Amber Rehberg is a junior at the University of Rhode Island. 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 5 years old, my grandmother, Cynthia Guertin, passed away from Ovarian Cancer. When anyone talks about my grandmother, they speak of her in the most graceful, and compassionate of ways. I can't even describe the type of admiration and appreciation people have for her. She was simply, incredible.
I was only able to get a glimpse of what life was like with her, I can only remember bits and pieces of her presence. I can see her grace and influence through home videos, and can hear her wisdom and humor through stories and pictures - but I will never be able to get it first hand. I will never be able to experience the love she radiated to all.
I grew up without my grandmother, but I was lucky enough to know her love for a short time. My sister and younger cousins didn't. They don't have a memory stored in the back of their mind to turn to when trying to grasp that connection. My mother has to live without her mother, so do my uncle and two aunts. My grandfather had to live without his wife for 13 years. The cancer that took my grandmother didn't just take a life, it took a livelihood, it took love, it took family. My grandmother influenced so many people with her grace and love, and every one of those people was affected by her death. More recently, my grandfather passed away from Acute Meloid Leukemia. Similarly, my family and all who knew him were affected by his death.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
Someone once told me that Servant Leadership is taking your privileges and abilities, and using them to serve those who aren’t given the same. As I have been becoming more familiar with the cancer community, I realize that my health and ability is a privilege. I didn't ask to be healthy, just like people don't ask to have cancer. If have the ability to live a cancer-free, healthy life, 4K is a way for me to serve those in the cancer community. Cancer research needs dedicated, passionate people to spark change and raise awareness.
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!
|Amber Rehberg||12/05/2018||$25.00||Amber Rehberg||12/04/2018||$100.00||Thank you to the Macdowell family!||Stacy Leone||11/27/2018||$25.00||Tara Guertin||11/22/2018||$25.00||Sarah Moldt||09/27/2018||$30.00||Happy Birthday!!! <3||Aaron Schubach||09/26/2018||$100.00||I love you so much and I’m so proud of you, your generosity and selflessness is what I strive to achieve in my life. You’re gonna do so many amazing things ❤️||Margaret Schubach||07/27/2018||$250.00||So proud of you Amber for making a difference in the world. xoxo The Schubachs||allConnex Kuzman||07/13/2018||$500.00||Best of Luck!!!||Tara Guertin||07/03/2018||$50.00||Kim & Mike Pucci||06/11/2018||$50.00||Amber Rehberg||06/11/2018||$110.00||Wendy’s Fundraiser - Thank you to: Phillip Case, Cameron Covill, Betty Anderson, Juan Ortiz, Linda Kehrein, Nancy Rehberg, Chris Rehberg, Tara Guertin, and Ricardo Ortiz||Pat & Rick Olson||06/01/2018||$100.00||Amber, We are certain that your grandparents are smiling on you and are so very proud of you! We will be cheering you on from CT!||Amber Rehberg||06/01/2018||$18.00||Bottle returns||Mr. and Mrs. Sam Capparelli||05/22/2018||$30.00||Scott & Elizabeth Sitz||05/22/2018||$25.00||Victoria A Guertin||05/21/2018||$250.00||With lots of love ...Djiadz will be with you in your run!!! Xo Vicki||Soneeka Jackson||05/20/2018||$25.00||Brian and May Corn||05/20/2018||$100.00||In Memory of Vincent Guertin. We are sorry for your family's recent loss. This is a wonderful and positive way to honor him! The Corns (friends of Stacy and Tom Leone).||Ann & David Zogbaum||05/18/2018||$100.00||What a wonderful undertaking you are involved in. Your grandparents would be so proud of you. They always gave so much of themselves to help others. It is so nice to see you following in their footsteps. Please accept this donation in memory of your grandfather.