Jean Coyle is a senior at Loyola University Maryland. In the summer of 2017 she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
O.W. Holmes has a quote that reads ‘A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to it’s old dimensions.’ This quote truly describes my experience with the 4K two summers ago when I completed the ride from Baltimore to Seattle. Before this experience I had various connections throughout my life to the cancer community. I had a teacher who I was close with pass away, a very close friend's family was affected and the list continues. However, after the summer of 2015 my connection grew immensely. My connection is and always will be all of the families and people I met along the way, all the people who told me their story as well as my team Seattle 2015 who all have their own connections. This summer will be for all of them, it will be for every person I met who has been affected by cancer as well as for my team Seattle 2015.
However, in particular, this summer is for a woman who I have not known for that long, but who has made an incredible impact on my life. This person is a very close friend of my mom. This person is an inspiration to all people and someone who is so incredibly strong, so strong that when you are in her presence you are always amazed and energized by her energy.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
This summer I am traveling 4,000 miles to demonstrate that no one who is affected by cancer is doing it alone, that they always have a support system that they can fall back on and depend on. I also dedicate my summer to a very close family friend, Lisa. I have only known Lisa for the past 5 years, but every time I see her I am forever amazed and inspired. Lisa has been battling cancer for a little bit now, however, she continues to run and be an extremely active person. I actually met Lisa through a running group in my hometown called Can’t Is Not An Option, so I find it very fitting to be running across the country this summer in her honor.
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!
|Alice Coyle||06/25/2017||$65.00||Enjoy and take care of yourself !||Lauren Barnett||06/15/2017||$25.00||So proud of you Jean! Can't wait to follow your summer of shenanigans!||Faith Nicosia||06/08/2017||$20.00||So proud of You! You are such an inspiration||Andy Gavins Guest Bartending Night||06/08/2017||$625.00||Anonymous Friend||06/08/2017||$200.00||So proud of you and your team!||Anonymous Friend||06/08/2017||$47.00||Marybeth Starrett||06/05/2017||$25.00||Your dedication to 4K is inspirational! Thanks for helping Steph and Team Seattle 2017 this weekend! Go forth and run like the wind! I'll be cheering you on!||Kathleen Baer||06/04/2017||$20.00||You are a true role model and hero. It's an honor to call you a friend, my angel. Thank you for continuously working for the cause that we both hold near and dear to our hearts. Love you, keep up the good fight!||Chris Gallacher||05/29/2017||$20.00||Jim Cooney||05/29/2017||$35.00||Kristin Coffey||05/28/2017||$20.00||Best of luck on your journey!||Alan Baker||05/27/2017||$75.00||Proud of you and Hannah and all of the folks helping to support this cause!||Megan Hays||05/27/2017||$25.00||So proud of you girl, rock it this summer :D||Margy and Mike Fiscus||05/26/2017||$50.00||Best of Luck Jean on your journey!||Dana Boggiano||05/20/2017||$40.00||Proud of you, mentee! I told a stranger on a run about the 4K and part of this donation is from him. Keep changing lives in 4K style!||Alexe Tsao||05/10/2017||$50.00||GO JEAN!!!!!!||Grace Mayeda||05/08/2017||$25.00||Jean, you continue to inspire through your actions. ❤||Patricia M Cantafio||04/27/2017||$25.00||MaGerks Bar Night||04/09/2017||$160.00||Matt Groce||04/06/2017||$10.00||Joseph Burns||04/06/2017||$20.00||Gallagher Law Offices PC||04/03/2017||$100.00||Megan Morrow||04/02/2017||$21.05||So proud of you Jean! Can't wait to follow your journey this summer!||Amber Winsor||03/16/2017||$25.00||BE SAFE OUT THERE YA LIL PRANKSTER! LOVE YOU TO SEATTLE AND BACK!