Louisa Wruck is a graduate of Ohio State University. In the summer of 2019, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I lost my Tante Karin to ovarian cancer when I was in fourth grade and my dad to lymphoma in high school. While my family’s experience with cancer is not typical, I know it is, unfortunately not as rare as it should be. In this way, my connection to the cancer community is through empathy and in understanding the pain that is difficult for so many to imagine.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
My experiences participating in Pelotonia, a bike ride fundraiser event for cancer research in Columbus, Ohio, have shown me how much can be accomplished when people come together to create positive change fueled by the loss and grief that cancer so often leaves behind. In addition to my desire to commit more of my time to fundraising for cancer research and connecting with other like-minded people, there are so many people in my life whose lives have been forever changed by cancer that inspire me to be a rider in the 4K. I want to ride for all of them: my dad, who deserved to live a long life, full of laughs, family, and love; my mom, who deserved to grow old with my dad; my Oma and Opa, who have endured more pain than any person should ever have to endure in a lifetime with the loss of two of their children to cancer; my twin sister, whose dream is to become a doctor so that other people don’t have to go through the pain we did; my younger sister, whose little eight year old self should never have had to speak at her father’s funeral; and every other family who has found hope and happiness in journeys with cancer that have been similarly devastating.
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!
|Neal Tan||05/31/2019||$50.00||Good luck Louisa! You will do great.||Bryna Watson||05/29/2019||$50.00||Eileen McClory||05/29/2019||$5.00||Good luck!||Amy McAllister||05/29/2019||$15.00||A small donation with HUGE heart from just one of your mom’s many former students. We were privileged to meet your dad, and attend his funeral. His legacy still impacts us today. Bravo! Also, I’ve done a 100 mile cycling race and I commend you throughly on your bravery in this endeavor:)||Laura Powers||05/29/2019||$50.00||Congrats Louisa on your journey! The Powers Family||Sean Antonuccio||05/21/2019||$100.00||Best of luck Louisa! Cheers to no more legacy exhibits!||Holly Nurre||05/13/2019||$100.00||GOOOOO LOUISA!!! So proud of you for doing this, thankful that you’re doing so much to fight against cancer, and excited to see you to take on another adventure! <3<3<3 you!!!||Varun P||05/08/2019||$40.00||Anonymous Friend||05/01/2019||$100.00||Well Done just for starting Louisa - Wishing you well on your journey.||Hugo Cayssials||04/30/2019||$40.00||Sarah Centanni||04/30/2019||$25.00||Good luck Louisa!!!||Ingrid Werner||04/30/2019||$200.00||Good Luck Louisa!||Monica Hargis||04/30/2019||$50.00||Proud of you Louisa! Such an important cause!||Camille Pipino||04/26/2019||$30.00||I'm so proud of you!! More importantly, I know both your dad and aunt would be, too. Can't wait to hear all about your journey and (virtually) follow along. You're an inspiration!! LOVE YOU FOREVER Camille||Jennifer Bethel||04/21/2019||$200.00||Erik and I wish you a safe journey! What you are doing is important!||Kennet Bruce||04/20/2019||$50.00||Enjoy!||Beth Laffey||04/20/2019||$50.00||Kim Kirtland||04/20/2019||$50.00||Best of luck on your journey! We will be with you in spirit!||Patrick & Erin Foy||04/20/2019||$50.00||Tam Luong||03/19/2019||$100.00||have fun on the trip!||Louisa Wruck||01/06/2019||$50.00||Way to go Louisa— sending you our best, The Corroto Family||Ralph Walkling||12/31/2018||$50.00||Way to go Louisa!! Ralph and Reena||Wei Wei Magnuson||12/24/2018||$150.00||Katrin Wynne||12/24/2018||$50.00||Good luck||Adam Feifel||12/11/2018||$25.00||Veronica Skok||12/07/2018||$30.00||Please share all of the highlights as your journey unfolds this sounds like the adventure of a lifetime!||Monica Claire||12/06/2018||$100.00||Proud of and incredibly impressed by ya, roomie :)||Asie Makarova||12/04/2018||$500.00||So proud of you always! Lucky that you are my friend!||Doris Harter||12/02/2018||$200.00||Fantastic endeavor! Love, Tante Doris||Casey and Bernadette Minton||12/01/2018||$200.00||Elissa Kuharich||11/28/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Kate Morgan||11/28/2018||$20.00||Lauren Guarino||11/28/2018||$5.00||Giving Tuesday||Laura Mikkila||11/28/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Kennet Bruce||11/28/2018||$75.00||Judson Woods||11/28/2018||$25.00||Holly Nurre||11/28/2018||$10.00||Kristen Cowan||11/27/2018||$20.00||Good luck Louisa!!||Nguyen Le||11/27/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Beth Weisbach||11/27/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Meg Wilson||11/27/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Abby Boyle||11/27/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Michael Weisbach||11/27/2018||$150.00||Hannah Lee||11/27/2018||$50.00||Go Louisa!!!||Ellen Kimball||11/27/2018||$25.00||Giving Tuesday||Erica Yoder||11/27/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Aarin Henning||11/27/2018||$25.00||Giving Tuesday||Alecia Solomon||11/27/2018||$100.00||Eric and Karin Wruck||11/27/2018||$500.00||Just awesome what you are doing! Love you so very much! Oma and Opa||Kimberly Ditty||11/27/2018||$50.00||Thank you for riding and giving to others!||Granny and Pops||11/27/2018||$500.00||Great Endeavor, Lou!||Alexandria Toothman||11/27/2018||$10.00||Tam Luong||11/27/2018||$25.00||Good luck!!!!!||Beverly Trout||11/27/2018||$50.00||Antonietta Mongillo||11/27/2018||$150.00||Keri Peterson||11/27/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Sammi Hargis||11/27/2018||$25.00||Janie Wolanksy||11/27/2018||$5.00||Giving Tuesday||Nikki Seletz||11/27/2018||$10.00||Giving Tuesday||Olga Vandycheva||11/25/2018||$300.00||so proud of you!||Your Biggest Fan!! Love You!||11/19/2018||$100.00||You inspire me!!!||Louisa Wruck||11/18/2018||$100.00|