Did you know?
72,000 young adults (YAs) are diagnosed with cancer every year. Cancer and its treatment impacts everyone differently, but young adults face some unique challenges, including with regard to fertility, education/career plans, and finances.
The Ulman Foundation provides YAs with resources including housing while undergoing treatment in the Baltimore, Maryland area; scholarships for starting/completing education; support through treatment via mentors, patient advocates and a plethora of information on topics relevant specifically to YAs, and a Cancer to 5K program to TAKE YOUR LIFE BACK (that’s where I fit into this story!).
As many of you will know, nearly 10 years ago I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. While the physical impacts of this treatment healed fairly quickly, there have been many longer-term impacts which I don't always share. One of the most difficult for me to deal with has been the emotional and psychological impact of having your body "fail" you at such a young age. For a very long time I have struggled with getting my physical activity back - not because I am physically unable to do so - but because I am struggling with the psychological trauma of the diagnosis and treatment, and what that meant for my physical fitness at the time.
In the past two years I've benefited greatly from a program called Cancer to 5K; which is a training program for survivors and thrivers. During the course of the 3 month program, we meet twice weekly for training runs, and receive loads of support from a dedicated team of coaches and Sherpas. The program culminates in a 5K event which celebrates the efforts of the entire team. A run that seems so simple for so many is a huge accomplishment to survivors/thrivers, and I have been so grateful for the support. I certainly wouldn't be running without it!
For those of you who knew me 10 years ago, you may remember that running was my life. So to fall away from it, first for physical limitations and then with emotional challenges, has been a huge loss for me. To get my running "back" through the Cancer to 5K program has meant that I got my LIFE back.
While getting my life back has been PRICELESS, there is something I can do that pushes my running even further, while fundraising for this important organization. I've enrolled in the Point to Point program to support the Ulman Foundation with a donation that will change many lives. I'll be running from Baltimore, Maryland to Key West, Florida, between October 5th and 12th. I'm asking for your support.
Please consider making a donation today, and let me know if you are interested in getting involved too. Together we can make a huge difference in the lives of young adults dealing with cancer.
Thank you, friends!
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.