I have been a part of the Ulman Foundation family for the past few years and have been involved as a Sherpa in the Cancer to 5K program, a survivor on the 2017 Point to Point team, and a volunteer/supporter of the Holiday Gift Drive (coordinating and deliveries) and Ulman House (making and serving meals). My #1 reason for being so involved is to be able to provide support to others. I want other young adults affected by cancer to know and feel that they are not alone. #givesupport #getsupport #cancerchangeslives #sodowe #JonalyneGameChanger2019
[Updates - WHYs, stories, pictures, etc. will be posted below! ]
I am joining Ulman Foundation in fighting for the 72,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer every year as a 2019 GameChanger! GameChangers directly make a positive impact on the young adult cancer community while simultaneously making strides in their professional development. As a member of this cohort, I am participating in a personalized curriculum focused on furthering my success in my career and as a dedicated community citizen.
Ulman Foundation is a Baltimore-based nonprofit whose mission is a simple, yet impactful one: “We change lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer.” Funds raised go directly back to supporting their mission by providing the best community for these young adults. Being a part of the Baltimore community myself, I feel particularly connected to their mission. Their Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Patient Navigators address topics that all patients should be aware of while undergoing treatment. Ulman also offers free housing for patients and caregivers via the new Ulman House and awards over 30 scholarships each year to young adults impacted by cancer, among other programs.
Programs like GameChangers and the generosity of donors like you make all this support possible. Please help me support this amazing cause and furthering Ulman’s mission today!
In 2014, I coordinated the Holiday Gift Drive at Mindgrub and have done so each year since then. This is how I found out about The Ulman Foundation and that one thing is what jump-started my involvement with this great organization. This year wasn't anything different except for the fact that my co-worker co-coordinated this year and she got to experience making the connection with the family and the humbling feeling you get during the drop-off. I'm glad I was tasked to coordinate this gift drive in 2014... this organization is the true meaning of Give Support, Get Support.
Being a GameChanger is the perfect way to meld my worlds together. Being a part of this program will help strengthen and broaden my leadership skills while helping to bring awareness to adolescents and young adults (AYA) affected by cancer and the need for support. I currently am a Human Resources Manager with Mindgrub Technologies and am the Principal of Halau O 'Aulani. The Ulman Foundation's cause is very near and dear to my heart because I was diagnosed with Borderline Ovarian Cancer at the age of 30. I had recurrence within the year and 2 months after my 32nd birthday, I had to have a total hysterectomy. Borderline Ovarian Cancer itself is a confusing disease -- it's "not quite" cancer... but it is. I didn't associate myself as a cancer survivor and felt guilt in those first few years after my diagnosis because "I had it easy"... I didn't have to go through chemo or radiation, I "just" had to have multiple surgeries. It wasn't until I started getting involved with the Ulman Foundation when I started to open up and accept that I am a survivor. I joined the Cancer to 5K team solely to give my support to others, and at the end of the first season, I was overwhelmed with the feeling that I too received support from them too. It was what I least expected. The Ulman Foundation provided support that I didn't expect and mostly that I didn't know I needed. During the 2019-2020 year as a GameChanger, I will provide updates on what our class is involved with and stories of my "WHYs". Please consider making a donation to my page to help support programs that directly support young adults affected by cancer. Your support is much appreciated!