Lauren Gray is a junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 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 San Francisco, CA, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Almost everyone's lives have been affected by cancer whether it be friends or family. Cancer has taken friends and family from me. I had a coach pass away of cancer. Janet Weaver was a friend, role model and an inspiration to all of her students. She pushed us to be better, to try new things, and provided guidance both in baton twirling and in life. I've watched as cancer has devastated families and I am willing to do anything to provide help and inspire hope.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am dedicating my summer to riding 4,000 miles with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to support those who fight and those whose lives have been torn apart by cancer. I've seen the devastating affects of cancer and I want to help make sure that no one ever has to face cancer alone. I want to inspire hope and be inspired by others on this journey.
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!
|Dhaval Jani||09/12/2018||$51.00||Deeply admire your dedication for the cause. Wish you the very best for times to come.||Anonymous Friend||08/03/2018||$300.00||Congratulations for making it so far.||Belle Aires||06/18/2018||$60.00||In loving memory of Janet. Love you.||Kate Mang||06/02/2018||$50.00||Good luck!||Maryland Baton Council||06/02/2018||$231.00||Beth Chatterton||06/02/2018||$200.00||Good luck! Love you!||Dawn Shreves||05/18/2018||$50.00||I hope that this donation helps. I hope that you have a safe ride and know that your angle Janet will be with you the entire time. Good luck. WE love you very much.||Michelle Limeres||05/15/2018||$100.00||So proud of my second daughter! Love ya||Autumn Perkins||05/12/2018||$100.00||Kick Ass Girl!!!||Shailja Gower||04/11/2018||$100.00||What an amazing experience Sko Buffs||Melanie & Donald Parr||04/11/2018||$50.00||You can do it!!||Marissa Krakat||04/10/2018||$10.00||Julie Webb||04/10/2018||$50.00||You are AMAZING Lauren! You go girl!||Joanne Evert||04/10/2018||$50.00||Awesome Lauren! Good luck and thanks for your incredible commitment!||Ed Harris||04/10/2018||$75.00||Have fun and ride safe.||UnitedHealth Group||02/21/2018||$250.00||Angela Quidley||01/14/2018||$100.00||Ahhhh I'm so proud of all that you're accomplishing this year, even though it means not seeing you every week. I love you so much. #2timespairschamps4eva||Pat MacNabb||12/31/2017||$250.00||Lauren - let 2018 be the beginning of life changing experiences and service. Good Luck on this journey to help and inspire others !!! Pat & George||Joseph McGrath||12/31/2017||$100.00||Theresa Rounds||12/30/2017||$400.00||Kim Beane is a very dear friend and it is my pleasure to support you Lauren. Best of luck on your very, very long ride!||Danny Mooney||12/29/2017||$100.00||Enjoy the ride Lauren - it should be a great experience for a great cause. Dan & Deb||Mark Lash||12/26/2017||$25.00||Lauren Gray||12/26/2017||$125.00||Jacob Cherone||12/26/2017||$100.00||UNO Restaurants LLC||12/26/2017||$447.10||Shannon Bol||12/12/2017||$250.00||Jamie Courtney||12/12/2017||$500.00||Have a great 4K!!! So excited for you!!! Karen & Jamie||Anonymous Friend||12/03/2017||$200.00||Dixie Gray-Rine||12/03/2017||$100.00||Go aunt Lauren!!!||Mark Lash||11/26/2017||$50.00||Grandpa Bill Gray and Harriett||11/25/2017||$500.00||Mike Favinger||11/16/2017||$100.00||Anthony Giorgio||11/16/2017||$250.00||Susan Lamont||11/16/2017||$50.00||Dean Gray||11/14/2017||$250.00||2018 will be an incredible year for you Lauren. Be BOULDER and enjoy the ride! Dad and Kim||Lauren Gray||11/03/2017||$100.00|