Jaclyn Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 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?
When I was in the 6th grade my grandfather was diagnosed with oral cancer. In a matter of months he had lost the abilities to sit upright, eat food, and speak. Watching my grandfather die was my first true experience with death and the first time I had experienced loss due to cancer. It wasn’t until I could physically see my grandfather withering away in front of my eyes that I realized the unforgiving harshness of the disease. I have lost 3 other grandparents to cancer: my father's father died of lung cancer before I was born; my father's mother had breast cancer; and my stepmother's father had prostate cancer. Somewhat recently my boyfriend's mother had to go through a double mastectomy and just this past year my cousin lost his fight against lung cancer. I am riding in honor of those close to my heart who have been affected by cancer.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I want to be a rider with the 4K because I want to be an advocate for young adults with cancer. This ride is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those my age battling cancer while simultaneously challenging me to step out of my comfort zone. Helping people and biking are two of the things I am most passionate about. I believe it is so incredibly important to do what I can to help others who are less fortunate than I am. I know that by riding with the 4K, I will make a positive impact on those we meet along the way—the fact that I get to travel the country by bicycle doing so is just icing on the cake. I know that riding with the 4K will be humbling, life changing, and provide me with prospective unattainable in the classroom, not to mention how proud I would be to have been part of something this incredible.
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!
|Lori, Rich & Brianna Watson||10/11/2017||$50.00||You go girl! We're very proud of you.||Joyce Levin||10/07/2017||$100.00||Proud of you from the day you were born. Be safe. Love you.||Cris Trentadue||10/04/2017||$100.00||This is fantastic Jackie! I'm so proud of you for doing this and helping raise awareness. You are truly bawesome!||Daniel and Audrey Levin||10/04/2017||$200.00||Joan Scott||10/04/2017||$100.00||You go girl. I am so proud of you Jackie. Be safe and push the pedal to the metal.||Ariela Safira||10/03/2017||$40.00||You are amazing! You are wonderful! I am SO stoked for you!||Isak Fruchtman||10/03/2017||$50.00||So proud! You are amazing.||Michael Levin||10/03/2017||$100.00||I'm very proud of you Jackie. This is a great cause and you will have a blast! Better start training to get those legs in shape!||Jaclyn Scott||10/01/2017||$100.00|