Sophie Frank is a senior at NYU Stern. 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, 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?
Growing up I have witnessed some of the strongest people in my life be forced into physical weakness due to battling cancer. My grandmother—my role model as a feminist hero and leader in the elderly community—passed away from cancer when I was ten. This was the first time I was exposed to the way that cancer can deteriorate the will to fight of the most willful people in the world. My grandmother never gave up, but cancer still won out. My understanding of the ongoing effects of cancer continued in high school when I met one of my closest friends, Jackie. Jackie was diagnosed with cancer when she was four, but had to face ongoing side effects all the way into adulthood. Each year we would organize fundraisers together and participate in the Relay for Life event in Arlington, VA. She showed me how she carried her experience with her each day, but never let it stop her from excelling in the areas she cared about most.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
A little more than a year ago, my friend and one of the only people outside of my family who I have had the pleasure of watching grow-up, Henry Burneson, passed away from Leukemia. Henry’s courage, exuberance, and persistence during his whole life, but particularly during his battle with cancer will always serve as an inspiration to me to push myself and embrace everyday that I am healthy and capable. Biking across the country will be the perfect testament to his physically battle, mental strength, and to demonstrate that I think about him and his bright personality constantly.
This is the perfect way to honor Henry and to continue on my own journey. I am graduating from NYU Stern in May and want to round out my college experience with making some impact that is larger than myself. Particularly after a tenuous political climate sprang up over the past several months, I have had the desire to better understand both sides of the aisle in this country. I think there is no better way to understand the diverse population of the US than to meet and speak with people across the country, as I would during this trip. My business degree has provided me with important classroom learning, but there is much more learning that I wish to do after graduating about humanity.
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!
|Leslie Steinberg||06/17/2017||$100.00||Sophie, you are awesome, your dedication, passion and commitment to helping others and making the world a better place is truly an inspiration. We are thinking of you today on your first century ride. Love from all the Steinbergs!||Charles Spagnola||06/17/2017||$200.00||Best of luck on your journey Sophie!||Mario Alejandro||06/03/2017||$50.00||James Sacco||05/30/2017||$500.00||Good Luck Sophie!!!! We will be following you.||Arielle Braude||05/18/2017||$18.00||Sophie! Thanks for being such a wonderful human, teacher, role model, and friend. You rock!||Mary Sussillo||05/18/2017||$100.00||Dear Sophie, Have a great ride this Summer in honor of your friend, Henry. And thanks for letting me sleep in your bed when your Mom invited me to stay at your house for the Women's March! Fondly, Mary||Sidney Stein||05/15/2017||$50.00||Always such an inspiration! Good Luck Sophie :)||Taylor Booth||05/12/2017||$50.00||You are an inspiration!! Good luck Frank!!||Michele Canning||05/08/2017||$50.00||Good luck Soph!||Lea Sloan||05/02/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||04/29/2017||$9.82||Keep changing the world :)||Jamie Diliberto||04/27/2017||$25.00||Go, Sophie!!!||Julie and Will Saxe||04/27/2017||$50.00||Good luck!||Mickey Verno||04/18/2017||$25.00||I met your mom on Easter at my sister house. I am Lori's brother. Best wishes on your trip.||Doris Breay||04/18/2017||$50.00||have a great ride...||Barbara Holt||04/12/2017||$50.00||Sophie- Have a great ride. Barbara Holt||Mason Hitt||04/11/2017||$50.00||Go soph||Lisa Dowdell||04/11/2017||$100.00||Safe travels, Sophie. Know that you ride with our thoughts and love!||Emma, Maria and Brian Davidson||04/11/2017||$100.00||We are so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about your ride!