The Key to Keys Experience
UCF’s Key to Keys team spends one week cycling from Baltimore, MD to Key West, FL to raise awareness about young adult cancer and spread the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund.
Key to Keys is more than just a bike ride. It’s not a race. It’s not a competition. It’s a journey that brings together a diverse group of individuals to build a community of support for those affected by cancer.
Using cycling as a platform, the Key to Keys participants will come together throughout the journey to share their individual cancer connections and give out as much support to others as they are receiving. The team will also visit cancer centers and communities to connect young adults and their loved ones to the UCF organization.
The money raised by the team will support vital programs and services of The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to include invaluable services and direct support initiatives that address the unique medical, emotional, financial, educational, and physical needs young adults face during their cancer experience. These include a Patient Navigation program which provides one-on-one support, meet up groups, direct services like Helping Others Fight, a resource directory, a National Scholarship program which awards 30 scholarships a year, and the life changing Cancer to 5K training program
I have volunteered as a sherpa for the Ulman Cancer Fund Cancer to 5K program for the past 5 years and it has been an amazing experience to see cancer survivors re-gain their strength and confidence through this program. During 2017, my husband received that dreadful phone call from his doctor to tell him that he had cancer. He had been a long-time survivor, but this was different and frankly, it was terrifying. We immediately began researching treatment options and looking for 2nd opinions regarding his diagnosis and treatment. Our Cancer to 5K Team and the entire Ulman Team immediately reached out and surrounded us with a level of support that I never could have imagined. They were there for us in every way and I truly don’t know how we would have survived without all of their support and understanding. Luckily, Jim kicked cancer's butt again and last year I was able to watch him ride to the finish surrounded by the 2018 Key to Keys Team at the Southernmost Point in Key West. I could not have been more happy or more proud to see him complete that incredible journey surrounded by such an amazing group of people. Throughout this time, I have battled through my own health scare and now I am ready to give back and begin my own amazing journey with this team.
Over 72,000 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.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!
|Jonathan Kent||06/26/2019||$150.00||Annette D'Amico||05/03/2019||$50.00||You are going to have an incredible time, and changing lives while you do it!||Laurie Franson||04/29/2019||$35.00||Rodney Rivera||04/27/2019||$50.00||Good luck and have a great time! It looks like a lot of fun!||Cynthia Daffron||04/26/2019||$50.00||Kathy Oliver||04/26/2019||$25.00||Carla Trevizo||04/26/2019||$25.00||Safe travels and lifetime memories to all of you!||Dianne Kappes||04/26/2019||$25.00||Remembering Olivia!||Allyson Jordan||04/26/2019||$50.00||You are amazing Vicki!||Allison McGrath||04/24/2019||$50.00||The countdown begins!!! We are rooting for you and can’t wait to celebrate you when you return! Much love!!||Theresa Urban||04/23/2019||$50.00||Have a great ride! I hope you enjoy :)||Judit O'Connor||04/20/2019||$200.00||Donation from Sophia and Alexander||Teresa Matthews||04/14/2019||$50.00||For Olivia♥️||Vicki Buckley||04/12/2019||$.00||Anonymous Friend||04/08/2019||$25.00||Looking forward to our ride!||Anonymous Friend||03/30/2019||$100.00||Have a great ride - John G. & Elizabeth V.||Vicki Buckley||03/29/2019||$.00||Mary Beth Harow||03/29/2019||$25.00||Have a great ride! I'm sure the team will be enriched by hearing your experiences, as you will by their's!||Jonathan Kent||03/25/2019||$150.00||ADP||03/20/2019||$1,250.00||Eric Burneson||03/19/2019||$50.00||Go Vicki. Heather and I hope you enjoy the Key to Keys experience as much as we did!