Austin Johnson is a graduate of McGill University. In the summer of 2017, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
"About half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes" (American Cancer Society). And because of this reality - my connection to the cancer community is similar to nearly every other person I know.2
Mema, my grandmother, a breast cancer survivor. A best friend's little brother, passed away at the age of 7. My friend in university, celebrated her final chemo session last year and I was fortunate enough to be in town to celebrate with her. A colleague in university who was diagnosed with a brain tumor soon after graduating and has had to face realities much harder than anything I can imagine.
This is for you and many others.
Why are you traveling over 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
There are many situations in this world where we think to ourselves "it won't happen to ME!" Young adults are prone to live with this mentality of invincibility that so often times comes with a youthful body and spirit. Cancer picks no favourites.
I am riding to raise money for scholarships that will be awarded to young adults who have been disheartened by the medical bills they are saddled with. I am riding to hand deliver chemo care packages to patients who, just as they were getting started in life, are faced with uncertainty. I am riding to dedicate myself to a cause that I hope would be there for me if I was dealt a different hand. Any way you can support me in this undertaking would be amazing for those whose lives we will impact.
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!
|Gavin Lytton||07/27/2017||$100.00||*tips your hat off*||Jena Boomhower||07/24/2017||$100.00||Great cause, Austin. Safe travels! Biking cross country is on my bucket list.||Shannon Larson||07/13/2017||$100.00||Good luck, Austin! Thank you for all that you are doing to raise awareness and help others fight cancer! - The Larson's||The GOATMAN||07/01/2017||$.28||de goat loves you!||Molly Santangelo||06/20/2017||$50.00||I'm soooooo late to this party, but soooooo proud of you Austin!!!! A true inspiration. Thank you. xx||Judith Williams||06/15/2017||$100.00||Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program||06/08/2017||$250.00||Cenna Ghaderpanah||06/04/2017||$25.00||Ashutosh Gupta||06/02/2017||$45.00||You don't understaaaand!||François Beausoleil||05/31/2017||$25.00||Way to go, Austin!||Anonymous Friend||05/30/2017||$25.00||Ride on!||Wolf Kohlberg||05/30/2017||$100.00||GO AUSTIN GO!||Natasha Paz||05/30/2017||$150.00||Megs Roulet||05/28/2017||$10.00||Steph Natale||05/16/2017||$25.00||YEAH BUDDY! Get it! #inspiration xoxo||Katie Lopes||05/15/2017||$25.00||Crush it, Austin! SO proud of you!||Francis Carr||05/15/2017||$25.00||Way to go Austin!!!!!||Danielle Linteris||05/10/2017||$25.00||Sweat for a cause!||Ernie Johnson||05/10/2017||$200.00||Wanted you to get to that goal. Will be there to see you off and follow your progress! love you||Austin Johnson||05/09/2017||$110.14||Thanks to everyone who came out to Sweat for a Cause 004: 10K Fun Run! This includes the cash donations from Vic, Stu, John, Marie-Eve, and Eva.||Em Laferriere||04/30/2017||$20.00||Sweat for a cause||Cindy Owen||04/30/2017||$30.00||sweat for the cause run for alex and cindy||Jacob Lessard||04/29/2017||$15.00||Getting sweaty for a cause||Rita Barbour||04/29/2017||$20.00||Alex Bonavia||04/29/2017||$20.00||Sweat for the cause 10 K baby!!||David Lastovskiy||04/29/2017||$50.00||Sweat for a Cause 004||Julia Clark-Combot||04/29/2017||$20.00||t'es badass.||Kirsten Charron||04/29/2017||$15.00||sweat for a cause 004||Joanne Pattullo||04/27/2017||$15.00||Sweat for a Cause 004||Austin Johnson||04/27/2017||$15.00||Sweat for a Cause 004 ! OH YA||David Evans||04/26/2017||$15.00||Sweat for a Cause 004||Laura Grafton||04/26/2017||$15.00||Sweat for a Cause donation ! Not sure I can make it but still wanna support :D||Sophy Drouin||04/26/2017||$15.00||Wooooo fun runnnn||Samantha Cote||04/26/2017||$15.00||Sweat for a Cause 004||Saskia Gaucher||04/26/2017||$15.00||Sweat For A Cause! Woohoo! Keep it up Austin!