Laura Kasella is a sophomore at University of Minnesota- Duluth. In the summer of 2018, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandma, who I’m very close with is, thankfully, a two-time breast and ovarian cancer survivor. Over the past four years I have been a caregiver to my mom who is now also a two-time colon and liver cancer survivor. Watching my mom battle her disease has been the most challenging part of my life so far, but I’ve tried to make the best out of my experiences, using my knowledge to raise awareness and funds to help others. For the past two years, I have been on the leadership team for our local Relay for Life in Minnesota and have been a captain of my own team of amazing friends. Planning events and raising money in a fun way has been a truly rewarding experience and the cancer community has been a great place to meet people who can share what I’ve been through and has been a huge support network for me ever since my mom was diagnosed in 2013.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Since my work with Relay for Life, I have been looking for different ways to contribute to the cancer fundraising and research efforts, and this program seems like a great fit to make that happen. I am an extremely goal-oriented person and I love to always set higher and higher goals for myself. If I could set a massive goal- like crossing the entire U.S. on a bike and raise funds for the cancer community which I feel so connected to: what’s not to love? As a college student, at times I can feel quite helpless because I can’t contribute to charities and fundraisers financially, but I’m aware that I can and should donate: my time, energy, and attitude.
I think it’s awesome to be a part of a program where young people are helping other young people, and I can’t wait to have an amazing summer with my teammates!
2018 marks the 17th 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 a 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!
|Lisa Wissbaum||07/26/2018||$50.00||Go Laura...just looked back at all your pictures from day 1. What a blast and for a great cause. Keep on giving and going!||Laurie & Jim Ehle||06/03/2018||$25.00||Good luck Laura.||Dave and Jeanne Marlow||05/29/2018||$60.00||Anonymous Friend||05/25/2018||$50.00||Buena Suerte!||Anonymous Friend||05/18/2018||$200.00||Mike Cassidy||05/13/2018||$65.00||In honor of Grandma Sue on Mother's Day. From Mike and Sharon and Family||Ben Strothman||05/10/2018||$30.00||Jerry Moynagh||05/08/2018||$50.00||Proud of your leadership for a great cause!||Mary Theresa Menkiewicz||05/06/2018||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||05/04/2018||$25.00||Josephine Unwin||04/29/2018||$50.00||Good luck Laura. You are awesome!||Julie Holte||04/28/2018||$50.00||Brian Giesen||04/27/2018||$100.00||What an awesome thing you are doing!||Lois Fillmore||04/27/2018||$50.00||Mike Cassidy||04/22/2018||$100.00||Dolly & Jerry Ludden||04/19/2018||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||04/09/2018||$100.00||Eleanor Kasella||04/09/2018||$100.00||Jane Edgell||04/09/2018||$75.00||Rhonda Gombold||04/08/2018||$200.00||My very best wishes for a safe and fulfilling adventure this summer. God Bless you!||Michelle Reuther||04/06/2018||$100.00||Robert Nelson||03/25/2018||$50.00||From Andrew Nelson's parents. He told us about your big ride. Hope the experience is unbelievable! Thanks for doing this - as you see from the "In Honor" section, cancer has hit my family HARD! Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable journey! Bob -||Red's Savoy Pizza||03/20/2018||$125.00||Carol Mulroy||03/18/2018||$100.00||In honor of my nephew Cameron Herman who brought this to my attention and who donated previously in my honor as I am a cancer survivor.||Sue Kondratowicz||03/18/2018||$100.00||So proud of your courage and dedication, Laura!||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2018||$50.00||Ann Marie Cimperman||03/15/2018||$150.00||You are a rock star and an inspiration!!||AJ Kasella||03/13/2018||$100.00||Barry Krinke||03/13/2018||$40.00||Anonymous Friend||03/13/2018||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||03/12/2018||$200.00||Jim and Sue Cassidy||03/10/2018||$200.00||Erica Chung||03/09/2018||$150.00||From one of Big Quynh's Friends - you're an inspiration, keep kicking butt! <3||Dar Kasella||03/08/2018||$100.00||Big Quynh Van||03/07/2018||$50.00||You're gonna rock it! So excited for you!||Andy Stockholm||03/07/2018||$100.00||Wow!||Celeste Knoff||03/06/2018||$100.00||I'm so proud of you for doing this Laura. We're behind you all the way. Let us know how we can help.||Angelica S Trahan||03/06/2018||$250.00||Maggie Maertz||03/04/2018||$300.00||So excited for you and am humbled to be your aunt! You rock!||Patti Bjorke||03/03/2018||$100.00||Thank you and have fun. Love, Aunt Patti||Anne Maertz||03/02/2018||$70.00||Renee Peterson||02/27/2018||$50.00||So proud of you! Enjoy your ride!||Cameron Hermann||02/18/2018||$25.00||“Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to” – Dr K.K. Doty||Amy Kuntz||02/17/2018||$100.00||What an amazing contribution you are making! Have fun & be safe!||Vincent Maertz||02/16/2018||$25.00||Proud of you Laura! I wish I could help more...||Hannah Maertz||02/16/2018||$75.00||I'm so happy you're going on this amazing adventure!! You deserve to see the world and this is a wonderful way to do so.love you||Patricia Davison||02/15/2018||$25.00||Thank you all for what you are doing for awareness ❤️❤️||Kenny Siegel||02/15/2018||$50.00||LOC VAN||02/14/2018||$50.00||Connie Kasella||02/14/2018||$200.00||You go girl!! So proud of you!||Laura Kasella||02/11/2018||$100.00|