Maria Ferrizzi is a sophomore at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2018, she 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 had breast cancer and earlier this year, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer as well.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I want to become an advocate for young adults with cancer and I want to bring awareness to them and their struggles. I will also be riding in memory of my father, who was an avid bike rider. I can't wait to raise money for the cancer community and I can't wait to train for the next several months for this amazing journey!
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!
|Amy Grecu||04/20/2018||$50.00||Have fun and be safe!!!||Tina Hutnyk||04/19/2018||$100.00||So proud of you! Stay safe and have fun! Love you!||Bonfire||04/17/2018||$124.14||Ted Maven||04/15/2018||$150.00||Have a great ride. Ted And Kacey||Curtis Davis||04/03/2018||$100.00||Charlie Cole||03/31/2018||$120.00||Best of luck on this impressive endeavor. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your adventure. Coach Cole||Megan & Bud Myers||03/29/2018||$20.00||We are all so very proud of you! You are going to do great this summer!||Anonymous Friend||03/27/2018||$100.00||Have a great time at this wonderful experience! Love you||Tucker Dorf||03/15/2018||$25.00||You’re doing an amazing thing Maria! Good luck, I hope you reach your goal!||Jenna Kanyak||03/02/2018||$25.00||What you're doing is amazing!!! Best of luck :)||Alicia Jaroni||02/28/2018||$50.00||Following in your father's footsteps... I know he'll be with you, protecting you throughout this long and ever so worthy journey!||Tara Keefer||02/24/2018||$100.00||Your dad is so proud of you, Maria - he’ll be with you every mile!!!||Jennifer Swan||02/19/2018||$500.00||I will see you at one of your stops through Michigan!!||Stephen Duff||02/18/2018||$100.00||the Duffs love you||Ricky Moyer||02/14/2018||$100.00||Linda and Dennis Brennan||02/07/2018||$150.00||Have fun, be safe and make a difference.||Jaume Bikecat||02/07/2018||$50.00||I am happy to hear you will be taking part in this fundraising event. It is a challenge in many ways and I wish you all the best. enjoy this lifetime experience! Big hug from Spain and as we say here, força al pedal!||Barbara Daub||01/31/2018||$25.00||Justin Geiger||01/13/2018||$100.00||We are very proud of you! This is a wonderful cause and please keep us posted on your journey across the USA! With Love, The Geigers||Greg & Lisa Jayne||01/13/2018||$150.00||Outstanding, thank you Maria, best of luck!||Anne Hutnyk||01/13/2018||$100.00||LUV YA...."Just in case"||David Moore||01/12/2018||$50.00||God Bless & Good Luck||Amy Carber||01/04/2018||$150.00||Go Maria! So excited for you! You totally rock, what an incredible adventure. Love, Aunt Amy and Uncle Bo.||Ada Meyers||12/30/2017||$50.00||Heather Picozzi||12/30/2017||$50.00||You're going to kick ass!!!!||Ernest Gambles||12/29/2017||$100.00||Good luck!||Jess Dorf||12/27/2017||$30.00||Maria, you are doing a wonderful thing and I am so happy to see that you are supporting the cancer community and following in your dads footsteps of bike riding! Proud of you and glad to call you my great friend!||Anna Friedrich||12/19/2017||$100.00||Go with your guardian angel and your dad.||Rich-Betty Altenburger||12/19/2017||$25.00||We love you! Go for it!||Wendy Sutowski||12/17/2017||$20.00||Love your dedication! You got this!||Joanne Angelillis||12/14/2017||$260.00||From Uncle David / Colorcon||Philip Ferrizzi||12/14/2017||$50.00||Remember every time the wheel goes around you will always cover a little more ground PEACE||Karen Swan||12/14/2017||$150.00||Dear Maria, I wanted to do something for your sweet mom; however, she said she didn't need or want anything, so I asked if I could make this donation in her name instead and she loved that idea. Love you. Aunt Karen||Karen Swan||12/14/2017||$100.00||Dear Maria, I had a wonderful mother-in-law who I loved dearly. She lost her second battle with cancer, so I deeply appreciate this challenge that you're taking on. In her honor, I'm making this donation. Good luck on your ride. Love you, Aunt Karen||Davdi Ferrizzi||12/10/2017||$260.00||May the wind always be in your face and the clouds behind you. Make perfect circles.||Bob Wipplinger||12/10/2017||$100.00||Sharon Auriemma||12/10/2017||$50.00||May the wind be at your back and the sun upon your face. So proud of you.||Pete Carber||12/08/2017||$150.00||I'm sooo proud of you! Good luck, Maria!! :)||Lou Norma Perez||12/07/2017||$50.00||So proud that you are following in your Dad's footsteps. Wishing you the best in your journey. Mima and Papi Lou.||Kathy&Ron Ferrizzi||11/29/2017||$370.00||Were so blessed.||Liza Jodry||11/27/2017||$500.00||So proud of you! Pauline and Julianne will be so excited to track your route and progress on your adventure this summer. I think this is a great opportunity and will be an amazing experience.||Katie Hittle||11/27/2017||$20.00||You got this girl! Proud to be your friend||Fee Sepahi||11/27/2017||$50.00||All the best Maria! Can't wait to hear about your crossing!||Maria Ferrizzi||11/22/2017||$100.00|