Ally Rising is a junior at Marquette University. In the summer of 2019, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49-day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco to Boston, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Cancer has affected me since the time that I was born. During my first year and a half of life, my grandma moved in with my family while she battled Pancreatic Cancer. She unfortunately lost her battle to Pancreatic Cancer, but she fought strong and beat Ovarian and Colon Cancer before losing her battle to the Pancreatic Cancer. On the same day exactly two years later, my grandfather passed away from Renal Cancer. Cancer hit close to home again in the spring of 2011, when my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Thankfully my mother beat breast cancer and has everyday inspired me to live my life to the fullest and not take anything or anyone for granted.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I'm traveling the 4,000 miles this summer to honor all of those who have battled or are currently battling cancer. Cancer is a devastating thing and by running in this event, I will be able to further bring ease and support to the families who need it most. Running and the fight against cancer are two thing that I am so passionate about and by running with the 4K, I will be able to combine two of the things I love the most, while traveling across the United States and helping those battling cancer who can’t run.
I am also traveling the 4,000 miles for the two strongest women I've ever met; my grandma and my mother. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of my grandma's passing from Pancreatic Cancer and what better way to honor her life than to run across the country in memory of her! I know she will be smiling down on me throughout every mile and will be my biggest cheerleader. I am also running in honor of my mom, who showed me throughout her treatment that even in the toughest battles, you must have strength and resilience. I hope to have the same strength throughout my journey this summer across America!
2019 marks the 18th year of the 4K for Cancer sending young adults on journeys across the country in an effort to inspire hope and unite communities in the fight against cancer. The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including fertility preservation, social isolation, lack of insurance, delayed diagnosis, and more.
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 support services and resources for the young adult cancer community including:
Cancer to 5K - a 12-week training program designed to introduce or reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity.
Patient Navigation - a free program (onsite at cancer centers and remotely through our office) that ensures no young adult ever faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one support & resources to young adults and their families to help them manage the cancer experience and long-term cancer survival.
Scholarships - a financial assistance program to help young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore.
Your donation will help make these programs and our mission possible!
|Anonymous Friend||07/25/2019||$5.00||I'm so proud of you!!||Anna Balch||07/18/2019||$5.00||Thanks for being an amazing human being - couldn't do this summer without you!||Rob Broms||06/28/2019||$75.00||Great article in the Daily Herald! Congrats, Ally. We're rooting for you! Your running is a life-changer for others. -Rob Broms and Record-A-Hit Entertainment||Sharon Ollee||06/26/2019||$100.00||What an amazing young woman Ms Rising is! Thank you for your dedication to fighting cancer, a disease that has touched my family and the lives of my patients||Marcie Dillon||06/16/2019||$100.00||Good luck with the run! What an inspiration you are!||Joseph Kahle||06/13/2019||$50.00||Ally, you are in the right place, doing the right thing. Blessings!! I read your article in the Beacon and was inspired||Alexandra Rising||06/11/2019||$50.00||So amazed by what you're doing! Can't wait to see you in Michigan!||Susan Endries||06/11/2019||$100.00||Thanks for helping beat cancer!!||Laura Reynolds||06/11/2019||$25.00||Good luck from the Reynolds Family||Kris Lent||06/11/2019||$25.00||Enjoy your summer!||Kay Kellogg||06/11/2019||$96.00||What an amazing thing you are doing...great cause and memories for a lifetime!||Sally Scarlett||06/11/2019||$25.00||Good luck!||Dawn Angelo||06/11/2019||$25.00||Your parents have raised an amazing young woman! Congrats to all of you and best wishes for a great run! Thank you for raising money for a cause near and dear to my heart.||Ryan & Kim Philo||06/11/2019||$100.00||Go Ally. You are an inspiration & we are praying for you!||Carrie Czarnik||06/11/2019||$50.00||Good luck!||Steve and Theresa White||06/05/2019||$100.00||We are so proud of you! Keep up the great work!||Alexandra Rising||05/27/2019||$370.00||Donations from: Beth Sack Kathy Wilhelm Patricia Ventruini Christy Marks Jill LaVine Amanda Madick Laura Dawson Susan Demming Ellyn Margules Kenneth Kelch Jenn Lester||Kelch Family||05/27/2019||$50.00||Good luck!