Kylie Barber is a Senior at Central Michigan Univeristy. In the summer of 2019, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandmas on both sides of my family have been affected by cancer and thankfully are both survivors. I also have had an Uncle pass away on my mom's side from colon cancer. These are just a few people in my family that have been affected by cancer, but the list is endless when I include close friends and members of Lake Orion, MI that know individuals that have battled cancer.
Being apart of the 4K community has definitely brought me closer to the cancer community in numerous ways. Hearing stories from my teammates, people we met along our journey, and the stories shared with us by Ulman were sometimes so hard to listen to, but my teammates and I knew we were doing the best we could to try and help as many people we could.
Talking about cancer and how people deal with cancer can be different among everyone and very hard to deal with, but what I have learned through this experience is to not keep your feelings all bottled up inside and that it is okay to talk about even if it may be hard.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
Participating in the 4K on Team Baltimore in 2017 had a huge impact on me and I can honestly say it changed my life. This was the first time in my life where I felt I was truly making an impact on an issue that almost everyone I know has some sort of connection to.
The most rewarding feeling was dedicating miles to those who have fought, continue to fight, or have survived cancer. Showing our support for multiple individuals by writing names on our legs, sharing stories with our teammates, and letting that individual know on their day of dedication is something I never knew could be so powerful.
After I finished the run, I never realized how much my 4K experience would come up in conversation with different people at the most random times. People would always ask me if I would do it again and at first my answer was always no, but as I saw individuals crossing the finish line in 2018, my heart was itching to do it again. I have searched for other opportunities online to see what I could find, but nothing quite compares to 4K.
Although I have went through 4K once, I know that the bike trip is going to be completely different and personally more challenging for myself. The farthest I have biked is 40 miles on a very flat trail and on average during this bike trip each individual will be biking 50 to 120 miles a day for 70 days.
I am ready for the work cut out for me and am excited to be putting my passion and energy into training and fundraising for an organization that I have fallen in love with and have seen make a difference in the young adult cancer community.
2019 marks the 18th 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 Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 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.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!
|Sara Mervenne Edleman||06/09/2019||$200.00||Ride on, Kylie! Thank you for honoring our father.||John Mervenne||06/09/2019||$176.44||Thank you for doing this.||Eleanor Etienne||05/24/2019||$10.00||Kylie Barber||05/09/2019||$40.00||Thank you Kim Cramer for your donation!||Frank & Susan Griffo||03/18/2019||$100.00||Nordstrom||03/07/2019||$100.00||Panera, LLC||03/05/2019||$189.53||Bonfire||03/01/2019||$42.75||Lauren Wojtowicz||02/18/2019||$10.00||Madison Hill||02/18/2019||$10.00||Kendall Ashman||02/17/2019||$10.00||I love you Kylie!!!||Kimberly Wright||02/13/2019||$146.00||Donation made on behalf of the Troy North, Michigan Aerotek office.||Mary Ellen Howard||02/10/2019||$25.00||Kylie!! So proud of you for committing yourself AGAIN to this incredible cause! I look forward to watching your progress this summer and am just amazed by you and all of the 4K teams! "What Hill?!" #teambaltimore 2017 xoxoxo||Kylie Barber||02/02/2019||$985.00||Bowling Fundraiser $915, Chipotle Fundraiser cash $20, Mollie Taylor donation $50!||Gina Barber||02/01/2019||$100.00||We have lost friends and family to cancer. We are making our donation in memory of and also in honor of those dear to us that have survived this horrible disease. Uncle Dave and I are proud of you for dedicating so much of yourself to make a difference. We are thankful for you and will cheer you on as you make this journey. We love you!||Sarah Eacho||02/01/2019||$25.00||So proud of you Kylie!! You're awesome!