||Thao Ngo||04/25/2017||$25.00||GET IT AUSTIN. - Sweat for a Cause 004 -||MJ Ponce||04/19/2017||$40.00||Emily MacLean||04/19/2017||$15.00||004 FUN RUN !||Hunter Shaw||04/19/2017||$15.00||Sweat for a Cause 004!!! Keep it up Austin!||Jocelyne Whitehead||04/18/2017||$15.00||Donation is for Sweat for a Cause 004!||Lauren Phizicky||04/16/2017||$40.00||ABJx004||Nana & Grandpa McBride||04/16/2017||$50.00||Good luck Austin. We love you!||Miriam FL||04/15/2017||$15.00||Registration for SWEAT FOR A CAUSE 004 10KM RUN - Congratulations on this incredible project Austin, the world needs more people like you :)||Riley Massender||04/15/2017||$15.00||Best of luck!||Ben Ng||04/14/2017||$15.00||Sweat for a Cause 004!! - purple monkey dishwasher||Brendan Neal||04/14/2017||$20.00||"The longest run of my life" aka SWEAT FOR A CAUSE 004 10K FUN RUN BABBBYYYY||Nicole Paznokaitis||04/12/2017||$15.00||Registration for Sweat for a Cause 004: 10k Fun Run||Jake Watson||04/11/2017||$15.00||For the fun run||Austin Johnson||04/10/2017||$40.00||Registration for Sweat for a Cause 004: 10K Fun Run --- OH YAAA||Susan Magher||04/09/2017||$25.00||Good luck Austin!||Elliot Byrne||04/04/2017||$55.00||Never stop doing what you do brother.||Krissy Reimels||04/04/2017||$10.00||Kyle Boulay||04/03/2017||$50.00||HOLY SMOKES||Austin Johnson||03/25/2017||$102.39||Thanks to everyone who came out for Sweat for a Cause 003 at Vic Park!||Kitty Royce||03/24/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||03/23/2017||$200.00||What an incredible journey - Wishing you all best! Praying for you and the people who will benefit from Ullman Cancer Fund.||Chris Filliter||03/17/2017||$50.00||you da mang||Phil Black||03/13/2017||$244.38||Thank you to everyone who came out to Sweat for a Cause 002 at Blackout Fitness!||Rachel Bolivar||03/01/2017||$40.00||!!!yay Austin!!!||Anonymous Friend||02/26/2017||$347.01||Thank you so much to Hugo and the rest of the Spin Energie team for hosting Sweat for a Cause 001! Shout out to everyone who came or donated: Jason V, Ian H, Sam C, Dave E, Nicole P, Taylor M, Vic S, Suzanne P, Warren R, Emily M, Hunter S, Liz L, Hannah A, Annabelle, Claire E, Maida H, Vita S, Karina V, Jason K, Liam C, Ricki H, Alex B, Jacynthe D, Dave L, Myriam F, Nick T, Noah N, Sophy D, Carla B, and Jake W||Marijke and Lance Stern||02/20/2017||$250.00||one more goal, milestone, one more challenge. Austin, you never cease to inspire...ride on...||Andre Baril||02/18/2017||$25.00||Good luck buddy!||Kristen Valente||02/15/2017||$50.00||This one's for my lovely and strong friend C. Barkely. And best of luck to you Austin, this is an awesome idea!||Ann & John Duncan||02/13/2017||$25.00||You're a great thing Austin. Good Luck||Rosemary Feltham||02/12/2017||$25.00||Thank you Austin, for your great contribution to research and treatment for young people with cancer.||Anonymous Friend||02/12/2017||$25.00||Marylou Cormier||02/11/2017||$25.00||Good luck, Austin!||Jake Watson||02/11/2017||$15.00||Carla Bragagnolo||02/11/2017||$10.00||Ri Ri||02/10/2017||$186.70||Sarah HOUNAS||02/10/2017||$20.00||Carly Cullen||02/10/2017||$30.00||Good luck Austin! This is SO appreciated by so many!||Brad Tullis||02/08/2017||$100.00||Don't ever shave that moustache. Lookin' forward to seeing you in Seattle bruh.||Robe Robe||02/08/2017||$81.00||Your face gives me nightmares||Papa Ernie Johnson||02/06/2017||$400.00||Praying for your safety on the trip. Planning to be there for the launch in Baltimore and the finish in Seattle. God bless you.||Andrew Rose||02/04/2017||$109.00||You're the man.||Ryan Willms||02/04/2017||$100.00||Mike & Lesli McBride||01/30/2017||$100.00||This is an incredible commitment. All the best with your training and your ride.