In the summer of 2018, Jonathan Reasor 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?
Cancer has affected two very important people in my life. My dad had skin cancer when I was younger and an even more aggressive form of cancer when I was in high school. He went through radiation and chemotherapy as well as a neck dissection to remove his parotid gland. A few years later, after I started college, my grandpa was diagnosed with leukemia. Fortunately, his is slow-growing, but it has still be problematic over the years.
Neither of them had as much energy as they previously had. They both lost weight and had to persevere both mentally and physically to get where they are today. It wasn’t an easy journey for either of them but thankfully I still have them around today. My dad has been cancer free for a few years and my grandpa is still doing fairly well.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I want to be a rider with the 4K for Cancer because it combines multiple passions of mine. I love cycling and I love helping others. I think this would be a great way to not only help the cancer community but to also challenge myself both physically and mentally before I spend 4 years studying 24/7 in medical school. I think being able to support and empower other people affected by cancer in some way would be very rewarding. From personal experience, it has always helped being able to relate to someone that had gone through the same or similar problem as me. It helped give me another perspective and way of tackling things, and if I could be that person for someone at least once during my trip across America it would be worth it. I love making people laugh and motivating them to persevere when times get tough. I hope that being part of this team will inspire others to work toward living a healthier life and maybe even find a way to help serve their local community in some way.
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!
|Kayla Sidenstricker||08/10/2017||$20.00||Jonathan Reasor||08/02/2017||$100.00|