||Christi Clark-Bieberich||03/18/2019||$85.00||I’m SO excited that you are doing Key to Keys! It’s life changing and it impacts so many individuals. I would love to list them all but there are so many...ride your a## off for JB♥️||Colleen Hughes||03/15/2019||$50.00||Love you Vicki! Have an amazing ride!!||Anonymous Friend||03/12/2019||$1,250.00||BREWS, BANDS, and the Cancer BEATDOWN!!!||Jill Eisenberg||03/11/2019||$25.00||Great fundraiser! :)||Keith Lamirande||03/11/2019||$50.00||Cheryl Mattis||03/04/2019||$50.00||I am truly inspired by you both! Have an amazing time.||Betsy Serp||02/28/2019||$100.00||Jim Luttrell||02/28/2019||$50.00||Kimberly Benton||02/22/2019||$20.00||This is going to be great!!!||Anonymous Friend||02/15/2019||$50.00||This is to honor all the Sherpas of our Howard county cancer to 5k. Vicki: you along with the rest of the Sherpas have made Cancer to deal with easier to cope with. Can’t wait to be with you on this journey and help me celebrate 5 years of survivorship.||David Smith||02/06/2019||$20.00||Thank you Vicki.. and good luck on the ride! You got this!||Donna Clapp||01/31/2019||$50.00||Go get ‘em, Women!!||Lynda G Allera||01/31/2019||$25.00||Ride strong, ride happy!||Kelly Jenkins||01/31/2019||$25.00||Wishing you an amazing journey and sending love!!!||Brian Brave||01/30/2019||$25.00||looking forward to riding with you Vicki! Less than 90 days to take off!||Nancy Burns||01/30/2019||$50.00||I am so psyched that you are going on this journey. I can already see you as the unofficial cheerleader of the group! Thank you for giving back so much to the Ulman Foundation.||Laura Stillman||01/25/2019||$25.00||You are a amazing woman! Daisy and Trooper love the cookies and are hoping for more.||Lisa Fichman||01/22/2019||$20.00||Laura Cabigon||01/22/2019||$100.00||In honor of JB and his family in remembrance of his mom. We love you guys.||MaryAnn Atkinson||01/14/2019||$25.00||You can do this! Thx to you and all the other folks who make this journey so special.||Pete & Patty Brehm||01/13/2019||$50.00||Can't wait to hit the road with you Vicki!!!||Peggy Walker||01/11/2019||$25.00||Way to go Vicki!||Anonymous Friend||01/11/2019||$250.00||More Dog Treat Sales - thanks to all of Abby’s puppy supporters||Ally Jordan||12/21/2018||$30.00||Rooney says thank you and ride fast, he likes the breeze in his fur! :) You are amazing!!||Kimberly Blackmon||12/20/2018||$15.00||It was so good seeing you today!! Good Luck and happy peddling!||Jeriel Rodriguez||12/17/2018||$25.00||Enjoy the ride!!!||Lee Keagle||12/17/2018||$20.00||2 bags of assorted dog treats please :-)||Kelly Sorensen||12/15/2018||$50.00||Have a great experience!!!||Robert&Amanda Buntin||12/14/2018||$100.00||Woot! Woot! Go Vicki! We love you guys! Merry Christmas!||Janelle Mcintyre||12/12/2018||$20.00||Have a great ride! Love Janelle and Merckx!||Jeannie Vieve Waltrip||12/11/2018||$20.00||Enjoy your experience!!! The pups and I will be thinking of you!||Peter Grant||12/10/2018||$50.00||Vicki, Have a wonderful K2K Experience!!!||TINA AMATO||12/10/2018||$25.00||So incredibly inspired by the Buckleys... get it girl!||Michael Dulaney||12/09/2018||$75.00||Make me some cookies! I mean for the dog of course!||Sara Schreurs||12/04/2018||$10.00||So excited for you to go on this journey!!||Maeve Koch||11/28/2018||$26.00||I donated more than Jim :-P||Leslie Nissenberg||11/28/2018||$25.00||So excited for you to take this adventure!||Lisa Fichman||11/27/2018||$50.00||So glad you'll get to have this experience and so proud you are raising money and awareness for such a worthwhile cause! Go Vicki!||Sarah Eddy||11/27/2018||$100.00||Go Get Em Vicki! So proud of you :)||Wynette Jones||11/27/2018||$50.00||I hope you have a great experience!||Vicki Buckley||11/26/2018||$50.00||Austin and Owen||11/20/2018||$100.00||Our mommy thinks your commitment to giving back is amazing! Good luck and we can't wait to follow your journey in the spring. Love, Austin and Owen||Allison McGrath||11/17/2018||$50.00||Can’t wait to see your journey Vicki! Love, Allison & Dennis||Shannon Manor Kennedy||11/16/2018||$25.00||best wishes for this new adventure! Love-Shannon and Morgan||Erin Manor||11/16/2018||$25.00||Wishing you the best on your journey. What a wonderful thing to do. Get it girl!||Jim Buckley||11/13/2018||$25.00||So proud of you! ❤️|