Cory Henderson is a senior at Central Washington University. 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 to San Francisco, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I’ve had many relatives and family friends who have battled cancer although my closest connection to the cancer community was through my father. My life changed in September of 2014 when my father went in for a routine operation. He had been suffering from stomach pain for months and doctors feared that surgery wasn’t the answer. A week, a few tests, and a biopsy later, my family was informed that my father had only a few weeks to a month left to live. He filled the next six weeks with laughs, love, and compassion. My father taught me the importance of making moments with the ones you love everyday of his life until he passed away on October 24th, 2014.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I can’t think of a better tribute to my father’s cancer journey then participating in the 4k for Cancer ride. Through the 4k I can put my thoughts into action and show others how much my father had an impact on me. Although my father’s cancer journey was brief, by connecting with others in the cancer community my eyes were opened to how diverse a cancer diagnosis can impact families. I am choosing to do the 4K again because over 70,000 new young adults have been diagnosed with cancer since I was a part of Team New York in 2016. As I prepare to graduate from college in the spring, I think a lot about many of those 70,000 that are my age and won’t have that opportunity to earn a diploma. Graduating is just one of the many milestones that young adults might not have the opportunity to experience because of a cancer diagnosis.
Some people tell me, “70 days is a long time!” I learned from my father’s diagnosis that it’s a matter of making the most out of the days you are given. If I live till I’m 70 years old (which I hope to surpass), this 70-day trip would account for about .3% of my life. However you think about it, whether 70 days seems too long or .3% seems short, this is an opportunity to help others I can't pass up. The 4k program shows that a small amount of time can have a lasting impact on a community. Young adult cancer patients need as much support as we all can give and the 4k is just the beginning of how I want to show my commitment to helping others.
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!
|Benjamin Hudson||11/19/2017||$100.00||Go Cory!||Missy Alexander||10/26/2017||$25.00||Best wishes for great success.||Barb Smith||10/25/2017||$250.00||Cory, I am so proud of you for spending your summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund again. It is an honor to support you and, in doing so, remember your wonderful dad who left us all way too soon. I love you and can't wait to hear all about your experiences - again! You're an amazing and inspirational young man. Your dad would be so proud. Love, Auntie Barb||Ted Smith||10/25/2017||$250.00||Ride! Cory! Ride! There he goes again!||Gienna Njie||10/24/2017||$10.00||Thank you Cory for all you do!!||Thea Henderson||10/19/2017||$100.00||Cory, Wow! Here you go again! What an amazing way to travel the country, and honor all of those who are affected by cancer, or have been affected by cancer. I love you very much, and I am insanely proud of you!!! I know that Dad is smiling away right now as you take on this new and exciting adventure. I think this will be an incredible experience for you after you finish up school, and I cannot wait to hear all about it! So here's to you brother, and all of the amazing people you'll meet and make memories with along the way. Love Always, Thea||Jan Henderson||10/19/2017||$250.00||My Amazing Son, I am so excited for you to be embarking on your SECOND!! 4K4Cancer adventure!! You truly amaze me with your loving, generous and selfless spirit. I am so thankful you found The UCF 2 years ago; I can see how it has shaped you as a young man and given you purpose. I am so proud of you, Cory and will be praying for you and Team San Francisco as you prepare for and complete this amazing journey! See you at the finish line, Mom||Cory Henderson||10/11/2017||$100.00|