Abby Rentschler is a sophomore at the University of Alabama. In the summer of 2017 she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandpa died from skin cancer about three years ago after a seventeen year battle. It was heartbreaking yet inspiring to watch him fight the disease. My grandma and he did everything they possibly could to extend my grandpa's life, even if it was just by a single day whether that was giving up all forms of sugar or driving four hours to sit in an oxygen chamber. My grandpa was a fighter, and he definitely made a big impact on how I approach life now.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I cannot think of a better way to spend my summer. Everything about 4K for Cancer speaks to me--- the running, the community service, the mission to spread cancer awareness, getting to meet and be inspired by so many like minded people---everything. Something about running seems to unite people. This team is doing exactly that while at the same time contributing to multiple communities across the country and inspiring people to be healthier, happier, and more compassionate towards one another. This team is like a dream come true, and it is an absolute honor to be a part of it.
2017 marks the 16th 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 70,000 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.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, the Ulman Cancer Fund 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.
UCF House - This year UCF broke ground on 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!
|Anonymous Friend||06/24/2017||$115.00||Thank you for doing this!||Deb Budnik||06/11/2017||$50.00||Phoenix Voorhies||06/01/2017||$100.00||Go Abby!!!||Brian Routt||05/31/2017||$25.00||Dave and Bernie Woods||05/31/2017||$25.00||We are so proud of you!||Payton Cooper||05/29/2017||$10.00||So proud of you! Run hard with a full heart!||Lisa Rentschler||05/29/2017||$25.00||Good luck, Abby!||Jon Gaston||05/29/2017||$250.00||God Bless you Abby||Anonymous Friend||05/15/2017||$150.00||Lynette Medrea||05/09/2017||$100.00||Go ABBY!!!||Dennis Wetzel||04/05/2017||$125.00||Great campaign, great reason, great young lady||Steve Turk||03/28/2017||$250.00||Gasser Bush Associates||03/22/2017||$250.00||Nathan Furlong||03/20/2017||$250.00||Go Abby!!!||Tom Chulig||03/09/2017||$50.00||RUNNING from the west cost to east coast! Even in my best years never would I have attempted this monumental FEET-even on a bike! I've met some awesome students at Saline High and now you are at the top of that list! Happy running and take extra shoes with you. God bless you!||Kelly Hall||02/18/2017||$20.00||Go Abby go! We'll be cheering for you every step of the way!||Stephanie Mitchell||02/11/2017||$10.00||Good luck, Abby! Roll Tide!||Deb Budnik||02/09/2017||$50.00||You go, Abby!! You have such remarkable spirit and love for whatever it is that you take on as a cause! Blue skies and gentle beeezes...||Joel Speckman||02/09/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||02/04/2017||$100.00||love, your biggest fan (:||Vaughan Family||02/01/2017||$50.00||Good luck Abby!!||Anonymous Friend||01/25/2017||$25.00||Godspeed to All!||Michael Smith||01/19/2017||$100.00||We're with you every step of the way.||Susan Jones||01/19/2017||$50.00||Abby! You have always brought your "A" game to every experience. This challenge is no exception...you are choosing to go the extra mile for the needs of others; generous, strong, impressive. I am with you! Be careful and have a ball! Love, Mama J||Anonymous Friend||01/11/2017||$20.00||My mom passed away from cancer more than 20 years ago. If a portion of your run could be dedicated to a loving mother of 7 and grandmother of 14 it would be appreciated. Good Luck!||Wendy Scales||01/04/2017||$100.00||Go Abs!||Joan Engel||01/04/2017||$500.00||Have the run of your life. Grandpa Bob would be so proud of you.||Josie Rentschler||01/04/2017||$10.00||Meow Meow Meow Meow||Janet Ploucha||01/02/2017||$50.00||Linda Ellis||12/31/2016||$100.00||Great cause. Thank you for making a difference and giving so much of yourself. Best of luck!||Lindsey Shirey||12/29/2016||$50.00||Run Abby run! You are one brave and kind young woman.||Lynette Medra||12/27/2016||$100.00||Good Luck Abby. We love you.||Laura Kinsey||12/26/2016||$50.00||Amanda Gaston||12/25/2016||$50.00||Love you friend||Stan Kolenda||12/22/2016||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||12/21/2016||$300.00||Chickie Lenga||12/21/2016||$100.00||Good Cause - Go Girl!!!!!||Allen Montero||12/21/2016||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||12/20/2016||$100.00||Abby, be safe. When I was a young business owner your grandpa offered his advice with conviction and wisdom. He was a great inspiration. I miss running into him every once in a while. Good Luck with everything||Glenn Ellis||12/19/2016||$100.00||Good luck for a great cause!||Cecilia Donegan||12/19/2016||$20.00||Julie Ann Schneider Wyandotte Electric||12/12/2016||$200.00||Dear Abby, What a great way to honor your grandfather. May god watch over you as you travel across our beautiful country.||John Giles||11/30/2016||$15.00||This is awesome!! Good luck!||Cindi Larson||11/30/2016||$200.00||This looks awesome! Good luck and have fun!||Joshua Smith||11/30/2016||$20.00||Good luck!||Facebook Fundraiser||11/30/2016||$150.00||Alex McPherson||11/29/2016||$10.00||Good luck on the adventure of a lifetime Abby! Cannot wait to follow your progress and hear about all the amazing things you'll be doing.||Jennifer McPherson||11/29/2016||$50.00||You're awesome Abby! Good luck and we'll be cheering you on!!||Angie & Nic Shirey||11/29/2016||$100.00||You amaze me more and more everyday! We love you Abs!||Lauren Green||11/29/2016||$20.00||Abby you're amazing!! Good luck <3||Emma Wilson||11/29/2016||$30.00||Mara VanSickle||11/26/2016||$20.00||Madeline Gibson||11/23/2016||$5.00||Vinnie Shimones||11/23/2016||$10.00||Devan Wetzel||11/23/2016||$20.00||I am so proud of you, Abby! You are such an incredible and giving young woman.||Abby Rentschler||11/22/2016||$100.00|