Liam Burgeson is from Buffalo, New York. In the summer of 2019, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to San Francisco, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
15 years ago my aunt Barb had ovarian cancer. I didn't know what was going on. All I knew was that she was sick. Despite everything she was going through she still acted like a second mother to me. She pushed through and still plays a huge role in my life today. My two best friends mothers are also cancer survivors and I've always felt I owe a lot to them. I rode on team Portland last year as well. I cant even describe in words the amount of people, families and communities we effected along the way. What the Ulman Cancer Fund does means more to people than i ever could have imagined.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
My aunt Barb bought me my first rode bike about 10 years ago now and I've been riding ever since. I've always believed bikes promote a fun and healthy lifestyle so when I heard of an organization using bikes for such an amazing cause i was all about it. Then after riding cross-country last year i saw what an effect we had on every community we passed through. It was the best decision I've ever made and I cant wait to do it all over again.
2019 marks the 18th year of the 4K for Cancer sending young adults on journeys across the country in an effort to inspire hope and unite communities in the fight against cancer. The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including fertility preservation, social isolation, lack of insurance, delayed diagnosis, and more.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman is able to provide free support services and resources for the young adult cancer community including:
Cancer to 5K - a 12-week training program designed to introduce or reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity.
Patient Navigation - a free program (onsite at cancer centers and remotely through our office) that ensures no young adult ever faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one support & resources to young adults and their families to help them manage the cancer experience and long-term cancer survival.
Scholarships - a financial assistance program to help young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore.
Your donation will help make these programs and our mission possible!