I was introduced to the Ulman Foundation organization through my work at Sagamore and our commitment to provide donations to events, and most recently volunteering to prepare a meal together for occupants of the Ulman House.
I was driven to this organization, as I come from a non-profit experienced background. I lost my Aunt to breast cancer at the young age of 38 in 2006. Her journey through four years of diagnosis, chemo, radiation, remission, and re-diagnosis… took a toll to say the least. However, I will never forget how hopeful and positive she remained through it all. She continued to educate myself and the rest of her nieces, and remined us of the importance to help others in similar situations. From the beginning of her breast cancer journey to present day, my family and I have been heavily involved in breast cancer organizations. Over the past 16 years, I have raised over $75,000 to help support breast cancer organization such as Susan G. Komen Maryland, in my Aunt’s memory and name.
I have been committed to helping this community for what feels like my entire childhood at this point. As I have grown up, I have continued to research organizations to help support, to get more involved in volunteering, and to work with my family and friends to get them involved.
My aunt never went through her battle alone because she had a solid support system to lift her up and help when needed. Because of this, I want to continue to work in my community to provide young people going through these struggles and heartaches with the same type of support my aunt received.
At the age of 26, I am realizing more than ever that cancer does not discriminate by age or race and can affect us in some of our most vulnerable moments. I feel that it is my duty, and the duty of those around me, to stand up and help in any way that we can.
I feel so fortunate to have my prior experiences and a voice in my community and in my occupation to provide my peers with the education and resources needed to move forward and continue making a difference in the community.