My name is Cassidy Dunn and I am from Exton, Pennsylvania. I am a sophomore at Elizabethtown College.
I lost my grandfather and close family friend, Bill, to cancer. My grandfather passed away before I really got a chance to meet him. Bill became the grandfather I didn't get to meet. He loved me and took pride in my accomplishments, all while putting a smile on my face every time I got to see him. Towards the end of his time in the hospital, seeing him became almost impossible for me. He wasn't the same, the cancer made smiling difficult. I didn't want to remember him like that, but rather the happy man he had been before cancer had taken over. I wish I could see him one last time reading his book over the lake in Maine.
Before this, I didn't realize the impact cancer has on so many people. I know so many families experience this pain with loved ones and I want to fight back. Through the Ulman foundation, we can and I can help people my age who are struggling with cancer. Even if that includes giving them a small smile, I want to be able to help.
When I learned about 4k, I knew it was something I wanted to do. I did research on the program and cancer for young adults until I was able to apply. Knowing that there are 72,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer every year makes me want to help make a difference.
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Being able to serve others and help others to smile is always on my heart. Thank you, without you, this wouldn't be possible!
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.