Sophia Garber is a Senior at SUNY Geneseo. 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 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 been involved in Relay for Life for the past 7 years. I am involved with SUNY Geneseo's Colleges Against Cancer for 3 years and have had numerous friends and family affected by cancer. I am constantly inspired by the strength and courage I have seen in those whose lives have been changed by a cancer diagnosis.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I have seen the impact people can have when we come together to do something amazing. I am so excited to take this journey and see what we can accomplish. I want to bike across the country to raise awareness, to make connections and to honor all of those who have won, lost or are still fighting their battle with cancer. I think this is the perfect opportunity to combine my love of biking and my desire to give back! I am SO excited to have the opportunity to raise money, make a difference, and bike 4,000 miles :)
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!
|Laura Dolan||08/19/2017||$15.00||Love you Soph!! So proud of you and I am so excited to see you! You are unstoppable!!||Susan Illowsky||08/17/2017||$50.00||Congratulations!||Karen Lynch||07/27/2017||$150.00||Thank you for honoring my dad today. My family appreciates all of your efforts.||United Health Group Employee Giving Campaign||07/14/2017||$100.00||Diane Alden||06/25/2017||$200.00||This is in memory of Ida who died this month. Ida was a good and loyal friend who made it to age 96. She would have been pleased to contribute to Sophia's efforts to provide support to those dealing with cancer.||Madonna Pund||06/24/2017||$50.00||It was our pleasure to host you on your journey. What an inspiring young woman you are. Wishing you a safe journey and success in your future endeavors. Love, Chris and Madonna Pund||Alisa Cohen Barney||06/23/2017||$25.00||One more donation came in from the KLS class!||Alisa Cohen Barney||06/19/2017||$150.00||Kathy Tonkovich||06/10/2017||$25.00||Hi Sophia, You are such an amazing young woman! Your ride across the US for people who's lives have been affected by cancer is SO inspiring!!! Sending lots of love, hugs, and positive energy to you as you complete you journey! XO||Gregory Lindner||06/04/2017||$25.00||Good Luck from Michelle's parents||Robert Bonfiglio||06/04/2017||$50.00||Sophia's selflessness is inspiring! Good luck!||Murphy's Bar and Grille Slade||05/29/2017||$367.00||Jackie Stone||05/28/2017||$25.00||Mike Reed||05/27/2017||$50.00||I said I'd do this 7 months ago, but whatever. Congrats Sophia, I'm so proud of you!||Joan Pirie||05/27/2017||$50.00||Robert Mellman||05/27/2017||$25.00||From Janice, Bob, Max and Sammy. Impressed that you are doing the ride and impressed that you've exceeded your fundraising goal!||Anonymous Friend||05/26/2017||$155.00||Murphy's venmo||Anonymous Friend||05/26/2017||$15.00||Rexford Fund Inc||05/26/2017||$200.00||Yorktown Grille||05/25/2017||$365.00||JIM KENT||05/25/2017||$25.00||Great ride--I admire your courage and determination!||Anonymous Friend||05/24/2017||$175.00||Ian and Nina's donations||Chervin Family||05/22/2017||$25.00||What a wonderful and exciting trip. Keep your eyes ahead and enjoy the scenery.||Anonymous Friend||05/20/2017||$25.00||Andrew Herman||05/17/2017||$50.00||Wish I could be riding with you! Good luck and keep pedaling.