||Murph Johnson||01/30/2017||$40.00||So proud of you Austin! Cannot wait to hear about your amazing experience!||John & Ann Duncan||01/28/2017||$25.00||What a wonderful undertaking. Best of luck on your ride.||Anonymous Friend||01/18/2017||$100.00||best of luck ..its wonderful that you are doing this friend of Julia's mom||Andrea Cawein||01/17/2017||$100.00||Best of luck on your trip!||Jan Lindwall||01/17/2017||$25.00||What an unselfish undertaking! Prayers for a safe journey.||Laura Grafton||01/16/2017||$25.00||Way to go, Austin! :)||Sarah Sedlack||01/16/2017||$50.00||Love you Austin!||Andy R||01/16/2017||$30.00||You're a legend, good luck!||Sam Charters||01/16/2017||$25.00||So proud of you xo||Edna Sandoval||01/16/2017||$100.00||Congratulations it's very commendable and wish you good luck.!||Nick Taylor||01/16/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||01/16/2017||$25.00||Keep it upppppp!!!||Julia Chi||01/16/2017||$50.00||See you at your kickoff!!! Love you||Elena Lu-Torres||01/16/2017||$200.00||Good Luck and Enjoy your ride cross country! Elena Lu-Torres||Erin Guillette||01/14/2017||$100.00||What a great cause! We're proud of you.||Anonymous Friend||01/10/2017||$50.00||Our daughter was recently diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer. We have two young beautiful granddaughters. I hope this will help others.||Ken Bushell||01/05/2017||$100.00||With best wishes for this tough ride. Hope you enjoy it. Great job you are doing with this project.||Jocelyne Whitehead||01/04/2017||$40.00||You're inspiring! Keep at it!||Beth Armstrong||01/03/2017||$169.00||GO AUSTIN GO!||Lauren Gilmartin||01/03/2017||$50.00||Go kill it - can't wait to see ya on the other side!||James Napolitano||12/30/2016||$51.00||I had to donate more than my mother but I didn't want to donate much more because I hate you. JK break a leg out there Johnson.||Izabella Stern||12/29/2016||$50.00||Have an amazing journey, Austin! You inspire us all to be better people. Love you!||Anonymous Friend||12/27/2016||$250.00||Good luck, Austin! You will be in our prayers during your journey!||The Napolitano's||12/23/2016||$50.00||Love and best wishes- Brielle, Jim, Toni, and James||Greig Chi||12/22/2016||$250.00||Good luck on your trip!||Judith Williams||12/22/2016||$100.00||Wynn Church||12/14/2016||$50.00||May the wind be always at you back||Ellein Lutz||12/14/2016||$25.00||Anais Roger||12/06/2016||$30.00||Best of luck for your adventure!||Anonymous Friend||10/29/2016||$160.00||The world needs more people like you with your kind and gracious resolve.||Nicole Paznokaitis||10/28/2016||$100.00||This is such an awesome thing you're doing. I'm so proud of you. Have an amazing ride!||Anonymous Friend||10/10/2016||$200.00||Brock Jones||09/12/2016||$500.00||Have a great ride Austin! Your desire to help young people all over the world battling cancer is inspiring! Your great enthusiasm is evident and it warms my heart knowing these sick, young adults have such a great young man backing them!||Donald Andersen||09/01/2016||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||09/01/2016||$50.00||Simon Tattrie||08/31/2016||$40.00||Happy Birthday, Austin! Have a great ride!||Mary Racine||08/30/2016||$100.00||Don & Patsy Copley||08/29/2016||$50.00||Have a great time and good luck.||Ed Marshall||08/28/2016||$100.00||Have fun.||Ginny Johnson||08/27/2016||$500.00||May God bless you and give you safe travels for this journey.||Patrick Fauceglia||08/27/2016||$100.00||My wife is a cancer survivor. We offer this contribution, in support of those innocent, afflicted, young adults, striving to live a simple, yet significant life. We pray you will achieve your financial goal, providing financial aid, and equally important, in giving of your time, emotional support and recognizing their worth in this, their most difficult time.||Anonymous Friend||08/26/2016||$50.00||Austin Johnson||07/06/2016||$100.00|