Jacob Laws is a junior at Loyola University, New Orleans. 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 San Francisco, CA, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I have had a close connection with the cancer community since a young age. I was there and remember the passing of two of my great grandparents, one grandparents, and two dear childhood friends. These were some of the saddest moments I have ever experienced. I felt so helpless. There was nothing I could, and the older I became, the more I realized that I will never see them again, never laugh, never live with them again. It was a sobering experience coming to that realization. I decided to celebrate their lives instead plus those who have beaten cancer. I have two aunts that have survived. One with skin cancer and one with breast cancer. She ended up having a miracle baby even after the doctors told her should would never to conceive again. That is why I want to ride. I want to do my part to help give a chance of survival to someone. Everyone deserves the right to live and find happiness.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I have seen the effects that cancer has had on families. I have been torn away from loved ones just because cancer chose them. I have felt helpless, I could do nothing. But I have been fortunate enough to experience the health denied to others so I am making it my priority to do what I can to raise money for those who need my help. I have been given this opportunity to combine two things that I am passionate about with this program and I will be super stoked to be able to ride across America to help give a chance for life to someone. I am riding to support those who have suffered, most specifically, one my childhood friends who past away from cancer just before her high school graduation.
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!
|Nancy Stewart||09/20/2017||$500.00||Helping Jay Laws on his journey||Jacob Laws||07/24/2017||$100.00|