My dad, who adopted me when I was 8, passed away last February after battling multiple myeloma for four years. My dad was a huge influence in my life—he helped to give my life stability, and provided me with all of the basic resources I needed to grow into the strong-willed woman I am today. Unfortunately, the way cancer has touched my life is neither uncommon nor unusual. Most of us either know someone who has battled cancer, or have battled it ourselves. This is why I’m partnering with the Ulman foundation and running over 4,000 miles from coast to coast this summer. In the same way that my dad provided me with resources, Ulman provides resources to young adults with cancer. Since I am fortunate enough to be in good health, by running with the foundation this summer I am pledging to help Ulman raise the funds to sustain these vital programs, which range in scope from providing housing for patients, to awarding scholarships to those impacted by cancer. This experience will be incredibly challenging but endlessly rewarding, as I get the opportunity to visit with and serve cancer patients in communities across the country. Please consider donating to my campaign—every dollar counts! I am tremendously grateful for any and all support that I receive.
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.