Michael Cha's Fundraising Page
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Michael Cha is a senior at Houghton College. 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 Portland, OR raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

What is your connection to the cancer community?

I always felt that cancer was an unlucky thing that impacted other people. At first, I didn’t know much about it. Sure, other people suggest they’ve had a family member, a friend, or even themselves go through the devastating disease. Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones. Cancer never impacted me. It was a stranger… until it wasn’t.

I grew up in Korea for the first few years of my childhood. When I was 13, my parents and I moved to Canada leaving most of our beloved family behind. We moved once again when I was 17 to the United States where I started college. Throughout most of my adolescence, my contact with family from back home in Korea was through Skype. Through those computer speakers, talking with my family, was the first time I felt the full impact of the word “cancer”.

My beautiful, young-at- heart grandmother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. I couldn’t help but think how little I could do to comfort them through the speakers of a computer. It wasn’t like I could drive down the street to visit with her on some random afternoon. She was halfway around the world! I felt powerless and lonely. It wasn’t fair. After many hospital visits with doctors and receiving several treatments, she passed away in October 2016. My world was shattered. I would miss the smell of her Korean cooking filling the entire house. I would miss how her smile would brighten up a room. I would miss everything about her. I know I’ll probably never be able to develop the cure for cancer. I know I can’t make the monster disappear by hiding under the covers but what I can do, is help people not feel so alone when the word “cancer” sneaks up like a stranger in their lives.

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

4K provides a platform for me to engage with communities across the United States to provide support for families affected by this disease. My grandmother’s passing was heartbreaking and being powerless was detrimental. Becoming that voice of hope and inspiration to push through the difficult times to so many people is something that I would love the opportunity to do.

Traveling around the United States has always been a dream of mine. What better way to do it than on bicycles allowing me to meet amazing people? Growing up as an athlete, I’ve always strived to give myself challenges. Bicycling over 4,000 miles for 70 days sounds like a challenge I would love to take on.

ABOUT 2018 4K for Cancer

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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Joe Felperin 08/21/2018 $25.00 Great cause...thank you for your dedication!
Deere Employees Credit Union 08/01/2018 $155.00  
Kaleb Waterman 05/27/2018 $2.00  
Jeremy Renger 05/25/2018 $100.00 Thank you for your commitment to this cause!
Andrew Traeger 05/24/2018 $250.00 Good luck Michael! What a great cause and way to see the United States!
Jeff Little 05/23/2018 $50.00 John Deere
Michael Long 05/15/2018 $25.00 Good luck! Very proud of you!
Abby Holtz 05/15/2018 $30.00 Good luck! I’m proud of you for doing this!
Jongmin Cha 04/30/2018 $75.00  
Deere & Co. 04/30/2018 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/28/2018 $300.00 Have fun!
Michelle Kottman 04/27/2018 $20.00  
Alexis Barnes 04/23/2018 $75.00  
Douglas Lindner 04/23/2018 $200.00  
Jongmin Cha 04/23/2018 $325.00  
Tristan Griffith 04/23/2018 $75.00  
Deere & Co. 04/23/2018 $440.00  
John Khalaf 04/21/2018 $25.00  
Ikrom Artikov 04/16/2018 $20.00  
Obafemi Elegbede 04/04/2018 $10.00 Ride On!!!
Jennifer Elegbede 04/04/2018 $10.85 Because I have to out do Obafemi in everything :-)
David Gilmore 03/31/2018 $100.00  
Bonfire 03/29/2018 $236.15  
Chin Kiong Tee 03/03/2018 $75.00 Thanks for hosting me yo! All the best!
Anonymous Friend 03/03/2018 $1,500.00 This is a wonderful gift you are giving, Michael. I am proud and honored to be able to support you on part of your mission to help yourh and families affected by cancer.
Michael Cha 02/13/2018 $25.00 Good luck Michael
Chanda Washington 02/08/2018 $20.00 Good luck, Michael! Your John Deere family supports you! Chanda Washington & Family
Anonymous Friend 02/08/2018 $25.00  
David Charles 02/07/2018 $50.00 Good luck Michael!
Malik Hussain 02/07/2018 $40.00  
Jessica Malone 02/06/2018 $50.00  
Malik Hussain 02/04/2018 $20.00  
Alexis Barnes 02/02/2018 $15.00  
Anonymous Friend 01/30/2018 $250.00 Good luck and ride hard!
Monica Olah 01/26/2018 $100.00 2 words ..chamois butter!!! :)
Chey Hillsgrove 01/26/2018 $100.00 Hahahahahaha Sorry in advance?! Seriously, menthol chamois butter is life!!! #4KOk
Quentin Tyler 01/15/2018 $50.00 Best of luck!
Mike Pang 01/14/2018 $20.00  
Austin Cha 01/12/2018 $100.00  
Mindy Wu 01/11/2018 $75.00 What an experience!
Anonymous Friend 01/05/2018 $60.00  
Celine Diong 12/21/2017 $25.00 Go get em, buddy!
Oluwakemi Adeoti 12/20/2017 $20.00  
Tyler Burke 12/20/2017 $25.00 Good luck!
Elliot Spicer 12/20/2017 $5.00  
Michelle McCulley 12/20/2017 $20.00 Good Luck Mike
Dan Hammers 12/20/2017 $5.00  
Connor Barnes 12/19/2017 $5.00 Go get 'em, buddy.
Kevin McGillivray 12/19/2017 $100.00 Have a great ride Micheal!
Garrett Sadtler 12/19/2017 $5.00  
Kaleb Waterman 12/19/2017 $5.00 You're ugly
Johnny Zamites 12/19/2017 $5.00 Good for you
Lydia Carter 12/19/2017 $5.00  
Ashley Collins 12/19/2017 $50.00  
Luke McManus 12/19/2017 $25.00  
Andy Cha 12/16/2017 $100.00 Good luck!
Lynn Bolser 12/13/2017 $20.00  
Ebony Webber 12/12/2017 $50.00 Good Luck Michael
Meaghan Maloney 12/12/2017 $10.00 Good luck buddy!
Datonya Price 12/11/2017 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/09/2017 $20.00 Brick House!
Bruce Hess 12/09/2017 $25.00  
Tracey Troutma 12/06/2017 $50.00  
Jacob Annis 12/05/2017 $1.00 For being a pal
Norman Barclift 12/04/2017 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/04/2017 $40.00  
Marcia Bakry 12/04/2017 $100.00  
Michael Cha 11/22/2017 $100.00  
  Total $6,180.00  
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