I am a Graduate student at Mission College with a degree in Fire Management. On June 2nd, I 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 Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandmother Mary Phillips was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in 2003 and unfortunately passed away in 2007 which has left a lasting impact on me. After her diagnosis, my dad immediately sought out a way to help, so he decided to join up with Team in Training and ran his first marathon in Honolulu. Although I also wanted to join him for this event, my doctor said I was too young as a 9 year old to participate in the marathon so I did what I could by helping volunteer with all of the fundraising efforts. During that 4 year period of time of my grandmothers’ illness, my parents continued their association with TNT for another 3 seasons where they raised approximately ~ $50K to support cancer research funding.
Once I got older, I also personally participated with Team in Training in 2016 and ran my first marathon in Seattle and raised over ~ $5K for cancer research. Unfortunately, cancer hasn’t only affected my grandmother in our family. From my cousin with testicular cancer to my aunt with skin cancer, we have known the cancer community very well and have supported research fundraisers since I can remember. Because of these examples and my awareness of young adults who have also been impacted by cancer, it’s now my turn to make my connection to the cancer community a lifetime commitment and do what I can to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I am travelling this incredible distance with the Ulman Foundation for many reasons:
1). I have been involved with the Cancer community ever since my grandmother got diagnosed and have been looking for another way I can give back to them and help them in any way possible. What a great event to help further the cause to find a cure and do what we can together. We need to continue to find a way to beat this horrible disease.
2). I’ve always wanted to push the boundaries of what is humanly possible. This is a great example of pushing those limits to ride my bike across the country ~ 4000 miles over 70 days and the chance to see our beautiful country, and help young adults in need of a cure.
3). I love riding my bike and this would be an epic voyage that I will remember for the rest of my life. Not only will I be able to help create more awareness for the Ulman Foundation but I will be able to do it while riding a bike with a great group of young adults.
If you would like to follow the journey, I will be posting on a regular basis to my blog www.spencerphillips25.wordpress.com or on Instagram (@spencerphillips25)
2019 marks the 18th 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 Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 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.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!
|Linda Courter||08/29/2019||$200.00||So proud of you Spencer...hugs from aunt linda||Arthur Bookstein||08/27/2019||$70.00||Congrats on hitting your 13K fundraising goal man. Glad I could be the one to donate you that last amount. Thank you so much for being a great leader and friend to me this summer. Looking forward to our next ride together!! :)||Alan McDonnell||08/17/2019||$200.00||meet you guys at Basecamp pizza, what you all are doing is so awesome! Congrats on completing your journey!!||Moira Delumpa||08/11/2019||$100.00||Great job, Spencer! Thank you for your time and dedication to raise money for this important cause. It was wonderful to see your progress every day on Facebook!||Joey Davis||07/12/2019||$50.00||Love your spirit Spencer! Your trail updates have been amazing. Keep it up and good luck through the mountains!||Doug Norwood||07/11/2019||$50.00||Great to meet you Spencer. Happy trails, Doug||Peter and Nikki Pazmany||07/05/2019||$250.00||What you are doing is awesome. I was talking with your parents last night in Aptos. Wishing you the best on the journey!||Calvin Studebaker||07/05/2019||$25.00||Supporting a fellow biker with a purpose. This is awesome man I respect you and your heart!||Ackley Family||07/02/2019||$50.00||Praying for you Spencer! Safe and fun ride!!!