Jasmine Zhu is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. 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?
I am the outreach coordinator for Camp Kesem, an organization that sets up a free camp to support children during and through a parent's cancer. My role is to recruit participants for the camp through reaching out to hospitals, cancer centers, and other organizations. Through this experience, I have learned how cancer impacts entire families and communities and I want to help them realize no one has to face this struggle alone.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Through my experiences, I have learned the unique struggles communities impacted by cancer face. I am especially interested in how cancer affects the lives of young adults and helping support this community. I am riding this upcoming summer in the honor of everyone who cannot. This ride means more to me than just biking across the country; it is for everyone whose lives have been in some way impacted by cancer.
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!