Kali Dean is a graduate of UMBC, originally from Ithaca, NY. In the summer of 2017, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Portland, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I am riding with 4K because cancer has affected so many people I love and know. I have seen how important services including patient navigation and financial assistance are and support the mission of 4k. I have thankfully seen family members recover and unfortunately some that have lost the battle. It has helped me understand the true value of health. I will be dedicating this ride to so many who have lost their lives and braved the fight. I also plan to ride for Sharon, my first friend at the AUA. I will always remember her smile and laugh that were so contagious. Although these are specific connections, it has also touched so many friends and members of my community.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling with 4k because there are so many people in my community, family and friends that have been through similar experiences. It is something I feel strongly about, and will take pride in raising awareness throughout the ride for such a special cause. I know that throughout the ride I will be thinking of all the people affected- I will use those thoughts to inspire me to push on, knowing that their fight and obstacles were/are even more of a challenge. The Ulman Cancer Fund’s values are essential core values in my everyday life, and I am glad to represent such an amazing organization.
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!
|Natalie Arnott||08/11/2017||$30.00||Kali!! Congratulations, you're almost there!! I am so amazed by the strength and joy that shines out of you every single day. I cannot be more proud to call you my friend. Hope to see you soon <3||Schuyler And Carol||06/07/2017||$32.10||Much thanks for your effort! Ride safe and take care. Hope to meet you sometime - here, there or anywhere; even B'more.||Frederick Crouse||06/02/2017||$30.00||All the best wishes for fair weather, smooth roads, and following winds, Kaylee!||Maryanne Varn||06/01/2017||$50.00||Alex Conte||05/26/2017||$25.00||Woooo get it girl!!!||Mary Crosley||05/24/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||05/22/2017||$25.00||Thanks for your courage and dedication!||Sarah Fant||05/15/2017||$50.00||Thank you for riding||Kelly Carpenter||05/13/2017||$50.00||Have an amazing time!||Dorothy & Steve Eicker||05/11/2017||$200.00||Just say NO to flats!||Scott and Christine Hughes||05/09/2017||$200.00||Best of luck Kali!||Lynn and Bill Miller||05/09/2017||$80.00||Debra, Alan and Jenna Ledet||05/08/2017||$150.00||Have an awesome adventure Kali!!||Alex Wood||05/06/2017||$100.00||Brian Brown||05/06/2017||$80.00||Carol C Young||05/06/2017||$80.00||Jon C Kalfs||05/06/2017||$100.00||Vicky L Swanson||05/06/2017||$80.00||Colleen M. C. Ciolek||05/06/2017||$80.00||Denise L Brady||05/06/2017||$80.00||Cynthia J Koepp||05/06/2017||$80.00||Kenneth W Zabriskie||05/06/2017||$80.00||Sandra L Mulvey||05/06/2017||$100.00||Donna M Goddard||05/06/2017||$45.00||Linda Vanapeldoorn||05/06/2017||$80.00||Jane Young||05/05/2017||$200.00||God speed and safe travels!||Robin Driskel||05/05/2017||$50.00||Good luck- we will all be following your progress!||Carol Chipalowsky||05/05/2017||$25.00||David B Reynolds||05/05/2017||$80.00||Jason and Tina Turek||05/04/2017||$75.00||We wish you the best of luck!||Mary Kenney||05/04/2017||$10.00||Pump those legs||Conor Webster||05/04/2017||$10.00||Toot toot Beep beep||Lauren Cole||05/04/2017||$20.00||You go, girl!||Caitlin Nicholson||05/04/2017||$10.00||Have a great ride, Kali!||David Ziebarth||05/04/2017||$200.00||Good luck Kali. A life time experience for sure with such a great benefit to others.||Dave and Karen Cole||05/04/2017||$50.00||From sea to shining sea -- Have fun!||Christine Brozon||05/03/2017||$80.00||Susan and Fred Van Sickle||05/02/2017||$100.00||We are friends of Denise and Steve. Happy to support your ride. Some of our family members have had cancer and we know how much the research funding can make a difference! Good luck on this adventure.||Claire M Nicholson||05/01/2017||$200.00||Pete S||05/01/2017||$40.00||Karen R Philip||05/01/2017||$80.00||James Saik||04/29/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Kali! Uncle Jim & Aunt Shannon||Barb Eckstrom||04/29/2017||$50.00||Glad you are doing this!||Victoria Plyler||04/28/2017||$100.00||Good Work Kali Dean!||Rhonda Mapes||04/27/2017||$50.00||Way to go Kali!||Jeffrey B Huffcut||04/26/2017||$120.00||Susan Dean||04/24/2017||$200.00||You can do it Kali!||Marie B Dentes||04/24/2017||$100.00||Susan T Schattschneider||04/24/2017||$50.00||Alex Rothenburger||04/05/2017||$25.00||Go Kali. What an inspirational ride! Keep up the good work.||Stephan M Knapp||03/30/2017||$50.00||David Pierce||03/24/2017||$100.00||Go Kali!||Rachel Bauder||03/21/2017||$50.00||This should be an amazing experience - best of luck!!||Karen Clark||03/21/2017||$100.00||A great adventure for a great cause!!||Elizabeth & David Stilwell||03/21/2017||$100.00||You are an inspiration Kali. Ride safe and strong!||Elaine E Meyers||03/18/2017||$200.00||Robert Cerza||03/15/2017||$100.00||Congratulations & best wishes on your ride! You can do this!||Rachel McGrain||03/12/2017||$10.00||Mark Welsh||02/10/2017||$50.00||Keep pedaling and best of luck!||Patrick Kerley||02/10/2017||$50.00||Go Get it Kali||Carla Foster||12/06/2016||$50.00||Have an amazing adventure!!||Carol Fubini||11/30/2016||$50.00||Safe trip!||Jane Young||11/30/2016||$250.00||You can do this Kali. So proud of your selflessness||Benjamin Hummel||11/29/2016||$20.00||Maura Reissig||11/29/2016||$15.00||Claire Eckstrom||11/29/2016||$20.00||Kate Savage||11/29/2016||$50.00||Kali Dean||10/26/2016||$100.00|