My name is Kathy Shaw, and I'm a 24 year old living in Cambridge, MA and working full-time at an ALS gene therapy startup. You can find me in my downtime climbing at my local climbing gym, or at Rumney.
On May 31st, 2020, national circumstances allowing (fingers crossed!), I'll be heading west to San Francisco from Baltimore, MD to raise awareness and money for the Ulman Foundation. The 4K for Cancer program is actively monitoring the conditions with regard to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As of now, 4K for Cancer is on schedule to depart for our 4,000+ mile journey across the country.
➤ What's my connection to the cancer community?
I don’t have many firsthand experiences with cancer, for which I consider myself incredibly lucky. I did, however, spend two years over at the Mass General Cancer Center working as a research technician in a lung cancer lab. While working there I met a former patient and lung cancer survivor named Diane Legg. The grit and selflessness Diane demonstrated in the face of cancer made a lasting impression on me, and I hope through 4K for Cancer I can make a similar impact for young adults living with cancer.
➤ Why am I cycling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
Three reasons: I love the outdoors, I love adventure, and I have a deep desire to do good. Ever since graduating college, I've been looking for meaningful ways to positively impact the world, and I've always thought that contributing to the improvement of public health is a key way to do so. Having lived my entire life on the East Coast, I've also always wanted to see more of the West. Simply put, the 4K is an adventure with a mission, and the mission makes the adventure that much more meaningful to me.
I would sincerely appreciate it if you could support me in any capacity.
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.