Shawn Heyland's Fundraising Page
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Shawn Heyland's Fundraising Page
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 Shawn Heyland is a student at The University of New Hampshire. In the summer of 2019, he 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 Foundation.

What is your connection to the cancer community?

Throughout my life, I have met many people who have been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, and remember their stories. I remember classmates who have lost a parent or another family member to cancer. I remember my high school friend being diagnosed at an age that seemed far too young for cancer to strike, yet it did. I remember those who used to share holiday dinners with my family who are no longer with us. The list tragically seems to go on and on. My closest connect is my grandfather who has been diagnosed with prostate, bone, and lymph node cancer.

Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?

I am riding 4,000 miles this summer for many reasons. Ulman Foundation is an amazing non-profit organization that provides support and community for young adults impacted by cancer. I want to help support their cause and those affected by raising funds for cancer victims and their families. I also want to show my support by spreading awareness across the county over the course of those 4,000 miles. I see this journey as a tribute to all of those I know who are or have been affected by cancer. Another goal of mine is to inspire others to take action and make a difference in the lives of others and the world around them. In a world so big, we can often times feel small and insignificant as individuals but I want my journey to challenge that mentality. By riding those 4,000 miles, I want to be proof that we can all have a positive impact on the world, no matter how big or small our efforts. I'm looking forward to the challenge of going above and beyond my comfort zone. I never imagined I'd be riding my bike across the country and I hope I inspire others to set out on similar journeys of their own. No matter how big or small, we are all capable of making a difference.

ABOUT 2019 4K for Cancer

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


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Robert Janukowicz 05/29/2019 $40.00 Best wishes Shawn. Good luck on what will prove to be a great adventure for a good cause!
Kendall Gray 05/17/2019 $14.26 Best of luck Shawn! I hope you have an amazing time this summer! I look forward to following your journey and hearing about your trip once you come back to New Hampshire! ☺️
Shawn Heyland 05/17/2019 $100.00 100% goal met! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated. Together we have raised so much for a great cause!
Shawn Heyland 05/16/2019 $100.00 Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa!
Kevin Barton 05/16/2019 $25.00 Awesome job Shawn.
Kristen Deisering 05/16/2019 $75.00 Proud of you! Have fun!
Carrie Sterrer 05/16/2019 $30.00 In honor of my warrior who is not just a survivor but a thriver!
Teresa Patashnik 05/15/2019 $25.00 You are an inspiration, Shawn! Thank you for your dedication to this cause. Good luck on the ride and enjoy the adventure.
Sherry Strohmeyer 05/13/2019 $50.00 So inspired by your spirit Shawn! This is going to be an amazing, life changing experience for you! Enjoy every moment! I’ll be watching for updates
Andrew Gagne 05/12/2019 $25.00  
Emily Walker 05/12/2019 $25.00 Have fun, Shawn!!
Joanne McNair 05/12/2019 $200.00 We couldn't give to a better cause.I will never forget those words, "Your husband has cancer." You will make lifelong friends on that trip and we are so proud of you.
Kelly Gray 05/12/2019 $200.00 Ride strong and enjoy the journey.
Heather Hentiksen 05/07/2019 $50.00 Good luck, Shawn! Proud of you! Henriksen family
Deb and Glenn Lauersen 05/07/2019 $50.00 You will gain so much this summer by giving so much of yourself for others. ❤️
Thomas A Clifford 05/05/2019 $50.00  
Parker Gray 04/25/2019 $50.00 Shawn, I am soo excited for you to take on this adventure!! It will a summer to remember! Enjoy every moment and every mile :)
Jim Hope 04/24/2019 $100.00 Good luck Shawn! Safe Travels.
Kathy Reckendorf 04/24/2019 $150.00 Good luck with this amazing challenge!
Lisa Kilawee 04/24/2019 $30.00 Best of luck
Austin Gallant 04/20/2019 $20.00 I'm super excited for you and the summer you're about to have! Keep up the good work! I'm here for any questions! -PDX '18
Eric Shell 04/20/2019 $1,000.00 Let the wind be at your back and rubber side stays down.
Suzanne Cyr 04/07/2019 $50.00 My April & May ($25) donation! Good luck son.
Shawn Heyland 04/01/2019 $53.74 T-Shirt Sales Part 1
Donna C Aceto 03/28/2019 $80.00  
Shawn Heyland 03/27/2019 $20.00 Thanks Erin! + dog walking
Shawn Heyland 03/27/2019 $15.00 Thank you, Sarah!
Shawn Heyland 03/27/2019 $25.00 Thank you, Anantha!
Marlene Hamilton 03/15/2019 $50.00 Proud of you for doing this!
Lisa McCarthy Collins 03/13/2019 $100.00 Best of luck Shawn. We are very proud of you!
Neil Heyland 03/12/2019 $200.00 Proud of you Shawn
Nancy DePaola-Merrill 03/11/2019 $10.00 Good luck and thank you for doing this event.
Suzanne Cyr 03/01/2019 $25.00 March (monthly) donation: Every little bit moves you one step closer. A step forward is a step in the right direction.
S. Aulson 02/15/2019 $55.00 Good luck on your bike trek. Make sure to posts some of your awesome pics I'm sure you'll take along the way.
Kimberly & John Torpie 02/14/2019 $150.00 You got this kid! Enjoy the ride and show this world all the goodness that is you!
Lori McPherson 02/14/2019 $100.00 Thank you Shawn! Good luck throughout the trip!
Lori Dantz 02/13/2019 $100.00  
Krista Wesley 02/02/2019 $100.00 I am so very proud of you, Shawn! You truly are amazing! You are capable of great things!
Ally Heyland 02/01/2019 $75.00 Way to go Shawn! Proud of you for making a difference, can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back :)
Suzanne Cyr 01/31/2019 $25.00 My February donation to get you up and over the $800 mark. Keep up the good work(s).
Peter Gray 01/23/2019 $100.00  
Rustem Gode 01/22/2019 $100.00 Thank you for Doing the ride Be Safe!!
Maria Frederick 01/20/2019 $100.00 Go get em Shawn!
James Peters 01/08/2019 $20.00  
Neal Fillmore 01/06/2019 $50.00 Shawn, Keep us posted in your progress. This is a noble cause and a lifetime adventure. I will look forward to seeing some incredible pictures from your adventures!
Helen Tierney 01/04/2019 $25.00 Best of luck, Shawn!
Suzanne Cyr 01/03/2019 $25.00 Monthly donation of $25 to push you toward your goal. I believe in you and in this cause!
Shawn Heyland 12/16/2018 $42.00 Thank you, friends and family, who donated!
Kevin Barton 12/03/2018 $50.00 Good luck Shawn . Proud of you !!!
Traci Heyland 11/27/2018 $50.00 Much love to you!
Lizzie Shell 11/27/2018 $10.00  
Claudia & Jeff Murray 11/27/2018 $100.00 So excited for you to take on this challenge!
Suzanne Cyr 11/17/2018 $100.00 In honor of those diagnosed with cancer and those who will some day be told they have cancer: Stay hopeful.
Lizzie Shell 11/16/2018 $25.00 HAVE FUN!
Shawn Heyland 11/08/2018 $100.00  
  Total $4,540.00  
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