Meldrick Umahon is a graduate of Seton Hall University. In the summer of 2017, he 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?
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. Last year, I lost someone who I considered a second mom to me; and recently, I have college friends who have lost their battle, have been diagnosed, and have beaten cancer. I learned from them to embrace life and to share the moments of being alive, despite the outcome. They’ve taught me that cancer doesn’t have to dictate the rest of your life.
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 changing the world. I'm riding to better my health as well as use this platform to encourage my friends and family to see in a different light and help those who fight the battle to those who fight to find a cure. Like the 4K, the cancer community is a team, from its supporters to those affected directly - we are always here for each other! This opportunity allows me to support the community in a new way as I continue to pursue my studies in medicine.
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!
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!
|Kristen Ralston||06/07/2017||$20.00||You AMAZE me, Mel! I'm so proud of you! Safe travels and enjoy the journey!||Francis Ahmed||06/05/2017||$25.00||Love you, Mel! I'm so proud of you!!||Anonymous Friend||06/01/2017||$1,000.00||Jenna Copperwhite||05/27/2017||$200.00||Mel, I am so incredibly proud of you! I will be cheering you on every step of the way. What you are doing is such a selfless act and it is truly inspiring!||Paul Dzera||05/26/2017||$50.00||Good luck, Meldrick! Thank you for making us aware of this wonderful organization. The Dzera family||Charles Quinn||05/25/2017||$50.00||New friends from St. Raphael's You told my wife you would remember on your ride. Prostate cancer Survior 11 years Charlie Quinn||Karen Davis Kundla||05/24/2017||$50.00||Good Luck and God Speed to you Mel!! May St. Raphael bless you on your journey to help the sick. What a perfect patron for your quest.||Jan Swenson||05/23/2017||$150.00||Good Luck Mel, I look forward to following you on your cross country ride||Robert Verderame||05/22/2017||$25.00||Pablo Chacon||05/21/2017||$100.00||Dear Mel, Two years ago we lost my dad Pablo Luis Chacon to cancer so when we heard you speak today in church you moved and inspired us. We will think of you and pray that you have a safe journey helping others in your route to San Francisco! God Speed! Your friends from St. Raphael Church, Pablo, Paz, Maria Jose, Francisco & Marcos Chacon||Cindy Ocampo||05/20/2017||$150.00||Agnes Gottlieb||05/20/2017||$100.00||Go Mel!||Lauren Dzera||05/20/2017||$30.00||good luck!!! <3||Chenoah Blount||05/18/2017||$50.00||I love you grandbig! Good luck and enjoy! I'm so proud of you!||Mariamma Varughese||05/17/2017||$50.00||Good luck and have a safe trip! You'll be in my prayers.||Garrett Almeida||05/15/2017||$35.00||Good luck Mel!||Richard Doomany||05/15/2017||$1,000.00||On behalf of Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Phi Zeta chapter, at Seton Hall University||Cynthia D'Elia||05/12/2017||$50.00||Chipotle Mexican Grill||05/12/2017||$311.00||Jasmin V. Navarro||05/11/2017||$50.00||Dear Meldrick, We are routing for you on this great journey. What a great cause and we are so proud of you for doing this. We wish you all the very best in your journey my dear. May God be with you all the way. God bless you. Love, Tita Jazz, Tito Gerry and Jade.||Ampal Services LLC||05/04/2017||$100.18||Monching & Nitz ARANJUEZ||04/30/2017||$100.00||Sean Robert Ty||04/29/2017||$50.00||Roy Marcelo||04/27/2017||$20.00||Nicole Battaglia||04/26/2017||$25.00||Good luck Mel! Keep up all the wonderful work!||John Gibson||04/15/2017||$25.00||Ramon Henry||04/05/2017||$20.00||Sophia Marville-Sammy||04/05/2017||$50.00||Emma Lupo||04/04/2017||$20.00||Danielle Stukes||03/31/2017||$10.00||Jennifer Tungol||03/30/2017||$100.00||Good luck Meldrick!