Randy Violette is a Senior at Allegheny College. 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 Portland, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I have personally known only a couple people afflicted by cancer. However, my connection to the cancer community is created through sympathy, as well as empathy when there is space for it. I have experienced troubles in my lifetime, but none of them come close to the detriment of a cancer diagnosis of a loved one, a friend, or oneself. Therefore, my role in this community right now is to be a listener, a companion, a shoulder to lean on, and a pair of open arms to offer hugs and support.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am joining this trip in hopes of spreading stories, specifically the stories of those young adults who have been affected by cancer and those who have committed themselves to helping. Every person has an intricate story asking to be told and heard, and I believe these stories have the power to ignite action or, if nothing else, understanding. I know that along this journey I will hear many incredible stories about those who have fought, those who have survived, and those who didn't quite make it. I believe that it is my responsibility to share these stories so that others can sympathize and help the cause.
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!
|Brian Bonin||07/19/2017||$100.00||Calvin Wilson||06/29/2017||$250.00||Randy we are so proud of your accomplishments and spirit! Via con Dios!||James Holler||06/19/2017||$200.00||Good Work!||Lindsay Young||06/18/2017||$100.00||Best wishes and safe travels!||Sharon Blevins||06/08/2017||$30.00||Robert Moody||06/01/2017||$50.00||Good luck!||Grounds For Change||05/19/2017||$200.00||This is from Grounds for Change Coffee Shop - we love & wish you luck Randy! Great cause, great person.||Violette Randy||05/07/2017||$150.00||Dude, we are so very proud of you. Have a great time and be safe. Jack and San||Anonymous Friend||05/01/2017||$50.00||Randy, you are such a rockstar! Continually so proud of you for doing you =) I know you're gonna love this next adventure -- be safe and true to your soul. Love, love, love you <3||Carol Gutekanst||04/28/2017||$100.00||It's so awesome of you to do this, Randy. Best of luck, Carol G. (Emmett's aunt)||Anonymous Friend||04/25/2017||$10.00||David Ramsey||04/23/2017||$50.00||From The Ramsey Family||Darwin Shaffer||04/21/2017||$25.00||Karen G Barr||04/16/2017||$150.00||Cathleen Gutekanst||04/15/2017||$100.00||Randy, I'm Emmett's aunt and we are so impressed with your commitment to this great cause. Good luck!||David Ramsey||04/15/2017||$75.00||From the Northern XC Booster Club||Anonymous Friend||04/13/2017||$10.00||Wow! This sounds like such a great cause and I am excited to support you in this endeavor. Have a safe trip and enjoy the memories which come with it.||Olivia Lang||04/12/2017||$10.00||Dennis Ward||04/07/2017||$50.00||Godspeed Randy. And, may all your hills start at the top!||Geico Philanthropic Fdtn.||04/06/2017||$100.00||Tim Ward||04/03/2017||$50.00||Good luck Randy - great cause!||Susie Pena||04/03/2017||$75.00||Your effort will be appreciate it. Enjoy it and have fun.||Davis Johnson||03/28/2017||$50.00||I lost a good friend to Lukemia recently and this is in honor of David and his family who survive him.||Mike and Karen Smith||03/28/2017||$50.00||Great Cause! Ride On! Safe Travels for you and your co-riders.||Michael & Nicole Sheedy||03/26/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Randy!! What an awesome adventure!||Geico Philanthropic Fdtn.||03/23/2017||$100.00||John Lieb||03/19/2017||$100.00||Good luck, stay safe.