David Bowers is a sophomore at Utah Valley University. In the summer of 2017 he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
In elementary school my best friend was diagnosed with cancer and just a year later my mom gave her kidney to my sisters best friend who also had cancer. Going through that with your friends at a young age had quite an impact on me opening my eyes to what really goes on behind the hospital doors. Since then my family and I have tried to help in any way we can, from doing home renovations to donating meals and blankets to those families and more.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling 4,000+ miles for all those friends and their family members that have suffered at the hands of cancer. They go through so much more then most of us can ever imagine. Running 70 to 90 miles a week for seven weeks is a tough thing to do but maybe it'll give me a tiny glimpse into just how much they've suffered. All of us runners will take this task one step at a time, just as we need to take life's challenges.
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!
|Nancy Bowers||05/25/2017||$50.00||Bill Payne||05/19/2017||$500.00||David Barnson||05/19/2017||$250.00||For all our friends and family lost to cancer. Thanks David and good luck!||Anonymous Friend||05/15/2017||$250.00||Anonymous Friend||05/12/2017||$100.00||Good job David||Kieth Sidwell||05/06/2017||$100.00||Rita K Elder||04/27/2017||$20.00||Joni Retel||04/26/2017||$500.00||Sweetwater Plumbing & Heating LLC||04/26/2017||$500.00||Tosi INC||04/26/2017||$1,500.00||Julie Wineland||04/20/2017||$125.00||You're a fabulous man & I love the goals you set for yourself. Love you!||Wendy Hilton||04/17/2017||$50.00||Our prayers will be with you!||Anonymous Friend||04/14/2017||$25.00||Enjoy the journey. Always stay positive.||James Hicks||04/13/2017||$50.00||Good luck!||Shaylee Hurst||04/13/2017||$50.00||You're so awesome! Can't wait to see all the updates on your run! Xo||Emily Buttars||04/13/2017||$40.00||Thank you for always inspiring me to do hard things. Good luck David!||Tricia Sanders||04/08/2017||$100.00||Have fun!!||Anonymous Friend||03/29/2017||$20.00||Electronic donations from the Chi Alpha table at UVU.||Tiffany Southern||03/13/2017||$75.00||Good luck, David!||James McKinnon||03/13/2017||$30.00||Judy Lister||03/12/2017||$100.00||I am very proud of these young people doing so much for cancer cure. God bless you all.||Joe Kennard||02/23/2017||$100.00||Good Luck David We will pray for your safety, security, and success||Matt Berteaux||02/01/2017||$125.00||Have a great time!||Linda Baldwin||01/16/2017||$250.00||Pablo Riboldi||01/15/2017||$15.00||You're a stud David, best of luck on your run. Wish I could go with you!||Denver Blatter||01/15/2017||$10.00||Rhonda Howard||01/13/2017||$50.00||Enjoy the adventure.||Deb Vollrath||01/13/2017||$25.00||You'll run a great race!||Shane Gilbert||01/12/2017||$40.00||You & everyone doing this are awesome!! Good luck!!||Aaron Robison||01/12/2017||$50.00||Can't wait to see you at the finish!||Anonymous Friend||01/12/2017||$25.00||Good luck, David!||Jeanette Sayers||01/12/2017||$25.00||Way to go, dude!!! What an amazing cause!||David Bowers||12/21/2016||$100.00|