||Cindy Gates||03/30/2017||$50.00||a great cause. enjoy the ride!||Anonymous Friend||03/28/2017||$550.00||Dana Zeller||03/28/2017||$25.00||All the best!||Sam Matino||03/25/2017||$20.00||Maverick Umahon||03/24/2017||$500.00||long overdue dontation but HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRO..so proud of your for doing this..may god bless you on your journey..love you always||William Ho||03/24/2017||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||03/23/2017||$35.00||Nick Sainato||03/22/2017||$20.00||Good luck!||Rosalina Villaluz||03/15/2017||$300.00||Be safe MELDRICK. Take care.||Phil Penzo||03/15/2017||$20.00||Nico Centanni||03/15/2017||$30.00||bocca al lupo||GRACE CALIBAG||03/10/2017||$20.00||Your parents raised you well...so proud of you!!||Veronica Beck||03/04/2017||$100.00||So proud of you Mel! I hope you have the best time and I will be cheering you on. Wish I could see you at the finish line, but I'll be there in spirit! Sending you best wishes and prayers for your trip!||Anonymous Friend||03/03/2017||$50.00||Basilio Tuazon||02/22/2017||$50.00||Rosita Lim||02/22/2017||$50.00||Claire Parena||02/21/2017||$50.00||Jane Entrada||02/21/2017||$50.00||Leah Murphy||02/14/2017||$40.00||Robert C. Knop||02/11/2017||$200.00||Meldrick, This is a wonderful cause. God Bless you for doing this. God Speed on your journey!! Love - Tita Nery and Uncle Bob||Thomas Bufis||02/03/2017||$20.00||You're amazing, and you never stop inspiring me. Proud to call you my friend! Good luck!!||Mario Da Costa||02/03/2017||$100.00||My Little never ceases to amaze me. Continue to be the incredible person you are.||Amber Bilodeau||02/02/2017||$50.00||You are an amazing human being!! Love you! Good luck and God bless❤ Love The Bilodeaus||Marius Acosta||01/30/2017||$50.00||Proud of you Meldrick! God Bless you!||Norman Cobarrubias||01/16/2017||$50.00||All the best Meldrick!!!!!!||Benjamin Cruz||01/15/2017||$10.00||Andrew Reyes||01/14/2017||$200.00||We support you Mel! May the Force be with you... <3 Reyes fam||Damian Velez||01/11/2017||$10.00||Raymond Richards||01/09/2017||$25.00||I could not be more proud of you Big! You've done outstanding things and so many people look up to you because of that. Keep doing great things Mel. You have my love and support.||John Hoogerhyde||01/09/2017||$20.00||Go Mel!!! I love you!||Edna Patenia||01/08/2017||$25.00||Mathel Brucal||01/05/2017||$30.00||Anthony Gamit||01/04/2017||$30.00||Good luck !||John Ferry||01/04/2017||$50.00||Awesome stuff you're doing bud!||Claudia Flores||01/04/2017||$10.00||Grace Carlos||01/02/2017||$100.00||Continue to serve as an inspiration to others Meldrick! Have fun doing it and stay safe. Good luck!||Maida Estoque||12/29/2016||$50.00||I wish I'm still in my youth so I can join you, Meldrick||Rose Decastro||12/28/2016||$100.00||Lourdes Name||12/28/2016||$100.00||Good luck on your new endeavor. Take care and and God bless.||Alan&Tess Cam||12/28/2016||$100.00||God bless your kind heart for doing this for a worthy cause. All the best!||Nestor Laxina||12/27/2016||$50.00||Manolo/Mely Romero||12/27/2016||$100.00||We're very proud of you for doing this endevour for cancer victim. God bless you...||Arlene Sciancalepore||12/27/2016||$100.00||Way Gomez||12/27/2016||$100.00||What an admirable endeavour! I will be praying for the success of "4K FOR CANCER: TEAM SAN DIEGO 2017" and for good health & safety of all bikers, organizers and volunteers. May you reach your goal. God bless.||Nancy Parale||12/27/2016||$50.00||Good luck !!! God bless you...||Matthew Steinmetz||12/23/2016||$20.00||Tony Varughese||12/23/2016||$150.00||So proud of you bro! I'll be there in San Diego cheering you on!||Jamie McIlvaine||12/22/2016||$100.00||I couldn't be more proud. You're my best friend and role model! LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Good luck and just keep swimming||Meldrick Umahon||12/19/2016||$100.00|