PRESS RELEASE: Cyclists ride through six states-pledge no young adult faces cancer alone
Posted by Editorial Staff on 13th April 2018
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CYCLISTS RIDE THROUGH SIX STATES, PLEDGE NO YOUNG ADULT FACES CANCER ALONE
The Ulman Cancer Fund organizes riders to raise awareness about young adult cancer and gaps in care.
Baltimore, MD – Riders will kick-off a 7-day journey from Key Highway to  Key West on April 14, 2018.  Key to Keys is an annual event hosted by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, the largest and longest serving young adult cancer organization in the United States.
Each year approximately 70,000 adolescents and young adults between 15 and 39 years of age are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. The National Cancer Institute reports that cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death for this age group. Unfortunately, they have no dedicated medical program which is why this underserved and underrepresented population has seen little to no improvement in survival rates within the last four decades.
Using cycling as a platform, Key to Keys participants come together throughout the journey to support each other and visit local
programs and cancer centers to make sure every young adult impacted by cancer knows that they have a community of support even if hospitals and institutions do not recognize or address their unique needs.
“Key to Keys is more than just a bike ride. It’s not a race and it’s not a competition,” says Brock Yetso, President & CEO of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “It’s a journey of hope and healing for young adults and their loved ones who for too long have been left behind by cancer care systems. Key to Keys takes the fight to them. We are on a mission to ensure no young adult faces cancer alone.”
“As a young adult currently battling cancer, Key to Keys is a way to prove to myself that I can still overcome physical setbacks,”
says rider Josh Minton, United States Army Captain and member of the Ulman Cancer Fund Young Adult Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “As the week of the trip progresses, you develop a lasting bond – not unlike the brother and sisterhood created during my 8 years in the military – except this bond is created together in service and over just 8 days.”
Riders will make stops and be available for interviews in the following cities:
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Morehead City, NC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Delray Beach, FL
  • Key Largo, FL
Key to Keys riders will average anywhere from 40 to 60 miles on their bike each day.  The ride begins on April 14, 2018, at 6:00 am at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. It will conclude on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Southernmost Point Buoy on the corner of Whitehead and South Street in Key West, Florida 33040.
For more information about Key to Keys go to: http://ulmanfund.org/keytokeys. Interview requests throughout the trip can be sent to Kate Yglesias Houghton at khoughton@ulmanfund.org. Social media for this event can be found using: #K2K2018.
About the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults makes a direct impact on young people and their loved ones whose lives have been affected by cancer. Since 1997, Ulman has raised nearly $20 million to support the unique cancer care and survivorship needs of young adults diagnosed with cancer between 15 and 39. This includes college scholarships, fertility preservation, patient navigation, free exercise programs, and many more mission-related programs. In 2017, Ulman broke ground on the very first free housing facility for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers. This physical space will create a community that fosters peer and social support, decreases financial and other burdens, and encourages hope and healing.