Patricia "PD" Stein is a sophomore at UMBC. 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 Baltimore, MD.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Like too many, cancer has touched my family, friends, and community multiple times. My aunt, neighbor, and sorority sister are among the people closest to me who have had cancer. Luckily, they have all been able to treat and manage their cancer.
I am also currently studying to be a nurse. As a nurse my goals are to humanize the hospital for patients and their families even as some go through the worst times of their lives. I have never had cancer so I can’t even begin to understand how difficult that experience must be. But what I can do is to be whatever the community of patients and their caretakers needs me to be.
With the 4K I hope that I can expand my connection with the cancer community from being a fundraiser, volunteer, and future healthcare provider to being a vocal and active cheerleader and ambassador.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Running has been a part of my life through sports and road races for almost thirteen years. I ran (and walked) my first fun run when I was six. My identity has been shaped by running and playing sports. I found my niche on the fields and roads of my community. Running has been a passion that has challenged and improved myself in many ways. Running has challenged me and made me mentally and physically tough. Running has made me feel like part of a team. Running has healed both physical and mental wounds.
But running has been for my own benefit for almost thirteen years. Being a runner with the 4K would put meaning into every stride that I take. I would have a unique opportunity to become a part of a community that so desperately needs support and positive connections. I want to be a runner with the 4K for the opportunity to turn my passion into something much bigger than myself.
I'm looking to be challenged physically, mentally, and emotionally for a team and a cause that will have direct and deep impacts.
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!
|Carol Casey-Meyer||07/16/2017||$25.00||Was wonderful to meet you, and thanks for your commitment! Great cause, and a wonderful group!||T. Rowe Price||05/12/2017||$25.00||PD Stein||05/10/2017||$100.00||4K Stickers Fundraiser!||Kate Weiss||04/24/2017||$10.00||Go PD Go!||Anonymous Friend||04/24/2017||$.23||Friends Of Dianne||04/24/2017||$100.00||Thanks for running! Have fun :) Friends of Dianne||Anne & Jay Saurbaugh||04/24/2017||$100.00||Go PD Go!! Thanks for running. Aunt Anne & Uncle Jay||Hannah Sadollah||04/24/2017||$5.77||hehe||Logan Stanley||04/24/2017||$10.00||I just wanna shake your hand Patricia Danger.||Dominique Tidwell||04/24/2017||$15.00||donating again bc I LOVE YOU and I REALLY want you to reach your goal <3 <3||Julie Doan||04/24/2017||$15.00||So proud of you for everything you've done and everything you're about to do :) Love you lots!||Emily Bordenski||04/24/2017||$39.00||You're an amazing person. Good luck and have an INCREDIBLE time!||Anonymous Friend||04/24/2017||$.27||Pooja Kothari||04/24/2017||$15.00||Aaron Stein||04/24/2017||$50.00||Phi Iota 318 says Go get em!!||Taylor Stephen||04/24/2017||$1.16||killin it, my dude||Valerie Hennessey||04/16/2017||$150.00||Best of luck! This is such an amazing cause. Valerie, Ted, Charles, & Jack Hennessey||Jenny Egan||04/15/2017||$15.00||You're amazing!! <3||Rosemary Lather||04/12/2017||$25.00||GO P.D.!!!!||Jessica Deng||04/06/2017||$80.00||Go PD!! So proud of you for doing this :)||Kia Ramarui||04/06/2017||$13.77||I am so proud of you PD :) <3||Mary Arsenault||04/03/2017||$10.00||I LOVE YOU! YOU CAN DO EET!!||Caitie Runyon||04/03/2017||$50.00||4K BABAYY! I am so very excited for you to enjoy the hell out of this summer and to run, inspire, and unite on Team Baltimore (the best team)(the only team). You're so close to your fundraising goal, hang in there! This country is not going to run itself, so get out there and live it up!||Stephanie Kim||04/03/2017||$10.00||I'm so freaking proud of you BIG!!! You're doing such a great thing! Love you so much & ROCK IT! <3||Mary & Nelson Cascio||04/03/2017||$150.00||You go girl! We're proud of you.||Mo Owens||04/03/2017||$41.23||I am purposely donating an odd amount, so the OCD people you know won't be able to stand it, and they will have to donate more. Mwha ha ha!||Mark Lash||03/29/2017||$25.00||David Hopkins||03/29/2017||$18.17||Debbie Cole||03/29/2017||$100.00||Run Forrest||Allison Feeney||03/29/2017||$10.00||Make UMBC Womens Club Lax proud :)||John Stein||03/28/2017||$271.83||Good luck, PD! Remember, you don't have to outrun the bears, just the other runners!||Katherine A Kronner||03/28/2017||$100.00||Hailee Clampitt||03/27/2017||$10.00||Dawn Carroll||03/27/2017||$25.00||PD you are AWESOME! Good Luck on your journey. =)||Mo Owens||03/25/2017||$50.00||Go PD Go! You give me hope for the youth of this country!!! Thanks for doing this! -Mo||Anonymous Friend||03/25/2017||$50.00||Thanks for your work for this great cause. Friend of Mo's.