||Peggy Gottschau||05/13/2017||$25.00||Thank you for your support of those fighting this terrible disease. You go girl!||Kelliann Benson||05/11/2017||$20.00||Ride like the wind! Enjoy every mile - even the most difficult ones.||Anonymous Friend||05/07/2017||$65.00||Anonymous Friend||05/04/2017||$314.00||Cookie and Idle fundraiser||Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.||04/28/2017||$100.00||BRYAN DENNIE||04/27/2017||$50.00||Eric Agosta||04/27/2017||$100.00||Good luck kiddo!||Sabrina Bieloski||04/27/2017||$50.00||Honey Girl Gormet||04/26/2017||$50.00||Mark Broomfeild||04/26/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||04/26/2017||$130.00||Union Fundraiser||04/24/2017||$55.00||House Show Venmo||04/24/2017||$78.00||Anonymous Friend||04/21/2017||$180.00||Uma Natarajan||04/20/2017||$3.00||Riley Sessanna||04/18/2017||$20.00||Goodluck Sophia!!||Anonymous Friend||04/17/2017||$25.00||James Marks||04/12/2017||$15.00||Go, Sophia!!||Patricia Young||04/10/2017||$20.00||What a wonderful selfless act - to bring awareness and donations for a worthwhile cause. I wish you a safe and wonderful experience. I thank you for your effort and motivation and I ask you to hug your dad for me. He is one of the most talented writers I've ever met. Breathe Deep, Think Peace, Patty||Sandra Parrott||04/07/2017||$25.00||Hi Sophia, Your Dad is in my poetry group. We think what you're doing is wonderful. Best Wishes, Sandra||Amanda Hughinkiss||04/07/2017||$12.00||Debra Jaret||04/06/2017||$50.00||Bina Shevin||04/05/2017||$25.00||Go, Sophia!||Andrew Geller||04/04/2017||$25.00||Marie Davis-Williams||04/04/2017||$20.00||Good luck to you! Great cause.||Judy Garber||04/03/2017||$10.00||Great idea.||Dave Wasser||04/03/2017||$25.00||William Clements||04/03/2017||$50.00||Good luck! Your parents must be very proud of you.||Mick Kennedy||04/02/2017||$25.00||Lewis Miller||04/02/2017||$50.00||Shannon Bol||04/02/2017||$100.00||Hey Sophia - friend of Cycle Craze & live in MD. Big supporter of Ulman. Represented them through Team Fight at a race last year. Hope to be able to meet you at the 4k send off in Baltimore.||Joshua Lang||04/02/2017||$50.00||Bob Peters||04/02/2017||$50.00||Have fun!||Anonymous Friend||04/02/2017||$131.00||Basketball Fundraiser/stickers||Diane Alden||04/02/2017||$100.00||Thanks for doing this Sophia. Such energy, such courage, such commitment! May this be a very productive, effective and enjoyable journey. My very best wishes will go with you.||Lori & Michael Barr||04/02/2017||$25.00||awesome, sophia! have an incredible trip!||Anonymous Friend||03/31/2017||$28.00||Laura Dolan||03/31/2017||$12.00||LOVE YOU SOPH. Sorry I couldn't make a physical appearance at your awesome bike-a-thon!||Bike A Thon||03/31/2017||$248.00||JD Page||03/31/2017||$25.00||Kristina Barsema||03/29/2017||$20.00||So proud of you!||Patrick Yee||03/28/2017||$2.38||Go Sophia!||Patrick Yee||03/28/2017||$6.73||Venmo Challenge||03/27/2017||$175.00||Andrea Klein||03/27/2017||$25.00||Go get em Sophia!||Emily Verhaeg||03/26/2017||$5.00||Ryan Cash||03/26/2017||$10.00||Chip & Sarah Matthews||03/25/2017||$50.00||Congratulations - what a way to give back and dedicate time after graduation!||Alysa Bowling||03/25/2017||$10.00||You are so amazing Sophia! Good luck!! :)||Taylor Gerner||03/25/2017||$10.00||Gabriel Birkby||03/24/2017||$10.00||Alexis Mynio||03/24/2017||$20.00||Olivia Wilcox||03/24/2017||$10.00||Kristen Czerwinski||03/24/2017||$50.00||love you lots. Congrats on all your amazing accomplishments. You make mamma proud||Ashley Bonner||03/24/2017||$10.00||wooo good luck!