Becca Lesley is a freshman at Maryville 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?
I have known many people that have battled cancer, some of them have won the battle and some of them were taken from this world too early. When I was just two years old, my grandpa died of colon cancer. Since I was so young, I don't remember him very well, but my parents have told me stories about how positive he was, even during his sickness. A few years later, I watched breast cancer take the life of a dear family friend, Sandy. I remember how hard she fought in her final months, and I remember seeing cancer slowly take her life. Nobody should have to go through that.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
This is an opportunity for me to take something that i'm passionate about, and use it to give back, and spread awareness for cancer. I want to learn other people's stories. I want to run in honor of my grandpa, Sandy, and everyone who has battled cancer, and in honor of people who are battling cancer right now.
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!
|Emmons Emmons||03/14/2019||$25.00||I think this is amazing! I am just so proud of you. I love your face!! :)||AMANDA ENFINGER||03/04/2019||$25.00||Good Luck Rebecca! We are proud of your accomplishments! Love you. Amanda||Anonymous Friend||03/03/2019||$25.00||Generous tips from a fundraiser||Paige Howard||03/03/2019||$25.00||Happy birthday Becca!||Lisa Littleton||03/02/2019||$25.00||Bonfire||03/01/2019||$188.06||Amy Sharron Lopez||02/28/2019||$10.00||Rebecca Lesley||02/17/2019||$394.00||!!!||Paige Capps||02/13/2019||$1.00||Good Luck !!||Rebecca Lesley||02/12/2019||$10.00||this donation is from Kelly Wilson, Thank You!||Patricia L. Ten Pas||02/12/2019||$25.00||Rebecca Lesley||02/10/2019||$25.00||This donation was from Mr. Z. Thank You!||Nancy D Barnes||02/07/2019||$50.00||Keren Hepola||02/04/2019||$25.00||Irma Whitcomb||01/12/2019||$30.00||Virginia Johnson||01/11/2019||$15.00||Rebecca Lesley||01/07/2019||$25.00||This donation was from Taunya Haun. Thank You!||Rebecca Lesley||01/07/2019||$5.00||This donation was from Zack Ashley. Thank you!||Rebecca Lesley||01/07/2019||$10.00||This donation is from Peggy Lesley. Thank You!||Anonymous Friend||12/15/2018||$289.00||:)||Anonymous Friend||12/14/2018||$65.00||this journey is once in a lifetime. enjoy it.||Irma Whitcomb||12/08/2018||$50.00||Kutzner Chiropractic Clinic||11/26/2018||$25.00||Paige Capps||10/17/2018||$3.00||You're gonna do great!||Jesse Levens||10/03/2018||$18.00||i'm so proud of you !||Rebecca Lesley||09/03/2018||$100.00|