||Gary / Christine Svetz||03/19/2017||$186.00||Randy wishing you an enjoyable and safe journey to truly support cancer survivors so they continue their journey !! Ride for the cause Best Wishes -The Svetz Family||Ellen M Peil||03/19/2017||$50.00||Mary Cay and Greg Hess||03/18/2017||$100.00||Randy, we are so proud of you and support you in this amazing challenge! We look forward to following your journey to Portland. Go Randy!!||Mark and Julie Moore||03/18/2017||$100.00||May the wind stay at your back and the road rise up to great you!||SJ Guillaume||03/14/2017||$50.00||I'm in awe of your dedication to such a great cause, I'm wishing you good luck and a safe ride!||Keith and Liz Overton||03/14/2017||$100.00||Randy, what an amazing ride for an amazing cause! Enjoy the experience. Please share your journey with us. We are proud of you. Love Uncle Keith, Aunt Liz, Cole and Melia||Glenn Dettloff||03/13/2017||$100.00||Great cause Randy!||Anonymous Friend||03/12/2017||$100.00||Cheryl Violette||03/12/2017||$100.00||Great cause. Good luck.||John Mowchan||03/12/2017||$100.00||Thank your Randy for your selfless service to this great cause! Good luck and we look forward to hearing how things went when you get home. John and Rebecca Mowchan||Bryn Violette||03/10/2017||$200.00||Keep up the good work Randy!! Proud of you!||Joe Romagnoli||03/10/2017||$100.00||A great cause and impressive effort! Hope it’s downhill most of the way||Anonymous Friend||03/08/2017||$50.00||Ken Smith||03/08/2017||$100.00||Have a great ride!||Catherine C Lieb||03/08/2017||$50.00||Marc Anderson||03/07/2017||$20.00||Thank you Randy for giving back!||Micah & Jess Yohn||03/07/2017||$25.00||Good luck Randy! Pedal once for me!||Daniel Hughes||03/07/2017||$50.00||Andrea N Diaz||03/07/2017||$100.00||Karen Violette||03/06/2017||$100.00||We are so proud of you Randy!||Jeff James||03/06/2017||$100.00||Awesome Job Randy, Good Luck on Your Ride and Be Safe! The James Engineering Associates Team||Anderson Family||03/04/2017||$125.00||Good for you, Randy! The Anderson Family||Pat and Stanley Davis||03/04/2017||$25.00||Great cause, Randy||Michael Violette||03/02/2017||$305.00||Great cause Randy, It's great to be giving back in ways that you can. Proud of You!||Keri Fadden||03/02/2017||$50.00||GINA MILLER||03/02/2017||$50.00||Go Randy. Just pedal!||John Cheung||03/02/2017||$100.00||Way to go Randy. Great cause by a great kid!||Andrea Sharfman||03/02/2017||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||03/01/2017||$25.00||Tracey and Jim Lieb Fridey||03/01/2017||$100.00||Randy, We are so proud of you for dedicating your time to support the Ulman Cancer program and bring awareness and inspire hope for the young adults in need. Please ride safely and update us along your journey from Baltimore to Portland OR. Love Aunt Tracey and Jim.||Anonymous Friend||02/28/2017||$15.00||Keep fighting the good fight!||Annie Webb||02/28/2017||$120.00||You rock!||Mike and Jennifer Lieb||02/27/2017||$100.00||Go Randy! What an amazing experience and a good cause! We are proud of you.||Katie Frawley||02/26/2017||$20.00||William C Witt||02/25/2017||$50.00||Carli Belosh||02/24/2017||$10.00||Randy! What a great cause!||Lauren Kennedy||02/24/2017||$10.00||Way to go Randy!||Jodi Mihailoff||02/24/2017||$10.00||What an amazing ride and for such a good organization. I will be thinking of you this summer!||Tina Lieb||02/24/2017||$25.00||We are so proud of you Randy!!! Love ya! Aunt T, Uncle Henry and kids||Anonymous Friend||02/23/2017||$40.00||Anonymous Friend||02/20/2017||$20.00||Good luck, Randy. This looks like a great cause and a life changing experience.||Anonymous Friend||02/20/2017||$50.00||You are a beautiful human for doing this and my mom and I are so proud/happy to support you! Much Love.||Randy Violette||01/12/2017||$100.00|