Thomas Nesbitt's Fundraising Page
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Thomas Nesbitt's Fundraising Page
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Thomas Nesbitt is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina. In the summer of 2018, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49-day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco to Baltimore, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

What is your connection to the cancer community?

My little sister, Julia, passed away from pediatric cancer in 2016 after battling leukemia twice and finally a brain tumor all over the course of 11 years. To help honor her, I now serve on the Board of Directors for an NPO founded in memory of Julia, called Julia & Jack's Photo Shack, which works to teach photography to children at specialty camps to foster a new love or skill, or at least have a good time in the process. In its second year of operation, Julia & Jack's Photo Shack has already been awarded "Best in Show" at the COCA Conference in San Francisco.

Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

I would love to contribute to raising of funds and awareness for all affected by cancer, pediatric, young adult, or otherwise. Aside from running cross country for 8 years, I am also passionate about the subject matter and would love to spend almost two months dedicated solely to this cause in honor and memory of my sister, and all other adolescents affected by this life-ruining disease. My philosophy is that there can never be too much attention drawn to such an issue, as it only serves to help people otherwise cast toward the wayside, so I would love to add to such recognition being garnered.

ABOUT 2018 4K for Cancer

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


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Rachael Rivera 04/16/2018 $25.00 Have fun frolicking across the country proud of you!
Ellen Vanagel 04/06/2018 $10.00  
Hunter Price 04/06/2018 $10.00  
Ty Love-Baker 04/06/2018 $10.00 This is one of the most incredible and heartfelt causes I’ve seen. Keep it up! :)
Davis Paone 04/06/2018 $15.00 You got this Thomas!!
Dean Lage 04/06/2018 $10.00 Good luck Thomas!
Sona Patel 04/05/2018 $10.00 Such an awesome cause, best of luck Thomas!!!
Mackenzie Coon 04/05/2018 $20.00 Let me know when you start running, I’ll time you! So awesome that you are doing this Thomas!
Bryant Fanning 04/05/2018 $10.00 Good luck!!!
Tessa Bjelde 04/05/2018 $20.00 You’re killing it, good luck!!!!
Anonymous Friend 04/05/2018 $10.00  
Justin Farley 04/05/2018 $20.00 To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. Best of luck I know you got it!
Julia Mark 03/26/2018 $10.00 You're amazing, good luck!!!
Anna Perelli-Minetti 03/26/2018 $25.00 You're the best Thomas!
Lindsay Harden 03/23/2018 $20.00  
Alyssa Bowman 03/22/2018 $5.00 What you’re doing is incredible! Good luck and have fun!
Emma Leigh 03/21/2018 $10.00 YOU'RE THE BEST THOMAS!!!
Kate Suiter 03/10/2018 $20.00  
Jill Marshall 03/09/2018 $50.00 I'm a Gamecock mom and I'm so impressed with all the things you have done to honor your sister's memory. I will enjoy keeping up with your run this summer. You are an amazing human being.
Jill Salditt 03/05/2018 $50.00 I’m a Gamecock Mom with twin sophomore sons- what an incredible gift you are giving to your sister and to others fighting this nightmare. Best of luck on your amazing journey!!
Anonymous Friend 03/05/2018 $50.00 What an amazing journey you are on Thomas! Best of luck this summer as you honor your sister.
Deb Porter 03/04/2018 $50.00 What a wonderful way to honor your sister as well as to help others!
Samantha Pardue 02/18/2018 $20.00 Attending GS West with you was an experience that I will always remember. I have been following your story and life events ever since then. You are a wonderful person. I hope this helps you achieve your goal.
Samantha Pardue 02/18/2018 $20.00 Attending GS West with you was an experience that I will always remember. I have been following your story and life events ever since then. You are a wonderful person. I hope this helps you achieve your goal.
Jill Kasprzak 02/15/2018 $75.00  
Lara Sahoo 02/15/2018 $10.00 So much love, proud to call you my brother!
Liane Miller 02/06/2018 $25.00 Good luck Thomas!
Terri Pollack 01/28/2018 $25.00 Yayyy Thomas
Lisa Helms 01/27/2018 $100.00 Love you Thomas! Go kick some ass for Julia!
Christine Trotta 01/26/2018 $20.00 Always in our hearts.
Maddie Gillespie 01/26/2018 $10.00 You're an inspirational and incredible person.
Lynn Hoff 12/31/2017 $50.00  
Michael Brzozowski 12/29/2017 $100.00 Best of Luck on your journey. Great Cause. Briz - Psi Phi Gamma
Anonymous Friend 12/28/2017 $100.00 Good Luck!