||Gianna Favaloro||05/30/2019||$50.00||I’m so proud of you baby! I feel so grateful I get to see you accomplish all these great acts of kindness. I love you so much!||Connor Rounds||05/26/2019||$30.00||Proud of you Spencer, keep positively influencing the lives of others.||James P Hoey||05/24/2019||$100.00||Stephanie Phillips||04/12/2019||$60.00||Karen Falk||04/12/2019||$30.00||Autodesk Foundation||04/12/2019||$60.00||Autodesk Foundation||04/12/2019||$30.00||Kara Fazio||04/09/2019||$50.00||Go Spencer! Can't wait to follow your journey!||Spencer Phillips||03/29/2019||$25.00||What fun it was to see you at Zanottos a few weeks ago and learn more about your cycling mission to raise money for cancer! When I told my husband about meeting you, I said that such a mission by you, Spencer, did not surprise me a bit. Even as a third grader your compassion and friendship toward others stood out above the pack. My husband's comment: "Good man!" And I agree. You are a wonderful example of love toward others, a lesson this old world needs now, more than ever. Good luck, Good Man! Happy pedaling! Mrs. Kubitz||Lam Research||03/27/2019||$1,500.00||Mary Sheehan||03/26/2019||$50.00||We're proud of your work, Spencer! Your former St. Simon Teacher, Mary Sheehan Johnson||Cheryl Kealey||03/16/2019||$70.00||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2019||$100.00||Karen Rhoades||03/14/2019||$100.00||Way to go! Thank you for raising money to such an important cause. Have fun and finish strong!||Mercedes Bickerstaff||03/14/2019||$243.00||Proud of you Spence!||Ryan Roberts||03/14/2019||$25.00||So proud of you for your hard work and dedication. You are helping so many people!||Karen O'Brien||03/12/2019||$50.00||Way to go, Spencer!||Rouleau Orthodontics||03/11/2019||$100.00||Go Spencer! We are all proud of you and your commitment! Rouleau Orthodontics||Roberta Head||03/10/2019||$100.00||Love your values, motivation, and enthusiasm, Spencer! It is obvious that you are your parents' child!!||Pamela Fawson||03/09/2019||$40.00||Go for it Spence!!!||Regina Shirey||03/08/2019||$50.00||Way to go Spencer! So proud to know you all these years! I had a mom and sister who lost a battle with cancer. Thank you for making a difference! "Mrs. Shirey"||Joan Morris||03/08/2019||$100.00||To my Kindergarten student.... I always knew you would do great things! Way to go! You are an inspiration, Spencer.||Donna Weiher||03/07/2019||$50.00||So proud of you for this, Spencer! Happy to see you're still the kind and caring person I knew in grade school!||Tom & Christina Barton||03/06/2019||$200.00||Go Spencer!!||Kyle Keating||03/05/2019||$40.00||Safe travels man, Cuck Fancer!||Ann Straw||03/04/2019||$100.00||So proud of my former First Grade student! Way to go, Spencer!||Katey Kennedy||03/04/2019||$100.00||Good luck Spencer, what a great cause!||Kelly Grimes||03/03/2019||$200.00||Good luck Spencer, we will ride with you in spirit :)||Marshall & Mandy Benham||03/01/2019||$300.00||Have a great ride Spencer! What an experience, can't wait to hear all about it!!||Robyn & Dick Budelli||03/01/2019||$100.00||What a wonderful cause....wishing you safe travels Spencer!!||Noelle Norris||03/01/2019||$100.00||So proud of my cousin!||David Setton||02/28/2019||$100.00||Great cause, Enjoy the Ride!||A-Shun Or||02/28/2019||$75.00||You go Spencer! What great challenge and great cause. Way to go, enjoy every pedal of it, rain or shine, the heat and the headwind.||Yansi Ritchie||02/28/2019||$100.00||Cancer has taken a toll on our family, too. We appreciate your desire to help fight cancer and help survivors. Rooting for you on your journey!||David Grubb||02/27/2019||$50.00||Proud of all this work you're doin man, and what Jack said <3||Colleen Panec||02/27/2019||$100.00||Praying for all those fighting a cancer battle||Ryan Hennings||02/27/2019||$50.00||Applied Materials||02/27/2019||$50.00||Chelsea Douglas||02/26/2019||$25.00||Agnes Roey||02/24/2019||$50.00||Mary, Ross and Finlay Thomson||02/16/2019||$150.00||Go Spencer! Love, Mary, Ross and Finlay||Mary Phillips||02/10/2019||$50.00||Stop in Genoa on your way home!||Chris & Cristina Reilly||02/09/2019||$50.00||Good Luck. Lets us know if you need a place to crash.