Hello! Thanks for checking out my fundraising page :)
This summer I will be running from Baltimore to San Francisco with other young adults for 49 days, a journey of over 4,000 miles! We will be running with the Ulman Foundation, working to raise support, money and awareness for young adults who have been impacted by cancer.
While I’ve always loved running and exploring different parts of the US, my main motivation to be involved in the 4k isn’t based off of the miles we will cover or the places we will see. I am inspired to run the 4k because when I was 17, I fought my own battle with cancer.
When I was in my senior year of high school I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Through being diagnosed with cancer at such an age I learned a lot about the unique barriers that young adult cancer patients face. There are few treatment centers geared towards young adults; ones specific to their cancers and therapies. When going through treatment I felt isolated from my peers as being a high schooler with cancer isn’t really seen as the norm. At such an age I was also old enough to be fully aware of how these treatments although curing me of my cancer, may impact my health negatively down the road.
I’m really excited to be working with the Ulman Foundation because they specifically support young adults facing cancer. They work with patients not only during treatment but also into survivorship or end of life care; helping patients throughout the entirety of their journey. The Ulman Foundation addresses the unique problems that young adult patients face and provides a support system that gives hope and stability at a difficult time.
My fundraising goal is to reach $6,000 by May 1st of this year. Please consider donating to my cause; any donations big or small would be so appreciated and mean the world! Your generosity can make a huge impact in someone’s life by helping to foster a community that stands behind patients during treatment, and life after treatment.
I’m so so excited about this!
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.