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Peter Watts

Peter Watts

I don’t know if I actually broke the bones in my feet after the first day, but it felt like I did.

That Sunday in August of 2018 also felt like one of the hottest I’d ever experienced in Maryland.

After day one of an endurance campaign walking and biking 329 miles across the state of Maryland the pain was unreal. Limping only made things worse.

I remember laughing to one of my teammates who asked how I was doing.

“Well, everything from the waist up feels fine.” Was my strained reply.

Day one stated in Wisp. A week later we were on the beach in Ocean City, MD.

The team was raising money for a nonprofit providing supplemental services for children with cancer. Being perfectly honest I didn’t have a connection to the cause when I started. I was more focused on the challenge of crossing the state.

It didn’t take long for that to change.

Soon, I met some of the kids we supported. I met their families. We connected. We cheered their successes. Their good news impacted everyone on the team.

It wasn’t too long until bad news came. A reality of supporting those battling cancer is that not everyone has a good outcome.

In the summer of 2020 we heard news that three of the kids we supported the previous year were no longer with us. Ive had a few gut punches throughout my life, but I’ll remember getting that news forever.

2020 was rough for a lot of people. We weren’t sure if we were going to carry on with the annual event but after receiving that news we knew we had to carry on with the mission. We put together a smaller team and carried on with considerations given everything that was happening in the world.

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After that 3rd year fundraising for the kids I found myself compelled to do more. A month later I embarked on a solo ride of 418 miles in four days brining in $30,000 for cancer research.

Almost immediately upon returning home I started crafting another solo campaign. I identified a local organization providing a free summer camp for children with cancer.

In the summer of 2021 I completed a solo ride of 500 miles brining in nearly $40,000 for the camp.

My mission became more than just raising funds. I wanted to be more involved with the beneficiaries. The camp has earned a special place in my heart. I have had a number of opportunities to stop in and meet the kids.

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The Hustle is the most recent evolution of my philanthropic dreams. I felt myself hitting the limit of what I can do by myself. I needed to be a part of a team to have more of an impact.

Partnering with The Ulman Foundation, Respite Retreats, and The Horizon Day Camp has been a dream thus far. Everyone involved in this project is dedicated to service. The three organizations have a unique set of offerings for the cancer population but ALL of them have the right heart and skillset to be highly effective.

We have crafted this team event to support those battling cancer.

The only thing that’s missing is you.

ULMAN FOUNDATION

Each year more than 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including social isolation, fertility preservation, insurance concerns, delayed diagnosis, and survivorship.

The Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman is able to provide free services and resources for the young adult cancer community through programs that focus on patient support services, housing, survivorship, and scholarship. Learn more about young adult cancer and our impact here.

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