Eric Soffronoff is a senior at Furman 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, MD to Seattle, WA raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandmother passed away, after a 15-month fight with stage 4 colon cancer, when I was only 12 years old. This was a wake-up call for me; she was the first relative that I lost. I was sad, and mad, but mostly confused. Why did this happen? How did this happen? She was so young and such a good person. Over the years since, I have seen many friends and neighbors struggle through these same feelings. The chemo treatments were tough, but my grandmother was very strong and so well loved; it pains me to think of those who have to battle something like this alone. It would be an honor to help however I could, in combatting this disease.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
In the spring of 2017, I studied abroad in Southern Africa with a focus on poverty and health. This trip gave me a much greater perspective on my place in the world and has opened my eyes to my level of good fortune. I have been blessed throughout my life and I believe that it is then my responsibility to give back to those who have not been so lucky. The mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund is inspiring, and this trip is the perfect opportunity for me to create a positive impact. It combines my passions of travel and helping others. I can’t think of a better way to see our beautiful country than on the seat of a bicycle, nor a better way to give back than focusing on cancer treatment funding and awareness; an issue that has greatly affected us all.
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!
|Anonymous Friend||07/20/2018||$10.00||You got this E!!||Carol Koebert||07/06/2018||$50.00||Enjoy every moment!||Robin Liebman||06/11/2018||$50.00||Great job, Eric! Please have a safe ride!||Robin Liebman||06/11/2018||$150.00||We are so proud of you! Liebman Family||Scott & Bridget Strockoz||06/02/2018||$100.00||This is awesome Eric!! Proud of you!||Theresa Mullaney||06/01/2018||$200.00||Midge Kerr||05/31/2018||$1,000.00||Eric-Thank you for all your help with our Tim Kerr Charities events over the years! Enjoy the journey in making a difference for those in need. We love you! The Kerr Family||Nancy Kaiser||05/25/2018||$100.00||Enjoy the journey!!!||Linda Fiore||05/23/2018||$100.00||Eric, I am so impressed with what you are doing! Knowing your Mom, I am not surprised! Enjoy your journey.||Eric Soffronoff||05/21/2018||$100.00||Dante Ceniccola Jr||05/18/2018||$100.00||Enjoy the people you meet along the way. Maybe a Harley-Davidson for the ride back? Good Luck !||Anonymous Friend||05/15/2018||$100.00||To my friend, brother and confidant- I believe congraduations are in order. (I'm donating anonymously because I'm a good person and don't need the credit)||Tucker Erdmann||05/12/2018||$50.00||Proud of you dude. I can't wait to hear how the summer progresses. Put those quads to work :)||Jeff Jones||05/09/2018||$100.00||You will alway be proud of working hard for a good cause.||Linda and Stan Sitarski||05/08/2018||$40.00||AWESOME ❤❤||Vincent Ceniccola||05/08/2018||$40.00||Good luck and get those miles in!!||Aunt Dot & Uncle Ted Stein||05/01/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Eric; what an amazing experience and great cause.||Anonymous Friend||04/24/2018||$50.00||We are so proud of you Eric! Good luck!||Graham Robbins||04/19/2018||$20.00||Rush 365||Elliot Loftus||04/17/2018||$100.00||A great opportunity for a great kid. Good luck -Robert and Jennifer Loftus||Mike Keenan||04/17/2018||$100.00||PopPop Ceniccola||04/14/2018||$100.00||Way to go my man!||Anonymous Friend||04/14/2018||$20.00||John Vangellow||04/14/2018||$50.00||Cheers Brother!||Paul Flournoy||04/14/2018||$20.00||Ride off into the sunset my brother. Can't wait to hear about your adventure!||Jim Clifton||04/13/2018||$200.00||Barbara Clifton||04/09/2018||$100.00||Good luck Eric! -Bebe||Aunt Melissa and Kids||04/03/2018||$200.00||Way to go E!! Enjoy this amazing adventure! Love you!!||Phebe Huth||03/12/2018||$20.00||way to go to eric!!! we will be cheering you on the whole time!!||Allie Foster||03/12/2018||$20.00||Good luck Eric!! Can't wait to hear all about this amazing journey!||Margaret Clifton||03/12/2018||$50.00||GO BEST FRIEND THATS MY BEST FRIEND! So proud of you!!! Cant wait to see you save the world one day! Killing it love!!!||John and Joan Achey||01/30/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Eric! Much love!||William Ranson||01/29/2018||$50.00||Have a great experience! Proud of you!||Joan and Bill Murphy||01/29/2018||$100.00||Best of luck, Eric. Our friend Danny Hill and others like him will benefit from your efforts.||Natalie Soffronoff||01/29/2018||$30.00||couldn't be more proud of you E! love you!!!||Beth and Pete DeFao||01/29/2018||$75.00||Good luck ,Eric!||Theresa Testa||01/29/2018||$100.00||How awesome E! Good luck!! Love from The Testa's||Aunt Cat & Uncle Christian Refice||01/28/2018||$100.00||So proud of you Handsome! Stay safe! Xo||Paige Lumley||01/28/2018||$20.00||So awesome! Let’s go E!||Christina Duman||01/28/2018||$100.00||Best of luck, Eric! Can't wait to hear all about the trip!||Elliot Loftus||01/22/2018||$25.00||You are a good man||John & Susan Soffronoff||01/16/2018||$600.00||Nanny & PopPop are so proud of you.||Courtney Quinn||01/14/2018||$100.00||From a 4k alum to you on this great journey!||Stephen Barr||01/14/2018||$20.00||213||Rob Sarr||01/12/2018||$5.00||God speed brother||Graham Smith||01/12/2018||$15.00||In hoc||Brooke Kinney||01/12/2018||$100.00||Good luck brother||Elizabeth Sencindiver||01/11/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Eric. What a great thing you are doing!!!!||Ryan Soffronoff Maggie Cook||01/11/2018||$20.00||God bless ya, E.||Kaitlin Bruneau||01/10/2018||$100.00||So proud of you for doing this! Kick some ass and I'll be cheering you on!||Timothy Monahan||01/10/2018||$100.00||Eric: All your Motownlaxbros salute the effort and ambition. Post plenty so we can watch your journey!||Theresa Soffronoff||01/10/2018||$500.00||Daddy and I are so proud of you for wanting to undertake this amazing adventure. Good luck and continue to do great things!! We love you.||Eric Soffronoff||01/04/2018||$100.00|