Raegan Ball is a Junior at the University of Southern Indiana. In the summer of 2017, he 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I have had numerous family members touched by cancer at one point in their lives. I have also seen the deaths of family members and friends from this disease. My reality of witnessing this disease again is not "if", but "when".
I ride honor of Aunt Tracey, Grandpa Ray, Shelly Collins, and I ride in memory of Emily Jones, Uncle Dave Postin, Pappy Postin, Uncle Dave Dodt, Great Grandma Ball, and Great Grandma Pruit.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
While I know I will never provide the cure for cancer, I am hoping in some small way to provide a measure of comfort. In the scheme of things, a small gesture like a care-package might seem frivolous, but who can measure the power of a smile or the joy of feeling loved.
I embark on this journey in hope of being a blessing to those I meet, and to provide encouragement along the way. I also take this journey to raise awareness of those who are affected by cancer at my age
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!
|Aaron Huff||05/31/2017||$25.00||Steven Groves||05/25/2017||$50.00||Looking forward to following your trip.||Abigail Fleming||05/25/2017||$15.00||Proud of you, bro!!||Steve & Lou Ann Shoaff||05/23/2017||$25.00||Thank you Raegan!||Amy Mackey||05/13/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||05/08/2017||$1,500.00||Laura Tate||05/08/2017||$25.00||Monte and Karla Fetter||05/05/2017||$300.00||Janel Allen||05/04/2017||$50.00||Jack and Sue Schriber||05/04/2017||$250.00||Ron & Crickett Rheinlander||05/04/2017||$100.00||May God bless you on your journey and keep you safe.||Avery Burk||05/03/2017||$20.00||Shave your head! :-) You may look ridiculous but I know it is for a good cause. :P Love you so much!!!||Mike & Michelle Burk||05/03/2017||$250.00||Love you, Baby Boy! Pedal hard, stay safe and make the most of this amazing experience!||Ann & Virgil Horne||05/01/2017||$100.00||Jason & Candi Vincent||04/21/2017||$200.00||Very proud of you Raegan and all you do for others! Good luck and have a great ride!||Mary Schenk||04/21/2017||$25.00||Good luck and be safe, Brian!||Jen Cummins||04/21/2017||$100.00||You are going to do great things Raegan!!||Amy, Troy, and Alli Wilsbacher||04/21/2017||$25.00||We are very proud of you!!||Konnie Ball||04/18/2017||$200.00||Kyle Ritter||04/13/2017||$25.00||Gloria - Jerry Jones||04/07/2017||$25.00||Jolene Seltzer||04/03/2017||$25.00||Good luck Raegan.||Cherie R Dodt||03/28/2017||$50.00||Karen M Ellerbrook||03/28/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||03/24/2017||$50.00||Thomas C Boettcher||03/23/2017||$25.00||Candice Burk||03/21/2017||$20.00||Good luck and have fun!!!||Jacy Gowen||03/21/2017||$100.00||A wonderful way to honor those we've lost and provide hope to those still fighting. I hope this is an amazing experience for you!||Corinne Theut||03/18/2017||$15.00||Good luck Raegan! Such a kind person!||Paul E Slifer||03/02/2017||$50.00||Deborah G Chaudoin||03/01/2017||$50.00||Barbara Bootz Witte||02/28/2017||$50.00||Donald B Korb||02/27/2017||$100.00||Tracy Jones||02/26/2017||$25.00||Thank you Raegan!!||Homecheck, Inc||02/25/2017||$100.00||Raymond A Burk||02/22/2017||$100.00||M. Douglass Korb||02/21/2017||$50.00||Linda M Trible||02/20/2017||$25.00||Richard C Bernhardt||02/18/2017||$25.00||Margaret A Coomer||02/16/2017||$25.00||Marylu P Sonntag Ttee||02/16/2017||$50.00||Thomas Land, Jr.||02/16/2017||$25.00||Laurel Vaughn||02/15/2017||$100.00||James E Hobson||02/15/2017||$10.00||Barbara S Studwell||02/12/2017||$50.00||Angie Smith||01/19/2017||$50.00||Proud of you and best wishes!!||Karen Woolston||11/27/2016||$150.00||Good luck.||Kyle Jackson||09/27/2016||$10.00||Connie LeBeau||09/27/2016||$250.00||Sydney Miner||09/27/2016||$10.00||Raegan Ball||09/26/2016||$100.00|