Shelby Kell is a freshman at Manchester University. In the summer of 2018 she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70 day, 4,000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to Portland raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I have always been interested in helping people. Watching people close to me struggle with life-threatening diseases has persuaded me to go to college to study biochemistry. I plan to continue with my education in grad school to earn my doctorate in biochemistry. This degree will allow me to obtain a career to help people fight against life-threatening illnesses. My plan is to work in research for cancer. I’ve been a part of many programs that have introduced me to cancer research and the specifics of the processes. This has convinced me to use my future in the fight against cancer. I’m hoping to develop new drugs to eradicate cancer.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I want to be a rider to gain personal connections with the people that I will be helping in my future. My future plan is to work in medicine research for cancer. On this trip, I wish to meet the types of strong individuals that are fighting against cancer. It is easy to stay in a lab and forget about the reasons behind the research, but I will use this as my inspiration for my future research. This trip will inspire me to study harder to achieve my future plans. I will not think of the goal to cure cancer for the fame, but for the people that are fighting every day.
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!
|Anonymous Friend||12/13/2017||$200.00||Deborah Hayward||12/12/2017||$20.00||Good luck on you journey.||Eduard Rodon||12/09/2017||$25.00||Michelle White||12/06/2017||$50.00||Terri & Joe Alderson||12/02/2017||$50.00||Very proud||Amber Welch||11/30/2017||$100.00||Holly Broadstreet||11/30/2017||$100.00||Katelyn Fabri||11/29/2017||$50.00||So excited for you! Good luck Shelby!||Shelby Kell||11/28/2017||$100.00|