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4K Alumni Newsletter - January 2016
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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!
 
After participating in the 2013 inaugural 4K For Cancer Run, I knew that 4K would be a part of my life forever. I am currently a program coordinator for the 4K For Cancer, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to improve the 4K For Cancer experience! We are well into the application process for our 2016 teams, and I know that this program would not be successful without all of you. Applications for 2016 will be open until February 15th, so continue to encourage people to apply. Thank you for your continued love and support!
 
Now for some BIG NEWS! Remember the parking lot you ran into at the end of your 4K journey, or the one you rode your bike out of to begin your 4K journey? Well, hold onto those memories, because that special parking lot has officially been retired. The Ulman Cancer Fund has outgrown that office space and has moved to a new location as of January 4th, 2016. This new location has a great parking lot for new 4K memories, so we hope to have you back to visit! The new address is: 1215 E Fort Ave, Suite 104, Baltimore MD, 21230. It is only a few blocks down from our old location.
 
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. As always, your feedback is welcome! I will be your contact person for any questions or concerns you may have as a 4K Alum.
 
Remember, cancer changes lives… and so do YOU!


 


Skylar Marcoux
4K For Cancer, Program Coordinator
4K Alumni Liaison

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4K Program Improvements

With help from your feedback, we continue to make improvements to the 4K For Cancer program! These changes are put into place to ensure safety of each participant, and to put an emphasis on service and education.
  • Routes: We are continuing to make changes to ensure the safety of our participants across the country with each passing year. We are documenting established and safe routes and reaching out to local communities while scouting for safe roads.
  • Service & Education: There will be a Mission Coordinator on each team who will work directly with a UCF staff member ensuring a fulfilling and productive service or educational experience.
  • Reflective triangles: These will be provided for all riders and are required to be worn at all times while riding.
  • Reflective bands: These will be provided for all runners and are required to be worn at all times while running.
  • MapMyFitness: A private training group is provided for each team, where they can track their training together, and stay motivated as they prepare for the summer of their life!

Save the Date!

4K for Cancer 2016
[Look for volunteer sign-ups in our March issue]

Training Weekend 
Ride: June 3-4, 2016 in Columbia, MD
Run: June 17-18, 2016 in Oakland, CA


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


Arrivals 2016 
Ride: August 13th, 2016 
Run: August 6th, 2016
 
4K Reunions!
Are you a 2002-2011 alum? Want to become the chair of planning your team reunion in 2016? Fill out 
this form to take charge and make it happen!

Where Are They Now?


To help create a network amongst 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 2002 Inaugural 4K Ride Alumna,
 Blair Decembrele!
 
Q: What is your current job?
A: I work for LinkedIn in New York and do member marketing and communications, managing U.S. consumer PR and global content communications. I sit with the LinkedIn editorial team in our New York office and am focused on establishing LinkedIn as a destination for business news and professionals insights. This might mean everything from working with Oprah and her team to blog on LinkedIn, to working with the TODAY Show on a segment about how to build a great LinkedIn profile or unveiling new products to our global audience.
 
Q: Why did you do the 4K?
A: Like many other 4Kers, I was deeply impacted by cancer at a young age. My mother, Karen Sullivan Decembrele, lost an eight-year battle with bladder cancer in 1998 when I was 16. I joined the 4K in her honor and with the hope of shining a spotlight on a cancer — like bladder — that doesn’t garner as much public attention and monetary support as other causes.
 
I joined the inaugural ride in the summer of 2002, heading into my senior year of college. I rode with my two closest childhood friends, Catherine (Lodge) Williams and Stephanie Beaudet. In addition to riding for their own reasons, they both felt moved by my mother’s illness. I still feel touched that they participated; it was such a nice tribute to my mother.
 
We were recruited to ride by our childhood friend, Leah Blom, and by Ryan Hanley who convinced us over our December holiday break to ditch our summer plans of living on Nantucket and join them on “some bike ride” they were organizing. I’m so glad they did as it was one of the best decisions I ever made!
 
