Joey Haavik is a senior at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In the summer of 2017, 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?
As it always is, my introduction into the cancer community was unceremonious and unexpected. I remember quite vividly the moment when my mother told me the doctors had found a small, pea-shaped lump in her breast tissue (later I would discover that there were actually two tumors--she had lied to protect me from a more frightening truth). I was thirteen years old at the time. Although her cancer was detected quite early, she still opted for a complete mastectomy of her right breast, and then 4 months of aggressive chemotherapy treatment in order to eradicate the cancer's involvement in the lymph node. In hindsight, I realize I was quite ignorant at the time to the toll that this process takes on the human body. Reflecting on this experience with more knowledge and maturity, I find great inspiration in my mother's determination to protect both herself and her family from what it means to have your body poison itself. Since then, I have witnessed two Aunts battle breast cancer, my grandmother lost her battle to cancer of the bile duct, and numerous other family and friends deal with various other types of cancer.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
From witnessing cancer through the battles of friends and family, I have seen the way that cancer does not stop at inhibiting one's physical life, but it overtakes their emotional and mental lives as well. So, as an able-bodied, healthy individual, I am traveling 4,000 miles across the United States on my bike for all of those who cannot. Truly, I recognize my health as an enormous gift, and so the 4K ride is my opportunity to cherish this gift while also being able to give back at the same time. In a way, I look at this journey as a self-prescribed overtaking of my personal, emotional, and mental lives, at least for a Summer. While no amount of physical exertion can equate to the experience of battling cancer, I hope that by expending my time, my energy, and my *likely* aching leg/butt muscles, I can honor those who have been affected by the disease. In addition, the ride also provides an awesome platform on which to advocate for the cancer community and the Ulman Cancer Fund.
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!
|Ken & Marian Keys||08/13/2017||$200.00||We are so proud of you Joey for making this incredible journey. Love, Uncle Ken & Aunt Marian||Tira Valkanas||07/21/2017||$25.00||Love ya! So proud of you baby Joey!||Terrell, Penny, Lane, & Paige Miller||07/14/2017||$100.00||Thanks for taking the time to share your story with our family at the RMNP Apline Visitors Center. We hope you all have a great journey!||Rachel Buxton||07/06/2017||$20.00||JOAO!!!!!! You are doing a wonderful and inspiring thing! Thank you! Keep it up! :)||Craig Lavid||06/27/2017||$200.00||Best of luck, Joey!||Jim Voshell||06/14/2017||$100.00||Way to go Joey! Sing a song or two for your new friends!||Mary Kay Pappadeas||06/14/2017||$50.00||So proud of you!||Martha Pierce||06/11/2017||$100.00||Thanks for riding in honor of my mom!||Bonnie Kangas||06/07/2017||$40.00||Alexander Booth||06/06/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Joey and Matt!||Tally Aumiller||06/03/2017||$100.00||We are so proud of you! Enjoy your adventure for a great cause. Looking forward to following your journey. Best wishes! The Aumiller Family||Bob Roberts||05/30/2017||$500.00||Bob & Eveline Roberts In Memory of Jamie #20 Go Seahawks!!||Charlie Boyer||05/27/2017||$100.00||Joey.... what an incredible experience....exciting and so worthwhile at the same time. Be careful... and Good Luck!||Janet Samuels||05/17/2017||$100.00||Margaret Samuels mom, I am a childhood cancer survivor from many years ago. I just lost my dad on March 30,2017 and was just talking about what he went through for me. How appropriate I make a donation in his honor. Thank you Joey, very proud of what you are doing. All my best Janet M. Samuels||Jeff and Beth Byrd||05/09/2017||$240.00||We look forward to following your journey! The $240 is in honor of Jamie's number - 24!||Anthony Venida||05/09/2017||$30.00||When the going gets tough, tell your legs to shut up! Keep fighting the good fight and keep keeping. Proud of you, mentee! See you on the other side :)||Taylor Schafer||05/09/2017||$10.00||Good luck! Be sure to hit all the best pizza shops along the way!