Parker Gray is a junior at the University of New Hampshire. In the summer of 2017, 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?
Cancer does not discriminate, it does not care who you are, what you have or who you love. Cancer affects people of all ages and ethnicities. I have seen what cancer has done to family and friends and how it has impacted their lives. My best friend from high school lost her father to cancer when she was in Elementary school and I know how much she misses him each and every day. Another one of my friends lost her mom this summer to ovarian cancer after a courageous fight. Knowing what my friends and their families have dealt with is tremendous and although I can't change what happened, I can do my best to raise awareness and take action. For them I ride.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling 4,000 miles this summer in remembrance of those who lost their lives to cancer and for all of those still battling cancer. Although, the ride will be a challenge, it does not compare to the treatment and recovery that cancer patients face everyday. I am riding to honor the memory of my friends parents, my aunt, and for future generations. I hope to raise awareness and make a difference in the lives of everyone we meet along the way. By raising money, we will be able to provide the resources necessary to help young adults fighting cancer. I am excited to not only help those in need but to challenge myself and embark on a journey of self reflection.
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!
|Liliana Daly||08/11/2017||$15.00||Sending you lots of love. You inspire me in so many ways! Best of luck!||Robert Mills||08/11/2017||$120.00||Way to go Parker!!! Everyone at CNR applauds your success and are very proud!||Aunt Anne & Uncle Gerry Dirscherl||08/05/2017||$65.00||Dear Parker, We have been following your travels this summer 4,000 miles to remember those with cancer. What an awesome challenge to undertake. You certainly are making a difference in the lives of those you meet and help. The money being raised will make a difference by providing the support and resources to those fighting cancer. You and the other young adults are a great source of inspiration and hope. Thank you for undertaking this fantastic challenge.||Meda Thomas||07/08/2017||$50.00||Lyn Kargaard||06/09/2017||$50.00||Thanks to you Parker and to all who are dedicated and motivated to step up and do something wonderful to help others!||Susan Rice||06/08/2017||$25.00||Have fun and ride safely!||Anonymous Friend||06/06/2017||$100.00||Andrea and Phil Zahirsky||06/04/2017||$25.00||Good job, be careful.||Heidi, Rick & Mabry Pirozzi||06/01/2017||$50.00||Tiffany Crone||05/11/2017||$60.00||You are such a dedicated, determined, compassionate young lady. This is a wonderful thing you are doing!||Peter Gray||05/06/2017||$200.00||Ride like the wind. We are proud of you. Have fun.||Tim Davis||05/03/2017||$100.00||Best of luck to you Parker. This is a very nice thing you are doing.||Kayla Goodwin||04/29/2017||$25.00||I can't even ride a bike...Parker you inspire me so much!||Elinor Goodwin||04/29/2017||$100.00||Best wishes on your ride, from The Goodwin Family||Alexandra Whelan||04/29/2017||$25.00||Ray Hill||04/29/2017||$25.00||We are very proud of all your accomplishments and look forward to hearing about your ride!||Renee Wachter||04/29/2017||$25.00||Dilys Zeller||04/26/2017||$25.00||Proud to call you my neighbor!!! you go girl!!!||Jacqueline Hochard||04/21/2017||$100.00||Bike on Parker! This ride will be life changing for you! I'm so proud of you.||Cara Fioravante & Family||04/20/2017||$30.00||Parker, what an amazing thing you're doing! You are making a difference. Hope you have fun, too! We can't wait to hear about your experience!||Dana Rampolla||04/19/2017||$25.00||Good luck! We'll be cheering for you and saying a prayer for your safety. What an awesome experience!!