Welcome to my 4K for Cancer Fundraising Page!
I am honored to travel with a group of young adults next summer on a 70-day bike ride across the country. Along our 4,000+ mile journey, we will be raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating a community for young adults impacted by cancer. We will also have days committed to serving other cancer communities at different centers throughout the country.
What is my connection to the cancer community?
At 23 years old, my mother was diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer. As an active, healthy, young adult who was working two jobs at the time and about to start PA school, she was stunned by her diagnosis. The only sign she had towards cancer was a small bump on her neck the size of a pen cap. Thankfully my mama’s cancer was caught in time and she underwent surgery and radiation treatment before the cancer spread to distant locations.
Hearing the hardships my mama endured as a young adult makes me incredibly grateful for my health, as I am 23 years old myself. I choose to push my physical limits and do something impactful as my health is never guaranteed.
Why am I traveling 4,000 miles this summer with 4K for Cancer?
Dedicating miles for loved ones faced with physical and mental hardships began during my fourth half marathon in 2018. While the miles I have endured do not compare to the pain my loved ones have been impacted by, the small act of writing a name on my arm gave them hope that their suffering will heal.
4K for Cancer seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue my action of dedicating miles for others afflicted by illness. As an aspiring physician, I want to surround myself with like-minded individuals who have a desire to make an impact on those affected by cancer. Through the power of stories and communication, I hope to learn more about the difficulties faced from cancer and what my future patients may experience. I want to be part of a community committed to healing pain through compassion and solidarity rather than just treating disease.
Thank you for supporting me, the Ulman Foundation, and the cancer community.
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.