||Richard Edgar||05/05/2017||$100.00||Joey, Keep doing good things....and best wishes on your trip||Staging Shakespeare Alumni||05/01/2017||$60.00||Mary K Loane||04/23/2017||$100.00||Best wishes Joey! You will be in out thoughts and prayers during your journey.||Martha Pierce||04/17/2017||$25.00||Good Luck Joey, Martha Pierce and Dan Blum PS Wear your helmet!||Lauren Taylor||04/11/2017||$1.00||My donation total was $68 and I want it to be $69||Mark Goldstein||04/11/2017||$50.00||Hal and Sheila Franklin||04/10/2017||$100.00||This should be quite an adventure! Something to tell your grandkids!||Sherrie Wooldridge||04/06/2017||$100.00||Great cause and a super rider. Be safe.||Claire Rayburn||04/06/2017||$40.00||You're amazing and you inspire me, Joey!! Can't wait to see the journey! Bisous, Claire :)||Jane Traynham||04/05/2017||$15.00||Best of luck.||Ronald Wilhelm||03/30/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||03/28/2017||$100.00||God bless.||Marian & Ken Keys||03/27/2017||$250.00||We are very proud Joey. Thanks to you for making a difference in this world. Hope you have a wonderful journey!||Vicki Pepper||03/27/2017||$50.00||Because your mom and dad sure raised you right!||Elizabeth Hudak||03/27/2017||$25.00||As my brother used to say conquer your Everest!!!||Elizabeth Charlebois||03/26/2017||$150.00||Go, Joey! Fight the good fight! Ride the good ride!||Joanna Mundschenk||03/25/2017||$50.00||All the best to you!||Stan & Debbie Haavik||03/13/2017||$150.00||Lauren Taylor||02/17/2017||$25.00||This donation has been made in honor of Shelby Perkins' 25th birthday.||Jennie Shapiro||01/29/2017||$100.00||Great Cause!||Eileen McIntire||01/20/2017||$100.00||Good luck Joey!||Zoe McIlmail||01/15/2017||$50.00||Best of luck!!||Jay Fisher||01/07/2017||$100.00||This is for your mother, as well as family, friends and co-workers who have battled and won and battled and lost their fight with cancer. I had the privilege of working with your mother for several years at the Department of Human Resources. God bless you and keep you safe on your journey.||Mary Ann Shiels||01/06/2017||$20.00||Nan and Harold Haavik||01/05/2017||$100.00||Impressive undertaking! Much love and admiration Aunt Nan and Uncle Hal||Renee Walchuck||01/04/2017||$50.00||Best of luck!||Elizabeth Schenning||12/30/2016||$50.00||This is wonderful thing to do for a great cause! Best of luck Joey!||Kim & Brett Prather||12/30/2016||$100.00||Hey Joey - it's great you are doing this to fund such an important organization! Best wishes for a fun journey!||The Hupfelds||12/24/2016||$50.00||So incredibly proud of you!! Good luck!! -The Hupfelds||Lorien Haavik||12/23/2016||$300.00||Always so proud of you, Joey!!!||Lauren Taylor||12/22/2016||$28.00||This donation has been made as Dan Snell's birthday gift.||Anonymous Friend||12/19/2016||$100.00||Walter Knorr||12/19/2016||$100.00||Fly, Joey fly. And take some good pictures while you are at,||Anonymous Friend||12/09/2016||$105.00||Jamie Roberts||12/05/2016||$200.00||So, so proud of you, Joey! Hope to see you in Lincoln! --JCB & ACB||Larry and Marie Haavik||11/29/2016||$250.00||Dad and I make this donation in memory of your Grandparents Joao DeLima, Ida DeLima and Jens Haavik, all of whom lost their battle with cancer. Joey, We can't begin to tell you how proud we are of your selfless efforts to help eradicate this horrific disease. We We love you.||Cyrus Chimento||11/29/2016||$40.00||Good luck, Joey! I'll be routing for you.||Shelby Perkins||09/12/2016||$150.00||Joao I can't to watch your journey!!! Bike safe and laugh hard and love everyone you meet!!!||Lauren Taylor||09/01/2016||$15.00||Jowey||Patrick Hudson||08/29/2016||$200.00||Patrick Hudson||08/29/2016||$200.00||Proud of you Joey! One donation is in honor of my Mom and the other for my brother, both of whom died of cancer. Ashley, Sadie, and I will be waiting for you when you ride into SF!||Virginia Hawkins||08/29/2016||$25.00||Salahadine Khanjari||08/29/2016||$10.00||Good luck!||Ashley Haavik||08/29/2016||$250.00||For mama. Love Ash and Sadie. See you in San Fran!!||Matthew Pulaski||08/29/2016||$20.00||Yay!! Good luck!||Alexis Pappadeas||08/29/2016||$35.00||I am so unbelievably proud of you Joey!||Joey Haavik||08/19/2016||$100.00|