Eileen McHugh ’15: 4K for Cancer


Eileen McHugh ’15, Chatham, NJ

Last summer I worked at a financial firm, a windowless box where I faxed documents and made copies all day. This summer I was looking for an adventure and I really lucked out! Image

I’m riding my bicycle 4000 miles across the country with a program called the 4k for Cancer. It was started about 12 years ago at Johns Hopkins as a ride from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to San Francisco. 4 years ago a non-profit called the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young adults adopted it and the ride expanded. Now there are trips, all starting in Baltimore, heading to San Fran, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle.

16569_10200357833448084_1226008824_nThe trip is 70 days, there are about 30 kids per team, and we all have to fundraise for the Ulman Cancer Fund in order to ride. I’m still working on fundraising, the link to my page is www.4kforcancer.org/profiles/eileen-mchugh


The trip so far has been awesome, we’ve seen some fantastic scenery! We’ve pedaled around the Great Lakes, through some National Parks including the Badlands, Yellowstone, and Glacier and climbed some ginormous mountains ranges like the Appalachians, Big Horn, Rockies and Cascades!


We’ve done some service events as well. We’ve stopped at Hope Lodges and Ronald McDonald houses along the way. With the money we fundraised, Ulman elected a candidate and we awarded a scholarship (a giant check!) to a young adult with cancer!

Fun fact: we ride in all kinds of weather and average about 80-100 miles a day!




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