After graduating from the University of Saint Mary this spring, Kristina Carbrey plans to travel across the continental United States by bicycle.

After graduating from the University of Saint Mary this spring, Kristina Carbrey plans to travel across the continental United States by bicycle.

Carbrey will be participating in the 4K for Cancer ride, a 70-day journey of more than 4,000 miles from Baltimore to Seattle. The event will raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

“It just sounded like it would be a good adventure,” Carbrey said.

She learned about 4K for Cancer through a Facebook ad and thought it seemed like an inspiring event.

Carbrey said both of her grandmothers died from cancer. A son of her cousin also died from cancer at a young age.

According to the organization's website, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults provides various services including scholarships for people who have been affected by cancer.

Carbrey, who is a graduate of Lansing High School, will be making the trip across the United States with a team of about 30 cyclists.

The group will leave Baltimore on June 3. They should arrive in Seattle on Aug. 11.

Carbrey said she has been hooked on cycling since her parents gave her a hand-me-down bike.

She has started training for the 4K for Cancer ride.

The 4K for Cancer program also has rides that end in Portland and San Francisco, but Carbrey chose the one that will end in Seattle.

“I’ve never been anywhere on the West Coast,” she said.

Carbrey applied in November to be a member of the team of cyclists making the trip to Seattle. She was accepted for the program in December.

As a participant in the 4K for Cancer ride, Carbrey is required to raise $4,500 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. So far, she has raised more than $1,500.

People can make donations on her behalf by visiting a webpage that has been set up for her fundraising effort, www.ulman.z2systems.com/kristina-carbrey

As a participant in the ride, Carbrey also has been provided with a new bicycle for the journey.

“It's nice,” she said. “It's my favorite color (red).”

Carbrey is majoring in psychology and art at the University of Saint Mary. She will graduate May 12.

“I graduate right before I leave (for Baltimore),” she said.

Carbrey wants to be a clinical psychologist. She has applied for a doctorate program at the University of Kansas.

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