Seth Rinehart is a graduate student at Ohio Christian University. In the summer of 2017 he 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 to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
It seems like everyone today knows someone close to them who is either fighting cancer or fought cancer. Something so horrible that no one should have to deal with, is now a mainstream phrase that makes you drop your head in sadness, not surprise.
I've seen my dear friend Val grow up without a mother. I've witnessed my good friend Maria grow up without a father. I've watched classmates like Carrie have to leave elementary school to fight cancer. I've been around to see person after person get a cancer diagnosis recently at our church.
But the toughest loss was Miss Dottie. My mother lost her best friend. I lost the woman who helped mold me into the human I'm trying hard to become. We lost her to brain cancer. But she's still changing lives. Everyday I try to be half the human she was, with even a fraction of the faith she had when facing the bitter truth of her disease. This disgusting disease has taken too much from too many. And frankly, I'm tired of it.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Last year I had the absolute pleasure of being a small part of Team Baltimore. While it was one of the most memorable times of my life, it was also one of the most difficult times too.
Most of life, I have dealt with severe anxiety which manifested into chronic panic attacks a few years ago. Since then I have been working very hard to learn how to control them, or at least keep them at a minimal level. Things were going good up until the run.
The week we were set to start running, my grandfather passed away. It did something to me internally. For over half of the trip, my body went into this feeling of 'survival' mode. I woke up sick constantly and proceeded to spend the first half of the day just trying to calm my body down to act somewhat normal. The good days were great, but the bad days were pretty rough. Something eventually clicked and things got better as time went on. But it was extremely difficult to bury your hero and then fly 4,000 miles to meet a room of strangers (who would eventually turn into best friends) all in the span of a day.
Yet still, the entire trip, and since then, I've watched kids be pumped full of poison to try to get rid of cancer. We met people our age being blasted with radiation in hopes of taking the cancer with it. We met person after person who had just been emotionally and physically broken by this disease. We met people who had lost body parts, organs, loved ones, and so many other parts of their identity. Our problems are so insignificant and small compared to that. Yet, they were the ones who smiled and told stories of how grateful they were for the days they had to live. They lived with a purpose, knowing that fear and anger wouldn't solve anything. That fact has been poking at me for months now. We have legs to run, lungs to breathe, and a heart to beat. Don't take that for granted.
My heart has been craving to go back. Not to fix the past. But to show a future. I need to show that just because you feel broken, doesn't mean you need to stay broken (Thanks for that quote Selena Gomez ;)). This journey is about every family member, friend, and human being who is fighting just to breathe. All those kids who literally can't get out of bed in the morning, because they don't have the strength right now. They deserve to know that we're doing everything physically possible to make sure that cancer doesn't win. This is the best way I know how to show that appreciation for life that they've shown.
I'm running because I can.
I'm running because I am thankful.
I'm running because it's the right thing to do.
Living life fully, scared or not.
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!
|Megan Nelson Shryock||07/07/2017||$40.00||We are so proud of you! Keep up the great work and stay strong!||Shirley Ann M. Walker||05/23/2017||$25.00||Eva Nicol||05/17/2017||$100.00||I'm so proud of you Seth! Dottie will have a special hug for you someday. My prayers will be with you every day. Thank you for all that you do!||Summer Grier||05/15/2017||$10.00||Hey Seth! I'm so proud of you! I know it's not much and I'll give more later when I can! Keep it up, buddy!!!||Robert Kaminski||05/13/2017||$500.00||Good luck Seth! This is an incredible effort you are undertaking again in 2017.||Suzanne Simons||05/10/2017||$50.00||Good luck, Seth!||Tom Joseph||05/10/2017||$500.00||Good Luck Seth. Tom||Robert and Eleanora Alexander||05/10/2017||$20.00||PATRICK & JERRILYN Iaconis||05/09/2017||$50.00||Seth, we do appreciate your heart and perseverance to do this amazing run to raise money and awareness. May the Lord guide your steps as you run the race marked out for you. Last year, you ran for our friend, Angie Hubbard, who has since gone to glory. Thank you so very much!||Debi Nelson||05/09/2017||$100.00||So very proud of you Seth! Doing this once is something to be very proud of, but doing it twice is amazing! You are one special guy! Look forward to following your run and adventures through your posts and awesome pictures!! ❤️||Jeanne Bartlett||05/09/2017||$200.00||Eddie & Marcie Pryor||05/05/2017||$100.00||We are thankful for your heart and your trust in God. Love how God is using you to change lives. Your dedication and faith will shine as you run across this country. Love, prayers and strength from our family to yours! Love, The Pryors||Anonymous Friend||05/04/2017||$22.18||Run Seth run!