Jordan Hofmeister is a senior at Belmont Abbey College. 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.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
The pain and heartache of cancer touches almost everybody's lives in someway. For me, it was through my grandfather, Pop-pop. He was diagnosed with cancer over 8 years ago. He was an energetic jokester, loved to spend time with his family and helping his community. I watched as cancer quickly took his energy and his life away. He was a true warrior and fought for 8 long years. He never complained but my family could see how much pain the disease caused him and this caused us all such heart ache in return. He recently passed away in the summer of 2016 but his life remains a reminder of the strength that those suffering and their families endure. Unfortunately, this pain is felt by two many people of all ages and their families, but each unique battle is a testament to the strength of the human mind to endure what seems impossible.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I have been so blessed with health and the ability to run but I know there are so many people old and young who are not as fortunate. Running 4,000 miles across the country will be a great mental and physical challenge but I felt inspired take on this challenge by those who endure the physical and mental hardships associate with cancer. I believe that as people we should do the best we can to help find solutions and give aid to those who suffer. I hope that through this experience I will continue to gain inspiration from the community and also gain valuable perspective on life.
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!
|Mary Pat Kavanagh||07/17/2017||$100.00||Jeff Jewell||07/15/2017||$100.00||Rebecca Luca||06/28/2017||$50.00||Run your heart out! -The Luca Family||Janice Kunkel||06/27/2017||$50.00||So proud of you and Kassie! What an experience for a good cause!||Todd & Laney Huerkamp||06/26/2017||$50.00||Really proud of your efforts Jordan!||Donna Hofmeister||06/19/2017||$20.00||We are so proud of you Jordan, your younger siblings are donating from their lemonade stand.||Janet Cinfio||06/17/2017||$100.00||Thank you so much for doing this!||Ginny Budd||05/11/2017||$25.00||Becky & Michael Hofmeister||04/21/2017||$100.00||Race with your heart! We are proud of you. Love, Uncle Michael & Aunt Becky||Thomas Hofmeister||04/18/2017||$1,500.00||We are very proud of you Jordan.||Tony and Julie Gamboa||04/09/2017||$100.00||Good luck Jordan! You are an inspiration and will do amazing!!||Anonymous Friend||03/31/2017||$115.00||T-Shirt Fundraiser||Reilly Johnson||03/31/2017||$40.00||Christopher Giermek||03/28/2017||$100.00||Jordan, this is wonderful that you're running in your grandfather's memory and raising money to help all who fight this dreadful disease. We're donating in honor of a dear friend, Marian, who has a big battle ahead of her. We'll be praying for you to have a great run and to be able to meet your goal. God bless! The Giermeks||Teresa McGuire||03/20/2017||$50.00||The McGuire Family wishes you good luck, Jordan!||Kassie Easter||03/12/2017||$15.00||HAPPY BIRTHDAY||Sharon Daigle||02/18/2017||$25.00||Jordan, You go girl ! Please keep us posted on the run....you are amazing !||Shayne Buckley Brannon||02/15/2017||$50.00||Shayne, Mike and Annie are very Proud of you for giving your time and talent!!!!||Tin Roof Acquisition Company, LLC||02/09/2017||$190.00||Katie Weatherly||02/02/2017||$10.00||Jordan! This is so cool! I hope you are doing well. Good luck on this adventure:)||Craig Baker||02/02/2017||$100.00||Wow! Good luck on your run and thanks so much for your hard work and efforts in raising money For this great cause Jordan!! Thank you!||Haley Benedictis||02/02/2017||$20.00||Good Luck!||Kelly Ciavacci||01/30/2017||$25.00||Elizabeth Hahn||01/26/2017||$50.00||Jordan, you are amazing! You are such a great role model for your siblings and their friends. We wish you the very best and we are so grateful for what you are doing. Good Luck! With love to you and your family, Liz, David & Andrea Hahn||Michele Liddy||01/20/2017||$50.00||For all of those who have suffered from this "terrorist", far too many, may their loved ones they have left behind be at peace, knowing there are people like you that strive to make a difference - RUN JORDAN RUN - Peace & Love "Aunt" OB:-)||Ramon Werner||01/12/2017||$50.00||St. Thomas More Catholic Church||01/11/2017||$100.00||Lauren DiChiara||01/09/2017||$10.00||Just keep running! Good luck!||Janet Shearer||01/08/2017||$100.00||We are so proud of you Jordan! Wishing you a blessed trip! Love, Mark, Janet and Julianna Runner's Prayer Run by my side; live in my heartbeat; give strength to my steps. As the cold surrounds me. as the wind pushes me. I know you surround me. As the sun warms me. as the rain cleanses me. I know you are touching me. challenging me, loving me. And so I give you this run. Thank you for matching my stride. Amen||The Macera Family||01/08/2017||$50.00||Gina Rosso||01/08/2017||$50.00||What a great way to honor your grandparents and make a difference!||Troy & Tiffany Latuff||01/06/2017||$100.00||Rock on Jordan!||Howard Layton||01/04/2017||$25.00||Doing a good job....keep it up. Very impressive||George & Hilarie Finfrock||01/04/2017||$25.00||So amazing that you are participating in this fundraiser. Have fun!||Ed Cepeda||12/28/2016||$50.00||Best of luck!||Michael Miller||12/28/2016||$50.00||Jordan, The Miller Family is proud of you!!!!!||John & Lynn Genovesi||12/28/2016||$200.00||God bless you and your team as you make your way across the United States in an effort to help overcome cancer and help those who are battling this horrible disease.||Thao M Hoang||12/23/2016||$100.00||Brian & Michelle Brocklesby||12/21/2016||$200.00||Best of luck, Jordan, on reaching your goal||Christine Naylor||12/06/2016||$50.00||Good luck Jordan!||Anonymous Friend||11/29/2016||$25.00||Go Jordan! Thanks for fighting cancer||Johanna Owens||11/29/2016||$100.00||What a great reason to run! Do your former team, the Texas Outlaws proud!!||Mary Miller||11/28/2016||$100.00||Nick Villanova||11/13/2016||$50.00||Good luck||Chipotle Mexican Grill||11/09/2016||$64.09||Anonymous Friend||10/31/2016||$10.00||I appreciate what you and Kassie are doing for the cancer community. My dad passed away from cancer when I was younger. Good luck on the run to Maryland. (I was going to give 5 to you and 5 to Kassie, but I figured you would need it more)||Julie Brune||10/31/2016||$100.00||Best of luck, Jordan! Will you have a blog or some method for us to monitor your progress? If so, please email it to me..that would be fun, to see where you are across the country. :-)||Grant & Leslie Davis||10/20/2016||$100.00||So extremely proud and impressed that both you and Kassie are doing this this summer! You go girl!!!||Mary Pat Kavanagh||10/03/2016||$100.00||Thank you Jordan. You go girl!!!||Holy Union Sisters||09/30/2016||$25.00||Meghan Macera||08/31/2016||$100.00||You are incredible! Your words are full of inspiration, and I am so proud of you. Your Pop-pop, just like the rest of us, have been and would have continued to be in awe of your maturity, graciousness, and the love you share. I am so excited to see you accomplish this amazing feat in honor of Pop-pop and your entire family.||Emma Callahan||08/30/2016||$10.00||Hi Jordan! This summer I worked for Doug Ulman who started the Ulman Cancer Fund when he was 18. Such an amazing organization! I cannot wait to follow your journey on FB. You are going to love it & I have no doubt you're making your grandfather proud! HAVE FUN!!||Jordan Hofmeister||08/19/2016||$100.00|