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My 4K for Cancer 2020 Fundraising Page

Brianna Desharnais

Brianna Desharnais

Please help me support Ulman Foundation by making a contribution to my fundraiser and sharing this page with your family and friends. Every dollar I raise will advance Ulman Foundation's great cause! Additionally, you can ask me how you can get involved too.

Together, we can make a difference!

Go check out my blog that I will be updating throughout my fundraising and my running journey:

My Connection to the Cancer Community:
In my service with the Medical Career Exploration Program (MCEP) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I received the opportunity to become a medical volunteer on the oncology unit. In my time on this floor, I assist nurses, make connections with family members, and even provide music therapy for patients. One of my main jobs is connecting with patients and making them feel at home.

Being on the palliative section of radiation oncology is a great experience, however many of the patients are sent to this floor to be comfortable in their last days. Although patients only reside on this floor for a few days at a time, there are always a few individuals who stay on this floor for a couple of weeks. It is always difficult to watch someone whom I had deep connections with sign the DNR forms. Erasing these patients’ names on the hospital doors after a few weeks of interactions and connections is always the hardest part of my job.

It is through my service that I realized my deep connection with the medical and cancer community. I have found that I wish to continue the research on cancer and carcinogenic environmental pollutants. I hope to combine these ideas and my experiences with the cancer community when I become a doctor.

Why I Want to Run the Ulman 4K:
When I was a sophomore in high school, I decided to transition from a sprinter to a long distance runner. I’ve never been happier.

I started with the 800 meter race, then I transitioned to the 1600 and 3200 meter races. I was also a member of the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800 meter relay races, competing in all three events at state championships during my senior year. While I could have run individual events, I found that I loved being part of a team. A team is what my leg of the race is worth running for.

Going into college, I joined the Simmons University field hockey team. This team dynamic has been so much different from high school, and I love the connections I have made with all of my teammates. However, when the season ended in November, I decided to continue training for even longer distances, hoping to be able to run a marathon during my time at Simmons. In my training, I found that as much as I love running by myself on the Charles River, I miss my team. I miss running with people I care about.

I want to be a 4K runner because I want to be part of a team that carries each other across the country. I want to be part of a team that makes an impact. I want to be part of a team that raises one million dollars for cancer.


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.

Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser this Tuesday from 4:00-9:00 pm to bring it home! Only $275.29 before I reach my goal! Come support :)


Huge shoutout to Bonnie Brooks-Burroughs and Nancy Griffin for putting together this amazing fundraiser for me! Please submit your holiday decorations and come celebrate at the Freedom Town Hall on December 22nd! Thank you!


Update: I raised $400 through my ice cream social/iced coffee sale. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to my cause!


Thank you to Scott Stearns of Thibodeau's Ice Cream Distribution for providing me with ice cream for my ice cream social tomorrow! Please come support me at Freedom Elementary on 08/09/2019 from 9:30-3:00 for muffins, iced coffee, and ice cream. Hope to see you there!


Thank you to Thrivent Financial for donating $250 to put towards 4K supplies and my fundraising efforts! They also supplied me with thank you cards, notebooks, t-shirts, and banners for my events!


On the 4th of July, I held a bake sale fundraiser for the 4K for Cancer! I set up in the gazebo at Settlers Green in North Conway, New Hampshire from 10 am - 3 pm. I then went to the Tamworth Fireworks and sold the remainder of my goods from 6 pm - 9 pm. I had generous donations from: Big Dave's Bagels - Crumb Cake Leavitt's Country Bakery - 4 Dozen Doughnuts Old Village Bakery - 2 Dozen Cookies, Coffee Cake Melissa Brown - Snickerdoodles Drum roll please... I raised $379.02! This puts me at just over $1330, which is 30% of my goal of $4500! Thank you to everyone who offered their support, even if it was just a few kind words in passing. My trip across the country next summer could not be possible without you!


Come buy 50/50 raffle tickets at Settlers Green on July 4th to support the 4K Foundation! There will also be delicious baked goods and Leavitts Doughnuts for sale!


Thank you to the Shannon Door Pub in Jackson, NH for sponsoring a Dine to Donate on January 2nd, 2020, for the 4K for Cancer 2020!


raised of $4,500 goal

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Flatbread Fundraiser
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3. NGNancy Griffin
How fun that I won something at the pizza night ! Thanks !
4. Brianna Desharnais
Checks from Shannon Door Fundraiser
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