Abby Spagnola's Fundraising Page
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Abby Spagnola's Fundraising Page

Abby Spagnola is a graduate student at the University at Albany. In the summer of 2018 she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70 day, 4,000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Portland raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.


What is your connection to the cancer community?

Cancer has continually had an impact on my life. I have friends who watched their family members lose their battles, and watch my own family fight against this terrible disease. Summer of 2017, I ran the Eastern Trek for Cancer--running and fundraising for Christine Dexter, who lost her battle to breast cancer. Since then, my mother battled breast cancer--she is the main reason I am a positive and caring person and I want to honor her strength in continuing her fight. Most of use who've had cancer in our lives, either in ourselves or in a loved one, have the same feeling of shock when that diagnosis hits closer to home. I believe that by coming together we can really change lives and support those who have been impacted in big ways. 


Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

It is hard to find a person who hasn't been impacted by cancer in some way--I am biking 4,000 miles to show young adults and their families that they are not alone in their battle. I want to make direct and positive impact on the lives of others, while challenging myself and creating lasting memories. Through the 4K for cancer, I want to honor those who have lost their fight to cancer, and give hope to those individuals, families, and communities that are affected and impacted, whether it be directly or indirectly.

ABOUT 2018 4K for Cancer

2018 marks the 17th 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 a at


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
David Behrens 08/07/2018 $100.00  
Stephanie Cario 06/05/2018 $28.68 Have a great summer!!
Vickie Weaver 06/03/2018 $25.00 Best of luck to you, Abby. Safe travels.
Animal Health Center of Amsterdam NY LLC 06/03/2018 $50.00  
Megan Lyn 05/31/2018 $50.00 Abby - You are amazing, inspiring, and one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Go change lives girlfriend!
Mark Spagnola 05/29/2018 $100.00 from Bill & Donna Conklin
Mark Spagnola 05/29/2018 $50.00 from Dave & Mary Conrad
Aslyn Avila 05/28/2018 $25.00 You are the light of my life Abby! Have a blast!
Brianne Rogers 05/28/2018 $125.00 Love from me and the fam !
Lexy Hennessy 05/28/2018 $40.00  
Daniel Rossignol 05/28/2018 $10.00  
Michelle Pawlowski 05/25/2018 $20.00 Way to go Abby! Best wishes on your journey!
Lisa Temoshok 05/25/2018 $25.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/23/2018 $150.00 From Anonymom
Megan And Ray 05/18/2018 $213.00  
D Becker 05/11/2018 $50.00 Go Abby!
Anonymous Friend 04/27/2018 $100.00 From Aunt Denise
Bellevue Reformed Church Youth Group 04/27/2018 $50.00  
Nicole Gentile 04/22/2018 $75.00 Good luck! We’ll be posed for updates this summer :)
Bellevue Reformed Church 04/20/2018 $50.00  
James Bruce 04/16/2018 $15.00 Way to go Abby!
Young Do 04/14/2018 $100.00  
Kalee Smith 04/04/2018 $100.00 Good luck, Abby! Keep doing awesome things! We love you! -Kalee, Asher & Odie
Gretchen Schwalbach 03/24/2018 $25.00 Go Abby go! :)
Matthew Dexter 03/21/2018 $50.00 Don't ever stop changing lives :)
Austin Izzo 03/21/2018 $10.00  
Bonfire 03/15/2018 $535.32  
Stephanie Miller 02/26/2018 $30.00 Good luck and safe travels!
Eleanor Governale 02/23/2018 $25.00 Good luck from Eleanor, Linda and the Davidson family
Anonymous Friend 02/21/2018 $383.00 Change from Carol and Larry <3
Tammy Piccola 02/10/2018 $25.00  
Jillian Leggiero 02/02/2018 $15.00 Go Abby! Be safe and enjoy the ride!
Lawrence Spagnola 02/01/2018 $250.00 Good luck, a very worthy cause
Scott Beatty 01/02/2018 $100.00 You’re the best Abby!
Frankie Anetzberger 01/02/2018 $100.00 Good luck, Abby!
Tom Nasadoski 12/05/2017 $100.00 Best of luck and have a good time.
Jason Stanton 12/03/2017 $30.00 "The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy." Meryl Streep Merry Christmas Abby!
Mark Spagnola 11/30/2017 $50.00 from Matt & Melanie McDonald
Madeline Moore 11/30/2017 $100.00 Your dedication and commitment (& fitness) is admirable. You're a great person and inspiration. So proud to have a friend like you!
Donna Mattice 11/04/2017 $100.00 Best of luck on your journey.
Maureen Anetzberger 10/28/2017 $250.00 You are amazing Abby, so proud of you, and LOVE you more than words could say...
Carol Spagnola 10/27/2017 $500.00  
Debra Spagnola 10/25/2017 $500.00  
Melanie Westfall 10/25/2017 $100.00 God bless!
Shaina Schulz 10/25/2017 $100.00 You're an inspiration! So proud to call you my friend. Can't wait to see you crush this!
Marilyn Ault 10/25/2017 $100.00 Abby - you the best ! Good luck !!
Lillian Mitsakos 10/24/2017 $20.00 *emotional statement on why you're amazing, and how I enjoy your existence* have a good run.
Abby Spagnola 10/20/2017 $100.00  
  Total $5,150.00  
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