||Alpha Chi Rho||03/24/2017||$620.00||alpha chi rho||Leah Greene||03/24/2017||$10.00||This is for my amazing Godfather and loving Aunt. I will love you both forever||Justin Wingenroth||03/24/2017||$20.00||Paul Garing||03/24/2017||$20.00||Good luck Sophia!! :)||Michelle Lindner||03/24/2017||$10.00||Andy Hogan||03/24/2017||$10.00||T-shirt Campaign 1||03/23/2017||$380.00||T-shirt Campaign 1||03/23/2017||$380.00||T-shirt Campaign Fundraiser||Anonymous Friend||03/22/2017||$40.00||Sticker & Cookie Fundraisers||03/14/2017||$183.00||Sophia Garber||03/10/2017||$29.00||Kendall FitzGerald||03/09/2017||$10.00||Best of luck on your journey Soph!!||Erica Del Priore||03/07/2017||$50.00||So proud of you, Sophia! You're a rockstar. Good luck on your ride :) - The Del Priore Family||Anonymous Friend||03/05/2017||$50.00||Jessica Battaglia||03/05/2017||$20.00||You are amazing! Good luck Soph!||Anonymous Friend||03/02/2017||$35.00||Emma Daley||03/01/2017||$3.00||:)||Aneek and Dan!!!||02/28/2017||$20.00||Good luck on this amazing journey, Soph!! You're incredible! Love, Dan and Aneek||Antonia Maric||02/21/2017||$15.00||Sophia you are amazing! Miss you and proud to call you my friend :)||Izak & Joan Breslauer/Pirie||02/13/2017||$50.00||Renee Coscia||02/08/2017||$10.00||Way to go Sophia! We wish you well on your journey.||Megan Roberts||02/07/2017||$20.00||Love you!||Noel Kropf||02/07/2017||$50.00||Cindy Powers||02/07/2017||$100.00||Good luck with your ride. What a wonderful way to raise awareness.||Anonymous Friend||02/06/2017||$5.00||Mike Eddi||02/06/2017||$10.00||Lindsey Ubeda||02/06/2017||$40.00||So incredibly inspired by you Sophia, I'll be supporting you from a far the whole way! Love you!||Marina Massaro||02/06/2017||$20.00||Wishing you the best of luck, Sophia!||Ali O'Connell||02/06/2017||$30.00||You have always been doing big things since I've met you!! So proud of you<3||Susan Mordecai||02/06/2017||$50.00||Sophia, offering you support brings great joy. May you be healthy and strong as you ride for a great cause.||Emily Ellmann||02/06/2017||$10.00||I'm so proud of you, Soph!! You're going to help change the lives of so many people through this!||Marissa Berry||02/01/2017||$5.00||For the sticker!||Jack Travers||02/01/2017||$4.99||For riding your bike 4,000 miles||Anonymous Friend||02/01/2017||$2.02||:)||Anonymous Friend||02/01/2017||$.68||;)||Tyler Dowd||02/01/2017||$25.00||Melissa Marullo||02/01/2017||$25.00||You're so incredibly inspiring and determined and dedicated and amazing!! I love you so much!!!!||Renee Katafiaz||01/30/2017||$10.00||SOPH!!!! You are so amazing!! I wish you the best of luck on this amazing journey and I know you are going to make a huge difference!!!!||Danielle Hartnett||01/28/2017||$20.00||You're amazing Sophia!! Miss you tons!||Steven Kirsh||01/23/2017||$108.00||Good luck Sophia!||Frankie DiRienzo||01/22/2017||$5.00||Olivia Wilcox||01/20/2017||$20.00||Sophia--enjoy the ride! So proud of you :)||Rachel Winter||01/19/2017||$10.00||You never fail to inspire and amaze, Sophia! Safe travels and good luck! Make sure to pack plenty of JR melts for the road <333333||Alexis Annitto||01/19/2017||$25.00||Good luck, Sophia! Thank you for riding for such an amazing cause!