Kerrin Holmes is a graduate of McDaniel College. 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?
My mom battled Hodgkin's Lymphoma and my grandfather passed away from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and last summer my best friend lost her father to Pancreatic Cancer. Even though the battles may have been long and difficult to endure, the support provided by the community in an outpouring of unconditional love was always present. And I think that speaks volumes. The cancer community is vast in size and people are always willing to help however they can! A pay-it-forward mentality!
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am journeying 4,000 miles because I believe that everyone should feel supported in the fight against cancer. When my mom battled cancer 12 years ago I remember the community surrounding us. Raising money for the Ulman Cancer Fund gives young adults and their families the opportunity to seek out the support they need and to get connected to a strong knit community, such as the Ulman Cancer Fund, to fight the good fight!
Community is everything. And by fundraising for the Ulman Cancer Fund and journeying across the country, we are able to give these individuals and families a strong sense of community, love and hope! From coast to coast, connecting with young adults across the country to take a stand TOGETHER in the fight against cancer.
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!
|Gus Gustafson||08/22/2017||$100.00||Congratulations on completing this ride.||Anonymous Friend||05/17/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||05/07/2017||$150.00||Laura Donatello||04/24/2017||$100.00||Wishing you a beautiful and safe ride. Love, The Donatello Family||James Telles||04/18/2017||$150.00||Skeika Gramshammer||04/18/2017||$100.00||Allison Gregory||04/17/2017||$30.00||Woo! I’m so excited for you, Kerrin! Love and miss you so much. Happy Trails!! ~Allie||John Lyon||04/13/2017||$100.00||Very impressive undertaking - best of luck!||Patricia Kelly-Holmes||04/09/2017||$100.00||So excited for you, Kerri! Thanks for riding across the country (wow!) in support of such a worthy cause! Safe travels and let us know if you are passing through our neck of the woods! Lots of love, Tish and Gumby||Regina Kessler||04/09/2017||$50.00||Kerrin, I am so proud that you are following your dreams! I know how much you've talked about doing this. It seems as though things are are falling into place for you, but not without the hard work, dedication, and determination you've put into things! That's how I know you will be successful on this journey. I will be thinking of you and know that with every pedal push forward you will be helping the cure! Love ya! Regina||MaryBeth Lopes||03/23/2017||$100.00||Safe travels and God bless! The Lopes Family||Cecelia and Josh O'Neill||03/22/2017||$100.00||So proud of you Kerri! Good luck and stay safe. Can't wait to hear all about the trip. Love you! Cecelia, Josh and Owen||Liz Walsh||03/21/2017||$50.00||Thanks Kerrin!!||Gene Grogan||03/21/2017||$100.00||Kerri we are so proud of you! We will watch you as you make your way across the country! Love you Ellen, Gene, Celia, Colleen and Kathleen||Tim & Debbie Supplee||03/20/2017||$100.00||We're so impressed! God Speed! We know you'll have so much fun and we'll be praying and waiting for updates from your parents.||Andrew Holmes||03/20/2017||$50.00||Kyle Shaffer||03/19/2017||$15.00||go get em'||Sally Reis||03/05/2017||$50.00||Kerrin, we will be thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers this summer as you make your 70 day ride. Enjoy the experience!||Nancy Nastro||02/26/2017||$75.00||Enjoy your incredible ride for a great cause and be safe.||Kathleen Holmes||02/09/2017||$25.00||Safe travels! We are very proud of you! Tim, Kathleen, Patrick, Nora and Timmy||Tony Gallis||01/30/2017||$100.00||Kerrin...the Gallis fam is proud to make a donation in support of your incredible effort. Please be safe and enjoy the journey!!||Micaela Holmes||01/25/2017||$75.00||Beyond proud of you sissy <3 Now you get to be those bikers on the side of the road!||Mary Rooney||01/13/2017||$100.00||What an incredible way to help others battling and beating this horrible disease. So proud of you!||Nancy DeNisio||01/03/2017||$100.00||Kerri - you have such a big heart! And you are so right about the importance of family and community support during challenging times. Not everyone has that, so the services of this organization are valuable. Thank you and all the best on your journey!||Robert Newbrough||01/03/2017||$100.00||Good luck! You have a nice mom!||Ang Warren||12/24/2016||$30.00||Good Luck!!!||Abi Patil||12/03/2016||$50.00||Joanne Holmes||12/01/2016||$250.00||Kerrin, grandpa would be so proud of you and your goal of helping others who are affected by cancer, particularly those that are young; he always had such a soft spot for the youth. I know that while he is not here on Earth he is watching you from above and cheering you on. Thank you for being part of the greater good that allows us to have Hope in something bigger than ourselves. Love you lots.||Megan Wolfe||12/01/2016||$100.00||May you have the ride of your life, for this very worthy cause! God bless you Kerrin||Christopher Wolfe||11/29/2016||$50.00||Great goal and a great cause! We're all proud of you for giving back! "The road goes ever on and on".||Jessica Rengers||11/29/2016||$50.00||Yaaaaaayyyyy Karen! You are amazing! Rock on, sister!||Brian Walsh||11/07/2016||$100.00||Good Luck! I was at the Y and your Mom told me you were doing this - love it...have fun!||Marilyn Olson||11/05/2016||$25.00||Journey on sister!||Jennifer Lenz||09/27/2016||$50.00||So proud of you Kerrin!! xxoo||Karen Gonyon||09/23/2016||$50.00||Kerrin, wishing you a safe journey.||Joe Odierno||09/23/2016||$20.00||Get it Kerrin!!! Good luck and stay safe!!!||Jess Plummer||09/23/2016||$100.00||I am so proud of you :)||Jean Casazza||09/19/2016||$10.00||Linda Kuchenbrod||09/06/2016||$25.00||Barbara Nunke||08/29/2016||$50.00||Megann Graf||08/27/2016||$50.00||Best of luck on your journey! We will be praying for you!||Richie Ducharme||08/22/2016||$500.00||Casey Holmes||08/21/2016||$100.00||Goodluck! I am so proud to call you my sister! Have a fun and safe ride:) Love you to pieces!||Kendra Weible||08/18/2016||$50.00||Kerrin. I know "of" you through your mother who I am privileged to work with! As a fellow McDaniel/Western Maryland College Alumni, I am thrilled by your accomplishments and aspirations! In honor of your mom and a dear WMC friend I lost to cancer - Long May You Ride!!!||Maureen Reilly||08/16/2016||$25.00||Aileen Holmes||08/13/2016||$250.00||So so proud of you, sissy :) Prayers for the safest and most exciting of journeys! Love you.||Joan Heimerich||08/12/2016||$1,000.00||Prayers for a safe journey.||Caroline Plummer||08/11/2016||$25.00||so excited for you!!!! you constantly amaze me, girl!! best of luck!!!||Anijke Simon||08/09/2016||$20.00||GO KAREN!||Kerrin Holmes||08/05/2016||$100.00|