We are so humbled and grateful for the amazing level of support so many individuals have put forth to support this year’s 24 Hours of Booty – riders, volunteers, sponsors and the community as a whole. Although disappointed by the cancellation this year due to the pending hurricane, we fully support Booty’s decision to not compromise the safety of the riders and commend them on making this difficult decision. In the face of this adversity, we continue to be inspired by the spirit and generosity of all of you! Rain or shine, ride or no ride – because of your efforts the fight against cancer is strong and will go on.
Countless hours of training, fundraising and making cancer a priority in our community over the past several months has already made this event a huge success. Since 2007, the Ulman Cancer Fund has received over $200,000 in donations from Booty riders that have helped fuel our Patient Navigation program expansion. Your efforts and these funds will enable us to reach and help more young adults and families facing cancer.
This year alone, your fundraising efforts will enable us to sustain and grow cancer support programs in our community enabling us to reach an estimated 1,000 recently diagnosed young adults in local cancer centers. Last year we were able to help 250 recently diagnosed cancer patients and thanks to your efforts we will be able to quadruple this impact.
Thanks to 24 Hours of Booty, UCF Cancer Support Program growth includes some of the following:
• Expanding our on-site Patient Navigation Program from University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center to three additional cancer centers in Baltimore/Washington Metro Area: Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center
• Awarding college scholarships to 15 young adults seeking higher education whose lives have been impacted by cancer
• Growing Cancer to 5K, a free 12 week 5K training program for cancer survivors, from Virginia to Howard County and Baltimore
Furthermore, your efforts will benefit the work of one of our partners and a leader in the global fight against cancer, LIVESTRONG. Since 2000 we have worked collaboratively with LIVESTRONG by establishing the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance to improve the quality of life and care for young adults facing cancer. With 200+ Alliance members working nation-wide on the young adult issue, substantial progress has been made in this area. Game changing Initiatives like this one would not be possible with out events like 24 Hours of Booty.
Thank you for making a difference through your support of 24 Hours of Booty and the impact it has on the young adults we serve.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults