Sydney Hanford is a sophomore at the Ohio State University. In the summer of 2018, she 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I have an older brother who died of cancer when he was three years old. Ever since then my life has changed because of this disease. During my freshmen year I wanted to help fight against cancer which is when I decided to join Buckeyethon, a 24hr dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer research. During the event I had the chance to talk to families and children affected by cancer which was very rewarding and enlightening.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling over 4,000 miles to represent my brother and all the other children who are fighting and have lost their battle with cancer. I want to help build a community of support for young adults and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. The chance to be apart of a team of kids my age all motivated for the same goal is very rewarding as well. I think this experience could have a major impact on not only my life, but the lives of so many others.
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!
|Morgan Formica||11/27/2017||$100.00||This is so amazing Syd! We are so proud of you! Good luck and we love you! Love, Morgan and Jules||Stacy and Erik Heatwole||11/27/2017||$100.00||Good luck Sydney! So proud of you!||Sydney Hanford||11/22/2017||$100.00|