I am joining Ulman Foundation in fighting for the 72,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer every year as a 2019 GameChanger. 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.”
When you think of the impact of cancer, young adults don't often come to mind. I am working with Ulman Foundation to change that. Imagine being 17 in a pediatric cancer treatment center with chairs too small to sit in comfortably. Or being 30 in center where you are half the age of anyone else. Who do you talk to? How do you pass the time? How do you stay positive?
I lost my younger brother, Colin Haller, to melanoma when he was only 28 years old. He was fortunate to have a loving fiance and supportive family that lived minutes from Hopkins where he received treatment. But for the 72,000 young adults that are diagnosed each year (that doesn't even include young adults already living with cancer), they may not have this support. Ulman Foundation fills this gap. Their Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Patient Navigators address topics with patients in treatment like fertility options and clinical trial availability. They also provide a support network and host social events to connect young adults battling cancer. They offer free housing for patients and caregivers via the new Ulman House in East Baltimore. They think beyond diagnosis and treatment, and also offer assistance for survivors by helping them re-enter the workforce or school, and award more than 30 scholarships each year.
Programs like GameChangers and the generosity of donors like you make all this support possible. Funds raised go directly back to supporting their mission by providing the best community for these young adults. Please help me support this amazing cause and honor Colin's memory by contributing today.