Hopkins 4K for Cancer

The mission of Hopkins 4K for Cancer is to unite communities across the country in the fight against cancer by spreading awareness, raising funds, and fostering hope.


Erin Calkins

Trip Year: 2006
School: JHU
Hometown: Canandaigua, NY
Email: erinpcalkins@gmail.com

Erin Calkins

Growing up, I was very close to a couple that acted as pseudo grandparents to me. We spent a lot of time with Carl and Marie and I always looked forward to celebrating holidays and my accomplishments with them. Before I was a teenager, Carl was diagnosed with liver cancer and passed away. Carl had a way of making everyone smile, even while enduring cancer treatment--he was everyone's favorite Santa Claus at Christmas time and spread that same cheer all year long. Just as Carl did for me, I hope to share strength and love with others as we travel to San Francisco this summer.

Since joining 4K, the organization has taken on a greater meaning for me. My aunt was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Hearing about what she is going through while continuing to be a constant support to my five- and seven-year-old cousins amazes me. She has so much courage that shines through when I ask her to explain her cancer and treatment to me. While she is fighting her own battle this summer, I am grateful that I, too, will be fighting the same disease in the best way that I can.

Age: 22
Major: Public Health