132 Young Adults To Begin Annual Cross Country Ride and Run

4K and UCF logo4K for Cancer Program Gives Young Adults the Opportunity to Fight for Local Communities in the Battle Against Cancer

Baltimore, Maryland – May 31, 2013 – The 12th annual 4K for Cancer bike ride will begin Sunday, June 2nd at 7 a.m., as 106 cyclists dip their wheels in the Inner Harbor under the masts of the U.S.S. Constellation. Split into four routes, these cyclists will spend the next 70 days and 4000+ miles on the road raising funds and awareness in the fight against young adult cancer. Participants will finish their rides in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, San Diego, California, or San Francisco, California. In select cities on the journey, the cyclists will donate their time to local cancer communities.

4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF). 4K cyclists seek to “Cycle/Run, Inspire, and Unite” as they raise awareness about cancer, provide community service to cancer organizations across the nation, and award 10 higher education scholarships along the ride and run routes to young adults affected by cancer. Scholarship winners have been selected through a prior application process.

The 4K program has added a subsequent run across the country will begin in San Francisco, California on June 16th. The inaugural run will feature 26 young adults that will run in a relay format from The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor over the course of 30 days covering over 4,000 miles. Each day runners will run 8 two-mile segments with one of their teammates.

This year the program is the largest to date comprised of young men and women representing 62 colleges and universities within 20 states; the majority of participants from the University of Maryland. 51 participants are local and there are 3 cancer survivors within the overall group. This year the cyclists and runners have raised over $660,000 with a goal of reaching $750,000.

“4K for Cancer is a perfect example of young adults making a difference in the lives of their peers who are battling cancer,” said Brock Yetso, President and CEO of UCF. “They are voluntarily giving up their summer, their freedom, their jobs, and putting their lives on hold over the course of the ride or run to help people they’ve never met overcome a terrible disease. Their dedication and selflessness is truly humbling.”

Through a minimum personal fundraising commitment of $4,500 and donations collected along the route, participants raise money that directly supports the UCF Patient Navigation Programs. These programs offer comprehensive health services to young adult cancer patients, working in conjunction with multi-disciplinary medical care teams, social work staff, and other care providers. Since its inception at Johns Hopkins University in 2001, 4K for Cancer has raised over $2 million in the fight against cancer.

4K for Cancer is accepting online donations at http://4kforcancer.org/donate/. For more information, please visit http://4kforcancer.org/, or follow the cyclists on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact                                                                                                                         Rachel Wiederhold                                                                                                                         Program Director, Marketing & Communications           rachel@ulmanfund.org                                                                                                                  Office: 410-964-0202 x107

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:  The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, our organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF is a founding member of the LIVESTRONGTM Young Adult Alliance and a national pioneer in developing innovative approaches in cancer support. UCF enhances lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.  For more information, please visit, www.ulmancancerfund.org.

About rachelwiederhold

Fun-loving triathlete & former HR guru who decided to give up the corporate gig and follow my heart by helping young adults impacted by cancer.
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