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. 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. For long I've been oblivious of the pervasiveness of cancer’s effect on the lives of people that I care about, and on those who they care about.
Also 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?
Many in my Hopkins community are striving to fight back against illnesses and to improve the quality of life, including for those inflicted with cancer and other conditions. And we as a collective community continuously achieve amazing feats in medicine. I know how difficult it is, and I've been humbled by their work through my experience working in labs and as a biomedical engineering student. I've also spent the last 2 years on a BME design team working to improve liver cancer treatment.
But this summer, I want to get on the ground-level, to contribute to improving the daily lived experience of young adults who suffer from cancer. I support the Ulman Fund's vision of "a world in which no young adult faces cancer alone." Despite the tremendous amount of resources put into medical research, the daily experience of the young adult population with cancer is sometimes overlooked.
This cross-country bike ride is a perfect avenue to demonstrate my commitment and support the cancer community. I've been challenging my limits through long-distance running events (3 marathons and 5+ half marathons). I'm excited to take on this challenge alongside my peers, and I'm looking forward to exploring the continent for a worthy cause.
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!
|Goldman, Sachs & Co. Matching Gift Program||08/21/2018||$100.00||Paypal Charitable Giving Fund||07/19/2018||$136.04||Meredith Hughes||07/18/2018||$20.00||Sending much love and support from a very old 2004 4K alumni! You embody all that is the 4K!||Jake Kim||07/17/2018||$15.00||100% match from me of Su's attempted "anonymous" donation||Jake Kim||07/17/2018||$10.00||10% match of Eugene's donation - thank you, I know the PhD lifestyle is far from luxury!||Peter Vergara||07/17/2018||$50.00||You’re an brilliant, hard working, and immensely caring friend! Love you man!||Mausumi Dasgupta||07/17/2018||$750.00||Hi Jake, Proud of you for the work you are doing. This is a small amount to take you a step closer to your goal. Sending our well wishes to you and your mom. Love, Emily’s mom||Jake Kim||07/17/2018||$5.00||10% to match Peter's donation||Jake Kim||07/17/2018||$75.00||10% to match Mrs. Dasgupta's donation. Thank you so much for such a generous donation. I hope to meet you to thank in person sometime!||Eugene Yoon||07/16/2018||$100.00||Hey Jake - I had similar experience with cancer in my family and wish you the best. Maybe we can talk about it one day together. It's not much with my grad school stipend.. but hope it helps your cause.||Jake Kim||07/14/2018||$22.00||Kind donation from lady we met at subway on day 14 @ Rockwood, TN + 10% matching from me!||Jake Kim||07/14/2018||$22.00||Kind donation from Allison @ Syracuse, KS + 10% matching from me!||Jake Kim||07/14/2018||$22.00||Donation from the EMT and survivor who took care of my wounds @ Pratt, KS + 10% matching from me!||Anonymous Friend||07/09/2018||$15.00||I know I often give you a hard time, but you truly are incredible!||Mijeong Lee||06/18/2018||$700.00||Jake Kim||06/14/2018||$2.40||10% to match Kimmy's donation - thank you!||Peyton Blackstock||06/13/2018||$33.00||Donation from Peyton and 10% matching from me! Thanks for the best wishes and support Peyton :D||Grant Collins||06/13/2018||$2.50||Kimmy Routson||06/13/2018||$24.00||Best of luck with your ride!||Jake Kim||06/11/2018||$2.00||10% to match Sabrina's donation!||Ben Park||06/11/2018||$55.00||Donation from Ben + 10% matching from Jake||Sabrina Chandra||06/06/2018||$20.00||Keep being amazing Jake!! You're changing the world, one mile at a time!! :)||Steven Chen||06/02/2018||$60.00||HAGS my dude, I'm expecting a lot of dope snapchat stories!!||Jake Kim||06/02/2018||$3.00||10% to match Kwang Bin's donation!||Jake Kim||06/02/2018||$10.00||10% to match JD's donation, thank you!||Jake Kim||06/02/2018||$6.00||10% to match Steven's donation, thanks Steven!||Jonathan Daffron||05/30/2018||$100.00||Great cause! Go get'em, Jake!||Kwang Bin Lee||05/29/2018||$30.00||Siwei Bian||05/27/2018||$25.00||Good luck with the ride! Keep in touch!||Jake Kim||05/27/2018||$2.50||10% to match Siwei's donation||Jake Kim||05/27/2018||$1.50||10% to match Su's (the real snake) donation! Sorry for delay Su -||Paypal Charitable Giving Fund||05/24/2018||$109.62||Su Ataman||05/16/2018||$15.00||to my favorite jakey jake the fake flake snake||Richard Um||05/15/2018||$50.00||Buy some more shorts so you don't have a sore ahnus. Do good my man! I'll see you in August! I'll plan some trips for us around the bay if your butthole is still intact.||Jake Kim||05/15/2018||$5.00||10% to match Richard's donation! See you in SF in August :D||Jake Kim||05/12/2018||$6.00||10% to match donations from Sandra, Josh and Kooster. Thank you Sandra, and thank you buds!||Jake Kim||05/12/2018||$5.00||10% to match Illysa's donation! :) Thank you Illysa!