John "Jack" Gabel's Fundraising Page
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John "Jack" Gabel's Fundraising Page
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Jack Gabel is a freshman at the University of South Carolina. 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?

I am a friend, a family member, and a student of cancer survivors. I was also the patient of a doctor who saved my life and countless others, but lost her own to this devastating disease. In all my encounters with people suffering from cancer, one thing seems to remain constant for each patient— their electrifying desire to fight their illness. This emergence of the human spirit inspires all those around cancer patients, and it is the reason that I have gravitated towards the cancer community. More specifically, I began my involvement in the fight against cancer four years ago when I became involved in Relay for Life, serving the cancer community and trying to find creative ways to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. I have also seen the cancer community from a different perspective through research experiences, helping scientists searching for potential treatments.

Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

The Ulman Cancer Fund’s mission is to provide resources to young adults afflicted by cancer and their family via a supportive community. This cause, offered in this way, resonates with me. I believe that no one, particularly young cancer patients, should have to fight alone. By running across the United States, we will be showing patients we visit along the way that they are a part a larger community, a movement. Hopefully, by bringing the definition of cross-country running to literal terms, our journey will inspire those afflicted by cancer, and return the favor for all the times they have inspired me.

ABOUT 2017 4K for Cancer

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


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Stuart Bascomb 07/22/2017 $500.00 Good luck the rest of the way and a great effort on your part!
Diana Erbsen 07/05/2017 $180.00 Look forward to welcoming you to NYC Jack!
Elizabeth Walker 06/29/2017 $50.00  
Alice Barker 06/16/2017 $100.00  
Jeanne Kramer-Smyth 06/16/2017 $20.00  
Linda Salzer 06/16/2017 $100.00 What an ambitious goal! You ROCK!! Best wishes for a successful journey.
Isabelle Mandell 06/16/2017 $25.00  
Gary and Joan Gabel 06/05/2017 $650.00  
Gary Gabel 05/17/2017 $50.00 Good Luck!
D. Ray Tanner Jr. 04/26/2017 $1,000.00  
Isabelle Mandell 02/28/2017 $80.00  
Phyllis Forster 02/26/2017 $50.00  
Claude Erbsen 02/23/2017 $150.00 Good work, Jack
Helen Doerpinghaus 02/05/2017 $50.00 Great mission, great adventure! Way to go, Jack!
Cindy Rutledge 01/28/2017 $200.00 GO JACK!
Dru Powell 01/23/2017 $25.00 You rock, Jack
Pat and Pam Youngblood 01/22/2017 $50.00 Thank you for your involvement and increasing awareness
Randy and Jennifer Blackmon 01/21/2017 $200.00 Good luck! We will be pulling for you. The Blackmon Family
Barbara Eadeh 01/20/2017 $50.00  
Mike and Rose Porter 01/18/2017 $50.00 This is quite the undertaking, Jack! We send our good wishes, love, and any extra energy your way to help you through the difficult journey. I know this will be a life-altering experience and we're very proud of you for taking on this amazing challenge.
Marianne & Phil Gabel 01/18/2017 $100.00 Good luck!
Steve Salbu 01/18/2017 $250.00  
Allen Miller 01/18/2017 $25.00 Hey Jack, This is great. I used to coach for Team in Training. We raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 4,000 miles in one summer. Dang. That's a lot. Way to go! Allen Miller
Gabrielle Herrin 01/18/2017 $25.00 focus
Julie Shaftel 01/18/2017 $100.00 Jack, this is fantastic! I have lost two cousins to cancer, so I'm thrilled to help out. Best of luck from Julie and Tim!
Anonymous Friend 01/17/2017 $200.00 Jack, What a terrific and challenging goal! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to support a worthy cause and to cheer you on with your personal goal of running across the country! I look forward to posts on your progress. All the best, Aunt Linda
Anonymous Friend 01/17/2017 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 01/17/2017 $50.00 Way to go, Jack!
Elizabeth McKay 01/17/2017 $100.00 You Rock!!! - Caring, Athletic, Smart, Loving. Sorry to embarrass you, but we are so proud!!!!
N/A N/A 01/16/2017 $100.00 You always make us so proud of you. Good luck to you and others on your team. Very good cause. We love you. Grandpa & Grandpa
Pascale Shaftel 01/16/2017 $25.00 Bonne chance Jack!!!
Katie Cohen 01/15/2017 $15.00  
Rachel Brown 01/09/2017 $75.00 We are so proud of you! You are an inspiring young man!
Margie Odom 01/04/2017 $75.00  
Anne Alexander 01/02/2017 $100.00 So incredibly proud of you Jack! "Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Gandhi
Anonymous Friend 12/31/2016 $100.00  
Julie O'Loughlin 12/31/2016 $50.00  
Michael Alexander 12/31/2016 $100.00  
Jack Bowling 12/14/2016 $10.00 GO COCKS
John "Jack" Gabel 12/03/2016 $100.00  
  Total $5,230.00  
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