Chelsea is a graduate of Simmons College. In the summer of 2017, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to San Francisco, CA, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Unfortunately, it seems to be difficult for anyone nowadays not to have a connection, in one way or another, to cancer. The first person I met who had cancer was my Grandma Elsie who had passed away in 1997 before I was even old enough to make a connection with her. But as I grew up, as we all do, cancer was something that became more prevalent. It may not have been anymore of my direct family members, but it was more distant relatives and friends who had loved ones that were fighting the hard won battle. While cancer never directly affected me witnessing how it affects others changed my perspective. Cancer, for anyone, no matter how early or late it is caught is frightening. Creating a support system is vital not only to help the patient fight through their difficult journey, but also help those who are giving anything and everything they have to make a patient as happy as possible. Being a part of the support system is the least that anyone can do, and is what I aspire to do.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I want to become a 4K rider and bike 4,000 miles to learn more about myself. Bike riding has been a place for me to escape from the real world whether I am at home in Connecticut biking through the trials, or biking along the Charles River during HOCR or even biking to work from Somerville to Lexington, all of these moments are times when I feel relaxed. So, naturally biking 50 or more miles a day for three months peaks my interest, however there is more to being a 4K rider than biking. You aren’t biking alone across the country, you have a team that supports, motivates and teaches each other. We are together to gain experiences no matter what they may be, but it is also important for us to think of those we are sharing these experiences with. There is more to being on this cross-country team than each other, it’s about sharing our support with those who need help and hope in their fight against cancer. While I like to think I know a fair amount, I also believe that I have a lot to learn and I think that being a 4K rider will be a step to gaining more knowledge and experiences in my journey.
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!
|Melissa Lamar||07/31/2017||$50.00||We hope you have an inspiring personal journey and amazing trip. Good luck- we hope to hear about your adventures! -Melissa and Kevin Lamar||United Health Group Employee Giving Campaign||07/14/2017||$100.00||Lyndon Thenhaus||07/11/2017||$30.00||For Karen||Karen Hand||06/27/2017||$100.00||Stay Safe out there! I have to say I never would have picked up the 25 lb weight for that burden carry if you hadn't said it seemed light. Thanks for pushing me..peer pressure got me. You are amazing in all you do! Keep pushing and sleep well.||Karen Ligi||06/25/2017||$175.00||Hoping you have a successful ride across America||Melvin Wolpert||06/21/2017||$100.00||Carl Colson||05/28/2017||$500.00||Good Luck on your Journey! I have seen cancer take my father's cousin who we were close to and my father battle prostrate cancer.||Junette Garcia||05/28/2017||$75.00||Enjoy!!!||Ellen Grabiner||05/26/2017||$25.00||John Eucalitto||05/25/2017||$100.00||Ellen McCabe||05/24/2017||$50.00||Way to go Chelsea! I am so proud of you for doing this. You inspire me. Mrs. McCabe (your 5th grade teacher)||Krista Johnson||05/16/2017||$40.00||Calum Milligan||05/15/2017||$5.00||Marie Finucane||05/15/2017||$50.00||Great cause. Best of luck!||Emily Saunders||05/15/2017||$30.00||Have fun Chelsea!!!||Julie Warren||05/15/2017||$25.00||Good luck Chels! Don't forget the chamois cream!||Nancy Lee||05/10/2017||$50.00||Simmons is proud of you taking on this journey and can't wait to hear all about it!||Caroline Warner||05/09/2017||$50.00||Thank you for supporting such a Wonderful cause! We wish you a safe and exciting ride.||Rachel Corning||05/07/2017||$15.00||Kyle & Christina Meleski||05/07/2017||$75.00||You go Chels!! Enjoy the ride, be safe, take lots of pics & thanks for everything you are building up for a great cause! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to get in some adventure and give back.||Jeffrey Pikor||05/05/2017||$54.57||Ride Chelsea Ride!||Robert Dunn||05/02/2017||$100.00||Chelsea, this is just amazing! We are impressed beyond words! So very proud of your dedication to this awesome cause! We pray that you may find the physical, emotional, and psychological strength and energy that you will need on this monumental adventure. As Dory would say "just keep swimming", we say to you "just keep pedaling"! Love, Chloe, Logan, Julie and Bob||Nancy Klatt||04/28/2017||$50.00||Elaina & Bryan Fealy||04/24/2017||$75.00||Good luck and stay safe chels! Sending you support, love and hoping for lots of downhills :)||Scott and Jennifer Ligi||04/16/2017||$100.00||Good luck Chelsea||Elizabeth Thomas||04/14/2017||$150.00||Hi Chelsea, if you need a place to crash outside of Denver just let Nora know and she'll hook us up :) GOOD LUCK!!! -Elizabeth||Eversource Energy Foundation||04/12/2017||$200.00||Hillel and Audra Weisel||04/06/2017||$180.00||My sister, Aviva Weisel-Eichler, was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal Cancer (related to Ovarian Cancer) in the fall of 2010. Primary Peritoneal Cancer, like Ovarian Cancer, is not yet well understood. It is most often detected in later stages as there are no good tests to detect it early. There is a great need for more research into early detection and better treatment. Although I always have qualms about using the cliche "fought bravely", I can find no other words to describe Aviva's struggle. She was determined to beat the cancer, and she did so three times. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy and achieved remission by the next summer. About 8 months after her first remission, the cancer returned, and her doctor told us that the end was near, and that the year she had just survived was a gift because they had expected her not to make it in the first round. But Aviva fought hard again and yet again, and survived to three and a half years past diagnosis (March 2014), much longer than her doctor had predicted. Ultimately she passed away from the cancer and from being worn down by strong treatments. During her struggle, Aviva had to restrict so many of her activities, but she kept up her avid reading, and maintained her excellent sense of humor. And, with her family members, continued to love logic and mathematics puzzles. Even on her deathbed, when she couldn't speak, she managed to solve a very difficult problem, writing the answer down during a brief few moments of alertness. Aviva loved her family--husband, children, grandchildren, siblings and parents. She was loved by all of us, and we miss her so much.||Steven and Spring Ligi||04/03/2017||$100.00||Good luck Chelsea!||Lori-Jean Foster||04/01/2017||$100.00||Way to go Chelsea! We'll pray a hedge of protection around you and your team! Luv - Aunt Lori & Uncle Wayne||Anonymous Friend||04/01/2017||$15.00||Have a great trip!||Jay Lasser||04/01/2017||$100.00||Way to go, Chelsea! So proud of you! Wave to Sarah as you go by Utah!||Barbara R Leonard||03/26/2017||$100.00||Bill and Patti Mascetti||03/25/2017||$100.00||So proud of you! This is an amazing undertaking- we will ride with you in spirit!!||Eileen Slagis||03/18/2017||$75.00||Good luck to all of you. I' long past this level of riding but it will be great to hear about your adventures. Have a wonderful time while doing wonderful things.||Anonymous Friend||03/16/2017||$50.00||What a great opportunity and for a good cause! Keep safe!||COLLEEN FLYNN||03/15/2017||$50.00||Good luck on your journey Chelsea. You are doing great work to fight cancer. Safe travels!||Lynn P. Gavelek||03/09/2017||$25.00||Anubha Shashank||03/08/2017||$50.00||Wishing you all the best on your endeavor!||Alesia and Jeff Bennett||03/02/2017||$50.00||Remember your hand signals, and a big "thumbs up" to you!||Nieves M Sauerbrunn||03/02/2017||$40.00||Alexa Frongillo||02/25/2017||$25.00||Look both ways for cars.||Chris Jordan||02/24/2017||$50.00||Liz Brisco||02/21/2017||$75.00||Am sure it will be an awesome experience! Thanks for thinking of Robby and all the other young adults with cancer.||Charles Herbert||02/21/2017||$50.00||Chelsea, this is quite an undertaking you are embarking on. Thank you for doing this for those who cannot due to their illness.||Laura Bartle||02/21/2017||$75.00||Thank you for doing this Chelsea. This is inspiring and wonderful! Be strong & be safe.||Karen Dee||02/20/2017||$50.00||Good Luck!! Should be a wonderful experience!! Add my Mom to your leg in honor of her surviving Breast Cancer!||Marie A Peluso||02/20/2017||$30.00||Carmela Campbell||02/18/2017||$50.00||Bud Wilkinson||02/16/2017||$100.00||Lin Kong||02/15/2017||$100.00||What a wonderful cause to support!||Maureen Vasquez||02/15/2017||$100.00||Good luck Chelsea! Buy some Butt Butter. You're gonna need it. Hugs!||Beverly Williams||02/12/2017||$50.00||Cathy Foster||02/09/2017||$100.00||Thank you for doing this Chelsea. We are so proud of you! Love Uncle Earl and Cathy Foster||Bradford Shaw||02/08/2017||$200.00||Have an amazing trip, Best of Luck Chelsea from Carol, Taylor & Brad Shaw. p.s Eversource will also match our donation!!||Bernie Horovitz||02/07/2017||$50.00||Good luck! What a fantastic experience!||Jessica Randolph||02/05/2017||$100.00||Good luck and have fun!||Allan Reiskin||02/03/2017||$100.00||Nora Rich||01/31/2017||$100.00||Have fun!||Anne Rich||01/31/2017||$100.00||Thanks for doing this. Good luck||Michael Marella||01/28/2017||$50.00||Go Chelsea! Ride like the wind!||Rosanne Civittolo||01/28/2017||$50.00||Wow! What a great experience! Wishing you lots of luck and much success!||Greg Dunford||01/28/2017||$25.00||I'm excited to see you riding for a great cause. Have fun on the ride - I expect it will be an adventure you won't forget!||Coach Muench||01/26/2017||$50.00||Go Chelsea Go!||Carolyn Shea||01/24/2017||$50.00||Wishing you great success!!||Michael Netkovick||01/24/2017||$50.00||Enjoy this wonderful trip you're taking!||Chester Suhovski||01/21/2017||$100.00||Chelsea, thank you for taking on this journey! Love, Grandpa Chet||Chelsea Foster||01/18/2017||$100.00|