Courtney Giel Kent 12/26/2017 $231.57 To say we are proud of you, is an understatement. We love you with all of our heart. We've said it since you were a toddler, you're destined for great things T. Now Run, Run, Run!! Love you xoxo
Rachel Simmons 12/26/2017 $10.00 Good luck Thomas!!!
Grandma Jackie 12/21/2017 $50.00 Best of luck from Jack Bowling's Grandma! Woo!
Erica Reiser 12/09/2017 $10.00 Proud to be your brother, proud of this cause, proud of you! You're awesome Thomas!!
Jennifer Schantz Mangeney 12/07/2017 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/07/2017 $300.00 Miss Julia every day and love you guys... Rock on Thomas and go for it!
Stephanie Pressler 12/06/2017 $500.00 Thomas, you are so inspiring. Wishing you all the best.
Fran Capicchioni 12/06/2017 $25.00  
Bailey Wilhelm 12/06/2017 $10.00 HBD Jack Bowling (saw your page that he shared)! Have so much fun on this journey. Love, a fellow gamecock and 4K alumn
Tonya Mayer 12/06/2017 $500.00 I met your amazing mom this weekend! She is so proud of you for honoring your sister in such an inspiring way. You are an inspiring young man! Prayers for you on this journey.
Michael Thorsen 12/05/2017 $20.00 Run fast!
Emily Anderson 12/05/2017 $10.00  
Carolyn Nesbitt 12/05/2017 $50.00 Thomas, so incredible! Really, really proud of you!! I didn’t get the Nesbitt running genes but you rock on!! Can’t wait to follow your running journey! Much love, Carolyn, Mike, & Kacey <3
Shannon McDade 12/05/2017 $15.00 go thomas ily !!
Marci Melton 12/05/2017 $100.00  
Stacy McGuire Ossowicz 12/05/2017 $25.00  
Taylor Hall 12/04/2017 $15.00 Honored to have you as a brother!
Casey Lewis 12/03/2017 $30.00 Hey Thomas, i love the cause and respect everything you are doing. Good luck my guy
Gazella Eudorcas Nanger 11/25/2017 $15.00 You may see me pounce, in great amounts, but with your eye, you catch only an ounce, of my illustrious horns, poise as thorns, unequivocally sharp like the spear of Dorne. So on you go, to and fro, chase this Gazelle, not so slow.
Peggy Cole 11/22/2017 $100.00 Love you TK!!
Stephanie Scruton 11/22/2017 $100.00  
Lauren Garziano 11/14/2017 $20.00  
Haley Dietsch 11/13/2017 $20.00 :):)
Donna Pape Marinelli 11/12/2017 $10.00 Love, Hope, Faith. Find the cure.
Elaine O’Reilly 11/11/2017 $100.00  
Justin Gill 11/07/2017 $10.00  
Mike Ponessa 11/05/2017 $10.00 Good luck Thomas. We're all behind you!
Heather Sprouse 11/05/2017 $100.00 Absolutely amazing and truly inspiring!
Mary Ellen Costello 11/05/2017 $20.00  
Turner Finnerty 10/30/2017 $10.00  
Ryan Pickett 10/29/2017 $15.00 Let's go Thomas!
Olivia Miller 10/25/2017 $10.00 Super cool that you're doing this! Good luck :)
Wilson Crone 10/25/2017 $10.00 Run Thomas run
Wilson Crone 10/25/2017 $10.00 Run Thomas Run
Katie Rosman 10/18/2017 $25.00  
Karen Rosman 10/18/2017 $50.00 Good Luck Thomas!
Mikaela Waller 10/17/2017 $10.00 Good luck Thomas!! This is amazing and so are you :)
Anonymous Friend 10/17/2017 $15.00 Good luck Thomas!! You're gunna do great!
Anthony Mello 10/17/2017 $25.00 Best of luck my man, keep doing great things!
Chris and Christina Blackmon 10/17/2017 $100.00 Very proud of you!
David Trexler 10/17/2017 $100.00 What a great way to honor your sister! -Scientific Search
Elizabeth Perez 10/17/2017 $10.00 u go thomas!!!!!
Emerson Odagis 10/17/2017 $10.00 All of Alpha Phi is rooting for you! You got this bud!
Edward Campo 10/16/2017 $50.00  
Joshua Pearson 10/14/2017 $10.00 Ily ❤️
Maura Pezzulla 10/14/2017 $10.00 Go Thomas!!!
Emily Rogan 10/14/2017 $28.43 Guess you're kinda a cool person who I guess I would like to support
Leslie Nicholson 10/14/2017 $75.00 Good luck!
Janel Moore 10/14/2017 $10.00 WOOOOO GO THOMAS
Alex Wyatt 10/13/2017 $15.00 Go brother!
Caroline Swenson 10/13/2017 $10.00  
Joel Welch 10/13/2017 $10.00 You're going to do amazing Thomas!
Ethan Lyman 10/13/2017 $10.00  
Shawn Diggin 10/12/2017 $10.00 So proud of you man!
Brandon Samples 10/12/2017 $10.00 Good luck Thomas! Your run next summer will be awesome!
Wes Porter 10/12/2017 $50.00 You the man!
Hayden Huffman 10/11/2017 $15.00 So happy to follow you on your journey this summer. Love you!
Kay O'Connor 10/11/2017 $15.00  
Anonymous Friend 10/11/2017 $25.00 Good luck Thomas!
Michelle Lair 10/10/2017 $100.00 Thomas, you rock!!!
Meredith Composanto 10/10/2017 $30.00  
Meghan Peterson 10/10/2017 $10.00 So proud of you!
Nick Nicholson 10/10/2017 $10.00 Good luck man!
Jennifer Santoriello-Colucci 10/10/2017 $50.00 Awesome Thomas!
Charles R Hammond III 10/09/2017 $100.00 Thomas,I'm So Proud Of You!
Jim & Lisa Jenkinson 10/07/2017 $100.00  
Angela Wareham 10/07/2017 $100.00  
Diane Marmann 10/07/2017 $15.00  
Erin Hall 10/07/2017 $25.00  
Thomas Nesbitt 10/06/2017 $100.00  
Kelli Thomas (RF Consultant) 10/06/2017 $50.00  
Joanie & William Lookabaugh 10/06/2017 $100.00  
Laura Eckert 10/06/2017 $50.00  
  Total $5,025.00  
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