William Hennessy is a senior at Boston College. In the summer of 2017, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Cancer has been a part of my life and my loved one's life since I was born. From friends, to family members, and friend's parents, I grew up with memories of hospital visits and making extra portioned meals. Often times, I was too young to even understand the full reality of the situation. More recently, my grandmother has been battling cancer and will be riding for her. Cancer is pervasive into all communities, and it can impact anyone.
Why are you traveling over 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Through pushing myself physically, emotionally, and mentally this summer, I am hoping that I can be in solidarity with the ride that cancer patients embark on everyday. Hoping build community with my fellow teammates in order to strengthen the drive for fighting, treating, and fundraising for cancer.
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!
|Rita Kirby||06/23/2017||$100.00||Amazing journey! Amazing cause! Amazing Will!||Harrison Miller||06/07/2017||$100.00||Enjoy your summer, Will! I cannot wait to hear about the experience when you've finished, and am so glad to see you doing this for such a great cause.||Mags Wagner||06/06/2017||$50.00||Good luck Will peddle hard||Kira Godfred||06/04/2017||$100.00||You rock Will!! Keep on inspiring.||Suzanne Brannan||06/04/2017||$100.00||Congrats Will! Keep Peddling!!||James Hennessy||06/03/2017||$50.00||congrats on graduating and good luck||Dianne Wallace||06/03/2017||$200.00||Sue DeFranco||06/03/2017||$50.00||Amy Chapman||06/02/2017||$50.00||Go Will Go! Be well, stay safe, and remember that you are well loved.||John Glynn||06/01/2017||$50.00||LT4, Will! Just remember this gem from Jens Voigt: "SHUT UP, LEGS!"||Alex Flynn||05/30/2017||$10.00||Love you!! Good luck!!||Dana DeFranco||05/30/2017||$25.00||Love you||Liz Holman||05/30/2017||$15.00||I love you so much. Listen to a lot of Phil Collins.||Molly Shields||05/23/2017||$15.00||You go Will! So proud <3||Peter Swiderski||05/18/2017||$35.00||Enjoy the ride and stay safe and dry.||Friends Modstock||05/07/2017||$60.00||Donation from: Molly Wolfe, Meagan McKenzie, Olivia Spadola, Kiara Lum, and Molly Collins||Katherine Howard||05/07/2017||$10.00||Go Will! Can't wait to hear more about this||Catharine Keeffe||05/07/2017||$10.00||Good luck! You are such an amazing person, so happy I can call you my senior year prom date!||Grace Petro||05/07/2017||$20.00||WILL! You rock my rocks off. Good luck with your butt rash to come.||Jackson Bowers||05/07/2017||$20.00||Fundraising is hard! Go Will!||Emi Omick||05/07/2017||$20.00||Are you still mad at me?||Tina Paige||05/05/2017||$20.00||Abby Muscarella||05/04/2017||$20.00||love u will!!! proud of u!!!||Elizabeth Burt||05/02/2017||$100.00||Good luck Will! Safe travels!||Maria & Chris Phelps||04/28/2017||$50.00||Matt Phelps||04/24/2017||$20.00||Isra Hussain||04/23/2017||$10.00||<3||Olivia Spadola||04/20/2017||$20.00||Keep being you||Olivia Hussey||04/19/2017||$15.00||You are so amazing!! Thanks for all that you do xx||Lin Moran||04/19/2017||$20.00||yes u friggin GO, WILLIAM||Anonymous Friend||04/19/2017||$10.00||the friend$quad is supportin ya||Courtney Roggekamp||04/19/2017||$25.00||Killin it, per usual, Will! Good luck!||Emily Franko||04/19/2017||$25.00||You help me stay inspired!!! Love you!||William Reik||04/19/2017||$15.00||GO WILL||Lauren Nilles||04/19/2017||$15.00||keep going go getter!!!||Brooke Bartlett||04/19/2017||$10.00||Go Will! Can't wait to follow your journey, you're incredible. :)||The Franko Family||04/19/2017||$100.00||Kathleen & Bradley Hennessy||04/18/2017||$200.00||Hope your courageous adventurous spirit is contagious and inspires others to push themselves to help themselves and others. Love to you.||Lisa, Peter, Andrew and Brooks Hennessy||04/14/2017||$500.00||GO WILL GO||David Hennessy||04/12/2017||$200.00||James Hays||04/10/2017||$100.00||Good luck||Pieter A Catlow||04/10/2017||$100.00||Doug Murphy||04/06/2017||$100.00||Tom Ayoub||04/06/2017||$100.00||Be safe.||Hennessy Family||04/06/2017||$250.00||Bob Gibbons||04/06/2017||$100.00||Good luck!||Kevin Hennessy||04/06/2017||$200.00||Hope you have a wonderful trip this summer.||Harrison Besser||04/05/2017||$20.00||Skip Proctor||04/05/2017||$100.00||Gary Besser||04/05/2017||$100.00||Have fun Will! Send photos||Michael Abbott||04/05/2017||$250.00||Michael Svagdis||04/03/2017||$50.00||Kit Clemente||04/02/2017||$20.00||You're an inspiration, Will! Keep up the amazing work!||Connie Brown||04/01/2017||$100.00||Fantastic Will, wishing you a speedy trip!||Toni-Ann Vittoria||04/01/2017||$100.00||Congratulations for having the courage to take this on and make a change! All the best on your journey.||Elizabeth Nimmons||04/01/2017||$15.00||Good luck, Will!||Jean McKinney||04/01/2017||$100.00||Olivia Hompe||04/01/2017||$20.00||Wishing you the best of luck in your travels, high school gym teachers can't tell you nothing.||Hannah Bowlin||03/31/2017||$30.00||GO WILL YOU ARE AMAZING!!||Marianne Kay||03/31/2017||$25.00||Here is to wishing you all the best in yet another amazing challenge that will help support a good cause! Good luck Will!||Lisa Popper||03/31/2017||$100.00||Good luck!!||Teri Valentine||03/31/2017||$100.00||Quite admirable, Will! From your mom's friend Teri||Will Hennessy||03/29/2017||$100.00|