Kerry Stein is a Senior at the University of Central Florida. 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?
In my life thus far, I have known many people, both friends and family members, who have battled cancer in some form. I feel most connected to the cancer community through my brother, Matthew, a survivor of 6 years. Living with him and watching him go through chemo every day for months made cancer a much more real and scary prospect. It was the reason I researched and became a part of raising awareness for colon cancer. It was also the only way I could prepare for when my godfather, Jeff, was diagnosed and then passed away from esophageal cancer last year. Watching them fight this awful disease was difficult and scary, but it was also inspiring and hopeful. It is in memory and thanksgiving for my uncles, brother, aunt, family and friends who have struggled with cancer and have inspired me by their strength and perseverance to overcome it, that I am so passionate and grateful to become an involved member in the cancer community.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am running for my brother being 6 years a survivor. For my godfather who lost his life fighting this illness. For my aunts and uncles battling skin cancer. For all of my family and friends who endured the journey with them and myself. But I am also running with the Ulman Cancer Fund to help all those whose lives and health are now subject to the will of this disease and have no control over the medical circumstances they are in. I believe in the Ulman Cancer Fund's mission to change lives through creating and providing support to those impacted by cancer. Along this journey, I will strive to raise awareness and funds for the members of the cancer community, to use my impact and provide that kind of support to them, and to expand their support systems with every mile I run.
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!
|Matt White||07/16/2017||$65.00||Thank you so much for what you were doing it was very nice meeting you along your journey I had a lot of fun||Sarah McKenna And Family||07/16/2017||$50.00||What an adventure... and for a great cause! Best of luck to you, Kerry!||Brina Deleuze||07/16/2017||$1.00||Mark Baum||07/14/2017||$100.00||MARGARET CORE||07/14/2017||$25.00||Thank you for your efforts to bring more awareness to Cancer. Your run across American is a wonderful lifetime experience.||Doug & Ann Mossberg||07/14/2017||$50.00||Thank you for your generous spirit in helping the people who suffer from cancer!||Mary Kate Bula||06/26/2017||$20.00||THANKS FOR BEING AMAZING! Keep it up :)||Kathleen Bula||06/19/2017||$25.00||Please run in memory of my sister and fellow Tartan, Christine '80, and my daughter, Kelley - both who died from cancer too early in their lives. And in honor of my sister-in-law, Barbara, who is struggling with cancer treatments right now. RUN KERRY RUN!! And remember, Once a Holy Cross Girl, Always a Holy Cross Girl!!||Jackie McCarthy||06/19/2017||$50.00||Go Kerry Go! I work with Rosemary and Kevin. Have a fantastic run!||Anonymous Friend||06/14/2017||$200.00||Greg Argyros||06/13/2017||$100.00||Awesome, Kerry! Sending prayers.||Shawn Barnes||06/13/2017||$50.00||Awesome Job Kerry!! We are very proud of you! The Barnes Family!||Anonymous Friend||06/13/2017||$200.00||Way to go - so proud of you - you are just amazing!||Jackie Speelman||06/13/2017||$20.00||Kerry, Way to go, can't wait to hear about your amazing experience!||Sean Sullivan||05/26/2017||$200.00||Go Kerry Go!!||Lucas DAgostino||05/16/2017||$10.00||So proud of you and your accomplishments. Honored to have spent the last 4 years with u and look forward to being lifelong friends! <3||Birtina Clayburn||05/04/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Kerry! We are proud of you. The Ethics Team!||Mary Kay Levine||05/04/2017||$100.00||Good Luck, Kerry!||Steven Runyan||05/03/2017||$10.00||Kathleen Bovello||05/02/2017||$300.00||What a great adventure, and for a good cause. So proud of you Kerry!||Patrick and Melissa Bovello||04/30/2017||$100.00||I miss my mother every day. So happy to support this!||Anonymous Friend||04/29/2017||$200.00||So proud of you honey, our prayers and blessings are with you always!||Susie Van Gieson||04/29/2017||$50.00||Enjoy||Liz Welton||04/29/2017||$100.00||So proud of you! Go Kerry!||Mark Stein||04/29/2017||$100.00||Chipmunk I'm so proud of you!||LeeAnn and Samantha Hall||04/29/2017||$50.00||Kerry - so proud of you! LeeAnn and Samantha||Barbara Sonneman||04/11/2017||$100.00||Good Luck with your walk Kerry Rose.||Katie Hencak||04/03/2017||$5.00||You're so inspiring ily! <3||Morgan Hearns||04/03/2017||$20.00||So proud of you, love you||Carol Branson||04/03/2017||$50.00||So proud of you Kerry Love Aunt Carol||Janine Deiling||03/05/2017||$100.00||You are AWESOME Kerry! ❤||Mara DeKemper||02/25/2017||$200.00||Congratulations for promoting cancer awareness - it's very impressive to ride across country. May you have much fun along the way in this great journey you are embarking upon.||Melodie Van Erden||02/18/2017||$500.00||Lynn and I wish you the best on this adventure Kerry! So proud of what you are doing! We hope to see you on the road!||Jerry Chadwick||02/16/2017||$50.00||Best wishes Kerry on achieving your goals for this worthy charity!||Donald Yee||02/05/2017||$50.00||Hi Kerry. You are my hero!!! Don||Jim & Clare Kuzma||02/03/2017||$200.00||Art & Sue Yerecic||02/03/2017||$100.00||Kerry-On behalf of all families impacted by cancer-thank you so much for participating in the "coast to coast" run to give strength, hope and support to those individuals (and their loved ones) affected by this disease.||Jeff Pryor||02/02/2017||$500.00||With you every step, Kerry. Thank you!||John Haggerty||02/02/2017||$100.00||Steve Martinez||02/02/2017||$100.00||Matt Stein||02/02/2017||$100.00||So proud of you, honey! Way to go!!||Sarah McKenna||02/02/2017||$10.00||You're gunna do great, so proud of you!||Sharon and John Stanton||02/01/2017||$100.00||Such a worthy cause and we are so glad you are doing this. Good Luck!||Bernadette Launi||02/01/2017||$20.00||Go Kerry!!! Such an amazing cause good luck!!||Ashley Levin||02/01/2017||$10.00||So proud of you big!||Jenna Farrell||01/31/2017||$5.00||Love ya bestie!||Jeffrey Stein||12/25/2016||$100.00||As a cancer survivor I want to give back for all the care I received.||Gunner Van Erden||12/25/2016||$50.00||David Silberstein||12/24/2016||$100.00||Such an important message to all, thank you. Happy Holidays||Michael and Faith Fiocco||12/03/2016||$100.00||Great adventure and great cause Run Kerry Run||Laura Gerbec||11/22/2016||$5.00||LML and I know you'll do amazing. I'd like my donation to be in honor of your brother. Know you have your sisters cheering you on!||Linda Howard||11/07/2016||$25.00||Thanks to your father, who posted your donation page on FaceBook. Thank You for raising money to fight cancer. peace, Linda||Matt Stein||10/29/2016||$100.00||So proud of you Kerry! Love you!||Anthony Rowedder||10/28/2016||$300.00||Way to go Kerry. All the Rowedder's will be rooting and praying for you!||Daniella Risi||10/08/2016||$20.00||Thanks for being my savior and driving me to the airport to escape Matthew!! Best of luck!||Audrey Walke||10/02/2016||$30.00||Have so much fun! We're rooting for you! Xoxo, the Walkes||Heidi McAuliffe||09/30/2016||$100.00||Kerry, we will look forward to hearing about your journey. Enjoy the experience and know that your efforts will help and comfort so many. Heidi and Mike McAuliffe||Kelly Jonas||09/29/2016||$50.00||Kerry, this is an amazing(and a little crazy ;) opportunity! Good luck, prayers to you! Love, Kelly||Anonymous Friend||09/29/2016||$250.00||We have the best and brightest to find cures for this disease, and you honey, are a shining star among them. God Bless you and the team, and many thanks from cancer warriors and survivors!||Eileen Pryor||09/29/2016||$500.00||Kerry -- What a wonderful way to pay tribute to Jeff and to support Matt, Maureen, Jeff S., and all our other family members who are battling, coping with this terrible disease. Go Kerry -- You Rock! Love, Eileen||Anonymous Friend||09/29/2016||$100.00||Gina Kruse||09/26/2016||$25.00||I'm so proud of you Kerry!||Kerry Stein||09/19/2016||$100.00|