Kaitlyn Redovian is a senior at Kent State University. 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 New York, NY.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Cancer has had its impact on my life since I was young. I had plenty of family members and friends who had been touched by this disease. It was not until 2013 when cancer really affected my life.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I had heard of 4K during the summer going into my junior year of college. I thought of how amazing of an opportunity it would be to be able to spread awareness of cancer as well as being able to run across the country. I had ultimately decided to apply for 4K after my aunt had passed from cancer. In the spring of 2013, my Aunt Vicki was diagnosed with lung and liver cancer and found out that she was going to be a grandmother. With her new diagnosis, all she wanted was to see her grandchild be born. Throughout her battle with cancer, she always had a positive outlook on all of the chemo and radiation treatments that she was enduring. In every update she gave to us, she would always tell us how she was working towards October, to see her grandchild. Her positive spirit is what has inspired me to participate in 4K. I had always wanted to be like her when I was growing up, and still do to this day. I hope with this opportunity I can spread her loving and upbeat attitude throughout the different communities that we come into contact with. This trip I am 100% dedicating to Vicki and I know she will be with me every step of the way.
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!
|Gene & Hope Zemlansky||07/15/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Katie||St Nicholas RBO||07/15/2017||$100.00||We are behind you Kaitlyn.||Thomas Petrochuk||07/15/2017||$100.00||Luke Chandler||06/15/2017||$50.00||Richard Mei||05/27/2017||$40.00||Larry & Lori Lesiak||05/02/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||04/27/2017||$113.65||From someone who has always loved you to the moon and back!||Heath Gromek||04/19/2017||$50.00||Alice Sobczak||04/19/2017||$50.00||Good luck on your journey across the country!||Bob Sharp||04/10/2017||$25.00||Best of luck Kat!||Gary Ballesteros||04/02/2017||$100.00||Gwendolyn Tepper||04/01/2017||$20.00||Chipotle Mexican Grill||03/27/2017||$30.35||Nina Tauer||03/19/2017||$50.00||Chris and Andy Lazar||03/12/2017||$250.00||You're a very special young woman Kaitlyn. Good luck! Chris and Andy||Tom and Margo Postak||03/09/2017||$50.00||Good Luck with your training! Sorry we missed your last fund raiser ..... We hope you have a great experience as well!||Quo Vadis Cobb||03/06/2017||$40.00||Wishing you all the best!||Divots Fundraiser||03/06/2017||$817.00||Thank you to everyone who came out to the fundraiser at Divots! I couldn't have made it this far without all of your help! Special thank you to Divots for letting me host the event there. You guys were awesome!||Marianne Tauer||03/05/2017||$100.00||David Redovian||03/02/2017||$50.00||Lisa Deger||12/29/2016||$100.00||Run like the wind!||Ed & Regina Sudia||12/18/2016||$50.00||Cathy Longstreth||11/27/2016||$100.00||Kaitlyn-What a wonderful event. Aunt Vicki would be so proud of you! I can hear her now..."You go girl!"||Two Bucks Fundraiser||11/21/2016||$1,124.00||Thank you to everyone who came out and made this event possible! This event was a success because of you all and I am so beyond thankful for each and every one of you! Thank you to Two Bucks as well for helping host the event, you guys were awesome.||Helen Eschman||11/19/2016||$35.00||Jerry and Karol Young||11/18/2016||$25.00||Tony & Deb Kuzemchack||11/18/2016||$25.00||Greg Redovian||11/18/2016||$100.00||Raymond Rogowski||11/17/2016||$100.00||Jen & Adam Chandler||11/12/2016||$25.00||Thank you for honoring VR's memory and supporting the search for a cure. Sorry we aren't able to attend your event.||Tom & Maryann Postak||11/08/2016||$50.00||We wish you the best Kaitlyn and are very proud of your efforts to raise awareness of cancer. We are unable to participate in your gathering on 11/17 but will be with you in spirit!||Kristi Kelley||11/05/2016||$25.00||So happy for you girl!! Can't wait to hear about it when you get back!! And to see how long your hair is by then too!!||Tom and Margo Postak||11/05/2016||$50.00||I hope the trip goes well for you! We cannot make your event on November 17th - good luck with the fund raising!! Tom and Margo||Gerry Nemeth||10/23/2016||$50.00||Dedicated young people like you reinforce our hope for the future.||Jim McClain||10/22/2016||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||09/12/2016||$500.00||Run Katie Run! So proud of you!||Anonymous Friend||09/12/2016||$20.00||Love you, lady!!!!! We live so close so there's no excuse for not seeing each other enough <3||Angela Deger||08/16/2016||$50.00||Get it Katie!!||Ashley Cranston||07/29/2016||$200.00||I love you, best friend!! I am so excited to see you continue to do amazing things!!!!!||Kaitlyn Redovian||07/21/2016||$100.00|