Jacob Hackim is a junior at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 2017 he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My connection to cancer has always been distant. For a long time, news and television had been my primary sources for knowledge on different kinds of cancers. In high school, I had many friends who lived and a few who died with cancer. But there has always remained a sort of distance, a void of understanding between myself and cancer. What you learn in school about cancer and what you learn from helping someone through an intense struggle are wildly different.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
By participating in this run, I hope to develop a deeper understanding of how cancer affects the lives of not only the person, but everyone they know and love. I hope to narrow the gap of understanding that I feel I have from never experiencing or witnessing the effects of cancer close-up. The people I will meet on the adventure and the lives I hope to influence along the way will help me develop the deeper understanding of cancer that I feel every person should know.
2017 marks the 16th 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 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!
|Lisa Jennings||07/04/2017||$150.00||The gift of compassion, understanding, and assistance to a young person with cancer is the ultimate gift! I am happy to help you on your journey to reach out and help others. You are a hero!!||Brent Brewbaker||06/25/2017||$100.00||Jacob, very nice meeting you on the plane ride to San Fran! What an incredible thing you are doing this summer! Best of luck!!!||Gwen Taylor||06/20/2017||$50.00||Susan Holt||06/14/2017||$50.00||Thank you for donating you time and effort to such a good cause! Good Luck!||Anonymous Friend||06/07/2017||$50.00||Tyler Lu||05/28/2017||$50.00||I hope you have a wonderful summer run Jacob! #4KNY216||Kelly Reimer||05/25/2017||$50.00||Best wishes on your run.||Katherine Landes||04/30/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||04/26/2017||$115.00||We love you Beth! Kathy R, Ginny, Andrea||Mary Walter||04/19/2017||$100.00||Jo Uckele||04/13/2017||$100.00||Tim & Ashleigh Hackim||03/19/2017||$200.00||Good luck! Be safe!||The Venanzi Family||03/08/2017||$15.00||Thank you, Jacob, for taking the time to make a positive difference in the lives of others! So proud of you, Cousin!||Adam Blaser||02/20/2017||$50.00||Cancer is one heck of an illness. It can really turn people's lives upside down. Proud of you.||Favorite Roommate||02/14/2017||$30.00||Anonymous Friend||02/14/2017||$1,000.00||THE BOBROWSKIS||02/10/2017||$100.00||Jake: Knew you since you were "this" tall. Now you are an adult - who would have thought! Hope this helps - have a safe trip and promise to send us pics en route. Ganbare. Namaste. Max, Griffin, Donna & Paul||Bernica H Azkoul||02/09/2017||$50.00||Annie Carouba||02/08/2017||$25.00||Hello Jacob! I'm the daughter of Habib Carouba in California. I wish you the best on your venture and I know you will have a grand success. We will come to Chrissy Field to see you off! Be well and give the family my regards. Annie Carouba||Brad Blaser||02/07/2017||$50.00||Run Forest!||Terri Wooster||02/07/2017||$75.00||What a great thing you are doing. We will miss you this summer.||Anonymous Friend||02/06/2017||$100.00||She fights the good fight of the faith and takes hold of the eternal life to which she is called to one day hear, "Well done my good and faithful servant."||Chuck&ann Freeman||02/06/2017||$50.00||good luck Jake, and good for you.||Koty Jackson||02/06/2017||$40.00||You can use this for a better cause than I can. I'm proud to call you my friend.||Derrel Carr||02/05/2017||$30.00||Ed & Jennifer Hackim||01/21/2017||$200.00||We are so proud of you and your dedication to this very worthy cause!||Jacob Hackim||01/12/2017||$100.00|