McKenzie Stevens's Fundraising Page
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McKenzie Stevens's Fundraising Page
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McKenzie Stevens is a graduate student at Spalding 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 New York, NY. 

What is your connection to the cancer community?

I have run across many people in my life who have dealt with or who are still dealing with cancer. One of my strongest connections to the cancer community is through my best friend. Her brother was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of Sarcoma at the young age of 23. He bravely battled through cancer for fifteen months. A month before his 25th birthday he left his final touches on Earth.  While cancer may have taken his life, it did not take his soul.  He never let his cancer dampen his young and vibrant personality. He never complained or asked for help even in his weakest moments. He was always optimistic and went out and conquered each day with a smile. I saw my best friend and her family go through things that no one should have to go through. He was always such an inspiration because of the way he continued to live his life even after his diagnosis. He still went fishing, played his music and enjoyed a few cold ones every now and then. His laughter was contagious and he filled everyone around him with hope. I continue to support him as much as I can by contributing to the memorial fund that was set up in his honor. I wear my Team Steven shirt proudly when I run races and wear a bracelet daily reminding me to live strong and fight sarcoma.  

 Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

It is a true honor to be a runner for the 4K for Cancer.  To many people, it may sound completely absurd to run across the country, but I feel that it makes such a strong statement.  Cancer is a long and hard battle that too many people have to face.  There are highs and lows, happiness and sadness, pain and euphoria, and struggles and accomplishments.  Running to me provides many of the same feelings.  I know there are days that I don’t want to run, I feel lousy and it’s hard to pick my feet up off the ground, but the same goes for those with cancer. Unfortunately, people with cancer don’t have a choice whether they go through these steps each day.  In order to continue to fight, they have to get up every day and make strides in order to keep fighting and pushing through.  As a 4K runner, I will push myself to go through what so many people with cancer deal with on a daily basis. 

Giving up is never an option with cancer and giving up on a goal is never an option for me. I’ll never forget when I was running a half marathon and I was feeling just down in the dumps that day.  It was raining, I had a cramp and nothing was going my way. It wasn’t until I saw Steven standing on the side of the road that I realized if he can be committed to fighting for everyday of his life, then I can be committed to running for one more hour. It’s moments like that where my problems seem so small and make me appreciate my good health. I want to be committed to everything I do because by doing so I can be confident in saying that I always gave it my all. 

I want to honor those lives that are lost by cancer and show hope for the ones who are still battling.  I want to run for those who can’t.  I know that I can’t change the world by running across the country, but I hope that I can impact a few people along the way; whether that be a family member of a loved one, a person going through treatment, or just a bystander. I hope to inspire others to continue to push forward no matter the obstacles they may face. 

ABOUT 2017 4K for Cancer

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

Challenge:

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. 

Solution:

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!