||Illysa Izenberg||05/11/2018||$50.00||Ride safely, Jake!||Rohit Joshi||05/10/2018||$20.00||Jake Kim||05/10/2018||$2.00||10% to match Rohit's donation!||Anonymous Friend||05/10/2018||$25.00||Ashley Chen||05/10/2018||$25.00||THIS IS SO AWESOME JAKE PROUD OF U WILL BE CHEERING YOU ON||Jake Kim||05/10/2018||$5.00||10% to match Ashley's and Anonymous Friend's donations!||Michael Koo||05/10/2018||$20.00||I require a snap of you in some random place in middle america shotgunning a beer on your bike||Joshua Nesta||05/10/2018||$15.00||Sandra Roberts||05/10/2018||$25.00||Thank you for dedicating one day of the race to my father.||Nirmal Krishnan||05/09/2018||$50.00||Hey Jake, You're so courageous and I'm so proud of you. I expect a bunch of dog pictures along the way and you better be crashing at my place during your trip!||Jake Kim||05/09/2018||$5.00||10% to match donation from Nirmal the bb!||Jake Kim||05/09/2018||$5.00||10% to match James' generous donation :D||Victoria Roberts||05/09/2018||$50.00||You're amazing Jake- thanks for everything!||Jayden Liu||05/09/2018||$30.00||What you're doing is so admirable and inspiring. Thank you. Good luck, Jake! I'm looking forward to getting updates from you throughout the summer!||Jake Kim||05/09/2018||$44.00||$40 donation from the Greek princess/GS fam Sofia Mitsotaki + 10% matching from me||Jake Kim||05/09/2018||$5.00||10% to match donation from Jayden aka K-pop star aka always wearing ASA jacket Liu||Jake Kim||05/09/2018||$5.00||10% to match Victoria "omw to cure cancer"'s donation||James Shamul||05/08/2018||$50.00||Hey Jake, This is really great and super inspirational! So happy for you! Stay safe and let's do another marathon sometime soon (if you're up for it after this lol)||Andrew Tsai Company Match||04/30/2018||$100.00||Jake Kim||04/16/2018||$22.60||10% to match the amazing Joanna's donation||Jake Kim||04/16/2018||$5.00||10% to match James' donation!||Jake Kim||04/16/2018||$12.50||10% to match Joey's donation!||Joseph Chung||04/08/2018||$125.00||Jake, I know this is going to be an enriching experience for you and I’m so glad you’re doing it. Hope you have an amazing time and don’t forget to vlog all about it :)||James Park||04/08/2018||$50.00||Happy to support. You're awesome man.||Andy Kim||04/07/2018||$25.00||Good Luck Dude! This is awesome :)||Dohyung Kim||04/07/2018||$2.50||10% matching for Pandy's donation!||Tatiana Gelaf Romer||04/07/2018||$30.00||Hi Jake, 4000+ miles sounds like insanity to me, but for you I guess it's pretty par for the course. This is super cool; I can only donate a bit, but I hope it helps! Best of luck :)||Yvenna Chen||04/07/2018||$25.00||wooo go buddy!!! :D||Jake Kim||04/07/2018||$3.00||10% to match Tati's donation||Jake Kim||04/07/2018||$2.50||10% to match Yvenna's donation!||Jake Kim||04/07/2018||$55.00||Ronann Magic Carrero's donation of $50 + my 10% match||Joanna Guo||04/07/2018||$226.00||Because Data Structures is 226 and $226 is approximately how much I’ve earned helping you with Data Structures this semster :) Thanks for being an inspiration and a mentor to me, and thanks for doing this for the world. Good luck, have fun, and be safe! I’ll be expecting lots of photos and updates.||Jake Kim||04/02/2018||$5.00||10% matching for Chang and Kay's donations||Kay Sin||03/30/2018||$20.00||Have fun! :)||Rira Choi||03/26/2018||$30.00||Ride Safe!! Literally saving lives.... You are amazing :)||Andrew Tsai||03/26/2018||$100.00||Good luck Jake!||Jake Kim||03/26/2018||$13.00||10% match of Andy & Rira's donations||Chang Hwan Choi||03/26/2018||$30.00||Good luck meester Jakezo, let's get it!||Eugene Oh||03/26/2018||$50.00||good luck jake!! please don't die and be safe :) - your favorite hoobae||Miguel Dias||03/24/2018||$15.00||Donation from Miguel via Venmo!||Dohyung Kim||03/24/2018||$1.50||10% matching for Miguel D's donation!||Jake Kim||03/12/2018||$2.20||10% to match Jieun's donation||Jake Kim||03/12/2018||$5.00||10% matching for Will's donation - thank you!||Willam Archer||03/11/2018||$50.00||Keep doing amazing things.||Jieun Park||03/10/2018||$22.00||Dohyung-ah himnae!!||Jake Kim||03/09/2018||$10.00||10% matching for two of my anonymous friends!||Jake Kim||03/09/2018||$2.20||10% matching for Sylvia's donation!||Jake Kim||03/09/2018||$15.00||10% matching for mom's donation!||Anonymous Friend||03/07/2018||$50.00||Let's go Jake! :D||Sylvia Yun||03/05/2018||$22.00||Doing amazing things at 22! Proud of you :)||Anonymous Friend||03/05/2018||$50.00||Jake you're awesome. Keep doing amazing things. Good luck this summer! :)||Michelle Yeom||03/04/2018||$150.00||Good luck! Proud of you :) - mom||Jake Kim||03/04/2018||$5.00||10% to match Jocelyn's & Ivory's donations||Sarah S||03/03/2018||$20.00||Hope this helps, and have a wonderful bike ride!||Wookie Kim||03/03/2018||$50.00||This is a great cause and a great effort--good luck!||Jake Kim||03/03/2018||$5.00||10% to match Wookie's donation||Jake Kim||03/03/2018||$2.00||10% to match Sarah's donation||Jocelyn Chang||03/03/2018||$20.00||GOOD LUCK JAKE!!!||Ivory Loh||03/03/2018||$30.00||Good luck Jake!! When you feel like you can't ride anymore, just go for another mile~~||Dohyung Kim||01/30/2018||$100.00|