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Follow Cristal Ortega's progress in the 4K for Cancer


Updated July 3, 2017

Recent Dominican University alumna Cristal Ortega has made it to Nebraska in her cross-country bike trek to San Francisco. She left Baltimore on Sunday, June 4. A cancer survivor, Cristal is riding to raise funds for cancer research and to deliver cancer kits to young adults in hospitals across the country. You can read more about her amazing story in a Chicago Tribune profile or through this Univision video (in Spanish).

Cristal achieved her first century ride (100 miles, pictured above) on Monday, June 19 when she and her team rode from Union City, TN to Cape Girardeau, MO. The Southeast Missourian published a photo essay on the group's ride.

While in Kansas City, MO, Team San Francisco met up with Sami Mansfield, the founder of Cancer Wellness for Life, and helped her with a variety of her programs. The team visited patients at HCA Midwest Health in the morning, followed by writing words of encouragement and letters to cancer patients in the hospital. Later on, the team helped run a cross fit class with Cancer Wellness for Life's "BUILD" class, sharing a workout and providing support to cancer survivors and those still receiving treatment.

On day 27, they biked a short 55 miles from Holton, KS to Frankfort, KS. Cristal dedicated her ride to Armani Webb, 7, who is currently fighting sickle cell in Minnesota. Armani's dedication ride was submitted by Samella Hargro, physical plant supervisor at Dominican, whom she met after one of her training rides in OPRF CycleBar.

Cristal and the team crossed from Kansas into Nebraska on Saturday July, 1. Tomorrow, July 4, they have a rest day in Arapahoe, Nebraska. 

The team is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on August 12. You can follow Cristal's progress through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults 4K For Cancer website and on her Facebook page, Cristal's 4K for Cancer.