Supporters
Name Date Amount Comments
Molly Coffey 08/05/2017 $25.00 WOW! Kenz! You're almost there! You are so incredible! Love you!!!!
Sydney Radcliff 08/05/2017 $30.00 So, so proud of you Kenz!
Betty Boone 08/05/2017 $50.00 So proud of you Kenz!!!!
Amy Vanover 08/05/2017 $124.00 I am so incredibly proud of you!!! You have no idea how much it means to me that you would do this for my brother. I'll see you on the bridge TODAY! I LOVE YOU!!!
Jack & Kenna Sperco 08/05/2017 $150.00 Sorry that we were late to the donation game! Congrats on an amazing accomplishment, Kenzie!!!!
Patricia Burton-Schaaf 08/04/2017 $10.00 So proud of you Kenzie, Love you William and Charlie
Graysen and Lukas Lebre 08/04/2017 $50.00 We love you and we are so proud of you!!!
Nick Elder 08/04/2017 $50.00 Almost done, so proud of you! Love you Kenz!
Ricky Burke 08/01/2017 $25.00 Keep it up Kenzie!
Joyce Evans 08/01/2017 $100.00 Way to go Kenzie. God bless you and your new friends for this wonderful act of kindness. You are all very special. Thank you all.
Chelsea Geiger 07/29/2017 $30.00 Go Kenzie!! I am so proud of you and the beautiful journey you are on! Love you!
David Martin 07/28/2017 $60.00 So proud of you Kenzie! Love, Uncle David
Eileen Strauss 07/21/2017 $25.00 Mary Kate told us about your journey and we were inspired to donate, best wishes. Hope to see you in Ohio next week
Lainie Godic 07/19/2017 $15.00 Proud of you Kenzie!!! You're an inspiration to everyone! Keep it up girlfran!!!!
Susie and Mike Harrison 07/18/2017 $50.00 Kenzie you are awesome!! We are so proud of you! Miss you Love you Susie and Mike ❤️❤️
David and Ann Martin 07/14/2017 $50.00 We are proud of you. Love you, PaPa and Grandma
Shannon Ancheta 07/13/2017 $25.00 Proud of you Kenzie! Love you!
Keith & Lisa Mills 07/08/2017 $100.00 Thanks for running for those who can't!!❤️
Steve and Kim Stevens 07/06/2017 $30.00 30 more days & 30 more dollars! Love you Kenz!
Steve and Kim Stevens 07/03/2017 $49.00 49 Days/49 Dollars! We are so proud of you Sunny!!!
Tracy and Kristen Trenaman 07/03/2017 $100.00 So proud of your determination and big heart! You make the world a better place! Go Team Kenzie!
Whitney Ising 06/29/2017 $50.00 You go, Kenz! This is so great - safe running :)
Dan & Teri Flood 06/28/2017 $20.00 Good Luck
Judy and Ted Christofolis 06/24/2017 $250.00 Good luck Kenzie!
Laura Martin 06/23/2017 $25.00 Good luck Kenzie, love, Laura
Keith Bender 06/18/2017 $100.00 go Kenzie! This will keep you #fasterthanfletch for many races to come!
Paul Bagley 06/15/2017 $50.00 Go Mckenzie!!! JP & Paige miss you!!! So proud of you.
McKenzie Stevens 06/13/2017 $50.00 Go Kenzie....love you bunches
Laura Perez 06/11/2017 $100.00 Good luck Kenzie! You are amazing! -Perez family
Claire Van Matre 06/08/2017 $25.00 Hi Kenzie, How wonderful you are embarking on this journey to support those with cancer.
Billy and Judy Graham 06/06/2017 $50.00 Good luck!
Michael Ising 06/06/2017 $50.00 You inspire us all, especially fighting for a cause that affects each and every one of us! Best of luck Kenzie, and enjoy the journey!
Greg and Margie DeMuth Family 06/05/2017 $50.00 We are very proud of you. You are in our prayers.
Emily Riepenhoff 05/29/2017 $75.00 SO incredibly proud to call you my best friend.
Jill Tabor 05/27/2017 $25.00 So proud of you!! Go Kenzie
Marlene Mckim 05/27/2017 $25.00 Love you!
Michael Woeste 05/26/2017 $100.00  
SUSOTA- Spalding University 05/23/2017 $400.00 Thanks to everyone who bought a SUSOTA sweatshirt!
Brittany Morguelan 05/23/2017 $25.00 Best of luck Kenzie! A fantastic cause and a once in a lifetime experience, so awesome!
Zumba Fitness -The Highlands 05/17/2017 $230.54 Thanks to everyone who came out to Zumba for a cause!
Michelle Weikel 04/24/2017 $25.00 Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of You might bend till you break 'Cause it's all you can take On your knees, you look up Decide you've had enough You get mad, you get strong Wipe your hands, shake it off Then you stand Rascal Flatts - Stand
Annie Thomas 04/24/2017 $25.00 Good luck McKenzie! Such an amazing thing you're doing
Olivia Gettelfinger 04/18/2017 $25.00 You are AWESOME!!!! So so cool you are doing this!
Eri Tagaya 04/10/2017 $25.00 What a beautiful and brave thing you are doing! Way to go!
Michael & Emily Harrison 04/09/2017 $50.00 Safe travels and enjoy the view! We are so proud of you!
Michelle Norweck 03/27/2017 $50.00 Run Kenzie Run!
Bradley Keith Wright 03/21/2017 $50.00  
Elizabeth Braden 03/15/2017 $50.00 Good luck, Kenzie!
