Andrew Aschbacher is a junior at the University of Louisville. In the summer of 2017 he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Given the prevalence of cancer, it is safe to say we are all affected by it in one way or another. As a nursing student at the University of Louisville pursuing a rewarding career in the healthcare field, I will be surrounded by cancer patients on a regular basis. Personally, I have seen cancer take the life of my grandfather in 2010 when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia; I have seen it take the lives of my friend's family members; and I have seen patients in the hospital undergo gruesome chemotherapy in hopes of achieving a successful recovery. In every circumstance it has brought friends and family members together to provide support and courage to those diagnosed with cancer, because no one should have to face this battle alone.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Originally I was interested in running across the country to grow as an individual, create memories to last a lifetime, and take in the world in ways I've never experienced. And while all that is still true, none of those reasons compete with the opportunity the Ulman Cancer Fund has given me to connect on both an emotional and physical level with the battles cancer patients face on a daily basis. It is my hope that by participating in the 4K For Cancer I will make long-lasting connections with support groups, gain knowledge on the affects fighting cancer has on patients, friends, and their families, and to be able to share my experience with future patients.
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!
|D. Charlie Wingerd||07/29/2017||$25.00||Thank you for your efforts, Andrew. Well played by your Mom: she and Phillip must be proud, I presume yet know.||Justin Davis||06/03/2017||$50.00||Victoria Roman||05/30/2017||$15.00||Kelly Portale||05/21/2017||$40.00||Mike Pendleton||05/18/2017||$25.00||Philip Aschbacher||05/18/2017||$100.00||So proud of you Andrew. Be safe, have fun and play the guitar! I would say 'do something nice for someone' but you are!!||Tory Portale||05/15/2017||$30.00||Have fun Andrew!||Quinn Smith||05/15/2017||$30.00||This is awesome! Good luck and have fun.||Mark Amick||05/04/2017||$100.00||Challenging you to run as a chemistry teacher! Can I do a few miles with you?||Sarah McInteer||05/03/2017||$40.00||If I win the raffle, you can go to the game with me ;) I love you, babe!||John Barrow||04/17/2017||$50.00||Patricia Showalter||04/12/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||04/10/2017||$500.00||Run Forrest Run!!||Deborah Cornett||04/07/2017||$500.00||Katie Spencer||04/07/2017||$20.00||Amanda Patneaude||04/05/2017||$30.00||Bev Schroeder||04/04/2017||$25.00||Yelab||Joe Aschbacher||04/01/2017||$25.00||Jennifer Deck||03/30/2017||$50.00||So excited for you, Andrew!||NADA MASIC||03/24/2017||$50.00||Be happy! Pick a funny costume!||Katelyn Alcorn||03/22/2017||$50.00||Philip and Resa Aschbacher||03/10/2017||$100.00||Mike H||02/24/2017||$100.00||Mark and Dallas Aschbacher||02/22/2017||$150.00||Run, run, run as fast as you can! No one can catch you when you are dressed as the Gingerbread man!!||Lea Hardy||02/21/2017||$20.00||Sadie Aschbacher||02/21/2017||$100.00||Andrew, how did you get to be so cool and so kind? Proud of you. Please run in a Woody costume.||Sarah McInteer||02/19/2017||$100.00||Granny says "Good luck, Andrew and thanks for running for such a great cause!"||Patrice Rickard||02/18/2017||$25.00||Jan,James,Jac Canepari||02/17/2017||$100.00||Good luck!||Kyle Travis||02/17/2017||$20.00||We've come a long way since polar pops and fudge cakes at Circle K. Good luck!||Resa Aschbacher||02/16/2017||$100.00||Run for your Pop Pop.||R. & D. McInteer||02/05/2017||$250.00||We are proud of you using your talents for a great cause. Enjoy the people and places you encounter along the way. We are looking forward to the stories you will return with.||Kim and Ginnie Strouse||01/17/2017||$100.00||Thanks for being so caring and responsible! Love U!||Dean and Kelsey Aschbacher||01/08/2017||$150.00||When you get tired, sleep. When you get hungry, eat. And when you gotta go, ya know... go. And you just run!||Mary Ann Silveri-Ljubic||01/07/2017||$50.00||YOU GO ANDREW!!!!||Katie Spencer||01/07/2017||$100.00||Good Luck!||Resa Aschbacher||01/07/2017||$100.00||In memory of Pop. How about a run in a Nurses uniform.||Jacob Harrison||01/07/2017||$25.00||Good luck Andrew!||David Schroeder||01/07/2017||$300.00||Good luck cuz!||Uncle Kurt||01/06/2017||$100.00||You're a great young man, Andrew. Good luck. I'd like Dr. Evil or Wayne of Wayne's World fame. Or perhaps, Superman.||John Schroeder||01/03/2017||$75.00||way to go, Andrew!||Greta Aschbacher||01/03/2017||$100.00||Way to go, brother! Costume ideas for those training runs: Forrest. Forrest Gump. Buzz Lightyear. Sonic the Hedgehog.||Jessie Watrous||12/25/2016||$30.00||Sarah McInteer||12/23/2016||$50.00||I'm so proud of you, babe!||Rob Seng||12/15/2016||$5.00||Andrew, thanks for being a caring person and putting into action what Trinity taught you.||John Schroeder||11/29/2016||$100.00||Run Forrest Run!||Barbara Polivka||11/18/2016||$50.00||Go Andrew! Awesome goal!||Anonymous Friend||11/16/2016||$30.00||Scott and Tammy Holzknecht||11/16/2016||$50.00||Angela Calloway||11/12/2016||$100.00||Run Andrew, run!||Julie Breedlove||10/19/2016||$50.00||I am sure we will get to enjoy pictures from your cross country endeavor...Good Luck!||Jude Mattingly||10/19/2016||$50.00||Good luck Andrew!||Alexis Graeter||10/19/2016||$20.00||Good for you Andrew! I personally could never take on this feat but am glad there are people like you who can and will. This is such an awesome thing for you to do and I'm happy to contribute to this cause!||Andrew Aschbacher||10/18/2016||$100.00|