Austin Gallant is a sophomore at the University of Maine. In the summer of 2018, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I've seen family members and friends go through cancer. Sadly, everyone has seen people in their lives go through cancer. I've had a sneak peak at the wonderful cancer community through events like relay for life, and that is just the beginning! My mom has worked in the oncology field for as long as I can remember and that is how I got introduced to fundraising events like this.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
The main reason I'm participating in this event is to support the cancer community through donation of money and my time. This event is so unique in that it provides riders a way to donate a summer to a cause much greater than themselves. I want to provide support to people going through cancer, survivors and their family members as well, and this is a great way to do it. Along with providing support for others, I will be growing as an individual in this once in a lifetime journey, cycling across the US!
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 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!
|Sue LaCerda||11/21/2017||$25.00||Nick Gallant||11/09/2017||$100.00||Lea Wernau||11/06/2017||$40.00||Your mom did a wonderful thing for me so I am paying it forward. Happy Pedaling Austin!!!||The Thomas Family||11/03/2017||$100.00||Great cause, great adventure, pedal hard, good luck!||Liam Stewart||10/26/2017||$25.00||Chloe Hedrich||10/26/2017||$25.00||Steve Nickerson||10/26/2017||$50.00||Skye Conley||10/26/2017||$20.00||Cathy Gallant||10/25/2017||$150.00||Karen Stewart||10/25/2017||$100.00||Austin we are behind you 100%! Good luck and enjoy the adventure while supporting a great cause. The Stewart Clan||Austin Gallant||10/24/2017||$100.00|