Every year, 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer. I recently learned that statistic and kept thinking about how that is enough people to fill M&T Bank Stadium… each and every year. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to these young adults lately, and those in my own life affected by illness, and reflecting on their courage in the face of a life-changing diagnosis. Their bravery motivated me to become an Ulman Foundation GameChanger and I’m so proud to introduce as many people as possible to their work.
Since 1997, Ulman Foundation has been creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. This is a time young adults should be pursuing education, starting their careers, and building relationships and families. With a cancer diagnosis, their focus can quickly turn to feelings of isolation, loss of independence, lack of social support, and financial strain.
Ulman Foundation has touched the lives of over 8,000 young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. Their programming includes things like:
Patient Navigators: Navigators work on addressing many unique barriers adolescent and young adult patients face, like fertility preservation. Their work has helped 1,500 patients get fertility preservation covered by insurance.
Free Housing: Baltimore has some of the country’s best hospitals for cancer treatment and in recognition of that Ulman House opened in the winter of 2019 to provide free lodging for young adult cancer patients and their caregivers seeking treatment in the area.
Cancer to Exercise: Exercise has been proven to be a positive addition to cancer treatment. Ulman Foundation offers a free Cancer to 5K training program and to date 395 cancer survivors have crossed the finish line.
Where YA Meet: This is a monthly social get-together for young adults who are currently in treatment for cancer, post-treatment, or living with long-term disease, so no one fights alone.
As a GameChanger, I have been asked to raise $3,000. If you believe no one should face illness alone, that housing should not be an obstacle to getting the best treatment, and support groups should be easily accessible this is how you can help:
Make a generous donation TODAY! (I'm pledging $100 a month through April 2020!)
Connect me to other individuals who are passionate about supporting cancer patients.
Introduce me to business contacts (big or small) who would be open to providing financial support or sponsorships.
And even post this donation page on your own social networks!
So let’s connect and figure out how we can continue directing resources to Ulman Foundation, an amazing source of support for young adults fighting cancer.