Margie O'Meara 03/14/2017 $25.00 So proud of you McKenzie. Bill and I will be cheering for you.
Charles Schook, Zachary Schook, and Steve Berry 03/13/2017 $550.00  
Commonwealth Dodge 03/09/2017 $200.00  
Michael Vanover 03/06/2017 $100.00 Best of luck! It means so much to that you are honoring Steven's memory!
Laura DeBeer 03/03/2017 $100.00 Good Luck!!!!!
Tess Petrozzi 03/02/2017 $35.00 PROUD OF YOU KENZ!!
Donna S Bowling 03/01/2017 $50.00  
Mary Kate Gladstone 02/18/2017 $30.00 I love ya, Kenz! You're an inspiration and doing wonderful things!
Lauren Heft 02/18/2017 $20.00 You go Kenzer! <3
Linda Lush 02/11/2017 $50.00 We are proud to support you and this awesome cause! Linda, Kevin and Ryan
Meghan Higley 02/09/2017 $50.00 You Rock!! Go Kenzie!!
Lauren Raque 02/09/2017 $50.00 You are amazing!!
Laura Birckhead 01/25/2017 $25.00 Good luck, Kenz! Love ya pal !!
Karen Baker 12/31/2016 $50.00  
Robert Kraemer 12/30/2016 $200.00  
John Thompson 12/29/2016 $165.00 Good Luck
Keegan Krell 12/26/2016 $100.00 You rock!! Can't wait to hear all about it!
James E. Smith 12/15/2016 $100.00 Few Things: 1. "Don't give up, don't ever give up." - Jimmy V 2. Donation made in honor of my grandfather, James E. Smith, who died from melanoma, but did not lose his battle to it because of how he lived 3. Very proud of you, and love you very much Kenzie!
Hailey Dawes 12/15/2016 $50.00 HBD and Good Luck!!
Nancy Jackson 12/15/2016 $25.00  
Highlands Tap Room Fundraiser 12/14/2016 $231.46  
Sean Barney-McCoy 12/13/2016 $50.00 Good luck!!!
Janet Coke 12/12/2016 $50.00  
William Birk 12/07/2016 $20.00  
Justin Cowley 12/05/2016 $25.00 Run like your ass is on fire
Heline Cozzens 12/05/2016 $10.00  
Jacob Harrison 12/03/2016 $100.00 Can't remember the last time I even ran 4 miles..can't believe you're running 4K! Love you Kenzie
Kenneth Hunt 12/03/2016 $50.00  
Meghan Pollock 12/02/2016 $50.00 You are awesome!
Robert Mullen 12/02/2016 $50.00  
Louisville Recovery Service LLC 12/02/2016 $200.00  
Patricia Brumleve 12/02/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/30/2016 $15.00 Keep it up Kenz! This is awesome :)
Savannah Kralovec 11/29/2016 $50.00 You are AMAZING and we will be praying for you! Love, Savannah & Cameron
Taylor Dadds 11/29/2016 $25.00 You're a rockstar! Love ya Kenz
Pete Eddings 11/29/2016 $100.00 Is 4K miles a long way or something? Proud of you Kenz
Kristen Trenaman 11/29/2016 $50.00 Go Kenzie!!
Bender Family 11/29/2016 $50.00 cheering you on, Kenzie!
Anonymous Friend 11/29/2016 $15.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/29/2016 $100.00 Love you Kenzie, So proud of you! The Schaaf's
Marsha Bailey 11/29/2016 $25.00  
Regina Reed 11/26/2016 $50.00  
Amanda Brockman 11/26/2016 $50.00  
Nancy Shakleton 11/25/2016 $50.00  
Sheryl Eddings 11/18/2016 $25.00  
Tracey Riepenhoff 11/08/2016 $50.00  
Karen Baker 11/08/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/07/2016 $50.00 Good Luck to you!! Check in with your mom often!!
Theresa Hess 11/07/2016 $50.00 Heroes come and go but Ledgends are forever. You are a ledgend in my book Good Luck Kenzie
Anonymous Friend 11/07/2016 $50.00 Forget about the miles, just remember the journey. And as Steve Jobs once said "Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who usually do."
Rebecca Lamb 11/06/2016 $50.00  
Jack & Patsy Klausing 11/04/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/04/2016 $25.00 Good luck Kenzie! I'm proud of you!
Anonymous Friend 11/04/2016 $100.00 Good luck Kenz!
Maudine Stevens 11/04/2016 $100.00  
Judy Flatt 11/03/2016 $100.00 Love you Kenzie❤️
Brandon Woods 11/03/2016 $50.00  
John Vanover 10/31/2016 $200.00  
Elizabeth Ververeli 10/30/2016 $150.00 Wishing you much success from the Ververeli Family
Paula Sperco 10/29/2016 $50.00 Good Luck Kenzie!
The Krell Family 10/28/2016 $50.00 Proud of you Kenzie!
Janice Faller 10/28/2016 $50.00  
Earlene Woeste 10/27/2016 $50.00  
Rita Martin 10/26/2016 $50.00  
Luke Schafer 10/25/2016 $25.00 So excited for you! Also, very proud!
Nate Dawg 10/23/2016 $10.00 For the dawgs
Mary Darlene Ballard 10/17/2016 $50.00  
Peter Fletcher 10/16/2016 $100.00  
Kelly Carns 10/16/2016 $25.00  
Richard Wiese 10/16/2016 $50.00 Best of luck on your goal! Thanks for doing this to fight cancer.
David Harrison 10/16/2016 $100.00 Love you Kenziie! Mike & Susie
Kim Stevens 10/04/2016 $150.00 Love You Sunshine!!!!
Steve Stevens 10/04/2016 $150.00 Much Love! Dad
  Total $8,650.00  
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