Q: What is the most valuable lesson you learned on the 4K?
A: Ah, so many lessons!  I think one of the most special elements of the 4K is that it’s geared towards college students who participate during some of their most impressionable years and the trip is like the best college course you ever took. You are learning constantly: whether it’s about the communities crosscountry; your fellow riders or how to muster up the internal strength to keep going.
I am still moved and inspired by the kindness of the strangers and encouragement from the supporters we met along the way. This also showed me how cancer is unfortunately a common denominator that impacts and bonds the cross section of our communities regardless of whether you are in a cornfield in Kansas or a coffee shop in Mill Valley, California.
 
Q: What is your favorite 4K memory?
A: The friendships. There were 23 random people on our team and our mutual respect for each other built an everlasting friendship. Our trip was spontaneous; we would knock on people’s doors to look for hosts as we arrived in each city, and I remember sleeping on a racquetball court at a YMCA and once dodging a bull when arriving in a deserted town in Nevada. We hit the jackpot when we got to Kansas City, MO and the Westin donated rooms for us!
 
Q: Any words of wisdom for new 4Kers?
A:  It will be challenging at times — both physically and emotionally — but don’t sweat the small stuff.  The friendships and the bonds you form will be with you for a lifetime, so be kind to each other. It will be over in an instant; enjoy every moment! 
Blair during her 4K for Cancer ride in 2002
Blair in New York in 2015

How We Change Lives

Chris Moskal - Team San Francisco 2014
 
As part of training weekend 2014, all of the 4K participants were encouraged to join the bone marrow registry by getting swabbed. Just over a year later, Chris got a call from Delete Blood Cancer. He was notified that he had been a match for a 16-year-old in the United States, suffering from a rare blood cancer. Chris underwent 5 days of shots, doctor visits, and a 7-hour procedure, but it was all worth it when he learned that the marrow was successfully grafted and is now producing it’s own cells. Thanks to UCF’s partnership with There Goes My Hero, and the 4K For Cancer’s commitment to serving others, Chris had the opportunity to help save the life of a young adult fighting cancer. 

UCF Updates


Cancer to 5K and Team Fight
  • CT5K expanding in Philadelphia, PA and Irvine, CA this spring!
    • Local to the New York area? We are also looking for sherpas for CT5K New York!
    • Local to the DC/Northern VA area? We are looking for a second coach to help facilitate 2 practices per week from March to June 2016. Interested? Email Nicole below!
  • Team Fight 2016 - Join Fight Club and race anywhere in the country while spreading awareness for the young adult fight!
  • Iron Girl Training Team! Still local to Baltimore? Looking to tackle your first triathlon? Race with UCF!
Email Nicole Muffoletto at nmuffoletto@ulmanfund.org for more info on CT5K and Team Fight!
 

Key to Keys
Biking across America wasn't enough? Bike from Baltimore to Key West in April 2016 as part of the UCF Key to Keys Experience! Available spots open for bike riders and a multimedia volunteer. Why participate?
  • You won't have to sleep on floors
  • You won't have to beg for food
  • More UCF swag
  • You get to encounter MORE amazing people connected within UCF!
To learn more and apply, visit the Key to Keys website or Email Erica@ulmanfund.org
UCF PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT:
 
Patient Navigation!
 


What is Patient Navigation?
Since 2008, UCF has offered Young Adult (YA) Patient Navigation services at five institutions in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area, as well as remotely through the UCF offices.

 








Working in conjunction with the medical care teams at medical institutions and within the community, UCF’s Young Adult Patient Navigators provide a holistic approach to patient care, addressing various needs of young adults, to help them recalibrate their life with cancer. 

 








UCF Young Adult Patient Navigation is built upon the 4E Framework - educate, empower, engage,encourage. UCF's Young Adult Patient Navigation program services are free of charge and available to young adults (15-39) and their loved ones at any stage in their cancer diagnosis.

 
 







Events



Join us for our 18th annual Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at the new City Garage in downtown Baltimore!   This isn’t your Grandma’s Gala- we will celebrate the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults mission, honor the hard work and dedication of those who diligently support it, announce UCF’s biggest project to date, enjoy delicious food and drinks, partake in live and silent auctions, and dance the night away! 
Click here to purchase your discounted young adult ticket hereWant to volunteer?  We can use your help!  Click here to give us a hand.

 


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 10% 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 14, 2016. Register today -
http://ulmanfund.org/irongirl/
Use coupon code 4KALUMNI to receive 10% off registration

 
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