Ben Bukowitz is a senior at West Virginia Wesleyan College. 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?
My mom is a breast cancer survivor. When I ended my freshman year of college my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and I watched her struggle through chemo and radiation treatments. It was really hard on my family but we all stuck together and were strong for my mom. While my mom was going through her treatments my aunt was diagnosed with lung cancer and it ended up taking her life. My family was torn apart and while everyone was upset we all stayed together and helped each other out. I've lost a lot of family members to cancer and it has had such an impact on my life. I know that I can't prevent any of my loved ones from getting it but I can always be there for them in rough times.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling 4,000 miles because I want to show everyone out there that I care. Even for people who I haven't met and are struggling with cancer I want to show them that there is someone out there that cares. I know that this ride will not be easy and will challenge me mentally and physically but I know that it does not even compare to having your life taken away by cancer. I've seen what cancer does to families and the burden it puts on them. I want to do this ride because I know that for the families I meet along the way I will be able not only to tell them how much I care but actually show them how much I care by riding from coast to coast.
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!
|Linda Hankin||09/20/2017||$1,000.00||It is a wonderful thing you are doing. Love you, Gammy and Pa||Max Bukowitz||09/08/2017||$200.00||I am so proud. What an amazing adventure ahead! Xo||Rachel Bukowitz||09/07/2017||$100.00||you rock, bro! Love you.||Ben Bukowitz||09/05/2017||$100.00|