Mary Vanco is a junior at Indiana University. 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 Portland, OR raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Most people today know someone battling cancer. It is unfortunate how many people face this disease and how many people it affects. My mom’s cousin passed away from lung cancer and several people in my family have had skin cancer. Losing someone to cancer is never easy and can take a toll on families. That’s why this summer I am standing up to cancer in hopes of making a difference on a ride of a lifetime.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
My wish is to support the cancer community by giving my time and money. I want to give cancer patients and their families hope and comfort and remind them they are not fighting alone. I would love to use my healthy body to transform another person’s life. This ride is much more than just a trip across the country. This ride is for everyone effected by this disease and praying for a cure.
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||12/12/2017||$1.00||Judy Vanco||12/12/2017||$500.00||Love from Grandma Judy!||Molly Zadell||11/28/2017||$15.00||This is so awesome, Mary! Good luck!||Richard Stefan||11/28/2017||$250.00||Sound like a great fund raiser with the adventure of going cross country on your bike. WOW||Home Improvement Design Build LLC||11/23/2017||$500.00||Jodi & Larry Marvet||11/19/2017||$50.00||What a great mission and exciting experience! We can't wait to see all the FB photos next summer!||Barbara Pietrusiewicz||11/19/2017||$100.00||Good luck Mary on your adventure.||Elizabeth Shank||11/13/2017||$25.00||Love you!||Allison Shank||11/13/2017||$25.00||Doing this for my mom cause she doesn't know how :)||David Vanco||10/18/2017||$250.00||We're so proud of you and we will be cheering for you||Tim Vanco||10/11/2017||$20.00||hi||Mary Vanco||09/20/2017||$100.00|