Brianna Naughton is a post-graduate student at California State University, Fullerton. 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?
My connection to the cancer community is a bit of a unique one. Both of my grandpas have had cancer. My Gramps had Leukemia cancer, while my Grandpa had Prostate. Both of them were able to beat it. But over the past few years, my Grandpa’s cancer has come back. In addition, he now has brain and bone cancer. My uncle is children’s oncologist specializing in Leukemia. I remember him studying for medical school with the biggest books I had ever seen as a toddler. He has given so many families hope through his clinical trials and treatments. He sometimes tells us about his patients and how he was able to help them when everything else failed.
In addition to my grandpas, one of my closest mentors and my professor recently lost her battle to cancer this past August. She was always took such an interest in what I was doing and how my studies were going. She would have a line of over an hour and a half just to see her for office hours. She made an impact on so many lives, yet remained humble. She was one of my biggest supporters and always encouraged me to dream big.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I am participating with the Ulman Foundation this summer to be part of something bigger. I try to live each day to the fullest and I can't think of a better way to do that than run 4,000 miles across the United States. Each day I will be inspired by those in my life that have been affected by cancer and will draw strength from those I meet along the way.
While I will be dedicating different days to those impacted by cancer, I will be running for my professor, for the one who always believed in me, for Ellen Caldwell, for EC.
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!
|Eric Lane||08/08/2019||$500.00||Breanna, I just saw this drive...sorry I didn’t see it sooner. Eric||Karen Van De Velde||08/03/2019||$125.00||Way to go Brianna! Welcome to Baltimore and congratulations on finishing your 4,000 mile journey!||Brianna Naughton||07/25/2019||$20.00||Christmas in July Venmo||Anonymous Friend||07/25/2019||$4.00||Youuuu betcha!!!!||Jose Castruita||07/18/2019||$108.00||Godspeed!❤️||Kathleen Naughton||07/10/2019||$100.00||Put this towards your slurped challenge! Run, Brie, Run! Love Mom and Dad and Colin and Desmo||Allison Schmitendorf||07/10/2019||$25.00||You are seriously such a badass, Bri. EC would be proud ❤️||Katie Kjeldsen-Tullis||07/05/2019||$100.00||Thank you Brie, for sharing your story at dinner tonight and letting me share mine. I am so touched that your run tomorrow will honor the memory of my beloved brother Dan, who lost his battle to cancer in January. Godspeed on your amazing journey! Katie K-T||Julianne Berokoff||06/18/2019||$50.00||Angelo Duplantier||06/06/2019||$50.00||In Memory of Angelo 'Papa" Duplantier Jr. passed of Brain cancer Dec 15, 2018||Whitney Lopez||06/06/2019||$50.00||Good luck Brianna! Sending love. Thank you for doing this! Appreciate every moment, Leo and Dawn||Anonymous Friend||06/04/2019||$10.00||Love Calli Bloedel||Alyssa Perez||06/03/2019||$100.00||Dianna Blake||06/03/2019||$200.00||EC would be so proud of you. She’s shake her head at your “crazy idea” but she would be proud nonetheless.||Dianna Blake||06/03/2019||$50.00||I can’t leave that last 43 bucks! Congrats Bri!||Anonymous Friend||05/21/2019||$50.00||Dear Brianna~ You are an amazing person. The adventure will add hope to all the people that your effort supports. God bless you and keep you safe. Love the Kennys||Anonymous Friend||05/21/2019||$100.00||Love, Grandpa Naughton||Anonymous Friend||05/21/2019||$20.00||Good luck! Ellen always had great things to say about you and I think she'd be really stoked you're doing this, Bri!||Loca Vasquez||05/15/2019||$50.00||Always proud of you Brianna!||Brianna Naughton||05/01/2019||$50.00||Best of luck on your summer run! Love the DuPlantiers||Brianna Naughton||05/01/2019||$50.00||Kick some major butt out there, Lil Red. ~ Camille Johnson||Brianna Naughton||05/01/2019||$17.00||Venmo Requests from Nicole and Cassandra||Azadeh Estrada||03/11/2019||$10.00||Best of luck Brianna!