Allyson Hite is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin. In the summer of 2017, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ 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?
I have fortunately not been severely impacted by cancer yet in my life. Two of my grandparents passed away due to cancer, but I was still very young at the time and didn’t yet understand the severity of what had happened. However, I have witnessed so many people whose lives have completely changed because of cancer. In all of these cases, I have witnessed the way cancer affects the person and their loved ones, so while I am not directly a member of the cancer community, I sympathize with those who are.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
In all instances where I have encountered people battling cancer, I have been a passive sympathizer. I send my words of support, but not much more. I want to do more. I want to have an active role in loving, supporting, and caring for those who are affected by cancer. To me, a cross-country trip with 4k is the best way to raise awareness and reach out to the most people in order to make the greatest impact. Through the bike trip I will be able to help others and also challenge myself to learn more about the cancer community and issues facing the community.
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!
|Sharon Kerze||07/20/2017||$25.00||God Bless you all on your journey, you are very special! Prayers are with you everyday until you return home safely. Thank you all! Frank & Sharon||Steve and Kim Goss||07/19/2017||$100.00||Scot and Linda Kramer||07/08/2017||$100.00||We're sure he is smiling on you from Heaven.||Anker and Dibba Lerret||07/01/2017||$50.00||Rob & Lynn Scott||06/20/2017||$100.00||Allyson, Keep pedaling! We are rooting for you and very proud of you! Lynn n Rob||Cathi Peterson||06/11/2017||$25.00||Praying for safe travels for all of you and praying for a cure!! Keep up the great work!||Gerardo Colon||06/11/2017||$100.00||May our Lord accompany you in such an amazing journey. Have great success!||Richard Eichberger||06/06/2017||$25.00||Go Allyson, Go!||Bob & Eveline Roberts||06/03/2017||$500.00||Hook 'em Horns!! Best wishes for a great experience and safe ride. UT Alum '69 & '70. Parents of Jamie Roberts, SMCM #24, 4K #20.||Anonymous Friend||06/01/2017||$20.00||So proud of you Allyson! Have a great time this summer on your journey across the country. Go fast. Raise Awareness. Have Fun. Hook 'em!||Teresa Walker||05/29/2017||$100.00||Hope you have a great, safe trip!||Anonymous Friend||05/29/2017||$15.00||Anonymous Friend||05/25/2017||$65.00||Amy Williams||05/25/2017||$25.00||Scott Drinkard||05/25/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||05/22/2017||$45.00||Ana Fernandez||05/21/2017||$40.00||May your presence be a blessing on your journey. - Ana (your Mom's friend).||Anonymous Friend||05/19/2017||$234.70||Enjoy the adventure this summer.||Anonymous Friend||05/19/2017||$2.71||Texas Rowing Center INC||05/17/2017||$250.00||Anonymous Friend||05/15/2017||$192.59||Jaime Seiter||05/15/2017||$25.00||Good Luck Caitlyn! Thanks for working toward a great cause!||Mary Silber||05/15/2017||$25.00||Congrats on the Big 12 title! Hope you meet your goal.||Anonymous Friend||05/15/2017||$20.00||John Adams||05/15/2017||$25.00||Garrett & Beth Molzer||05/15/2017||$50.00||Safe travels!||Steve Kennedy||05/14/2017||$25.00||What and undertaking and for a great cause! Go get'em!||David and Gigi Graham||05/04/2017||$100.00||Chicken & Waffles||04/27/2017||$50.00||We are still expecting to ride in a basket on your bike. Can we get our own hats and sunglasses too?||Anonymous Friend||04/25/2017||$100.00||Elizabeth Brown||04/25/2017||$500.00||Zohar Abramovitz||03/30/2017||$25.00||Good luck, Allyson! So cool that you're doing this!||Chris and Michelle Straub||03/21/2017||$200.00||Anonymous Friend||03/17/2017||$25.00||Great cause, best of luck||Anonymous Friend||03/17/2017||$30.00||Sarah Davis||03/17/2017||$25.00||Get it gurl!||(German Family) Esser||03/12/2017||$50.00||Wir sind so stolz auf dich! :-)||Miriam Esser||03/12/2017||$25.00||Love you, Schwester!||Anonymous Friend||03/10/2017||$250.00||Hook'em||Luann Drew||03/10/2017||$75.00||If my brother Scott were still here, he would be cheering you on big time! He would also think the world of you! xoxo||Mitchell Lyman||03/09/2017||$20.00||Good luck on your amazing journey!||Anonymous Friend||03/07/2017||$25.00||Kerry Costa||03/01/2017||$50.00||Good luck!||Lory Fralicker||02/03/2017||$50.00||Holly Knauf||02/03/2017||$75.00||A humble thank you||Lauren Mufarreh||02/03/2017||$25.00||I just really wanted an even number. Keep up the good work!||Luann Drew||02/03/2017||$100.00||In honor of Birdie, I am donating $100.00 to support your wonderful cause. So proud of you for your commitment here.||Terri and Pete Schwob||02/03/2017||$50.00||Ashley Flowers||01/20/2017||$86.00||Woohoo $1500||Grant Flowers||01/20/2017||$150.00||May your journey be filled with happy and wonderful memories! Very proud of you! Love, G and K||Katie Flowers||01/17/2017||$100.00||Can't wait to send you off on this trip!||Brenna Johnson||01/17/2017||$25.00||Go Allyson!||Linda Kramer||01/16/2017||$25.00||We are behind you, Allyson. What a great thing you are doing.||Rob & Lynn Scott||01/13/2017||$25.00||Allyson, We are very proud of you! Love, Rob & Lynn (the other Allyson)||Anonymous Friend||01/12/2017||$24.00||Chris Bond||01/11/2017||$50.00||Enjoy your adventure.||Terrie and Tom Curran||01/11/2017||$25.00||good luck and safe travels||Jason Berric||01/11/2017||$25.00||Paola Rojas||01/11/2017||$25.00||Ed and Debbie Duffy||01/10/2017||$100.00||Best wishes to Allyson. Not only for a safe journey but the adventure of a lifetime!||Kathryn & Alan Hite||12/26/2016||$75.00||Luann Drew||12/23/2016||$150.00||Go get 'me Ally! Love you!||Bob Mitchell||12/19/2016||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||12/09/2016||$200.00||Anonymous Friend||12/09/2016||$75.00||Alan & Kathryn Hite||12/09/2016||$200.00||Proud of you!||Anonymous Friend||12/09/2016||$25.00||Chicken & Waffles||12/08/2016||$50.00||We can ride in a basket on the front of the bike, right?||Anonymous Friend||12/07/2016||$15.00||So proud that you are doing this!||Allyson Hite||12/05/2016||$100.00|