Luke Ellison's Fundraising Page
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 Luke Ellison is a graduate student at Western Michigan University. In the summer of 2019, he 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?

My main connection to the cancer community is through family and friends who have been unfortunate enough to be affected. The most recent case being my brother in law’s father who was diagnosed with bladder cancer about 6 months ago in a fairly advanced state. It appears he will either need to have treatment every few months to reduce his tumor for the rest of his life or remove his bladder. He is opting for the continued treatment. Luckily I have not known anyone personally who has passed away from cancer and my family has been mostly free from it.

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

There are many reasons why I am inspired to take part in the 4k challenge. Firstly, I have been convinced that those who have the resources to do so have a moral responsibility to help those less fortunate than themselves. This primarily came through my exposure to the effective altruism community, notably through Will Macaskill’s book “Doing Good Better”. One major problem in the world is cancer which presently destroys the lives of countless numbers of family members and friends that are close to people all around the world. Just about everyone is affected by cancer. It is most likely a solvable problem, or at least a problem that can be diminished greatly if enough resources are allocated to it. I have also noticed a moral lapse in my own personal action to solve problems like these. I fill my life up with so many time demanding projects that I lose sight of what really is important in this world: helping improve the quality of life of others and diminishing the degree of suffering that exists in this world. The 4K challenge would give me the opportunity to merge my love of long distance running with the goal of making the world a better place. The 4k challenge also meshes with my goal/achievement guided mentality that keeps me motivated to move forward in my life. How often do I get the opportunity conquer an achievement as big as running across the country? Not often, and I am convinced that pursuing this challenge is the right choice for me at this moment in my life.

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
Abby Warners 03/30/2019 $50.00 Good Luck!
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2019 $20.00  
Nora J Jenkins 03/21/2019 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/18/2019 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/11/2019 $10.00  
Rebekah Shomsky 03/11/2019 $20.00  
Mark Jasonowicz 03/09/2019 $50.00  
Brent Spitler 02/25/2019 $250.00  
Thuy Simpson 02/25/2019 $150.00  
Anonymous Friend 02/19/2019 $10.00  
Fatima Sharif 02/14/2019 $100.00 I can truly and honestly say you have been a great friend and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for you. Have a great valentine, much love to you!
Drewyn Talley 02/14/2019 $51.00 “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” -MLK, Jr.
Richard Kelley 02/09/2019 $50.00 Go Luke, Go
Sa San 02/08/2019 $20.00  
Parzinder Ghavri 02/04/2019 $20.00  
Chipotle 01/29/2019 $161.21  
Anonymous Friend 01/27/2019 $27.00  
Heather Huber 01/26/2019 $30.00  
Anonymous Friend 01/26/2019 $20.00  
Tom Kelley & Liisa McCloy-Kelley 01/21/2019 $100.00 We are proud of you for taking on this challenge and trying to make the world better.
Richard Kelley 01/13/2019 $50.00  
Patrick Streyle 01/04/2019 $150.00  
Myriah Williams 01/02/2019 $50.00 Amazing and selfless. God surely will go with you and before you on your journey.
Timothy Potjer 12/28/2018 $100.00  
Steve Oostdyk 12/27/2018 $100.00 Good luck, Luke!
Joshua Boersma 12/25/2018 $150.00 Merry christmas Luke, good luck on your fundraising! JIOP
Arika Streyle 12/25/2018 $50.00  
Wendy and Steve Kelley 12/24/2018 $100.00 Best wishes on your adventure. We love you!
Adam Ellison 12/23/2018 $100.00 From Adam and Whitney!
Molly and Ken Parker 12/23/2018 $35.00 This is awesome what your doing Luke. You are really Amazing in all that you do !!!! Keep up the good work. P.s that includes your Music ♡ love ya Ken & Molly.
Scott Ellison 12/23/2018 $100.00 Proud of you Luke!
Ed and Jen Parks 12/23/2018 $350.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/23/2018 $10.00  
Rick Barnhart 12/16/2018 $25.00  
Sharon Christy 12/12/2018 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/11/2018 $20.00  
Richard D Kelley 12/08/2018 $50.00  
Sarah J Daily 12/06/2018 $25.00  
Stephen Couzens 12/04/2018 $100.00  
Kenneth Bos 12/02/2018 $50.00  
Bonnie Jean Johnson 11/27/2018 $500.00 I'm proud of Luke's dedication to this cause and his positive forward action to fulfill his purpose.
Steve Ellison 11/27/2018 $50.00  
Kathy Lynn Ellison 11/27/2018 $11.00  
Fatima Sharif 11/14/2018 $50.00  
Luke Ellison 11/12/2018 $100.00  
  Total $3,635.21  
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