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          4K Alumni Newsletter - Vol. 1 No. 2
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Dear 4K Alumni,
 
Welcome to the second Alumni Newsletter of 2016! I have enjoyed getting to meet more alumni over the past few months, and I’m excited to see where we can go from here! This year’s 4Kers have officially gotten their bikes, and are knee-deep in fundraising and training. Thank you to all of the mentors out there who have been helping their mentees prepare for their journey. Their preparation is key to ensure a safe and efficient trip! Please take some time to check out our Alumni Newsletter 1.2, and if you know of someone who is not getting these Newsletters, send them my way so I can add them in. We have exciting news about 4K 2016, how to remedy 4K withdrawal, and new 4K alum to meet! As always, your feedback is welcome. One thing we would particularly like to get feedback on is an Annual 4K Reunion. Please
 click here to take a poll so we can gauge interest on this event.
 
Remember, cancer changes lives… and so do YOU!

 

Skylar Marcoux
4K For Cancer
Program Coordinator
4K Alumni Liaison
4K Program Updates
 
With the help of your feedback, we continue to make improvements to the 4K For Cancer program. These changes are put in place to ensure the safety of each participant, and to put an emphasis on service and education.
  • Bone Marrow Drive - All scholarship recipients are required to organize a bone marrow drive at their scholarship ceremony. We have had over 57 matches from UCF sponsored drives. 1 in 700 registrants can be a match - so you should get swabbed too! Check out the story from the last Alumni Newsletter Issue 1.1 to see how it really makes a difference.
  • CPR - All 4Kers are now required to be CPR/First Aid certified. If participants are not currently certified, we provide an online class from the Red Cross for them to take, and then they will earn their full certification during our hands-on session during training weekend.
  • #20 Retired - Each team member is assigned a number during training weekend to ensure everyone is accounted for by “counting off” each day. One director will be the first number, and the other director will be the last number, to make sure everyone is accounted for in between. After #19 counts off, everyone will shout “20” before the next person counts off at #21. #20 has been retired in the honor and memory of Jamie L. Roberts, who lost her life during her 4K trip with Team Portland 2014. #livelikejamie #milesforjamie
  • Plan on visiting 4K on the road this summer? Let us know! We can get you in touch with the Director’s of the team, and make sure you are updated with any important information:
    • Ace the 4K Safety Quiz: We offer an online Safety Quiz based on our Safety Guide that ALL participants must pass with 100% before receiving their bikes. It is important that you follow these safety rules when riding with the team, so we require you to also pass the quiz with 100% before doing so.
    • Ace the 4K Policies and Procedures Quiz: We also require all participants to pass the Policies and Procedures Quiz with 100% before coming to training weekend. This is to ensure that everyone understands the 2016 Policies and Procedures that we have put into place for a safe and meaningful trip for each team. It is important for alumni to know this information in order to better support our teams!
  • In order to access these quizzes, please contact the Program Coordinator of the team you wish to visit below:
    • Baltimore and New York Run: Maeve Koch - maeve@ulmanfund.org
    • San Diego and San Francisco Ride: Nicole Considine - nicole@ulmanfund.org
    • Portland and Seattle Ride: Skylar Marcoux - smarcoux@ulmanfund.org
Stay Involved

4K Training Weekend 2016
Ride: June 3-4th, 2016 at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Columbia, MD
Run: June 17-18th, 2016 at Mercy High School in San Francisco, CA
>>Click here to sign up as a Volunteer for Ride Training Weekend!<<
 

4K Send Off 2016
Ride: June 5th, 2016 at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD
Run: June 19th, 2016 at Crissy Beach in San Francisco, CA
>>Click here to sign up as a Volunteer for Ride Send Off!<<
 

4K Arrival 2016
Team New York: August 6th, 2016 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, NY
Team Baltimore: August 6th, 2016 at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, MD
Team Seattle: August 13th, 2016 in Seattle, WA
Team Portland: August 13th, 2016 at Overlook Park in Portland, OR
Team San Francisco: August 13th, 2016 at Crissy Beach in San Francisco, CA
Team San Diego: August 13th, 2016 at Mission Beach in San Diego, CA
>>Find volunteer sign ups in our July Newsletter 1.3!<<
4K REUNION 2016!
We are still looking for volunteers to organize a reunion for 2005, 2006, 2010, and Seattle 2011. Want to become the chair of planning your team reunion in 2016? Fill out this form to take charge and make it happen! Contact the current chairpeople below for your team’s reunion info:
[Pictured Above: Here is a picture of a few 2003 alum during their reunion in April 2015, coordinated by 3x 4K participant, Travis Snow!]
[Pictured Left: Travis is also getting his son ready for his 4K trip, in just a few years!]
UCF Spotlight
This summer, UCF will break ground on a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore. The UCF House will create a community that fosters peer and social support, decreases financial and other burdens, and encourages hope and healing. This is UCF’s biggest project to date, and a one-of-its-kind development! Check out the video and more information at http://ulmanfund.org/theucfhouse/
Where Are They Now?
 
