Hi! My name is Sonia, and I was diagnosed in 2018 with an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma during my second semester as a graduate student at Georgetown University. After finishing my first treatment, I relapsed within months and was on track for a stem cell transplant—until I relapsed again. Fortunately, I was able to receive CAR-T immunotherapy.
Now in remission, I have been helping other cancer patients by assembling and donating cancer care kits. Kits to Heart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to bring smiles and solidarity to those affected by cancer—one kit at a time. Especially after receiving a care package from a former patient and feeling so inspired, I wanted to pay it forward. Being able to share my story and working to help other patients have helped to help readjust to life. It reminds me of how far I have come.
I am joining Ulman Foundation in fighting for the nearly 90,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer every year as a 2020-21 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!