Austin Slowin is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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?
Cancer has presented itself multiple times in my life. My first experience with cancer was when one of my best friends from childhood lost his mother. Though I wasn’t old enough to remember the situation to well, no child deserves to grow up without their mother.
My second encounter with cancer was when I was 9 and my dad discovered he had melanoma. The cancer had developed and spread. My family and I though were lucky that he had discovered it early enough along that the melanoma could be removed. The thought of losing my dad is unbearable and I’m grateful to this day that he is alive and healthy. While my dad was strong and was able to fight off this terrible disease, many others don’t get the same outcome. With 4k for cancer I feel as if I’ll be able to contribute and help support others fight through this terrible disease just like my dad.
Cancer last entered into my life was when I was in 7th grade and one of my friends Jordan passed away from a cancerous tumor. Though him and I weren’t the closest of friends, it was one of the saddest things I’ve had to experience. When the school announced what had happened to the students, kids everywhere began to cry. Many attended counseling set up by the school to cope with his death. Prayers were made towards him and his family by the school and all of us students. Cancer doesn’t just affect those diagnosed; it affects all those who love them as well.
Why are you traveling over 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Cancer is estimated to kill 7.6 million people this year. That number is horrifying. The amount of people who have to suffer and die from this horrible disease is sickening and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Cancer doesn’t show any sympathy for anyone. Kids and adults both suffer as its victims. Imagine, a child in a hospital bed suffering, while their parent can only sit there, watching, not capable of doing anything to help their own child. No parent should have to see their child suffering. Cancer doesn’t only effect those diagnosed but those who they love. I'm traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults because there are too many people who have suffered from this disease. Cancer has affected my life through both my friend’s and my family and I am tired of amazing, innocent people having their lives taken from them before their time. Cancer has made too many people cry and I'm spending my summer to do my part in making a change.
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!
|Anonymous Friend||08/07/2017||$100.00||Congratulations, Austin! Well done!||Arch MI||07/14/2017||$300.00||Arch MI||07/14/2017||$50.00||Jeff Needham||06/28/2017||$300.00||Keep Rocking It! We are all proud of what you are doing! The Needhams||Vivian Roper||06/14/2017||$50.00||What an awesome thing to do Austin!! Have a great time and be safe!||Anonymous Friend||06/11/2017||$100.00||Cheryl Wiebe||06/06/2017||$50.00||Emily and Roy Nilsen||06/05/2017||$50.00||What an amazing way to spend your summer! Thank you for biking for such a wonderful cause and be safe!||Leslie Murray||06/03/2017||$50.00||You've got this Austin!! Good luck and we will be tracking you.||Anonymous Friend||04/18/2017||$50.00||Stella Trainer||04/14/2017||$200.00||"Enjoy The Ride"........great advice for life as well!||Sara Pearse||03/27/2017||$25.00||I hope you have an incredible ride for a great cause!||Anonymous Friend||03/13/2017||$100.00||Thomas Peyton||03/06/2017||$50.00||Mike and Katherine Weaver||03/05/2017||$100.00||It's wonderful you are doing this, Austin! Thank you for raising awareness about cancer and have a safe trip.||Jorge & Nancy Bartolome||03/04/2017||$150.00||Shaun Richardson||03/04/2017||$250.00||Seems like yesterday we were playing ping pong in Jim's basement. Proud of all you are doing and look forward to hopefully hearing about your adventure!||Cindy Barbour||03/04/2017||$50.00||Good luck....your Greensboro running friends salute you and applaud your efforts! Have fun!||Jim Krueger||03/03/2017||$300.00||Can't wait to hear about the adventure. Very, very proud of you!!||Michael Schmeiser||03/02/2017||$50.00||It's always great if you can match a terrific experience and a great cause. Good luck!||Brian & Janet Gould||02/27/2017||$50.00||Jim and Amy Slowin||02/24/2017||$300.00||We are so proud of you! Amy and I love you so much!!!!!! I will still be able to beat you "mountain biking" after this 70 day adventure!||Maria Bartolome Winans||02/24/2017||$300.00||Thank you Austin for being such an amazing role model to others (your cousins look up to you). We will cheer you on! Love you, Maria, Alexia, Michael - and Coco / Bella.||Lindsay Kremer||02/23/2017||$10.00||So impressed and inspired by a young college student setting out to make a difference in the world. Best of luck and be safe!||Rob Youth||02/22/2017||$100.00||Doug Rivenburgh||02/22/2017||$150.00||Bill Allen||02/22/2017||$50.00||Good Cause - be safe||Michael Sudermann||02/22/2017||$200.00||Austin, Thank you for embarking on this ride for a great cause. In loving memory of my dad. Good luck.||Marta Erhard||02/22/2017||$150.00||Thank you for supporting the cure!||Delaina Ellington||02/22/2017||$100.00||Austin, this is Awesome!! Have fun and be safe!!!||Jorge Bartolome||02/21/2017||$100.00||Proud Grandparents. Looking forward to following you throughout the 4000+ mile ride||Kenny Hosp||02/19/2017||$100.00||I love the cause and I love you Austin. Keep us all updated this summer with the ride!||Brittney Kalinoski||02/19/2017||$100.00||So proud of you, looking forward to following you across the country this summer.||Art Feingold||02/18/2017||$100.00||Your parents must be very proud of you!||Bea Bartolome||02/18/2017||$500.00||I am so, so proud of you son! ❤️||Lucas Chriaty||02/17/2017||$15.00||Proud to call you my bro! Good work||Austin Slowin||02/10/2017||$100.00|