Omar Bukhari, a sophomore biochemistry major and emergency health services minor, will bike 4,000 miles this summer from Baltimore to San Francisco to benefit cancer patients. The bike ride, organized through 4K for Cancer, seeks to raise funds for cancer patients who need assistance with medical costs and inspire people whose lives are affected by cancer. Bukhari has so far raised $3,160 toward his $4,500 goal. You can follow his fundraising progress and his training at omar4k.tumblr.com/.
Working as a volunteer EMT in Baltimore and hearing patients’ stories about cancer, as well as researching anti-cancer compounds as an intern, inspired Bukhari to take action and become involved with 4K for Cancer. Riders visit cancer patients, hospitals and cancer centers as they travel, where they “host presentations, offer cancer screenings and help underserved communities gain access to support by connecting them to other cancer-centric non-profits.”