Sam Heater is a junior at Clarkson University. 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 San Francisco, CA raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
When my mom was 14 years old, her father passed away from lung cancer. Throughout high school and college, she worked many jobs at once to support her family and put herself through college, all while dealing with the death of her father. More recently, a middle school friend of mine passed away at just 19 years old from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He and his family started a non-profit, Blast Glioblastoma, to raise money for glioblastoma research. His courage and relentless positivity serves as a reminder that even in the worst of times, we can always make the best of everything.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
It’s always been a dream of mine to bike across the United States. Until recently, it seemed like a pipe dream, reserved for those few who can do the extraordinary. Now, though, I realize that if I am committed, I can do anything I put my mind to. It’s my mission to spread that message to everyone I can, especially those who need it most.
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!
|Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hooper||06/04/2018||$500.00||Karin Wolford||06/01/2018||$50.00||Best of luck and thank you for riding 4k for Cancer. Enjoy the ride my friend! Safe travels.||Kathy McMaken||06/01/2018||$50.00||Having lost many friends and relatives to this horrific disease, and I, myself being blessed to be a survivor, I think it is so admirable for you to be making this trip!!! God bless you, and be sace!!!!!||Marcy Wilcox||05/31/2018||$25.00||Sam- Good luck on your ride. I can't wait to hear about it and see pictures. Enjoy! Marcy||Susan Brown||05/30/2018||$25.00||Have fun and be safe, Sam!||Linda Medves Lester||05/30/2018||$50.00||Way to go Sam. Such a worthy cause.||Leigh Atkins||05/29/2018||$150.00||Have a GREAT time!||Kim Gaebelein||05/15/2018||$250.00||What an amazing thing to do to fight this awful disease. Ride like the wind, Sam! Ride for Uncle Denny, who we lost to colon cancer last year, and for our cousin Alicia, who is bravely fighting the battle against breast cancer.||Tom King||05/14/2018||$30.00||Best wishes for the ride Sam. May the wind be at your back when you need it most.||Kate Mikel||04/23/2018||$25.00||Thank you for your efforts to support this amazing cause Sam!!!||Georgena Austin||04/22/2018||$100.00||Thanks for doing this, Sam! Good Luck!||Billie & Henning||04/22/2018||$700.00||Wow! You're mom and dad must be so proud of you. You're lucky to have the support of a loving mom and dad. We wish you success in your travels.||Richard Donnelly||03/31/2018||$1,000.00||Hubach and Associates||03/29/2018||$500.00||I know you will ROCK this Sam! Safe adventures my friend...but I will miss riding with you this summer! Gretchen||Ann & Mark Helfrich||03/25/2018||$250.00||Giving the gift of your whole summer break to this cause is an amazing gift. Proud to know you (thru your awesome mom).||John Wood||03/23/2018||$560.00||Brad Hain||03/21/2018||$50.00||Good luck Sam. Enjoy the amazing adventure ahead of you!||Wendy O'Connor||03/17/2018||$50.00||Beating brain cancer right now! Thank you for joining this cause!||Chipotle||03/16/2018||$300.33||Keith Morris||03/13/2018||$200.00||Wishing you good health, safety and great adventure for you and your entire team. This is an incredible commitment Sam.||Marvin Pflaum||03/13/2018||$100.00||Good luck, Sam.||Jerry Hammar||03/13/2018||$50.00||Enjoy the ride Sam!||Alexandria Caliguire||03/06/2018||$25.00||Amanda Bartel||03/01/2018||$20.00||Thank you for being so passionate for this cause. Good luck and have fun on your ride!||Shereen Boyer||02/26/2018||$250.00||Sam-Thanks for doing this. I love that you are both doing good and chasing an adventure st the same time. I lost my Dad to pancreatic cancer and I can hear his voice saying “Make the most out of today”. Congrats on making the most output of your summer. Good luck.||Dr. Joseph Blanda||01/25/2018||$500.00||Sam, Joe would be so proud of you. See his video on "giving back", at www.BlastGBM.com. You are the perfect example of what he believed in.||Robert Vogel||01/22/2018||$100.00||I retired from OTS just before you entered. I was Joe B.'s advisor during 7th grade. I lost my brother to pancreatic cancer. His daughter rode in Pan-Mass Challenge (2 days 192 miles) for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I will be in the Adirondacks this summer. Funny all these connections. Good Luck Sam!||shelley burch||01/02/2018||$25.00||Good luck, Sam!||Tim Clepper||12/18/2017||$500.00||Ride hard!||Jeffrey Cassell||12/17/2017||$100.00||Go for it||Dale & Elizabeth Brackin||12/15/2017||$200.00||Joseph Sakr||12/15/2017||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||12/14/2017||$50.00||Sam - Great to hear you are doing this ride and for a worthy cause. Take lots of pictures to share!||Mark Van Den Ham||12/14/2017||$100.00||Yoel Ben-Avraham||12/14/2017||$10.00||Lisa Modelski||12/01/2017||$50.00||Great Cause||Julie Miller||11/30/2017||$25.00||So proud of you Sam! My dad passed away from colon cancer so I'm truly on your team in spirit! Julie Miller, Old Trail School||Great Clips Of Hudson||11/30/2017||$50.00||Such a great undertaking...we wish you the very best of luck!||Ross Agnor||11/29/2017||$25.00||Your campaign does you credit. Have a great ride. Good Luck, Sam!||Jerry Hammar||11/29/2017||$50.00||David Nolin||11/29/2017||$100.00||Michael & Heidi Coburn||11/28/2017||$25.00||Have a great ride and so great what you are doing.||Janet Heater||11/28/2017||$100.00||We're proud of you Sam. Good luck. Train, train, train!||Lorna Swisher||11/27/2017||$50.00||Jeanna Matthews||10/19/2017||$25.00||Thanks for doing this Sam!||Anonymous Friend||10/09/2017||$10.00||Neil Nuzum||10/06/2017||$50.00||Sam Heater||10/05/2017||$20.00||Thanks to the Clarkson SHAC!!||Karen & Tony Collins||10/04/2017||$100.00||We admire you and thank you for your efforts to fight cancer.||Danielle Piontkowski||10/03/2017||$25.00||I know it's not too much, but ya know, college. anyways, good luck, so proud of you!!||Wendy O'Connor||10/03/2017||$50.00||Love this!! Good luck!||Jerri & Tom Heater||10/03/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Sam!||Sam Heater||10/02/2017||$100.00|