||Scott Mattingly||03/24/2017||$25.00||Good luck and have fun!||Helen McFadden||03/24/2017||$50.00||Good Luck PD - what Bard said - cause dogs worry!||Ray Dillon||03/24/2017||$20.00||Adrian Monk||03/24/2017||$4.68||Because 2, 995.32 I an ugly number!||Anonymous Friend||03/17/2017||$40.00||Sandy Stinson||03/14/2017||$25.00||Mary Miller||03/10/2017||$100.00||YEAH 4K||Booster LLC||03/08/2017||$175.32||Nina Gayleard||03/02/2017||$10.00||You inspire me PD, and you always have! Love you!||Sadie Stein||03/02/2017||$22.37||Run, Forrest, run!||Aaron and Rebecca Ellison||02/28/2017||$100.00||Can't wait to hear the stories!||Anonymous Friend||02/25/2017||$250.00||Rachael McCauley||02/23/2017||$10.00||Wish I was rich and could donate $10000000 but I'm not so here's 10! I love u PD you're doing such an amazing thing and I'm so proud to be your sister <333||Grilled Cheese & Co. Fundraiser||02/21/2017||$147.63||Tricia Goudreau||02/20/2017||$20.00||woohooooo go PD!!!! Love you <3||Sushmitha Kavuru||02/20/2017||$15.00||GO PD!! So proud of you!!! Love you <3||Erin Helms||02/19/2017||$50.00||Keep up the great work, PD!||C Bard Cole||02/15/2017||$50.00||Because dogs cannot run for cancer, or they can run maybe but they cannot fundraise, at least not with help, and even if they ran they might not stick to the course, but they do care. You can tell by how their eyes look worried.||Anonymous Friend||02/14/2017||$200.00||Scout Stein||02/07/2017||$300.00||Proud of you ʕ•̫͡•ʔ||Suz and Matt Ury-Stein||02/04/2017||$100.00||Good luck in your goals to a worthy cause. Have a safe trip. Love, Suz & Matt.||Brooke Derrenberger||02/01/2017||$20.00||You are amazing and I love you!!!||Elaine Yang||02/01/2017||$20.00||I am so incredibly proud of you! Praying for your run across America, touching lives as you go! Love you tons and tons||Phoebe Somani||02/01/2017||$10.00||Yay PD!!||Lemea Gabralla||01/26/2017||$20.00||:) RUN FOR ME!||Corryn Wheatley||01/25/2017||$20.00||So happy for you! I know you'll kill it :) #Teambmore4life||John Saurbaugh||01/25/2017||$50.00||March Klein||01/23/2017||$25.00||Good luck PD. You are such a great role model. Thanks for all you do!||Erin Helms||01/13/2017||$40.00||Erin O'Sullivan||01/12/2017||$25.00||LIOB||Kate Weiss||01/09/2017||$10.00||Hi you're awesome I love you lots||Hannah Sadollah||12/27/2016||$5.00||ily twin||Mary Arsenault||12/26/2016||$5.00||u r so grat||Surovi Bain||12/26/2016||$20.00||Hi u r awesome and ily||Susan and John Kim and Stanmore||12/16/2016||$50.00||We are so excited for you! Happy holidays! Susan and John||Goureesh Paranjpe||12/09/2016||$5.00||Go peedy||Autumn K||12/06/2016||$5.00||Congrats on $1000 girl :* go kick some butt and hopefully we will run into eachother this summer!!!!||Anonymous Friend||12/04/2016||$10.00||Juan Fernandez||12/01/2016||$75.00||Great adventure for a great cause! Way to go PD!||Mike Stein||11/27/2016||$100.00||Sounds like a great adventure for a great cause! Love, Mike and Melinda||Alma Lee||11/08/2016||$10.00||Go PD!! You are amazing! So proud of you!||Dominique Tidwell||11/07/2016||$50.00||Much love from the Tidwell family. We are so incredibly proud of you, and everything you are doing. Be safe out there, and we'll be praying for you with every stride you take. <3||Margaret Owens||11/04/2016||$50.00||You impress me more and more! This is an amazing feat. Have fun. Good Luck. Be Great.||Meghan Herring||11/04/2016||$10.00||LIOB <3||Chelsea Johnson||11/04/2016||$25.00||Good luck on your journey! LIOB||William Battle||11/03/2016||$100.00||So proud of all of you who are doing this.||Joyce Lee||11/03/2016||$10.00||You inspire me with your passion and strength everything, PD!! Hopefully my contribution can be of help! :) Love you girl.||Brian Trees||10/28/2016||$50.00||You go PD! What a great cause. If you need someone to bring you ice cream on hot days, I'm the guy. Congrats on doing something really important.||Irene Javier||10/25/2016||$10.00||Good luck!||Molly Nicholson||10/22/2016||$50.00||<3||John Bieberich||10/19/2016||$25.00||don't spend it all in one place||John Bieberich||10/19/2016||$25.00||Haha those comments are public! Good luck PD!! You'll do great!||Molly Nicholson||10/17/2016||$50.00||You're incredible! You got this. Love ya xoxo||Clarianne Carinugan||10/16/2016||$10.00||Good luck PD!!||Hannah Sadollah||10/14/2016||$20.00||PD ROX||Peter Durham||10/14/2016||$10.00||David Reyes||10/13/2016||$25.00||Best of luck PD!||David Hopkins||10/13/2016||$25.00||Yodit Denu||10/12/2016||$20.00||PD You rock and I am so proud of you <3||Landen La Ruffo||10/12/2016||$20.00||Good luck PD, you got this!!||Claire Eckenrode||10/12/2016||$25.00||You represent UMBC so well! Best of luck :)||Emily Diaz||10/12/2016||$50.00||Seeing how hard you work, who wouldn't want to play a role in helping you keep going? You're incredible PD ❤️||PD Stein||10/11/2016||$100.00|