Susquehanna to Host Cross-Country Cyclists Raising Funds to Fight Cancer
Published on May 23, 2012
Some 30 bike riders, on their way from Baltimore to Seattle on behalf of cancer patients, will pedal into Selinsgrove May 29 for an overnight stay at Susquehanna University. The group is part of 4K for Cancer, a 70-day, 4,000-plus-mile, transcontinental bike ride designed to raise money for and awareness of cancer programs for young adults.
Through personal fundraising efforts and donations made along the route, college-age riders in the 4K for Cancer raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a Baltimore-based organization that supports, educates and connects young adults and their loved ones who are affected by cancer. Some funds also go to help people who are struggling with cancer and its related costs in the communities along the riders’ route. Since its inception in 2001, the 4K for Cancer has raised more than $1 million.
“The 4K for Cancer is a testament to what can be accomplished when a passionate and dedicated group of young adults commits to something bigger than themselves,” said Brock Yetso, president and CEO of the Ulman Cancer Fund. “The 4K is a life-changing experience, both for the riders and the cancer patients it will benefit.”
While at Susquehanna, the cyclists, who begin their trek May 27, will enjoy a bed and a hot shower donated by the university and a potluck meal provided by volunteering Susquehanna staff members. Breakfast before their next-day departure will be donated by ARAMARK food services. Susquehanna was contacted about the opportunity to host the group by alumnus Nate Wineland, who completed the ride last year and now serves as board chair for 4K for Cancer.
“I dedicated my ride [last year] to some close friends and family members who were affected by cancer, including two of the coaches at Susquehanna University,” Wineland said. “Most of the funds I raised were donated by members of the Susquehanna community.”
Local residents can donate to the cause by giving checks directly to riders, donating online at www.4kforcancer.org, or sending checks to 4K for Cancer, 921 E. Fort Ave., Suite 325, Baltimore, MD 21230. They can also hand off portable snacks to the cyclists or cheer them on as they enter or leave town. The group is scheduled to arrive in Selinsgrove May 29 between 1 and 3 p.m. on Market Street from the south, departing at dawn May 30 on Route 15 north, headed for Mansfield.
Karen M. Jones