20/2018||$100.00|