4K Alumni Newsletter Fall 2015


Dear 4K Alumni,
Welcome to the 4K Alumni Quarterly Newsletter! The UCF staff will keep you updated on program improvements, ways to stay involved, and how the 4K program continues to change lives. 

With our 2015 season all wrapped up, we are spending the fall reflecting on how we can improve our program. Each year participants give us tons of feedback...the good and the bad. We take these comments to heart and will keep you updated on the progress we make each year.

Now that you're on the other side of the 4K family, we want to make sure you're still given the opportunity to change lives. Make sure you check out the ways to stay involved in the 4K program or other UCF programs this upcoming year.

There are a lot of exciting happenings coming out of Baltimore in 2016, keep your eyes peeled. 
Cancer changes lives…so do YOU!


Sasha Nader
Program Manager - Support Through Sport

If you haven't already, please take a moment to update your contact information, so that we can continue to keep you in the loop. 
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 Recruitment Competition!

Between October 1-31st, 2015 for every referred applicant you will be be entered in a raffle to win a UCF Swag Bag! We will include the names of those Alumni that have already referred applicants for summer 2016. The Swag Bag will include: a UCF backpack, a UCF sweatshirt, a UCF beanie, and a UCF mug. Please make sure that those you refer include your name in their application. A winner will be selected and announced on Monday, November 2nd. Happy recruiting!

4K Program Improvements

Changes made in 2015
In past year we have made a lot of big improvements to the 4K for Cancer program. We’ve been listening all these years to the ideas alumni bring to our attention, and finally had the bandwidth to make major strides.
  • Ride and Run Support: UCF Staff travel with the teams for the first 3 days of their experience in order to provide support and act as a resource for teams.
  • Routes: In 2015, program coordinators scouted, researched, and mapped all of the team routes across the country through Map My Fitness.
  • Safety: We have taken a number of steps to ensure the safety of our riders and runners during their summer.
    • Required pre-trip physicals
    • Provided Road IDs
    • Extended training ride to 10 miles
    • Created cycling safety guide and required test
    • Provided an 18 week training program for the ride
    • Provided a 20 week training program for the run
    • Required rear and front bike lights
    • Provided two sets of van racks for shuttling
    • Extended training days
    • Provided CPR/First Aid certification


Send-Offs 2016

Mark your calendars!


Ride: June 5th, 2016 in Baltimore, MD
Run: June 19th, 2016 in San Francisco, CA

Stay Involved 

  • Become a 4K Mentor! Mentor a 2016 participant as they fundraise, train, and gear up for their 4K experiences next summer. Sign up to be a mentor here
  • Are you still in the Baltimore area? Join BOYAA, our Board Of Young Adults Advisors, which seeks to foster a culture of leadership, service, advocacy, and cooperation among young professionals ages 21-40 that share our passion for the young adult cancer movement. 


  • Third Annual Beard Off Kicking off November 1st. Relive the glory days of the 4K, when you could grow out all your hair and nobody cared. The Beard Off started as a bet among a group of friends who wanted to see who could grow the best beard. It grew gloriously and has raised over $40,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in just two years. Stay tuned for more information to come.
  • 'Tis the Season to...Change Lives! UCF's Annual Holiday Gift Drive. Get together with your 4K team and adopt a family this holiday! Each year, UCF works with patient navigators and social workers from local Baltimore area hospitals to identify families facing a cancer diagnosis who would benefit from some assistance in making the holidays brighter. If you are interested in adopting a family for the holidays, please contact Julie Lanahan.


UCF Updates

  • Our Cancer to 5K program has expanded! We now have teams in Boston, Chicago and New York City. If you would like to get more involved as a volunteer please email Program Coordinator Nicole Muffoletto at
  • Team Fight is better than ever! Interested in testing your athleticism further? Join Team Fight’s Fight Club and race anywhere in the country while spreading awareness for the young adult fight.
  • Our Patient Navigation program has expanded to Walter Reed Military Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC). Patient Navigator Meg Fitzgibbons is making strides in the military community making sure young adults patients are getting the care and support they need as they fight cancer. Patient Navigator Allie Isaacson is pioneering our young adult patient navigation program at CNMC, a pediatric hospital in Washington, D.C. 
  • Key to Keys, our foremost UCF Experience, is a weeklong bike ride from Baltimore, MD to Key West, FL from April 9th – 16th, 2016. Applications open Oct. 5th, 2015. 

How We Change Lives

Gino DeFilippo is no stranger to UCF. What some people might not know is how many ways Gino has been involved in UCF programs and how meaningful those programs have been for him.
  • His journey started with Allie Gubin, his patient navigator at Johns Hopkins, when he was in treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML);
  • After finishing treatment (and kicking cancer's butt), he laced up his running shoes with the Cancer to 5K Baltimore squad;
  • He then joined Allie to speak at CancerCON and was a finalist for a "Get Busy Living" Award;
  • Then Gino signed up for the 4K and biked across the country this summer with Team Portland (thanks to some good persuasion from Chelsea and Mitch, PDX14 Alums).
  • Now Gino is a 4K Alumnus and spreading the word about how UCF and the 4K can change lives.
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