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Mechanical engineering student to bike across country for cancer awareness

Yasmeen Ebada and Colleen Carow | Oct 4, 2018
Posing in front of the bricks

Mechanical engineering student to bike across country for cancer awareness

Yasmeen Ebada and Colleen Carow | Oct 4, 2018

In between the hustle and bustle of classes, a Russ College student will be preparing for the 4K for Cancer bike race from the east coast to the west, to raise awareness and money for the The Ulman Cancer Fund (UCF) for Young Adults.

Mechanical engineering junior Sara Barnett will leave for her 70-day “4K for Cancer” ride on June 2 from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and arrive on August 10 at Crissy Beach in San Francisco. She’ll join “Team Francisco”– and fellow student Illona Hartman, who is running the route.

“I’m taking 70 days away from my personal life to give back to the cancer community. That's 70 days that I could be spending at work and saving money for my future, but instead I'll be spending that time raising awareness for this community,” Barnett said. 

Hartman, a civil engineering senior and an Engineering Ambassador, and Barnett became close friends when they joined professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau. Hartman’s route is in the opposite direction – from San Francisco to Baltimore – than Barnett’s. She’s running in honor of her infant niece, who lost her battle with leukemia earlier this year.

“While I was fundraising for the race last summer, Sara asked if it was okay for her to apply as well. It’s amazing that we’re both were going to do the race,” Hartman said. “My niece was definitely an inspiration to everyone."

Barnett needs to raise at least $4,500 before she can race, and Hartman continues her fund-raising activities

To get involved, donate to Barnett or donate to Hartman