Jake Kim is a senior at Johns Hopkins University. 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?
In my junior year of high school, my grandfather passed away after battling cancer. And while I have been fortunate enough to not have been affected personally, I’m aware that has not been the case for everyone around me. I’ve had several experiences where I was made aware of my obliviousness of the pervasiveness of cancer’s effect on the lives of people that I care about, and on those that they care about.
And in a larger sense, I’m constantly reminded of the magnitude of the damages that cancer incurs. As a biomedical engineering student, I’ve been working for the last two years with an undergraduate team to design a device that can improve liver cancer treatment. Also, my peers’ and my experience with research labs at Hopkins further is a constant reminder of the collective day-to-day efforts that people globally put into fighting off cancer.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Despite my such connections to the cancer community, I haven’t had the opportunity to serve it personally. I want to learn how I can support the community of people who have been touched by cancer, and establish a strong connection with it. I’m particularly fond of the Ulman Fund because, while tremendous amount of resources go into medical research, the young adult population with cancer is not as visibly supported.
So far, my propensity to find various ways to challenge my limits has presented in my passion for long-distance running events (I’ve run three marathons and several half marathons). Now, the 4K bike with the Ulman Fund is a great way for me to dedicate this summer to a cause larger than myself while fully enjoying and growing through the experience.
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!