Kylie Barber is a sophomore at Central Michigan 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 Baltimore, MD to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Throughout my life I have had family members who have been affected by cancer as well as numerous people in the place that I call home known as Lake Orion, MI. When it comes to cancer, it's not an easy topic to talk about. So many people in our life face the battle of cancer and that's something during my lifetime that I hope I get to see change. This run is all about college students and recent college graduates helping to bring awareness and helping to fight and find the cure to cancer. I believe we have the power to make a huge impact on a huge problem.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
As soon as I saw this opportunity to be apart of this run, I wasn't afraid. From the beginning, I had a gut feeling that this was something that I needed and wanted to do. I have never been apart of something this big where you get to see the impact that you are doing for the cancer community. I know this run will challenge me physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I am ready to take on this commitment. I know this experience will be once in a lifetime and I can't wait to see what this journey has in store for me as well as the rest of my team!
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!
|Joe & Sarah Garci||07/23/2017||$100.00||Proud of your effort. You're a typical Larsen!!!||Jane Paul||06/18/2017||$50.00||For your amazing bravery||Amy Lieblein||06/14/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Kylie!!!||Catherine Womack||06/13/2017||$30.00||Kylie, we will be cheering your Big Hearted, Adventurous Soul every step and mile you run! We're behind you each day with prayers, encouragement, and Love! _Cathy and the Womack Crew||Amy Thomas||06/13/2017||$20.00||Thank you Amy Thomas for your donation and support for Kylie today, it is truly appreciated!||Jay Paul||06/08/2017||$40.00||Best wishes for this exciting challenge, Kylie!||Carl Zoolkoski||05/13/2017||$50.00||You're awesome Kylie. My friend Jessica was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 25 and passed away after a long fight in 2013 at 32. Thank you for working hard to support Ulman and young adults with cancer. Good luck and God Bless!||Lisa G Andridge||05/05/2017||$50.00||Teresa West||05/04/2017||$100.00||This is an amazing goal, cause and experience! Best wishes on your journey!||Rose McGee||05/04/2017||$30.00||Good luck on your journey Kylie!!||Sue Wurtz||05/04/2017||$30.00||Jeff/susan Gregory||05/03/2017||$130.31||Good Luck...Kylie!!||Anonymous Friend||04/30/2017||$100.00||William Pauzus||04/29/2017||$50.00||Good luck to Kylie and all participating in this event.||Lori Tartoni||04/28/2017||$50.00||Kylie, you really are amazing :) It's people like you that make the world a better place. We are so proud to call you friend. - the Tartoni Family||Bob & Sandy Ruby||04/28/2017||$100.00||You go girl! Cancer is pure evil and takes way too many of our loved ones! Cameron would be very proud of your effort. Check out the new www.cameronruby.com website.||Erin Womack||04/27/2017||$6.69||9 years ago you wouldn't stop staring at me in English and made me be your clock partner. Now you're running across the country. Ilysm and will be rooting for you the whole time. :)||T & L VanHollebeke Charitable Fund||04/19/2017||$100.00||Richard J Kursinsky||04/19/2017||$125.00||Tom & Sally Walsh||04/18/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Kylie||Steve and Tricia Batoha||04/16/2017||$50.00||Nice work Kylie!||Paul Neumeyer||04/12/2017||$25.00||Very proud of you Kylie and dedication and purpose you are finding in your life. Plus, you're a fellow Chip!! Fire Up!||Kathleen Connealy||04/12/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||03/30/2017||$40.00||Be safe, and thank you for taking this on!