||Wafaa Marji||05/25/2019||$40.00||Best of luck beautiful!||Betsy Kluge||05/24/2019||$25.00||Good luck!!||Laurie Donahue||05/22/2019||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||05/21/2019||$25.00||I am blown away at the scale of your running adventure. Best wishes for a successful run and thank you for taking up the cause.||Laura MacLeod||05/18/2019||$40.00||So inspired by your drive. Thank you for running for so many.||Laura Georgias||05/18/2019||$40.00||Good luck with the run! Way to go... what an experience of a lifetime!||Priti Amin||05/18/2019||$100.00||Maureen E Brink||05/18/2019||$25.00||Elisha Johnson||05/18/2019||$20.00||Kelly L Hannapel||05/18/2019||$20.00||Miriam A Raczak||05/18/2019||$50.00||Maureen E Brink||05/18/2019||$20.00||Laura L Moran||05/18/2019||$50.00||Cheri Lynne Fuller-Kasle||05/18/2019||$40.00||Arlene Farrar||05/17/2019||$75.00||Cancer sucks. You’re awesome. Way to show strength against adversity. Rooting and praying for you!!||Loretta Gustafson||05/17/2019||$200.00||Kathy Smart||05/16/2019||$25.00||Way to go Allie! So proud of you!||Melanie Aylsworth||05/16/2019||$50.00||Amazing cause--thank you for doing this, Ally!||Kristi Moynihan||05/14/2019||$60.00||For your rally - Ally!! :) Love, Aunt Kristi||Janine McDonough||05/13/2019||$25.00||Good luck!||Melissa Wolfram||05/12/2019||$25.00||Have a great run! I remember your grandmother, she was a wonderful Mom to your Dad!||Colleen Yale||05/12/2019||$75.00||Tom Osowski||04/12/2019||$250.00||Have a great summer run.||David Hayes||03/26/2019||$75.00||Have fun! Cheers for your effort!||Jeff McCollian||03/25/2019||$75.00||Good Luck!||Karen Cox||03/24/2019||$100.00||Good luck Ally!!||Mark Rising||03/24/2019||$40.00||From Natasha Grover - She wishes you the best of luck. What you're doing is amazing! Have fun!||David Rice||03/22/2019||$100.00||Go Ally!||Mae E Hazelton||03/21/2019||$50.00||Vicki Kipfmueller||03/20/2019||$50.00||Read your inspiring story on the MU Wire. Good luck! - Jeff & Vicki Kipfmueller||Diaz Family||03/20/2019||$100.00||Great job, Ally!!||Gregory Long||03/20/2019||$25.00||Good Luck, Ms Rising! The long family is rooting for you!||Nancy Reiss-Ferguson||03/20/2019||$25.00||Wow!! So amazing. Such a loving thing to do. Good luck! Enjoy!||Laurie Massa||03/20/2019||$100.00||Good luck Alexandra!! We love you||Dawn Jacobucci Pulgine||03/20/2019||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||03/20/2019||$50.00||Way to go! Continue to inspire everyone around you.||Steven Hill||03/20/2019||$50.00||Good Job Ally! Hope to meet you some day.||Jyoti Limaye||03/20/2019||$20.00||Karen Altekruse||03/20/2019||$50.00||Way to go, Ally! My niece found out yesterday that she is in remission with leukemia. She will be having a stem cell transplant in a couple of weeks. We definitely need more research to help create more great outcomes like this. Good luck! That's an amazing journey.||John/Amy Scheib||03/20/2019||$100.00||Wishing you a safe, fulfilling adventure as you run across the country! Such an amazing, heartfelt endeavor!||Clare Dyra||03/12/2019||$10.00||GOOD LUCK!!||Kristin Grapenthien||02/19/2019||$50.00||Good Luck, Ally!||Alexandra Rising||02/16/2019||$64.00||Valentines Day Burpee Fundraising $50 - Ms. Damon $14 - Kari Knopp||Jenni Falk||01/20/2019||$40.00||Rock it, Ally!!! Congratulations and Good Luck!||Anne Findley||01/11/2019||$100.00||Ally, Your story of how cancer has impacted your life is powerful. I know your adventure will be equally so. Sending love and strength for the journey!||Rita and Jim Carlen||01/05/2019||$100.00||Ally, So proud of your commitment and determination.||Heidi Federschmidt Thompson||12/26/2018||$10.00||You go girl!||The Prassa Family||12/26/2018||$25.00||Perry Vietti||12/25/2018||$50.00||Ally, Enjoy the journey! Perry Vietti and Melanie Nowacki||Susan Johnson||12/24/2018||$50.00||Way to go, Ally! Your relatives in Texas are very proud of you! ;)||Scott Woodworth||12/09/2018||$25.00||Good for you Ally! What a great cause. I'll dab for you.||Veveca Rising||12/09/2018||$200.00||We are so impressed with you Ally. What an ambitious undertaking! Have a wonderful summer and give our best regards to your parents. Rick & Marie-Claire Mears||Kim Kim||12/07/2018||$25.00||Alexandra Rising||11/29/2018||$20.00||Giving Tuesday Instagram Donations||Lauren Bates||11/27/2018||$10.00||Good luck!!! Can't wait to follow you on this amazing journey :)||Maureen Brink||11/27/2018||$25.00||Go Ally!!||Alexandra Rising||11/26/2018||$100.00||We are so proud of you and love you so much Ally! Good luck and have fun! Love, Grandma and Grandpa||Elizabeth Gustafson||11/24/2018||$100.00||What an incredible journey of a lifetime! YOU GO GIRL!! Love, Aunt Beth||Kristi Moynihan||11/23/2018||$50.00||Go Ally!! Love, Aunt Kristi||Alexandra Rising||11/15/2018||$15.00||couldn't be more proud of you!!!||Jennifer Courington||11/15/2018||$100.00||I'm so proud of you!!! This is amazing||Alexandra Rising||11/13/2018||$100.00|