||Cyndi Jenkel||02/07/2019||$100.00||Good luck Spencer!!!||Mary Orrock||02/06/2019||$100.00||Good luck Spencie. We'll meet up with you when you ride through Napa!!||Mary Louise Hanley||02/05/2019||$100.00||Best of luck, Spencer. We know you will do well. Love, Tony and Mary Louise||Mark Derry||02/04/2019||$125.00||Christopher & Jennifer Flores||02/03/2019||$100.00||Wishing you much success on your ambitious endeavor.||Steve & Phyllis Phillips||02/02/2019||$1,500.00||We are so proud of you Spencer for your continued fight against Cancer on behalf of your Grandmother Mary and others who have been affected by this terrible disease. We love you dearly !||Fred Gonzalez||01/30/2019||$100.00||What a wonderful trip Spencer. We'll be cheering for you every step of the way !!||Renea Brennan||01/29/2019||$25.00||I couldn’t be more proud of you. You are a beautiful soul, I’m proud to call you my festival dad. You’re doing big things and your heart is so pure. I wish I could do more.||Paul Gessert||01/27/2019||$100.00||James Ignacio||01/27/2019||$50.00||Parker Atkinson||01/27/2019||$25.00||Proud of you Spence!! I’m with ya buddy xx||Jeff & Cathy Purnell||01/21/2019||$250.00||Go Spencer! What a great challenge for a critical cause. Happy training and enjoy the ride!||Spencer Phillips||01/17/2019||$50.00||Congratulations Spencer, super proud of you! Can’t wait to hear all about your ride!||Fred Orrock||01/14/2019||$25.00||Sally Orrock||01/14/2019||$25.00||Bonfire||01/14/2019||$52.76||Pam Klaus||01/11/2019||$100.00||Good luck to you Spencer!||Julie & Rob LoGrasso||01/11/2019||$100.00||Have a safe ride and enjoy the journey. You are an inspiration!||Nick LoGrasso||01/11/2019||$25.00||Good job Spencer. Great determination!||Philip & Ann Roemer||01/08/2019||$100.00||Kerry Vermeer||01/08/2019||$200.00||Good luck Spencer! So proud of you... Scott and Kerry||Mack Family||01/05/2019||$100.00||Go Spence Go!||Mary Louise Bucher||01/05/2019||$100.00||Way to go Spencer! Our families have seen the struggles, victories and losses of fighting cancer and wish you all the best!||Jim Carter||01/04/2019||$100.00||Karen & Bob Reilly||01/04/2019||$25.00||Good Luck & safe travels!||Mike Sly||01/04/2019||$50.00||Mary Gustafson||01/04/2019||$100.00||Great job Spencer!!!||Tim and Darla Brown||01/04/2019||$100.00||Enjoy the ride, Spencer....just promise to look around along the way and enjoy the sights!||Donna Gallivan||01/03/2019||$150.00||Way to go Spencer-you are inspiring!!||Lam Research||01/03/2019||$250.00||Steve Difu||01/03/2019||$100.00||Marie Kelly||01/02/2019||$100.00||Shannon Kava||01/02/2019||$250.00||Good luck, Spencer! You can do this!! Your grandmother would be so proud of you.||Fred Tinker||01/01/2019||$100.00||Have a terrific ride||JONATHAN SLY||01/01/2019||$25.00||Good luck Spencer!||John & Mary Verducci||01/01/2019||$100.00||Good luck Spencer! Ride like the wind!!||Judith Hanley||12/31/2018||$100.00||This is in support of Spencer Phillips and his continuing efforts to volunteer in raising funds to defeat cancer.||Kathy & Tom Chou||12/31/2018||$100.00||Way to go, Spencer. This is such a good cause. We're proud of you!||Bob & Mary Ann Poulos||12/31/2018||$100.00||So proud of you Spencer for being involved in such a great cause.||Joanne Engelhardt||12/27/2018||$25.00||You've got this, Spencer!||Kaitlyn Axelrod||11/27/2018||$100.00||Way to go Spencer! So proud of you. Love, The Axelrods||Jack Miller||11/27/2018||$200.00||Don't die on this bike ride||Susan & Stephen Fontaine||11/16/2018||$100.00||Awesome endeavor, Spencer! Best of luck! We’re behind you ❤️||Conner Treuhaft||11/16/2018||$50.00||Proud of you bro!||Walter Alexander||11/14/2018||$100.00||Thanks Spencer - cancer really does suck, I lost my brother Terry to cancer 17 years ago. Still miss him like yesterday.||Steve Papenfuhs||11/12/2018||$200.00||David & Elsa Dunkin||11/10/2018||$500.00||Go get ‘em, Spencer! Your grandma would be so proud of you :)||Steve Phillips||11/07/2018||$250.00||Mercedes Bickerstaff||11/07/2018||$255.00||Proud of you best friend!||Susan Norris||11/07/2018||$100.00||Brian Dang||11/07/2018||$20.00||Great cause! Go get that bread!||Spencer Phillips||11/06/2018||$100.00|