To help create a network among 4K alum, we will be selecting a 4K alum to be featured in our new “Where Are They Now?” Q&A section. Interested in being the next spotlight, or want to nominate a teammate? Click here to fill out the 4K Alum Newsletter Spotlight survey!
 
Now it’s time to meet 2014 San Francisco 4K Ride Alum

Steph Kos!
 
Q: What is your current job?
A: I’m currently a Human Resources Specialist at Shorelight Education in Boston, MA, an international education company that manages partnerships for international students attending university in the United States. I manage the onboarding and orientation process for all new employees as well as oversee our campus HR/Operations team members. Aside from my full time job, I teach kickboxing at a martial arts gym and help coach the Cancer to 5K Boston team!
 
Q: Why did you do the 4K?
A: My cousin’s best friend did the San Francisco ride in 2013 and she dedicated a day to my grandfather. She tagged us in the photo so I started scrolling through and looked up 4K and fell in love with the program! My grandparents, along with the majority of my dad’s side of the family, passed away from cancer. Family gatherings always feel like there is something missing. UCF’s mission to support families during such challenging times really connected with me.
 
Q: What is your favorite 4K memory?
A: We planned a 4K Christmas over a few days of our trip. We were in a big gym with a stage and each member of the team was involved - we made a tree with a branch from outside and had a performance of different skits from the Mean Girls ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ to our own version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, obviously topped off by a visit from Santa. It was just down to earth good fun! No technology, not worrying about social media, etc. This was the common theme of the trip. I constantly felt connected, but not in the ways we are used to. I was entertained 24/7 by jokes, stories, and just moments with my team. I was connected to my surroundings and was able to observe what was around me on a much different level than I would have ever thought. This was wonderful and I never wanted it to end!
 
Q: Involvement with UCF post- 4K
A: UCF has so many programs and they all touch people's lives in ways I’ve never seen before. I am one of the coaches for Cancer to 5K in Boston with 4K Inaugural Ride Alum, Jenn Parker. We started the Inaugural CT5K run last year after my 4K teammate, Erica Johnson, told me about the expansion. I also competed in the Iron Girl triathlon last year. Talk about the 4K! Based solely off of conversations, I’ve had 5 friends and friends of friends sign up. Our stories get people excited! 
Steph during her 4K ride to San Francisco in 2014!
Steph with 4K alum Jenn Parker at Cancer to 5K- Boston!
Get Active!
 
  • Fight Club - Use any race or endurance event of your choice this year as a platform to raise awareness & support for the 70,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer each year. All Fight Club members have access to local Team Fight workouts and opportunities for race reimbursements for their chosen events.
  • Iron Girl Training Team - A 12-week training experience for both beginner and seasoned triathletes that are preparing for the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon on August 7th. Each member receives weekly coached workouts, free race entry & a chance to make a difference in the lives of young adult cancer survivors.
  • NYC Marathon Team - Represent Team Fight in the 2016 New York City Marathon! Team members will receive guaranteed free entry into the world's largest marathon, as well as the opportunity to meet the Cancer to 5K New York City team at a pre-race luncheon.
To register for Team Fight, please visit www.teamfight.org! Email Nicole Muffoletto at nmuffoletto@ulmanfund.org for more info.
Join UCF Races on May 15, 2016 for the 33rd annual Columbia Triathlon, one of the most challenging and longest running triathlons in America. Open to anyone ages 16 & up. Participants have the option of competing in the Olympic-Distance Triathlon, Duathlon, Relays and more. Register today- http://ulmanfund.org/columbiatriathlon/
Use coupon code 4KALUMNI to receive 20% off registration.
Be a part of the “Best Women’s Event in the Mid-Atlantic”, the Iron Girl Columbia sprint-distance triathlon which includes a .62 Mile Swim, 16 Mile Bike and 5K Run. The event will be held in Centennial Park on Sunday, August 7, 2016. (Note date change) Register today - http://ulmanfund.org/irongirl/
Use coupon code 4KALUMNI to receive 20% off registration.
Sprint for Spat: Sunday, May 1st 2016 
Survivors register free! Race in a fun 100 meter race (.10K) in Fells Point Square with Flying Dog Brewery, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, and UCF. Tickets and sponsorship information coming soon: sprintforspat.com
Ride Across Maryland:
June 4th-5th, 2016 
Starting in Columbia MD, motorcyclists ride together to Ocean City to raise funds and show support for UCF. Once in Ocean City, bikers enjoy food, entertainment, raffles, and more. For sponsorships and to sign up: rideacrossmaryland.org
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