Wednesday, June 10, 2015

4K For Cancer "Every Mile Matters"

Today's Pediatric Cancer Program Resource is 4K For Cancer! Here is a little about who they are and what they strive to do!

What is 4K For Cancer?
The 4K for Cancer is composed of young adults from all over the world who have a spirit for adventure and a desire to changes the lives of those affected by cancer.  We are siblings, children, grand childrenand friends of those affected by cancer.  We are cancer survivors riding to support those who supported us.  We are motivated individuals who have seen the destruction the disease can cause and want to do something to fight back.  We are about people and action. We are not just a cross-country journey – but instead a movement of young adults making our way cross country to attack this disease head on.  We believe in the power of building a team and supporting our fellow participants. No one will be left alone or behind and we will support each other during the difficult times.  We are the 4K for Cancer
The History of the 4K for Cancer
The Early Years | 2001 – 2008
The 4K for Cancer originally began as the Hopkins 4K for Cancer in the fall of 2001. A group of undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University decided to combine their desire to fight against cancer with their dream of cycling across the country.  The 4K was founded by Ryan Hanley, and the inaugural 4,000-mile journey was inspired by the memory of his father who died in 1995 from cancer.  For the next seven years, the 4K continued to operate as student group with an annual summer ride from Baltimore to San Francisco.

The Expansion Years | 2009 – 2011
For the 2009 ride, the 4K for Cancer became an independent non-profit organization, governed by a board of directors and eventually a full-time staff member.  In the summer of 2011, the 4K expanded to include two additional routes.  Riders were then able to choose to ride from Baltimore to Portland, San Francisco, or Seattle

The 4K and UCF | Fall 2011 – Present
After the conclusion of the 2011 rides, the 4K and UCF officially merged into one organization. From that point on, the 4K has operated as a program of the UCF. The merger enhanced the ability of the 4K to make a positive impact in the cancer community. With the strength and support of the UCF, the 2013 4K participants raised nearly $800,000, and in 2014 over 1 million dollars in the fight against cancer.
2015 will represent the 13th year the 4K will journey across America.  This summer we will offer our four cross country bicycle rides and two runs across America.  The bar has been set very high, but the summer of 2015 has the potential to be the most successful year yet for the 4K for Cancer!

Each year 4K participants identify various service opportunities along their route. In the past service opportunities have included visiting cancer patients to deliver our chemo care bags, taking part in community dinners, and giving cancer awareness presentations.  In 2014 we are rededicating our efforts towards expanding our service events through new and creative ideas.

Check out their full site and find even more information here!

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