||Jacque Iler||05/03/2017||$25.00||Amanda Pinheiro||05/02/2017||$20.00||Proud of you Sethy!!||Erin Webber||05/01/2017||$40.00||Proud of you!||Robin Gibson||04/23/2017||$25.00||Nancy Vickroy||04/23/2017||$50.00||You are doing amazing things with your life. I am impressed that you are taking on such a difficult challenge again. Such a selfless act to help others and showing the love of Christ along the way||Bernadette McMullen||04/19/2017||$50.00||Faith Weber||04/15/2017||$50.00||Dean and Debbie Domer||04/04/2017||$100.00||"Your will, Your way God"||Allyn Letourneau||04/02/2017||$20.00||Thank you for showing me the beauty in sunrises, sunsets, and the sky bro. Touch lives this summer!||Thalia McVicker||03/31/2017||$20.00||Erin Maley||03/25/2017||$20.00||I'm SO SO proud of you Seth!! You're amazing kitten!||Lisa M Lorenzen||03/24/2017||$100.00||Dorene M Hartong||03/20/2017||$35.00||Roberta L Cotterman||03/19/2017||$500.00||Meghan Fuller||03/16/2017||$25.00||Christina Del Casale||03/16/2017||$25.00||You're such an inspiration and a blessing in the lives of everyone you meet. I am infinitely jealous of all of 4KNY2017 who get to spend the summer with you and get to know your beautiful, kind heart.||Diane Caplan||03/15/2017||$50.00||Thanks for helping those in need through your efforts, energy and spirit!||Sheel Patel||03/15/2017||$25.00||Kayla Stewart||03/15/2017||$25.00||Mitchell Caplan||03/14/2017||$50.00||Terrell Gibbs||03/13/2017||$25.00||Seth, Mr. SETH...you're an inspiration my dude. Best of luck!||Tyler Veldhuizen||03/13/2017||$50.00||Eleanora and Robert Alexander||03/11/2017||$25.00||Steven Warner||03/09/2017||$100.00||Brittany Papp||03/06/2017||$25.00||To keep it short and sweet, you're special Seth. God bless!||Jack Harpool||03/03/2017||$400.00||Kathi Thaxton||02/23/2017||$50.00||Best wishes for a successful run!||Paul & Donna Kuntz||02/22/2017||$100.00||Angela Rasicci||02/21/2017||$50.00||Best of Luck Seth! From the Rasicci Family!||Harold & Janet Guthrie||02/20/2017||$100.00||Richard Howiler||02/18/2017||$50.00||Paula L Engelhardt||02/17/2017||$100.00||Mindi Mitson||02/16/2017||$100.00||You are such an inspiration and wonderful example of love in action! I am forever grateful for your determination to make a difference!!! Run with God, Seth! He is always ahead of you!||Jess Valenti||02/13/2017||$20.00||You inspire me.||Randy Dewalt||02/12/2017||$50.00||Schuyler Hughes||02/12/2017||$40.00||I could not be more proud of you! Or more jealous of Team New York! I hope you have an amazing trip this summer, eat all the pizza, grace your team with your beautiful voice, run all the miles, and continue to be one of the best people I know. Love you Seth! Remember, be more always:) P.S. I'm so pumped for my pizza shirt.||Family Vorhies||02/11/2017||$100.00||We've watched you grow into a great young man. Keep up the good work.||Kathleen Schmidt||02/10/2017||$100.00||Tim Harvey||02/09/2017||$100.00||Really proud of what you are doing. Just incredible. Miss you guys.||Teespring, LLC||02/09/2017||$164.82||Dean Kleines||02/04/2017||$50.00||Kathleen Pleli||02/02/2017||$25.00||Sethrie I love you buddy. Hugs always. Your amazing ❤||Megan Hoose||01/29/2017||$10.00||Shayna Buffalow||01/28/2017||$100.00||Seth! I'm so proud of you! I can't believe you'll be running across the country again! You and Schuyler are such inspirations. You better have an amazing summer and never forget about us crazy kids on team Baltimore. New York is very lucky to have you, good luck friend!||Liz Caldwell||01/11/2017||$27.00||So so so proud of you Seth! You are truely an inspirational individual and look forward to reading your amazing posts about your summer and life updates. Thankful for the opportunity to know you! YES SETH!||Marie Anne Miller||01/09/2017||$50.00||So unbelievably proud of you.||Judy Selby||01/07/2017||$100.00||Good luck and enjoy the experience!||Emily Selby||01/07/2017||$50.00||Sophie Caplan||01/04/2017||$100.00||So incredibly proud of you for "living life fully, scared or not." I admire your dedication to this cause and your bravery to take on 4K again! Love you more than you could ever know, twin! Go get em' this summer!!||Casey Ryan||12/30/2016||$26.00||26 is now DOUBLE as strong. Team Baltimore 2016 is being represented well. I am so incredibly proud of you for continuing to do the running thing. Go get 'em tiger, American isn't going to run itself...again.||Caitie Runyon||12/27/2016||$50.00||IM NOT CRYING, YOU ARE. Oh my goodness, I can't believe you're running across the country again and I can't tell you how brutally jealous I am. A little salty that you're on team New York... but I'm proud and love you nonetheless! WE LOVE RUNNING! Good luck, you crazy kid||Sophia Starkman||12/27/2016||$30.00||Seth! Wow you are doing it again! You are truly inspirational, last summer was one I will never forget! Be what, BMORE! Look at you being more. Best of luck on your journey this summer!||Jack Bowling||12/27/2016||$200.00||ayyyy||Anonymous Friend||12/27/2016||$25.00||Run, Seth, Run!!!||Carrie McAuliffe||12/27/2016||$25.00||You're at the top of my 'coolest people out there' list. Knock 'em dead Seth, so proud of you!||Natasha Nielsen||12/27/2016||$30.00||Love you kid!!||Seth Rinehart||12/22/2016||$100.00|