||Don Dadmun||05/17/2018||$100.00||Our deepest sympathies, Amber. This is a beautiful tribute to your grandparents who remain forever in our hearts. Best wishes on your mission.||Ellen S Guertin||05/17/2018||$100.00||Emily L Detuccio||05/17/2018||$100.00||Cheryl H Scheinblum||05/17/2018||$20.00||Megan and Lou Mayo||05/16/2018||$25.00||What a wonderful tribute to your grandparents! We are so very sorry for the recent loss of your grandfather, Michael. Thinking of you and your family!||Gilbert Gigliotti||05/16/2018||$25.00||Jan Sousa||05/15/2018||$50.00||Best of luck to you on the run. I am sure your grandfather and grandmother will be with you on your journey. In his memory, Jan and Dave Sousa||Greg & Joan Joseph||05/15/2018||$50.00||Maccoll Interiors||05/15/2018||$25.00||Michele Switalski||05/14/2018||$75.00||Simone Levallois and Michele & Mike Switalski wish you well in your 4K for Cancer and thank you for honoring the memory of Michael Gertin.||Bob and Caryl Donovan||05/14/2018||$50.00||Amber, your grandfather was a friend for more than 25 years while we worked together at Newington Childrens. So honored to support your journey||Connie O’Neill||05/14/2018||$50.00||Good luck, Amber. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Grandfather. He was a wonderful man, and will be greatly missed!||Lee Ann Kerr||05/14/2018||$20.00||Shannah Decker-Fishberg||05/14/2018||$100.00||Jillian Doll||05/14/2018||$25.00||What a wonderful way to honor your family and so many in need of this Organzitions assistance.||East Hartford Science Department||05/14/2018||$25.00||We are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute to your grandparents.||Ross and Patricia Baiera||05/14/2018||$100.00||Although time and circumstances in recent years have prevented us from being with Mike as much as we would want, we can't forget 30 years of joyous memories of parenting our children and enjoying a social life as couples. Lots of birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, communions, confirmations, weddings, and gourmet New Year's Eve dinners. Rest in Peace, dear friend. Ross and Pat||Ram and Claudia Miles||05/14/2018||$75.00||We love you Amber, your grandfather was a sweet man, he will be a part of you forever, keep up all the great things your doing.||Min Fang and Jane Hikel||05/14/2018||$30.00||Carol S Nelson||05/14/2018||$30.00||Marie W Michalman||05/14/2018||$15.00||Chiara L Leone||05/14/2018||$100.00||Angela M Callahan||05/14/2018||$30.00||Susan T Sposito||05/14/2018||$50.00||Amber Rehberg||05/13/2018||$50.00||Kathy Sones||05/13/2018||$100.00||We send you warm condolences on the loss of two special friends ..your special parents and grandparents Kathy and Shelly Sones||Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Benedetto||05/13/2018||$50.00||Herb and Angela Diener||05/12/2018||$25.00||Mike Every||05/11/2018||$250.00||With love from your friends at Foley Carrier Services||Kelli-Beth Kellogg||05/11/2018||$100.00||In Memory of Vincent M. Guertin, We are sorry for this loss. Respectfully, The Robert H. Lord Company||Weibel Family||05/11/2018||$100.00||We are so sorry for you loss. We are thinking of you in this difficult time. Love you, Henie, Bob, Justine, Tamara, Alexie and Jocelyn||The Lunch Bunch||05/11/2018||$50.00||Thomas Corto||04/27/2018||$200.00||You go Amber!!! Quite the undertaking you are doing, but what a wonderful tribute to your grandparents!! Very proud of you. Bonnie & Tom XX||Heather Janssen||04/26/2018||$50.00||Gina Miranda||04/23/2018||$25.00||Good luck Amber! I love you with all my heart!!!||Chris Rehberg||04/21/2018||$1,000.00||Amber: I am so proud of you, hopefully you can inspire other young people everywhere to do the same. If you need any other help let us know...||Tara Guertin||04/21/2018||$100.00||So proud of you...and Babcia is too!||Jim and Mary Ann Hubert||04/21/2018||$100.00||Thank you Amber for making such a positive difference for so many! We will be praying for you and cheering you on from afar!||Amber Rehberg||04/17/2018||$100.00|