I am so grateful for the experience I had on POINT TO POINT, October 5th – October 12th and so honored to be named a GAMECHANGER by the Ulman Foundation!! My fundraising efforts are not over and a big thank you in advance for reading more about each of the initiatives I have been participating in. I am extremely passionate about the work the Ulman Foundation does to support young adults battling cancer and their dedication to create a world in which no young adult has to endure cancer alone. Thank you in advance for your financial support as I strive to support the Ulman Foundation and leave a legacy of my own to honor my Mom.
POINT TO POINT was a week-long journey down the east coast, to bring awareness, inspire, and help support the great work being done by the Ulman Foundation. I had the honor of traveling with a team of survivors, current fighters, and supporters from Locust Point in Baltimore to the Southernmost Point in Key West, FL. We ran anywhere from 3 miles to a ½ marathon in between driving down the coast, visiting cancer centers, and supporting others as we all shared our connections to cancer.
GAMECHANGERS are young professionals going above and beyond. They’re successful at work, committed to bettering their communities, and are leaders among their peers. Each fall, a committee reviews applications and nominations to select the most deserving young professionals and recognizes them for their efforts by declaring them GameChangers. GameChangers agree to support Ulman’s mission by serving the young adult cancer community and raising funds to support vital free programs for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer.
MY WHY – MY MOM
Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been affected by cancer – whether that be someone who is currently fighting, fought and beat, or lost their battle to cancer. My personal experience with knowing, witnessing, and sadly losing someone to cancer is what defines my strength, ambition, and drive – my WHY.
As part of having a “lead the way” mentality that started at a young age, I have always been very ambitious. That ambition has provided me with a level of maturity beyond my years, however my unwavering strength reared its head the day my Mom told me she had been diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). And again, when my Dad shared, he too had been diagnosed with cancer (survivable thankfully). At 23 I experienced losing my role model and best friend – my Mom.
The loss of my Mom was a pivotal moment in my life as it put fuel to my ambitious fire. My Mom was a doer. A nationally recognized award-winning CVS pharmacist, an amazing Mother, Wife, Sister, Friend, a Co-Founder, and so much more. The role on that list of accomplishments that has been my driver to do all I can to support those battling cancer is Co-Founder. While fighting terminal cancer, she co-founded an organization along with fellow patients undergoing the exact same exhaustive fight and feeling of isolation one has when dealing with a cancer that is not survivable. She left a legacy. A legacy that will be known for years beyond my own because it is one that will hopefully lead to a longer life for people diagnosed with MBC.
My Mom is my WHY in life, but my WHY behind participating in multiple upcoming Ulman Foundation initiatives. Over the last 10 years without my Mom I have found I am determined to leave a legacy of my own. Why? Because I can, when not everyone is granted the opportunity to do so based on the health cards they’ve been dealt.
Each year more than 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including social isolation, fertility preservation, insurance concerns, delayed diagnosis, and survivorship.
The Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman is able to provide free services and resources for the young adult cancer community through programs that focus on patient support services, housing, survivorship, and scholarship. Learn more about young adult cancer and our impact here.