||Amy Lieblein||01/28/2019||$100.00||Good job Kylie! You're doing great things!!!||Paul and Roberta Bresette||01/25/2019||$150.00||Best wishes for a successful endeavor. Stay safe. We appreciate your determination to do good. We love you so much X O||Kevin Larsen||01/22/2019||$350.00||Donations and support from the Lombardo's, Alexiev's, Rosemayers, Zablocki's and myself ... all thanking you for your dedication to this cause and wishing you great success in this adventure. Do good - Have fun!||Sue Roberts||01/22/2019||$100.00||May the road rise with you... go girl!||Britni Rosemeyer||01/19/2019||$50.00||Jane and John Losensky||01/18/2019||$75.00||John and I both have sisters who are cancer survivors. (Chris Laughman and Mary Hohnholt) Unfortunately, John's best buddy, Bob Kintner died, after only 6 weeks of battling melanoma in 2018. Please ride some miles in his memory, he is deeply missed. I also have a fearless cousin, Amy Borneo who has battled cancer twice now, with her loving family by her side, she has been quite the fighter, and has been cancer free for the last few years. Hooray!!! Thank you Kylie, for this cause, and for thinking of our loved ones, much appreciated!!!||Renee Axt||01/17/2019||$100.00||Keep running!||Chipotle||01/16/2019||$201.28||Jenna Losensky||01/14/2019||$20.00||You rock and good luck!||Ally Duley||01/13/2019||$15.00||You are such an inspiration and an incredible human, thank you for being you and for being a person I can always look up to.||Lynne Kusmer||01/12/2019||$250.00||Kylie, thank you for you taking another Ulman physical challenge in support of others. YOU ROCK! GO KYLIE GO!!!||Eugene Elmo||01/10/2019||$50.00||Mark Tindall||01/10/2019||$200.00||Deborah Kiefer||01/07/2019||$100.00||In honor of Krys Yocca (51) and Missy Streveler (46) -- friends we lost in 2018. Thank you, Kylie, for your commitment and for making a difference!||Anne Mervenne||01/07/2019||$500.00||Hi Kylie! I am so glad that you reached out to me and I am honored to support you in this incredibly important endeavor. Thank you for dedicating your time and energy to this important cause. I am donating in memory of my late father, John Mervenne, who passed away 49 years ago at the age of 40 from cancer. I was 11 years old so know first hand how this disease impacts families. Best wishes for a great trip! I look forward to following your progress!!!||Kate Schueren||01/07/2019||$50.00||You AMAZE me Kylie! I make this donation in honor of my cousin, Brian Latuch, who fights the battle of Glioblastoma ,like a true warrior, each and every day. I look forward to reading about your adventure, as you ride across our nation, like the hero you are! Thank you for doing this!||Evan Dholakia||01/06/2019||$50.00||So proud of you! This is incredibly... incredible!||Kylie Barber||01/06/2019||$114.00||Cash donations from Panera Fundraiser!||Al Keller||01/05/2019||$30.00||Wishing you all the best on the trip and Thank You for putting others first.||Linda Shurtliff||01/05/2019||$40.00||Good luck on the bike trip. What a wonderful way to raise funds and awareness.||Lori Campbell||01/05/2019||$100.00||Lynette Whitus||01/05/2019||$100.00||Kim Spiris||01/04/2019||$25.00||What a great cause! Wishing you the best on this journey.||Kylie Barber||01/04/2019||$100.00||Big thank you to Chapie & Sue for the generous donation!||Martha Jordan||01/04/2019||$25.00||I am so proud of you for doing this.||T & L VanHollebeke Charitable Fund||12/19/2018||$125.00||Zach Batt||12/16/2018||$25.00||YOU'RE AMAZING||Kylie Barber||12/16/2018||$20.00||Thank you Kristine Lambrecht and family for your donation!||Garrett Heise||12/16/2018||$20.00||Keep up the great work!||Brenda Becker||12/05/2018||$250.00||Proud of you Kylie||Wendy Wroby||12/04/2018||$50.00||Wishing you good luck with this exciting adventure!||Kylie Barber||11/28/2018||$20.00||Shoutout to my donation from one of my best friends Julia Vachon from Giving Tuesday!||Jacqueline Whitus||11/27/2018||$100.00||So proud of you Kylie!!||Kate Schmidt||11/26/2018||$50.00||So excited to follow tour trip this summer! Keep laughing, smiling, and remember "Help is on the Way!"||Amanda Geeck||11/24/2018||$100.00||❤ You are amazing Kylie||Rebecca Howard||11/23/2018||$25.00||So proud of you!!!! Love you tons. OWN IT LIKE YOU OWN ITTTT. ❤️||PD Stein||11/23/2018||$50.00||So proud of you for taking the challenge again||Kylie Barber||10/31/2018||$100.00|