Bea Hesselbart's Fundraising Page
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Bea Hesselbart's Fundraising Page
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 Bea Hesselbart is a junior at Smith College. 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?

A cancer diagnosis can turn people's lives upside down in a matter of seconds. Immediately after I graduated high school, my dad was diagnosed with lymphoma. This was an extremely challenging year for my family in more ways than I can even describe. I think cancer quickly takes on a new meaning when it affects someone so close to you. Although it's impossible for anyone else to know exactly what someone is going through at a time like this, I think a strong support network can really make a difference. I am grateful for all the support my dad has received, especially from the doctors who have played such a vital role in his treatment.

Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?

I heard about the 4K a couple of years ago and knew it was something I wanted to do someday. I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to participate this summer. I will be traveling 4,000 miles as a way to do as much as I can to support young adults and their loved ones affected by cancer. I will run to give hope to as many people as possible. I will run for all those who cannot.

I am always chasing the unfamiliar and seeking new adventures. The idea of taking a trip across the country has always intrigued me, and I can't think of a better reason to do so. I feel strongly about supporting the Ulman Foundation's mission and feel especially lucky I get to do this while engaging in a sport that I love. I joined my middle school's cross-country team in the sixth grade and have not stopped running since. I wouldn't be who I am today without this sport and the people I have met along the way. I can't wait to join this new community of runners in embarking on an incredibly unique journey across the country.

ABOUT 2019 4K for 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


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Annette Kearney 08/12/2019 $25.00 Congratulations
Meghan Suslovic 08/05/2019 $20.00 Seeing you finish was so inspiring <3 Huge congrats to you!!
Emily Smith 08/05/2019 $25.00 Proud of you Bea! What an inspiring weekend, even just as a spectator.
Joe and Sharon Wood 08/03/2019 $200.00 Bea, Carl, and Anne, With love from the Wood Family ❤️
Anonymous Friend 07/24/2019 $22.00 Happy, Healthy 22nd Birthday to our Bea! Love you always and forever.
Judy & Tom Walker 07/19/2019 $100.00  
1330 Dental Associates 07/10/2019 $200.00  
Julie Farrell 07/05/2019 $20.00 加油Bea!
Tim Bruce 06/29/2019 $100.00 Best of luck from supporters in Portland, ME.
Carl Hesselbart 06/22/2019 $20.00 Bea - way to go! What a great cause.
Anonymous Friend 06/16/2019 $53.00 Here come the 4K for Cancer runners, America! Good Luck to each and every one of them.
Lauri Boxer-Macomber 06/13/2019 $100.00 Wishing you all the best with your continued journey.
Athena Zacharakos 06/13/2019 $50.00 Go Bea!
Anonymous Friend 06/13/2019 $15.00 <3 Good luck!
Anonymous Friend 06/12/2019 $255.00  
Alex Lyscars 06/11/2019 $25.00 Good Luck Bea!
Anonymous Friend 06/11/2019 $30.00 加油!
Camille Butterfield 06/10/2019 $20.00 GO BEA GO!!!! I am so excited for you to inspire the world!! :)
Theresa Smith 06/10/2019 $35.00  
Bea Hesselbart 06/10/2019 $20.00 Venmo from Jess! :)
Luke Hein 06/08/2019 $75.00 Good luck!
Rebecca Zabot-Hall 06/06/2019 $20.00  
Rafaella Zabot-Hall 06/06/2019 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/26/2019 $50.00 Good luck, Bea!
Anonymous Friend 05/25/2019 $175.00 Yard Sale! Love you, Bea.
Rob Olson 05/23/2019 $50.00 Way to go!
Erin Flatley 05/14/2019 $25.00 On behalf of all of us here at Fleet Feet Maine Running - We are wishing you the best of luck!
Anonymous Friend 05/12/2019 $140.00 Today and every day we are so incredibly proud of who you are, and what you do, in this world. With you always.
Anonymous Friend 05/11/2019 $50.00 So proud of you!
Anonymous Friend 05/10/2019 $100.00 Bea, We're with you throughout your journey. Good luck!
Anonymous Friend 05/10/2019 $100.00 Cheering loudly for you, Bea, and for the other runners and riders.
Anonymous Friend 05/10/2019 $10.00 Good luck, Bea! This is such a cool way to start the summer!
Francesca Mullady 05/07/2019 $100.00 Thank you Bea for participating in such an important event. Your time, energy and willingness is appreciated. I know your family is very proud of you, especially your Aunt Janie.
Constance Brennan 05/04/2019 $100.00 Go, BEA!!!
John Hesselbart 05/04/2019 $100.00 Thanks for participating for this cause.
Anonymous Friend 05/04/2019 $75.00 Good luck, Bea!
Andrew Hesselbart 05/03/2019 $50.00 GO BEA!!!
Maureen Mingo 05/03/2019 $25.00 Wonderful cause! Thank you for doing this, Bea!
Anonymous Friend 05/02/2019 $100.00 All the best to you always, Bea.
Rob Boudewijn 05/02/2019 $50.00 enjoy and thanks, rob and Gretchen
Bonnie May 05/02/2019 $50.00 Good luck Bea. Thanks for doing this.
Richard Maiman 05/01/2019 $100.00 Go Bea!!!
Schwab Charitable 05/01/2019 $200.00  
Dave Coolidge 04/30/2019 $50.00 Good luck, Bea!!
Joanne Turnbull 04/27/2019 $100.00 Good work, Bea. Happy to support you.
Anonymous Friend 04/26/2019 $165.00 Good wishes to you, Bea!
Alan Chebuske 04/25/2019 $200.00  
Jacob Watson 04/25/2019 $100.00 Good luck, Bea, and best wishes from the three of us next door.
Anonymous Friend 04/25/2019 $35.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/24/2019 $75.00 Good luck, Bea!
Anonymous Friend 04/24/2019 $100.00  
David Moltz 04/24/2019 $100.00 Good for you, Be a! Hope it's a good run.
Lauri Marchewka 04/23/2019 $25.00 Good Luck Bea!
Sherri Kramerson 04/20/2019 $30.00 Good luck for a worthy cause! Happy Passover to you and your family this Passover.
Debra Learmonth 04/19/2019 $50.00 Good luck Bea!
Meredy Hamilton 04/19/2019 $100.00 Go Bea!
Dayln Gillentine 04/18/2019 $20.00 Go Bea!!!
Anonymous Friend 04/17/2019 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/17/2019 $100.00  
Richard Warner 04/16/2019 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/16/2019 $240.00  
Jessica Gandolf 04/16/2019 $100.00 Super proud of you Bea!!!!
Anonymous Friend 04/15/2019 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/15/2019 $100.00  
Claire Tepesch 04/15/2019 $10.00 <3
Anonymous Friend 04/15/2019 $250.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/15/2019 $30.00  
Haley B Markos 04/15/2019 $100.00  
Bea Hesselbart 04/13/2019 $100.00  
  Total $5,450.00  
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