Amanda Murray is a freshman at St. John's 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 Baltimore, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
When I was 14, my grandfather was diagnosed with brain cancer. Over the course of a year, I watched him transform from a hardworking man into one limited to a hospital bed. The severity of the disease was hard for me to grasp in the beginning, but as he continued to lose control of his actions and his thoughts- including who I was, I realized just how quickly cancer can take someone you love away. In addition, this past year I have been personally touched by my roommate who has recently beat leukemia. I constantly look at her in amazement as I have learned so much about her perseverance throughout her fight; including continuing to do what she loves. Marina loves to run, and she didn't stop for treatment or challenge. That is pure strength.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
By traveling 4,000 miles with the Ulman Cancer Foundation, I am able to combine two of my biggest values that have had such an impact on my life. I have always found joy in committing myself to different communities through volunteer work in order to meet new people, listen to others’ stories, and gain new perspectives on life. The 4K is unique because I get to do all of that while running. I am embarking on this journey for all of my loved ones who have put up such a fight against cancer, but also for Marina who was become such an inspiration to me. The 4K provides me with the ability to embrace Marina’s love for running, combine it with my own love, and help to build awareness and hope for young adults affected by cancer.
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!
|Isabelle Litvak||02/15/2019||$10.00||Good luck Amanda! This is amazing!||Amanda Murray||02/07/2019||$25.00||Donating on behalf of Ben Lara's support, a friend of mine at SJU. Thank you so much, Ben!||Larry Donnelly||02/04/2019||$50.00||Good Luck!||Laine Mann||01/27/2019||$50.00||Tom and I are so proud of you!!||Marina Duszak||01/22/2019||$50.00||Thank you for being such an amazing friend! I believe that we were truly meant to meet each other and I’m so grateful to have you in my life! I can’t wait to hear all about your run!||Anna Poliviou||01/21/2019||$100.00||Debbie Long||01/20/2019||$40.00||Good Luck this summer Ashley!!!! Hope you have a blast!||Lisa Reber||01/20/2019||$50.00||Amanda, We are so incredibly proud of you for committing yourself to this journey! Cancer is an ugly word & disease and you will literally be kicking it’s butt one mile at a time! Along with your Pop Pop, Aunt Doris & Uncle Pete will be with you to help you along the miles! We love you! Todd & Lisa||Amie & Mark Schroeder||01/20/2019||$20.00||You are an example of what is good in the world. You are a shining star for people who are living in darkness. Keep living your truth; You are a strong woman...we love and support you!||James Prout||01/20/2019||$300.00||Go for it Amanda...We couldn't be prouder of you! Uncle Jim & Aunt Chris||Michelle Karnchanaphati||01/20/2019||$25.00||Good Luck Amanda!||Aurora Conrad||01/19/2019||$20.00||good luck with everything! you’re truly inspiring||Coyne Family||01/18/2019||$20.00||Go Amanda!!||Neal & Jo Ellen Chase||01/17/2019||$50.00||Enjoy your journey and the memories to follow!||Katie Swartley||01/16/2019||$25.00||Sydney Fox||01/16/2019||$10.00||Best of luck Amanda!!!||Port A Bowl Inc||01/16/2019||$250.00||Someone said "The real purpose of running isn't to win a race. It's to test the limits of the human heart" And you have one of the biggest!! We are so proud of you!||Anonymous Friend||01/16/2019||$50.00||Steve & Cheryl Zimmerman||01/16/2019||$100.00||So very proud of you! Please run a bit for my Dad, Walt McCown who lost his battle with lung cancer. He would love that you are doing this!||Nancy J Donnelly||01/16/2019||$50.00||It will be an adventure of a lifetime. Have a great time.Love you lots,Mina||Andrea and Steve Elsier||01/16/2019||$100.00||Good luck Amanda!! You are an amazing young woman and we are so proud of your strength and determination ❤️||Ally Stratton||01/16/2019||$50.00||Good luck, you’re awesome for doing this!||Carl Hanson||01/15/2019||$10.00||Allie Peschel||01/15/2019||$10.00||You're such an inspiration!! U rock!!||Mikayla DeStefano||01/15/2019||$20.00||You’re awesome Amanda! I wish you the best of luck on your journey!||Danielle Elsier||01/15/2019||$30.00||LOVE YOU!!! SO PROUD OF YOU! CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT THIS WILL DO FOR YOU!!! <3||Shoshana Kabinoff||01/15/2019||$20.00||You're an amazing person!! Good luck ❤️||Barbara Prochnau||01/15/2019||$50.00||Good luck this summer!||Kelly Murray||01/15/2019||$50.00||Amanda, good luck may this be your first of may adventures for your future. Pop-Pop is beaming with joy for you. Love you Aunt Kelly||Maddie Sassa||01/15/2019||$20.00||Your awesome Amanda ! Good luck !||Cathy Stabilito||01/15/2019||$50.00||This is an amazing thing you are doing and the 4 Stabilitos will be cheering for you every step of the way!!||Laura Groth||01/14/2019||$200.00||Your strength and determination never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for running for the cause! You better get some good shoes! Please run a mile in memory of my mom, Jeanne Groth, who died of lung cancer in 2008. Love you lots!||Jennifer Myers||01/14/2019||$40.00||So proud of you Amanda!||Colleen Moore||01/14/2019||$50.00||Way to go girl! Hope you have an awesome time this summer, it is such an amazing thing to do!||Jaime Benner||01/14/2019||$25.00||Ali Perez||01/14/2019||$20.00||Praying for you on this incredible journey! You inspire me! Never stop being amazing. I can't wait to hear all about it! :)||Jeri Meuse||01/14/2019||$10.00||Good Luck - thank you for being an amazing and selfless young woman.||Bob & Melissa Rafferty||01/14/2019||$100.00||Amanda, What a wonderful and selfless endeavor! So proud of the amazing young woman you have grown into and can’t wait to see the spectacular things you are destined for! ❤️||Jimmy Towers||01/14/2019||$10.00||Alyssa Carlier||01/14/2019||$25.00||Michelle Carlier||01/14/2019||$100.00||Amanda Murray||01/11/2019||$100.00|