Elijah Hyatt is a senior at Brevard 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 to San Francisco, CA raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I received the phone call from my parents on Monday, October 9th, 2017 that my father has cancer in his left tonsil. My father had his left tonsil surgically removed on Friday, October 20th, 2017 and began his chemo and radiation treatments on Monday, December 4th, 2017. The doctors currently have him scheduled for 7 weeks of these treatments. All of this has hit me hard. My Dad is my hero. I'm glad I have my family and some amazing friends to lean on during this time.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I'm riding 4,000 miles across America this summer to be apart of something larger than myself. In hopes that I empower others who are battling cancer themselves or supporting a loved one who is. I'm riding to let everyone out there know they are not alone in their fight. I hope this act will give many the piece of encouragement they need to realize that they do have the strength in them that is necessary to continue fighting. I know what I have felt so far during this cancer battle as my father is pushing through and I don't want anybody in the cancer community to think they are fighting their battle alone... because you aren't. Follow along with the process of the journey myself and many others will be embarking on this summer. I'm excited to raise money and ride 4,000 miles across America for the cancer community, the brave, and in respect to all of those who fought hard but are now in a better place.
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!
|Margaret Edwards||01/20/2018||$100.00||Good luck, I'm proud of you!||James Bevilacqua||01/11/2018||$60.00||Jim Avola||01/05/2018||$200.00||Doug & Donna Hyatt||12/29/2017||$500.00||Thanks Eli for participating. We Love You!||Elsie Hyatt||12/24/2017||$200.00||Good luck over those mountains!||Greg Fowler||12/24/2017||$100.00||Love your desire for adventure and your willingness to ride for a cause!||Fowler Farms Sporting Clays||12/15/2017||$500.00||Sherry Edwards||12/15/2017||$100.00||This is for the ongoing battle against all cancer...Henry and I pray for continued healing and peace for you all.||Elijah Hyatt||12/12/2017||$100.00||McGuire Family||12/12/2017||$100.00|