June 4, 2014
A team of cyclists made their way through Charlottesville Wednesday, all to help raise awareness for a group of cancer patients who are sometimes overlooked.
The 31 college-aged riders are biking across the United States to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Administrators at The Emily Couric Cancer Center say young adult cancer patients are diagnosed at a time in their life when they are trying to plan for their future.
"They may be going off to college, they may be going off to a trade, they may be earning a living, they may be thinking about starting a family. These are all new beginnings for out-patients in that age group, and when they get a diagnosis on cancer, their world is turned upside down," said Jody Reyes, administration for cancer services at the University of Virginia Cancer Center.
The Charlottesville pit stop, where they volunteered at the Emily Couric Cancer Center was just day four of the 70 day, 4,500 mile trek.
"We had one seven mile stretch yesterday of misery, these hills were insane, you'd get over one, you think you would be done at there would be six more ahead of you. We had our water stop, and you could see the euphoria on everyone's face as we dove onto the grass," said cyclists Audrey Zahlis.
This year's ride has raised $850,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.