On September 21, I’m strapping on boxing gloves and stepping into the ring at Fight Night Baltimore to support young adults going through their own bouts with cancer. As an Everyday Hero, I am committed to training, becoming a USA Boxing sanctioned fighter, and raising awareness for this amazing cause. As a culmination of my efforts, I will go rounds against another “mover and shaker” of the community in front of a packed crowd at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ulman Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates a community of support for adolescents and young adults impacted by cancer. They provide a variety of services and programs for these young adults, such as the brand new Ulman House! Ulman House offers free housing for patients and their caregivers as they undergo treatment in the Baltimore area, providing a short commute to four local hospitals. The Patient Navigation Team address concerns specific to young adult patients, like fertility preservation, financial assistance, survivorship programs and the transition back to school or work. Ulman also awards over 30 scholarships each year to young adults impacted by cancer!
Supporting these young adults is important to me, and this is why I have chosen to become an Everyday Hero. Help me support their fight against cancer by donating to my page and contributing that extra one-two punch to knockout cancer!
More about Jamie:
“She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.” This phrase is tattooed on Jamie’s arm, and there is perhaps no better way to describe her than as a lion among wolves. As a mother, businesswoman and now an Everyday Hero- Jamie is a force to be reckoned with. She is President of Adeo Advocacy, a public affairs firm in Baltimore, where she works with corporate and non-profit organizations and their leaders to impact public policy, build and communicate brand strategy and deliver broad awareness and education campaigns.
Jamie’s advocacy and passion reach far beyond the walls of Adeo. This September, she will step into the boxing ring at Baltimore Fight Night as a USA Boxing sanctioned fighter to benefit the Ulman Foundation and its mission to support young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. A former Division 1 athlete, she admits that boxing is outside of her comfort zone - but something she’s come quickly to love. “After my first workout with Jake the Snake at Baltimore Boxing, I couldn’t move for 3 days. Then I went back begging for more.”
As thrilled as Jamie is about boxing, she matches that enthusiasm and excitement for what it means to be a woman fighter - in and out of the ring. As a speaker and fierce advocate for women leaders, she revels in breaking through stereotypes of how women in business and women athletes should present themselves. “I think people appreciate my authenticity.” With a huge grin and laugh, she shares “It’s really empowering to sit in a room of fortune 100 leaders - all men in suits - and share my thoughts on corporate communication strategy in jeans and arms full of tattoos.”
Her badass spirit and spunk will make Jamie a force in the boxing ring. As such, it seems her latest endeavour hasn’t exactly shocked her friends and family. “No one is surprised. But everyone thinks I’m crazy. In fact, with the exception of my mother - I bet more than a few people are excited to see me get punched in the face.” Her message to her opponent? Just one word: “Train.”
Donations and ticket sales made to Jamie’s Everyday Hero page will benefit the Ulman Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting young adults and their loved ones throughout their cancer journey. Each year, over 72,000 young adults aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer. The needs of this population vary greatly from their older or younger counterparts, and are often left unmet by standard hospital treatments and services. The Ulman Foundation is making strides to close this gap through providing patient navigation services, scholarships, and support to these young adults with the help of individuals like you. Help support the young adult cancer fight and take a jab at cancer by purchasing your tickets to Fight Night or donating today!