Talya Stocksdale is a Senior at Newberry College. 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 Portland, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I have been very fortunate in life not to have been directly affected by someone with cancer. However, I have witnessed the struggles that close friends have endured. Cancer is a devastating disease that affects family and friends involved just as much as the person who is diagnosed. Knowing that there is no definitive cure can and will make recovery more strenuous. For these reasons and many others, I feel the need to honor those who have lost their battle or have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as those who have faced the disease and are still fighting. By “paying it forward” I hope to make a difference in those I meet along the way.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I first heard about 4K when a family friend did the ride in 2013 followed by my brother in 2014. Ever since then, I have followed blogs of those on the ride or run in order to show my support for what the Ulman Cancer fund is doing. This summer, my family was able to host Team Baltimore when they came through Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Getting the chance to meet and talk to everyone on the team was the deciding factor. Since I am graduating college in May, I finally feel like this is the perfect time to show my support.
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!
|Paul Stultz||07/03/2017||$20.00||Frank Bachmaier||05/28/2017||$50.00||We love you and very proud of you! Xoxo uncle Frankie and aunt Nicole||Don Will Sr||05/18/2017||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||05/16/2017||$10.00||Nancy Rosenwald||04/17/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||04/16/2017||$25.00||Great way to start your new journey after college!||Frederick Zobel||04/14/2017||$305.00||Go Tally. We hope that you will have a GREAT time on the trip. Stay safe. Love you Oma & Opa||Linda Hood||04/13/2017||$25.00||Hope you have an amazing ride. You are doing something so meaningful for all these young adults! Very proud to know you!||Becca Eddy||04/12/2017||$30.00||I'm so glad that another Newberry graduate is joining the 4K family! It is an amazing experience. Enjoy every moment, it's life changing! :)||Rebecca Mardesich||04/11/2017||$25.00||Kick ass!||Jeff Cartzendafner||04/11/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Talya!!||Bridget Hilder||04/11/2017||$100.00||So proud of you Talya. It has been so much fun watching you grow into the beautiful woman you are today. Have the best trip ever!!!!||Bob & Jean Calvert||03/18/2017||$100.00||Safe travels, Talya! We love the Stocksdale family!||Denise LaBarre||03/18/2017||$20.00||Best of luck, Talya! So proud of you.||Nathan Crofts||03/18/2017||$100.00||Pam Hicks||03/17/2017||$50.00||Good Luck to you Talya. What an awesome opportunity!||Holly & Rick Cheicis||03/16/2017||$105.00||You're amazing !!||Quinn Poyneer||03/16/2017||$5.00||It has been so long since we've seen each other, but I hope you remember me (though my pronouns have since changed). Bike on; and as many others are saying, you've got this!||Bonnie Barsa||03/15/2017||$50.00||In honor of my nephew and Godson who is currently fighting leukemia. Good luck Talya and safe travels!||Kristy Brecht Jackson||03/15/2017||$25.00||Good luck!||Courthouse Activity Board||02/28/2017||$370.00||Sigma Sigma Sigma||02/27/2017||$35.00||Rolando Alvarenga||02/24/2017||$25.00||Go Team Portland! :)||Dawn Loetz||02/24/2017||$35.00||Morgan Hilder||02/23/2017||$15.00||Jim & Angie Harvey||02/21/2017||$100.00||You Got This! We are so Proud of you and can't wait to read your posts and follow you on your Awesome Adventure!!||Dawn Blake Singer||02/20/2017||$50.00||Talya, We are so happy for you and are proud of you and all your accomplishments. Looking forward to following you on this new journey. Keep chasing your dreams!||Patrick Smith||02/20/2017||$20.00||#whatdaveandkerrisaid #lubeisfriendnotfood||Nora Simon||02/19/2017||$20.00||Cindy Compton||02/16/2017||$50.00||I admire your tenacity! You go girl!||Jennifer Smith||02/13/2017||$100.00||Julie Falzon||02/13/2017||$50.00||So glad you're going on this adventure for a really important cause - hope you have lots of tailwinds and downhills along the way!||Edith Cartzendafner||02/13/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Talya!!!||Vicky Geoghegan||02/09/2017||$5.00||Denise C. Toney||02/08/2017||$25.00||Kimberle A. Early||02/08/2017||$20.00||Monique L. Wilson||02/08/2017||$5.00||Stephen A. Sutton||02/08/2017||$5.00||Philip Grant||02/04/2017||$150.00||Have a great time and may the wind always be at your back! Will be looking forward to the updates!||Amanda & Michael Reynolds||02/04/2017||$100.00||So proud of you!||Lisa Andrew||02/04/2017||$100.00||Keep up the good work, so proud of you!!!!||Mike & Brandi Smith||02/04/2017||$100.00||Good luck, and have a great time!||David & Kerri Morris||02/02/2017||$200.00||From Kerri - "yo ass gonna be lookin' fine girl" From Dave - Have fun! Run fast!||James Judd||01/31/2017||$100.00||Patricia Gretsinger||01/24/2017||$50.00||Best Wishes Talya you got this!!!!||Tyler Stocksdale||01/14/2017||$100.00||Some advice: be safe, keep your butt cream handy, and don't forget your feet are stuck to your pedals!||Liz Caldwell||01/11/2017||$20.00||Thank you so much to you and your family for hosting Team Baltimore 2016. Good luck this summer and let me know if you need anything!||Anonymous Friend||01/09/2017||$1,100.00||Isaac Harris||01/07/2017||$10.00||Julie Evans||01/06/2017||$25.00||What a wonderful adventure you have ahead of you! I look forward to following you & your success on Facebook!||Katelyn Lavrich||01/06/2017||$50.00||Have the adventure of a lifetime!!!! and make Tyler insanely jealous ;)||Andre DiPaola||12/26/2016||$20.00||Good luck!||Caitie Runyon||12/19/2016||$27.00||A dollar for every Team Baltimore runner you and your family welcomed this summer! Thank you so much for your hospitality and best of luck next summer! You're going to LOVE IT. Can't wait to follow all your 4K updates!||Donna Loudon||12/07/2016||$100.00||Good luck Talya!||Jennifer Smith||12/07/2016||$100.00||Super proud of you!!!||Elwood Jones||12/07/2016||$20.00||Trevor Duffy||11/30/2016||$20.00||good luck with you ride across America and what a great reasoning Behind it.||Schuyler Hughes||11/24/2016||$25.00||I'm so excited for you to experience the 4K first hand. I loved getting to know you and your family this summer and I'm really happy I get to see you all again at send off! Happy Biking and see you in June:)||Anonymous Friend||11/20/2016||$13.00||Jeff Wicker||11/18/2016||$25.00||Shayna Buffalow||11/03/2016||$25.00||I'm so happy you decided to be apart of the 4k! Running across the country was so live changing!! I hope you have the time of your life and enjoy every second!! Good luck.||Connie Bertram||11/02/2016||$100.00||Very proud of you Talya!!!!||Barbara Goldstein||11/02/2016||$50.00||Talya Stocksdale||10/28/2016||$100.00|