Kelsey Mariner is a graduate of Temple 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?
My grandpa had bladder cancer for about 8 years before being diagnosed with lung cancer that ultimately metastasized to the brain, he passed in June 2018. On a happier note, two of my cousins are cancer survivors!! My cousin Casey is a survivor of acute myeloid leukemia and my cousin Dan is a survivor of synovial sarcoma.
Another unique way I am connected to the cancer community, is that I am currently working in a cancer biology lab - investigating the role that polyamines play in tumor progression and in a tumor microenvironment in multiple cancer cell models including breast, colorectal, leukemia, melanoma, ovarian, pancreatic, and thymoma.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I am traveling 4,000 miles with the Ulman Foundation because it is an opportunity for me to give back to the cancer community. I am fortunate to be healthy, and want to run for those who cannot. I have seen the impact that cancer has on families, both my own and others and would like to help any way I can.
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!