||Anonymous Friend||04/10/2017||$100.00||Tone House Champs||04/09/2017||$264.00||Thank you to everyone who came out to support Ulman at the Tone House event this month :)||Linda McKenney||04/09/2017||$50.00||Debra E Leonard||04/09/2017||$100.00||Milagro Irizarry||04/08/2017||$40.00||Anonymous Friend||04/08/2017||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||04/07/2017||$15.00||Best of luck :)||Dennis Clark||04/05/2017||$100.00||You continue to inspire! Congrats, be safe and be well!||ANGELICA COFRE||04/05/2017||$30.00||Great cause Sophie!||Peter Kang||04/05/2017||$50.00||Schuetz's Bicycle||04/04/2017||$60.00||I'm donating a month of my bicycle commute stipend to support your ride. Bike-to-Bike support! :-) I hope you soak up every moment of this experience, even across the seemingly endless stretches of the fantastic midwest.||Brendan Downing||04/04/2017||$250.00||Rachel Sadauskas||04/03/2017||$50.00||Sophs - I cannot wait to hear about your incredible journey! XO||Steve & Catrina Moran||04/03/2017||$50.00||Sherry Kuo||04/03/2017||$40.00||you are amazing, good luck bb! <3 <3 <3||Fernando and Stacey Donayre||04/01/2017||$400.00||We can't wait to here about your journey! Safe travels!||Kim Wyant||03/31/2017||$25.00||good luck Sophie!||Anonymous Friend||03/31/2017||$15.00||GOOD LUCK!!||Will Corado||03/31/2017||$180.00||Thank you for hosting at Jukebar!||John and Robin Hoover||03/30/2017||$50.00||Good luck Sophie!!||Debbie Holzberg||03/29/2017||$36.00||What an amazing journey you are taking for a wonderful cause. Best of luck and thank you for doing this!||Mary Ann Sacco||03/28/2017||$25.00||So proud of you Sophaloaf! Such a great cause!||Isabelle Turner||03/28/2017||$15.00||You're amazing Sophie!!!!||Nichole MacVittie||03/27/2017||$15.00||Good luck!||Chelseann Christopher||03/25/2017||$20.00||Best of luck!!||Andrea Boykin||03/24/2017||$50.00||Good luck Sophie!||Cathy Hix||03/24/2017||$50.00||Sophie, Thanks for your passion. You have been impressive in all that you do. As your seventh grade teacher, i appreciated your desire to make the world a better place for others! Best of Luck. Mrs. Hix||Nancy Pilchen||03/23/2017||$50.00||Very inspiring. Hope it goes well.||Barbara J Dreyer||03/22/2017||$250.00||Sophie, Thank you for riding to support this great cause. Henry will ride every mile with you!||Barton Gumpert||03/22/2017||$25.00||Good luck to you and your friends! What a wonderful way to celebrate those you have lost! Mindy||Heather Burneson||03/22/2017||$250.00||You are so special, Sophie. Thank you for taking Henry along for the ride!||Andrea McDonald||03/22/2017||$40.00||For obvious reasons - rooting for you always.||Erin Ahmed||03/21/2017||$25.00||Big Papi L||03/20/2017||$25.00||crush it papi!!!!!!||Lora Goldberg||03/20/2017||$50.00||Amazing!! Happy to contribute :)||Little Bright||03/20/2017||$40.00||Shine Bright like a diamond ;) Good luck!||Kirsten Flicker||03/18/2017||$20.00||Craig Wroe & Dan Pelosi||03/14/2017||$100.00||Sara Lee Burneson||03/13/2017||$200.00||Beth, Gary & James Kurth||03/09/2017||$100.00||Ride Sophie Ride!||Beatrice Cozewith||03/08/2017||$50.00||Wishing you an easy bike ride and lots of wonderful things in your new life and job in San Francisco||Alan and Elaine Spitzer||03/07/2017||$50.00||Wish you the best in SF. Love and support this wonderful ride for charity that you are doing. Alan and Elaine||LYDIA GUO||03/06/2017||$100.00||David Golush||03/05/2017||$100.18||GOOD LUCK||Louis Sacco||03/01/2017||$100.00||Sophie we are all so proud of you!!! Good Luck , The Sacco Girls along w/Louie||Anonymous Friend||02/27/2017||$50.00||You're amazing, keep changing the world! :)||Eric & Heather Burneson||02/26/2017||$100.00||Thank you Sophie for honoring Henry and supporting the UCF!||Mckennah Spagnola||02/24/2017||$25.00||Love you soph, this is so amazing what you are doing!||Megan Peabody||02/23/2017||$10.00||This is an amazing thing you are doing!!! Miss you! I hope you are doing well!!! <3||Tyler Becker||02/23/2017||$50.00||Amazing! Best of luck, Sophie!||Erika Tretner||02/23/2017||$20.00||So proud of you, Soph! You're amazing!||Claire Shanahan||02/23/2017||$10.00||Go Soph!||Janet Sacco||02/23/2017||$100.00||Good luck Sophie.||Sophie Frank||02/18/2017||$100.00|