by Todd Littleton, Felician College Director of Institutional Communications and Alumni Affairs
RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kelsi Ludwigsen (Havre de Grace, Md./Harford Tech), a recent graduate of Felician College, has been selected to participate in the 2014 4K For Cancer Run Across America. Ludwigsen, who received a BS in biochemistry from Felician on May 18, was a four-year starting catcher for the Golden Falcons' softball team. She is one of a team of 27 young adults who will be running across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for cancer treatment and research.
The 4K for Cancer is sponsored by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. It is a non-profit organization composed of 18- to 25-year olds with active lifestyles who have a spirit for adventure and a desire to change the lives of those affected by cancer. Each participant must raise a minimum of $4,500, which is roughly the equivalent of one dollar per mile of the journey.
Through May 28, Ludwigsen had already raised $8,025.39.
"The 4K for Cancer has provided me with an amazing opportunity," she said. "I am excited to help other people that are around my age. It is very common for my peers to take advantage of what we have, but we do not really cherish how fortunate we are until what we have is gone. The people that I will meet along this journey are fighting a battle against themselves and I only hope that I can do something that can motivate them to keep fighting."
This year's Run Across America will begin in San Francisco, Calif., on June 15 and end in Baltimore, Md., on July 27. Each participant will run 6-10 miles per day, with the team traversing a collective 4,000+ miles. Along the way, host communities will provide lodging and meals for the runners.
The Ulman Cancer Fund provides direct support services, such as college scholarships, to young adults that have been affected with cancer. Throughout the route, Ludwigsen and her teammates will listen as inviduals who have been assisted by the fund share their stories. The runners will also be visiting cancer treatment facilities to deliver care bags.
The runners dedicate their run to family members, friends, and the people they meet along the way. Ludwigsen was inspired by the plight of a friend at home in Maryland.
"My friend is 21 years old and a college basketball player," she said. "It was a shock to see him go from running circles around me on the court to sitting in bed barely having the energy to move. It was heartbreaking. His courage and strength have motivated me to participate in this event."
Donations to the Ulman Cancer Fund on behalf of Ludwigsen can be made online at www.4kforcancer.org/profiles/kelsi-ludwigsen by clicking the "Give Now" button on the right. Checks can be mailed to 4K For Cancer, 921 East Fort Avenue, Suite 325, Baltimore, MD 21230, with the donor's e-mail address and Ludwigsen's name in the Memo field.