3 USC students take on Interstate Athletic Achievements

Columbia, S.C – (March 14, 2016) Three University of South Carolina students, one a recent graduate, will be participating in the 15th annual 4k For Cancer journey across America. People from all over the country are coming together this summer to cycle or run from coast to coast with the goal of offering inspiration and support for young adults affected by cancer. The proceeds all go to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Claudia McSweeney, a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina, will be participating in the 70 day, 4,000 plus mile bike ride from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco, California. While McSweeney hasn’t been directly impacted from cancer, her reason for joining 4k For Cancer is no less dignified.

“My decision to embark on this journey was based on the opportunity to take on the greatest physical challenge of my life for a cause much bigger than myself. Biking over 4,000 miles in 70 days won’t be easy, but I hope that on the hard days I remember the emotional and physical pain I’m feeling is only a fraction of what those experiencing cancer feel. I know this experience is going to be truly humbling and I can’t wait,” said McSweeney.

Bailey Wilhelm, a senior at USC, and Mackenzie Johnson, a sophomore, will be participating in the 49 day, 4,000 plus mile run from San Francisco to Baltimore. Wilhelm joined the 4K for Cancer team to honor her grandmother, who is fighting breast and esophageal cancer. For Johnson, 4K for Cancer combines her two passions in life, running and service work.

“This is the way I know that I can be brave for others. I know that I can fight through difficult physical and mental situations and do it with mutual support from others in the same position. I know it will be difficult and I want it to be. I want to prove that I can push through, so that someone else knows that they can too,” said Wilhelm.

To be able to participate, each girl must raise $4,500. The money they raise will go toward the funds for the bicycle or running gear necessary for the journey. The rest gets directly donated to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

About 4K For Cancer

The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The Ulman Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. To find out more information or make a donation to the girls, visit www.4kforcancer.org