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My name is Benjamin Nurthen. I am a 21-year-old member of Team Teton, dedicated to supporting cancer patients by donating my summer, my health, my energy, and my money.
In addition to being a runner for Team Teton, I am currently a musical theatre student, actor, singer, writer, and musician. As of recently, I would also consider myself an athlete. I found my way into fitness during college, after substantial weight loss, and a struggle with disordered eating.
While in high school, I weighed in at just about 300 pounds. I was frustrated with my appearance and general self-consciousness. I was ignorant to nutrition, to exercise, and ultimately ignorant to how impermanent the inhibitions set upon me were. Between my first and second semesters of Freshman year, I reached 175 pounds. That's a total of 115 pounds lost. I have since found such pleasure in learning about the human body, about nutrition, about fitness, and how to help people feel as best as possible! The very first step on my weight loss journey, though, was quite literally the beginning of a run. Now, running is what I do best. It's the best way I know how to contribute to a cause as universal as cancer-patient support!
I am running for my Aunt Patience, who lost a shocking brief battle with cancer in 2016. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the support system of my family and community in every way. The truth is, I was fully capable of grieving and accepting the loss of my aunt, because my support was already so stable. But what about the families of those that are facing a myriad of stressors in addition to a battle with cancer? Who is there to support them?
I'm running to support them for all the times no one else could or would.
I am so confident that as a group we can crush this fundraising goal, and send our team from Baltimore to San Fran like the wind. We just have to think and act like ants:
Work together to become exponentially stronger.
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.