Meldrick Umahon is a graduate of Seton Hall University. In the summer of 2018, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to Seattle, WA, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My college experience enhanced my involvement with cancer awareness when cancer started to affect close family and friends. I’m inspired by the amount of people that come together to fight cancer through the many charitable walks that I’ve been to and still love going to. Over the past few years, I've lost someone who I considered a second mom to me and have had college friends who have past, been diagnosed, and beaten cancer. They're taught me to embrace life and to always share many moments together, despite the outcome of their diagnosis. They’ve taught me that cancer doesn’t have to dictate the rest of your life, and I am dedicated to fight for theirs.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
The 4K promotes a healthy lifestyle while being an advocate of change by being there for those who feel lonely. I am riding to better my health as well as travel to those who need the love and care that I am always willing to share. I want to use this platform to encourage my friends and family to experience a new way of getting involved with the cancer community and witness the outcome of their generous support. Like the 4K, the cancer community is a team, from its supporters to those affected directly - we are always here for each other! I hope to continue living my life showing my passion for all people.
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!
|Joey Haavik||04/25/2018||$30.00||MEL ZADDDI So proud of you tackling this incredible adventure once again. I hope it is as every bit as transformative, healing, and positive as it was the first time (but not moreso because 4KSF '17 forever hunney). I am so excited to watch you TWERQ it out through the nORTHERN part of the country this time. Love you boi!!||Noreen Zak||04/14/2018||$20.00||Your speech after Mass last week was very inspiring. Good luck with your ride!||Tina Ford||04/12/2018||$25.00||Best of luck Meldrick - thank you for the inspiration!! Tina Ford||The McCormacks||04/12/2018||$200.00||Safe travels Mel! A great adventure with a great cause.. enjoy the ride!||Anonymous Friend||04/11/2018||$100.00||Keep up the high ideals and have fun also.||Fr. Joe Bejgrowicz||04/11/2018||$200.00||Denise Flanagan||04/11/2018||$100.00||Charlie & Diana Quinn||04/11/2018||$100.00||Anita & Monching Aranjuez||04/11/2018||$100.00||Evangeline Pecson||04/11/2018||$50.00||Liborio Alday||04/11/2018||$20.00||Donna & Robert Tarantola||04/11/2018||$20.00||Claire Parena||04/11/2018||$50.00||Marcella & Nicholas Clatworthy||04/08/2018||$50.00||Pablo Chacon||04/08/2018||$100.00||Mel, We are amazed with all the hard work and dedication you are putting forth again to help people with cancer! We wish you and you team a safe journey on this year's 4K for Cancer Ride!!! Godspeed! The Chacon Family||Ampal Pizza LLC||04/05/2018||$54.34||Agnes (Tracy) Gottlieb||04/02/2018||$100.00||Safe travels!||Shantell Nolen||03/26/2018||$24.00||Happy Birthday Boo!! Wish I could do more. So excited for your 2nd time around...it's going to be even more incredible! More beautiful places and amazing people. Love ya lots and lots. Send me a post card from somewhere XOXO||Andrew Reyes||03/25/2018||$100.00||Happy Birthday cuz ❤️||Age Reyes||03/25/2018||$100.00||HAPPY BIRTH! Love you <3||Teddy Acero||03/25/2018||$50.00||Happy Birthday, Meldrick. Proud of what you are doing.||Alan & Tess Cam||03/24/2018||$75.00||All the best Mel!||Ampal Services LLC||03/19/2018||$130.64||Anna Miranda||03/13/2018||$100.00||Rosalina Villaluz||03/06/2018||$100.00||Go Meldrick||Dolly and Justin Benemerito||03/01/2018||$50.00||MaxxdOut Car Club||03/01/2018||$100.00||Mathel Brucal||02/28/2018||$50.00||We're so proud of what you are doing especially to people diagnosed with cancer. Keep up the good work and Good luck....||Jasmin Navarro||02/15/2018||$50.00||Go Meldrick, we are so proud of you and what you’re doing to help cancer research. We commend you. Bravo!! Good luck in your journey this summer.||Nate Fanzone||02/09/2018||$50.00||You know what it takes to get there. Ride safe, stop and smell the roses. Talk to hosts. Enjoy not being a director ;) remember all the people cheering for you & remember I'm only a call or text away if you need any mechanical/emotional support ♥️♥️||Veronica Beck||02/04/2018||$100.00||Go Mel Go!! So proud to hear that your will be taking the road again for a great cause. I hope you have a wonderful time. I'll be thinking about you. <3||Dana Zeller||01/23/2018||$25.00||Edna Patenia||01/21/2018||$25.00||Isabel Mularoni||01/21/2018||$25.00||Go Melly!!!! I'm so excited to see how you take on this new 4K adventure <3 <3 Team Seattle is so lucky to have you, and I'm so lucky to know you. May you always have Melmentum and never forget to enjoy the ride.||Basilio Tuazon||01/19/2018||$50.00||John Gibson||01/19/2018||$25.00||Lucia Velic 2014 Trusts||01/16/2018||$1,000.00||Andrew Mohama||01/11/2018||$50.00||Mel, I am so incredibly proud of you for your continued confidence, passion, and drive to help and love those in need. I hope that you experience even more enlightenment on this journey for the second time. You are a beautiful person, and you will touch so many lives throughout this whole journey. I can't wait for you to bike though Minnesota! Never underestimate the difference you can make in the life of just one person. Love you!||Marius Acosta||01/09/2018||$120.00||Good luck again Meldrick! Keep up the good deed.||Jennifer Tungol||01/09/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Meldrick!||Garrett Almeida||12/27/2017||$30.00||Best of luck Mel!||Nicolette Krommes||12/27/2017||$100.00||Good luck babe. I love you!||Meldrick Umahon||12/18/2017||$100.00|