In the summer of 2020, I'm going to be running from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco, California to raise money and awareness for young adults with cancer through 4K For Cancer - a program under The Ulman Foundation.
During my first summer of 4K, a saying that my team all came to love and that holds a special place in our hearts is, “I get to”. I started writing it on my hand each day of running as a reminder that I get to run up every hill, I get to laugh with my teammates during silly van rides, I get to live a cancer-free life. This is one of the many reasons I want to embark on this journey for a second time.
Every person is impacted by cancer in some shape or form - that’s one of the biggest things I learned on 4K. To be able to physically pursue change in this field is something that will never cease to amaze me. I’m running this summer because of how my life has been affected by cancer, to continue to give back to this organization that has given me so much, and for all of the strong and resilient people who are fighting this horrible disease.
Last summer, I ran in memory of my grandparents, Cynthia and Mike. While my miles will always be dedicated to them, I’m also running for all of the amazing people I’ve met throughout this journey; for the incredibly generous hosts, for the courageous survivors I’ve met, for those putting up incredible battles, and for Team Baltimore 2019 who showed me what dedication truly is.
One time last summer, a teammate and I were running in a heat index of 110 degrees. We were at the very end of our leg before realizing that there was a huge hill right before the van was waiting to pick us up. Before we climbed the hill, she reminded me to look down at my arms and legs and remember who I was running for - which at the time was a close college friend. Then she said, "this hill is tough, but cancer is tougher". That's when it hit me; I am able to climb that hill. Being healthy is a privilege. I am lucky enough to live a cancer-free life, and if I am able to run, then I am going to run for those who don't have those same abilities.
I would not be able to experience this journey if it wasn't for my supporters - so thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this, thank you for encouraging me to push myself, thank you for donating to a cause so near and dear to my heart. Thank you. If you are able to and feel compelled, please donate here. Your donation will change lives!