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Billy Wright

Billy Wright

A journey from coast to coast for cancer

February 27, 2015

Billy Wright, a senior marketing major, will push his own personal boundaries when he embarks on a cross-country bicycle ride of more than 4,000 miles from Baltimore to San Diego to support the fight against cancer beginning May 31.

In early February, Wright was accepted to the 4K for Cancer San Diego team. 4K for Cancer is an Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults program to raise awareness, unite communities across the country and inspire hope in those with cancer that one day there will be a cure.

“I am graduating in December, and I want to do something really awesome with my last summer before entering the real world,” he said. “I heard about the opportunity from a friend that did the ride last summer, and I felt like it was something I should do.”

This cycle challenge is also significant to Wright because he has a personal connection to the cancer community. His grandfather passed away from pancreatic cancer when his father was 19-years-old, and his maternal grandfather fought and beat prostate cancer in 2005.

“I was more of a runner before, but I’m getting more into cycling. I’ve also always wanted to make a coast-to-coast trip,” Wright said. “Being able to support young adults affected by cancer makes this dream more impactful than I could have imagined it to be.”

As a part of the journey, Wright and the other 30 members of the team reach out to patients in hospitals and hospice organizations along the way. The team will also host educational programs in towns and communities they cycle through along the way.

In addition to this coast-to-coast adventure, Wright has also accepted the challenge of raising $4,500 by late May 2015. A small portion of this money will go toward the trip, but the majority will go to the Ulman Cancer Fund.

“I am super excited for the ride, but also very nervous, but it’s not so much about the physical part. I just don’t want to disappoint anyone,” Wright said.

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