||Maureen Faux||03/04/2017||$50.00||So proud of you Jean for doing this! Best of luck!!||Emily Wolfson||02/27/2017||$15.00||Amanda Waggoner||02/27/2017||$15.00||#ImWithJean #Jean2020 #Jean||Julie Thumel||02/27/2017||$25.00||Love you Jeano!||Spin Class||02/26/2017||$120.00||Brenda Colbert||02/24/2017||$100.00||Loyola University Maryland||02/24/2017||$513.00||10 Pm Mass Collection||02/22/2017||$93.55||Robert Gelcius||02/21/2017||$100.00||Kick some ass Jeany! See you in Nebraska!||Pong Tournament||02/20/2017||$100.00||Mike Schweizer||02/20/2017||$20.00||Because if I was at Loyola, I would've attended your tournament (and ran it *cough*). You've been a role model to me not only through OAE, but as a general member of society as well. Keep changing the world, Jean, I'll see ya on the flip side.||Maggie Ritter||02/19/2017||$10.00||Maxine Renning||02/15/2017||$25.00||Love you Gino!||Cate Welsh||02/14/2017||$20.00||Coyle Coyle! You are making the world a better place by spreading cheer and happiness and reminding others how small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. This big one will surely do great for so many people. So proud of you buddy!!!||Kaitlyn Davis||02/06/2017||$25.00||You go Jeanie!! I'm so so proud of you and so excited for you to make this journey again!||Ann Marie Callahan||02/06/2017||$15.00||Mary Janet Gilroy||02/05/2017||$20.00||Avoca Jolly Boys||01/30/2017||$25.00||Christine Creedon||01/29/2017||$20.00||Aaron Oppegard||01/26/2017||$50.57||So cool that you're taking on this adventure again. Can't wait to follow along with your trip updates. Id appreciate it if you ran for my mom one day - Debra Schirm.||Ann Satkowski||01/26/2017||$10.00||Ann Marie Durako||01/22/2017||$30.00||Congratulations, Jean, for undertaking such an ambitious project to help people with cancer! All the Durako's are very proud of you! Good luck in your run! Much love sent your way!||Kathryn McHale||01/21/2017||$50.00||Eva Hannon||01/21/2017||$25.00||Ann Marie Joyce||01/21/2017||$100.00||Robert McKee||01/17/2017||$25.00||Sounds like a great adventure Jean - have fun!!||Joseph Mullen||01/17/2017||$25.00||Jackie Starrett||01/16/2017||$35.00||I'm so excited for you!!! Have an amazing summer :)||Marita Woloszyn||01/16/2017||$25.00||Ned and Mary Kay Jones||01/15/2017||$50.00||The very best to you and THANK YOU for ALL you do!||Marie Coyle||01/15/2017||$200.00||Always so proud of everything you do!||Aileen Wertz||01/15/2017||$75.00||Good luck rating money for a great cause!||Mary Ann Kelly||01/15/2017||$20.00||Linda Barrasse||01/15/2017||$50.00||Frank & Anne Swaha||01/14/2017||$25.00||Thanks for all you do to support others in need!||Patricia Kanashiro||01/14/2017||$50.00||My dear Jean, it was such a privilege to work with you at Loyola. Thank you for running 4,000 miles, it is just an amazing and challenging journey.||Maureen Diaz||01/14/2017||$10.00||Marilyn Redington||01/12/2017||$40.00||Thomas Golden||01/12/2017||$25.00||Berverly Kirby||01/12/2017||$50.00||Jean Marie Carroll||01/12/2017||$25.00||Jane Feeney||01/11/2017||$20.00||Colleen Reardon||01/11/2017||$20.00||Michael Kelly||01/10/2017||$250.00||Jean, Jean you're a running machine!||Madeline Isacco||01/08/2017||$25.00||Jean- everything you do is with your full heart!!!!! Wish you amazing memories in your journey this summer in inspiring many others!!!!!! Much love to a truly amazing friend!!!!||Dana Gehling-Healey||01/08/2017||$25.00||Jean, You are a wonderful example to others and so very inspiring . Wishing you love and happiness❤️-Dana||Hannah Loiselle||01/07/2017||$25.00||Jean, you continue to inspire me in all that you do. I'm grateful to have you to look up to as a role model. Friends like you are hard to find<3 Can't wait to conquer this with you!||Alex Mason||01/07/2017||$20.00||Love you Jeanie! Good luck :)||Katelyn Fabri||12/26/2016||$50.00||So proud of my little bird! I'll be behind you every step of the way! Seattle '15 has your back through this.||Will Weise||12/25/2016||$20.00||OOOOO KILL 'EM||Jean Coyle||12/20/2016||$100.00|