||Erica Doherty||01/19/2017||$10.00||Hi Sophia!!! Currently writing this as you are sitting behind me in class LOLS. I love you, you are wonderful and I'm so proud of you and this incredible thing you are doing!||DJ Peters||01/19/2017||$25.00||This is awesome! Best of luck!!||Kayla Ryan||01/18/2017||$25.00||THIS IS AMAZING!! Good luck, Sophia!||Anna Carbone||01/17/2017||$10.00||Thank you for riding for this amazing cause. So proud of you!||Rose Carbone||01/14/2017||$25.00||Members Of Hilltop Hanover Jam||01/11/2017||$120.00||Go Sophia!!!||Harry Bolick||01/09/2017||$50.00||Jim Garber||01/04/2017||$200.00||Ride on, Sophia! Great cause!||Michael & Karen Rossi||01/04/2017||$100.00||Beautiful fundraiser! Good luck and have fun biking the country! -Kozlark and Rossi Family||Paul Sutera||01/03/2017||$250.00||Good Luck Sophia- It will be the trip of a lifetime. Thank you for making the effort for such a great cause. Drs. Nancy & Paul Sutera||Malerie Simon||12/20/2016||$50.00||You are awesome! Have an amazing journey||Tami Horowitz||12/19/2016||$85.00||Here's getting you to $1000. So proud of the young woman you have become.||Austin Simon||11/29/2016||$20.00||Go Sophia! Sorry I couldn't donate more. This is amazing!!!||Marissa Berry||11/17/2016||$10.00||Best of luck Sophia! I'm so lucky to know such an incredible, brave, and selfless person. Good luck on this amazing journey! I have no doubt you'll reach your goal. Love you! <3||Kaylee Weitz||11/16/2016||$15.00||I am beyond proud to know someone as passionate, ambitious and selfless as you, Sophia! Best of luck, I hope you reach your goal!||Anonymous Friend||11/11/2016||$100.00||Sophia thank you for your caring and efforts for this wonderful cause. Mr. and Mrs. Sherry||Emily Bressner||11/11/2016||$10.00||So proud of you Soph!!! This is awesome!||Galletti Family||11/11/2016||$50.00||You are such an amazing person who is doing wonderful things with your life!! So proud of you.. good luck Sophia!!||Taylor Drysdale||11/07/2016||$10.00||good luck!||Pat Schories||11/06/2016||$50.00||GO! Sophia! Such a good cause!||Sophia Garber||11/06/2016||$100.00||Nicole Bergamo||11/02/2016||$20.00||Sophia you are amazing - miss you, love you! <3||Ashtyn Megariz||10/11/2016||$15.00||Sophia, I am so glad that our paths have crossed and that I have been able to get to know you in just a short amount of time. I think you are the most selfless person I have met in a VERY long time and know how much this means to you. I am sorry it is not much but I hope it helps. I made the donation in memory of my grandma who lost her battle in 2011 and I know she will watch over you as you make your journey. Congrats on this opportunity and I hope it is everything you expect it to be and more.||Rexford Fund Inc||09/30/2016||$200.00||Lisa Alcott||09/28/2016||$100.00||You go, Sophia!Unfortunately, we have too many "in honor/memory" people to list. LOVE.||Amy Dobson||09/25/2016||$5.00||Good luck!!||Josh Stone||09/25/2016||$25.00||You rock, Soph! Good luck with fundraising and your ride.||Lauren Galimi||09/25/2016||$10.00||Proud of you! Good luck!!||Brianna Forgione||09/25/2016||$10.00||GOOD LUCK SOPH!! You're amazing. Miss you so much!<3||Vincent Laroza||09/25/2016||$25.00||You can do it! You will do it! Good luck sophia||Sarah Hershey||09/25/2016||$40.00||You're amazing Soph <3 I have so much love, respect, and admiration for you for a multitude of reasons! Here's a penny for every mile :) Best of luck, and kick some major butt!!!||Sophia Garber||09/21/2016||$100.00|