||Kate Schueren||03/21/2017||$50.00||Go Get Em Kylie! Such a wonderful thing you are doing. Like in everything you do... run your heart out! The Schueren Family||Anonymous Friend||03/21/2017||$100.00||Thanks for your effort good luck||Linda DeMarco||03/20/2017||$25.00||Good Luck to all the participants!||Kevin Larsen||03/12/2017||$299.00||A wonderful thing you have undertaken. Hope your journey and adventure is fulfilling.||Dick and Sue Chapman||03/09/2017||$200.00||So proud of you! Best of luck!||Lynne Kusmer||02/24/2017||$200.00||Best wishes on this awesome experience. It is heartwarming and inspiring you to see you take on this challenge to help others. It will be fun to follow your progress. GO KYLIE GO!||Nordstrom||02/21/2017||$100.00||Kimberly McIsaac||02/19/2017||$50.00||Good Luck on this amazing Journey. Love that your living life to help others.||Katie Vachon||02/14/2017||$25.00||Linda Carr||02/13/2017||$50.00||Best of luck, Kylie! We had a little scare with Lauren a few years ago but she is healthy now. All our love, The Carr's||Anonymous Friend||01/17/2017||$81.00||A warm "thank you" to the individuals that donated "cash" at the Bone Marrow Registry. Your support is greatly appreciated!||Janet Lovett||01/09/2017||$100.00||Our son Jacob just beat ALL. It was a joutney he will be on for a long time. God Bless you Kylie||The Cavellier Family||01/08/2017||$20.00||Good luck Kylie!||Jane Losensky||01/08/2017||$50.00||Good luck Kylie!||Charisse Williamson||01/07/2017||$20.00||John Ashman||01/07/2017||$50.00||Andrew Whitus||01/07/2017||$100.00||Marie DeArment||01/06/2017||$50.00||What an awesome thing to do for such a worthy cause. (Use to work with your dad @ FCA). Wishing you the best!||Roberta and Paul Bresette||01/06/2017||$500.00||We are so proud of your lofty goal Kylie. You are a beautiful granddaughter---inside and out. There are many in our family who have had cancer so it is foremost in our minds and hearts. I am personally grateful to be disease free. We love you so much.||Mary Tyrrell||01/05/2017||$25.00||This is awesome,my nephew ,Jake had a bone marrow transplant and just received a Cancer Free diagnosis. Good Luck Kylie !!!||Karen Knox||01/05/2017||$25.00||My sister, Michelle, lost her fight with cancer. I am a cancer survivor. I wish you all the best on your journey.||Cheryl Loubert||01/05/2017||$20.00||This is in memory of my friend Kate who fought a brave fight for 6 years against breast cancer. Good luck!||Geraldine Barber||01/05/2017||$50.00||Lisa Boulter||01/04/2017||$150.00||Kylie-this is a wonderful thing you are doing! So very proud of you! Good luck on your journey, we will be thinking of you all summer!||Nick Nunn||01/04/2017||$15.00||Good luck Kylie!! I know you're gonna do great and we are all so proud of you||Kristi Nelson||12/31/2016||$50.00||Heard about your adventure through our daughter, Abby, and just HAD to show our support! You go, girl!||Gina Barber||12/29/2016||$100.00||Fighting cancer is an uncertain and frightening journey. Your effort inspires hope that one day that fear will be eliminated. Kylie, thank you for this!||Jennifer Howe||12/29/2016||$50.00||Susan Griffo||12/29/2016||$100.00||Thank you for working to make a difference. Frank, Miranda and I love you!||Deborah Kiefer||12/29/2016||$150.00||Enjoy the journey, Kylie, and be proud of all the good you're doing. From the entire Kiefer family, run strong!||Edward Grace||12/29/2016||$500.00||Katie Barber||12/29/2016||$100.00||Good Luck, Kylie! I can't wait to watch you complete this journey!||Emily Moll||12/28/2016||$15.00||Wow Kylie!!! This is amazing!! I mean so excited to follow your journey as you do this! ❤||Kristine Lambrecht||12/28/2016||$30.00||Thank you Kylie, run with a smile!||Nicolas Moses||12/28/2016||$100.00||Thank you Kylie. I know with the help of these events, we will find a cure, or at least an understanding on how to control cancer.||Brenda Becker||12/28/2016||$500.00||Go Kylie Go! We will see you at the finish line!!||Renee Lynch||12/28/2016||$25.00||Good luck, Kylie! You can do it!!||Kylie Barber||12/14/2016||$100.00|