||Jordan Meadley||04/17/2017||$50.00||Hey Parker wishing you the best of luck on your big adventure! Hope you have a great time and raise tons of money :)||Katie Linz||04/13/2017||$50.00||Can't wait to hear all about it! You're making such a big impact on cancer- affected young adults and I'm here to prove it. Love you, be safe!!!||Todd Gray||04/12/2017||$100.00||Parker have a great time on your awesome adventure. A once in a lifetime trip for a great cause. Have a blast, Uncle Todd||JASON MILLER||04/11/2017||$200.00||I had the privilege of coaching Parker for 4 years in high school. She was a harder worker than and she is even now. She never gave up and lead by example. Parker, I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Good luck! - Coach Jason||Len Eiserer||04/10/2017||$100.00||Frank Lago||04/09/2017||$30.00||Tricia and Natalie Sturm||04/08/2017||$40.00||Good luck and enjoy the ride! Thanks f0r all you are doing for cancer patients everywhere!||Cathy Cook||04/08/2017||$50.00||Lots of luck, Parker! I know you'll do great!||Shearl & Art Seibel||04/07/2017||$100.00||So proud of you Parker! What an awesome experience and you will be helping others too! You have a heart of gold and are loved by so many! You go girl! ❤️❤️||Beth Kautz||04/07/2017||$25.00||Parks G(: I look around you and am so amazed by the footprint you are leaving on the world. You are so remarkable, friendly, supportive, and do so much to help the people around you. I am so inspired by your character and am proud of who you are and where you are going. I hope to be half of the woman you are one day. Enjoy this trip, you deserve it!||Katie Askine||04/04/2017||$50.00||Zoe Goodwin||04/02/2017||$20.00||Because bikes > boys.||Jacqueline Hochard||03/31/2017||$125.00||I'm proud of you Parker! BIKE ON young lady!!!! You're doing it for a great Cause!||Tim Medairy||03/29/2017||$25.00||Parker, Good Luck and Please be careful riding at night! LOL||Josh and Amber Moodie||03/25/2017||$50.00||Such a great cause! Way to go Parker!||Adrienne Falkenmayer||03/23/2017||$50.00||CYNDI HILL||03/21/2017||$50.00||Thank you Parker for supporting a great cause!||MASTER LEE ENERGY SERVICES||03/21/2017||$100.00||Best of Luck in your wonderful endeavor||Ned Gray||03/21/2017||$50.00||Way to go Parkz!||Kellie Reardon||03/21/2017||$15.00||So proud of you, Parker!||Tanya Grim||03/20/2017||$25.00||Way to go Parker! What an awesome adventure for an amazing cause!||Angela Schwartz||03/20/2017||$25.00||Robin Watt||03/20/2017||$25.00||Great job Parker! Have fun on your ride!||Brooke Gast||03/20/2017||$50.00||Barbara Gray||03/13/2017||$100.00||I'm very proud of you. Enjoy your great adventure.||Kate Mills||03/13/2017||$50.00||Way to go Parker! So excited for you, I'm sure this will be an amazing experience. I'll miss my riding buddy this summer! Good luck!!||Rick & Robin Mills||03/11/2017||$250.00||What an awesome thing to do! Good for you Parker. Remember, it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. We love you!||Jack and Harry Mills||03/10/2017||$500.00||We are so proud of you for doing this! What an adventure for such a great cause. Good luck to our golden girl. We love you!!||Zoe Goodwin||03/07/2017||$20.00||Parker, you're my idol and I love you. Keep being rad. Also, you're a goober.||Kendall Gray||03/06/2017||$50.00||Good luck Parks! I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures. I know this experience will change your life as well as the lives of others!||Carol Mills||03/05/2017||$500.00||Love, Pa and Gee. This is such a big undertaking!||Victoria Sill||03/01/2017||$25.00||Colleen Cook||02/27/2017||$50.00||Kara Urban||02/24/2017||$100.00||Parker - you have grown into an amazing young woman from the shy little girl I remember. So proud of you. You go girl!!||Anonymous Friend||02/23/2017||$50.00||Kelly Gray||02/23/2017||$500.00||Parker, we are so proud of you. I know this will be an experience of a lifetime. Mama G & Papa G||Adrianne Wallace||02/23/2017||$50.00||Good luck Parker, you'll be great!||Deryn Smith||02/23/2017||$10.00||Good luck!!!||Parker Gray||02/18/2017||$100.00|