Kai Olson is a sophomore at University of St. Thomas. In the summer of 2019, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My first experience with cancer was with my neighbor, Gary Bill. He and his wife lived a couple doors down from me. As I spent more time with them, we grew closer and it felt as though I had gained another set of grandparents. Mr. Bill mentored me in using tools, home improvement projects, how to tie a tie for my first dance, and how to be a respectable young man. I knew since early on that he had prostate cancer, but I chose to push it to the back of my mind and ignore it. As time went on, the visits became shorter as he was feeling more ill. He passed away too early. I still think of Mr. Bill often, and I miss him very much.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
When my friend Spencer Polk told me about his ride with the Ulman Foundation two summers ago, it immediately struck a chord in me. I love biking, and to raise money and awareness for a cause so important at the same time sounded like a unique and wonderful opportunity. I look forward to meeting many people and making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer, while learning a lot about myself and growing as an individual.
2019 marks the 18th 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 Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 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.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!
|Mike and Mary Jo Elliott||04/17/2019||$100.00||Way to go Kai!||Daniel Reinhardt||04/17/2019||$10.00||Kai Olson||04/16/2019||$25.00||From Alex Lee, my new friend / fellow nordic skier :)||Kai Olson||04/16/2019||$10.00||From Hannah Hampton! :)||Kai Olson||04/16/2019||$9.00||From Zainab :) "trust me that Panera order will be huuuuge"||Kai Olson||04/16/2019||$20.00||From Wesley Wolfe <3||Kai Olson||04/16/2019||$25.00||From Justin Amaker - "How do you wish a biker good luck? Pedal hard? Don't skip leg day? (that's kinda important, actually. My advice to you from here on out is don't skip leg day.) In all seriousness, I immensely enjoyed hearing and telling your story! Best of luck to ya!" Justin recently interviewed me and Joe Crosetto (friend who is also doing the ride) and wrote a story that will come out soon on Tommie Media! Thank you Justin!||Molly Peterson||04/10/2019||$25.00||Don Gamboni||04/09/2019||$200.00||AnnMarie Thomas||04/08/2019||$25.00||Christopher Hassel||04/08/2019||$50.00||Sarah Anderson||04/03/2019||$100.00||Patrcia Bill||03/07/2019||$100.00||Doris Olson||12/31/2018||$200.00||So very proud of you||Lorri Wolfe||10/23/2018||$50.00||David and Mia Olson||10/10/2018||$100.00||Hey Kai Taylor Olson, these funds are from your Great Grandparents Roy and Cary Taylor.||Bethany Winter||10/08/2018||$50.00||So proud of you, Kai! You will do great!||MARY S. YEE||10/07/2018||$100.00||Kai, I met your mom through our resistance activities in CD3. I admire her spirit and dedication so much. And it sounds like you are following in her footsteps so I am happy to contribute something to this good cause.||Susan Cassidy||10/04/2018||$50.00||From your favorite 4K mentor :)||Linda Todd||09/30/2018||$50.00||Greg Olson||09/29/2018||$200.00||Super cool Kai!||Spencer Polk||09/28/2018||$75.00||So excited for you Kai!!! Can't wait to cheer you on and follow your journey. :)||Ross Kirby||09/28/2018||$25.00||Mitchell Allen||09/28/2018||$25.00||Kai Olson||09/28/2018||$5.00||From Lucas Fuhr :)||Andrew Mohama||09/28/2018||$50.00||Kai, This ride will make a significant impact on your life and those around you. A quote that drove me throughout my entire ride and my daily life goes, “never underestimate the difference you can make in the life of just one person.” Excited to train with you and see you do this journey. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, my friend!||Jane Eastlund||09/28/2018||$50.00||What an adventure and a commitment!||Kai Olson||07/21/2018||$100.00|