||Sean Shea||03/10/2019||$50.00||Rock Ob Brianana||Maria Snyder||03/01/2019||$100.00||Brianna, We are all so very proud of you! I can't wait to read about your adventures. If Big Leigh were here, he would be sharing in our admiration of your upcoming experience. We love you!! The Snyder Family||Brianna Naughton||03/01/2019||$100.00||Here's a little bit to help you out. Love the Paces and Phillips||Brianna Naughton||03/01/2019||$200.00||Jim Naughton||02/18/2019||$1,000.00||Good luck, Brianna. We know you will crush this! Love, Uncle Jim, Aunt Gail, Declan, and Cathlin||mary keegan||02/15/2019||$50.00||Bob and Jen Cole||02/12/2019||$50.00||Best of luck, Brianna!! We applaud your dedication to this awesome cause!!||Jack Mayes||02/10/2019||$1,000.00||Donna Church||02/08/2019||$100.00||Happy birthday! What a great adventure for a great cause. From your uncles, Pat and Mark||Erin Shea||02/07/2019||$50.00||AMAZING! GOOD LUCK!||Chyna Tran||02/06/2019||$10.00||I would not be where I am today without the genuine help and care from Professor Ellen Caldwell.||Brianna Naughton||02/05/2019||$100.00||Dear Brianna- Wishing you the best for this summer's 4K for Cancer! We're proud of you! Love, the McConnells||Brianna Naughton||02/05/2019||$50.00||Dear Brianna- This is so awesome that you're doing this! I can't imagine undertaking such a huge run- but I'm sure you'll have a great time! Good luck and I'll be following your cross-country trek! Miss you! Love, Cathy||Brianna Naughton||02/05/2019||$100.00||Dear Brianna- This is an amazing adventure. Hope your training is going well. I hope we can see you when you arrive on the east coast. Best of luck! Love Cris You rock! Good luck in this great adventure. Love Sheila||Cristine Ostrich||02/03/2019||$50.00||Adventure is out there!||Michael Burke||01/04/2019||$1,000.00||Thank you Brie for running for this great cause! We love you.||Brianna Naughton||01/03/2019||$100.00||Way to go Brianna! Love, Ron and Michele Eisert Good Luck Brianna! Love, Aunt Sue, Uncle David, and the girls||Brianna Naughton||01/03/2019||$200.00||Brie- We are so excited about your summer plans! What a wonderful experience. We are glad to help our with your fundraiser. We love you so much and are so proud of your accomplishments. Love, Grams and Gramps||Susie Foucrier||12/20/2018||$100.00||Good luck Breanna||Brianna Naughton||12/15/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Bri!||Kerry Shea||12/14/2018||$50.00||Wishing you the best, Brianna!||Brianna Naughton||12/10/2018||$150.00||Donations from Mrs. Naughton's class. Keep up the good work. We are cheering you on all the way!||Barbara Callahan||12/08/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Brianna! Stay hydrated.||Anonymous Friend||12/08/2018||$150.00||Brianna! We are so incredibly proud of you, and we will be cheering you on every step of the way. What you are doing is amazing and for such an incredible cause. God bless you! Love, Pete, Androula, & Eleni Katelaris||Kerry and Patrick Wessel||12/05/2018||$100.00||Go kick some BOOTY Brie!! I love that you are constantly challenging yourself and making your mark on the Earth!||Joe Naughton||12/01/2018||$100.00||Good luck Brianna!||Kathleen Naughton||11/30/2018||$75.00||We look forward to rooting you on while you train. We are so happy we could help honor your professor. ~ Mrs. Naughton's Class||Alyssa Perez||11/28/2018||$100.00||Good luck Brie! I'm so excited you are going to be doing this and I hope you have a wonderful experience!||Christine Norman||11/25/2018||$150.00||Good luck, Brianna! Thanks for doing this important work. #BeatCancer||Lindsey Ruck||11/24/2018||$25.00||A great adventure for a great cause! Way to go Brianna!||Bruno & Clyde Mynar||11/23/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Brianna. Such an awesome thing to do. Can't wait to follow your journey! We love you. Christy, Cal, Bruno & Clyde||Colin Naughton||11/11/2018||$50.00||Brie This is really awesome what you are doing, almost as awesome as you are. I hope are able to achieve your goal, maybe this will help a little bit. Thank you for everything that you do! I love you very much! Colin||Kathleen Naughton||11/08/2018||$100.00||We are SO proud of you Brianna as you continue to check off items on your bucket list and live fearlessly. We are with you every step of the way! Love Mom and Dad||Brianna Naughton||11/07/2018||$100.00|