Marissa Aldieri is a graduate student at Lesley 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, MD to San Francisco, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
For the past 3 years, I worked with an organization called Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, providing programs around the world free of charge to serve children with chronic illnesses. I ran into a wide variety of diagnoses, including patients battling forms of pediatric cancer. I work with these children to help increase their quality of life and give them the opportunity to live their childhood, no strings attached. This past year, I lost my uncle to brain cancer and discovered many extraordinary things about him that developed even more of a drive to serve the cancer community.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
Not only is this a challenge I want to accomplish for myself and the people in my life affected by cancer, but more importantly for the entire community. Our word is spread throughout the entire nation as we go on our way and I am fascinated at the impact word of mouth in itself can do. I have been raising money for many years to benefit many different foundations and I have never taken on something like this. I am excited to meet new people in the community, hear their stories, and let them know that we are doing this ride in their honor and spirit.
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!
|Virginia Thomas||08/19/2019||$25.00||I very proud of you Marisa!!||RICHARD GIVEANS||07/31/2019||$100.00||Dann Fink||07/16/2019||$214.00||Marissa - as an infrequent FB person I missed the early leg of your journey. But it seems I caught it just in time to be in awe of you, your spirit, your strength and your vision. I couldn't be more proud to call you a friend. And in honor of your fight - I send you two of the most cherished angels to have ever visited Earth to ride at your back. My gorgeous nephew Mark, in whose heart my sun rose and set every day, and his sister, my warrior of a niece Leah, whose hand I held like a father until she opened her arms and flew to him. If you ever feel your vision drifting, look toward the sky - they'll be there for you with all my ❤️.||Michael Filomeno||07/10/2019||$100.00||Best of luck Marissa on your journey for a great cause Mike and Jeannie Filomeno||Rick & Vicky Duffy||07/02/2019||$100.00||Marissa - Great work supporting such a wonderful cause. You're a great inspiration and positive influence for us all. We also hope you're having a great time. - The Duffys||Kori Hines||06/28/2019||$20.00||Keep up your beautiful work of bringing joy and inspiration to others! You certainly inspire me, Marissa!||Yanina and Bruce Daigle||06/25/2019||$100.00||Go get 'em, Marissa! We're so proud of you!||Wadsworth Family Foundation||06/18/2019||$1,000.00||Christine Gustafson||06/15/2019||$100.00||Marissa, It's incredible what you are doing for a great cause. Enjoy your amazing experience! Chris & Mark||Saldie Villarma||06/14/2019||$50.00||Good luck, Marissa!||Carolyn Shea||06/14/2019||$100.00||Maureen Zimmer||06/14/2019||$25.00||Marissa, you continue to amaze it. I am so proud of you and your team. Safe travels!||Ellie Gagnon||06/02/2019||$100.00||The Staff at EG Salon wishes you all the love and energy you need to make it clear across country on two wheels! God Bless.||Mary Coady||05/30/2019||$50.00||Thank you Marissa for bringing awareness to this wonderful cause. We will be in our hearts and thoughts for the entire trip.||Padraig Barry||05/29/2019||$100.00||You got this, lady! So proud of you. Be safe. Enjoy the journey. Thank you for inspiring us.||Liz Gray||05/13/2019||$25.00||Go Marissa Go!||West Monroe Partners||05/08/2019||$50.00||Dana Tavarozzi||05/01/2019||$50.00||Good luck Marissa!||Jeri Musumeci||04/24/2019||$100.00||Marissa Aldieri||03/29/2019||$108.00||March Social Media BINGO!||Silvana Pandolfe||03/03/2019||$50.00||Good Luck Marissa!!! God Bless you honey!! Love, Tony and Silvana Pandolfe||John Sullivan||02/21/2019||$100.00||Marissa, Great to see the wonderful things you are doing! Not surprised in the least at such a positive course. Congratulations and Best of Luck!!!||Alex Marieb||02/19/2019||$20.00||Great work so far! God speed||Michael Kearney||02/19/2019||$100.00||Good Luck Marissa, We will be following your trip!!!! From Michael and Sharon Kearney||Megan Meyers||02/14/2019||$50.00||So excited for you! You are going to have the best summer ever!||Kathleen Ellis||02/12/2019||$100.00||What a great way to do something for others!!! Have a blast.||Christine Bourne||02/11/2019||$50.00||So proud of you Marissa!||Missy Middleton||02/11/2019||$25.00||Melanie Paterno||02/09/2019||$20.00||Good Luck Marissa! Great meeting you at EZ this morning for the workout!||Julie Cranick||02/09/2019||$600.00||Energy Zone Boot Camp Fundraiser!||Sylwia Czartoryjska||02/09/2019||$50.00||Cash Donation!||Maria DiMauro||02/09/2019||$150.00||Cynthia Perugini||02/07/2019||$50.00||A great endeavor for a worthy cause. Good luck and enjoy.||Andrea King||02/02/2019||$100.00||What an amazing experience this will be!! Good luck with the training and enjoy every mile of the ride!!||Marcy Poppel||02/01/2019||$50.00||Dino Carbone||01/31/2019||$100.00||You go girl!! You are amazing and your family is so proud of you! Uncle Dino||Diana Li||01/30/2019||$80.00||Hi Marissa!! I’m so excited for your journey and this fundraiser. Kyle and I are sending you our best wishes.||Calvin Nakatsuka||01/28/2019||$50.00||Have an awesome ride!||Corinne Tillotta||01/25/2019||$25.00||Natalia Melnikova||01/24/2019||$30.00||Good luck and all the best, Marissa, from the Kordonsky family!||Elizabeth S||01/23/2019||$100.00||We are so proud of you Marissa, Safe travels||Robert Aldieri||01/23/2019||$100.00||Good Luck Marissa. Love Grandpa.||Joseph Feest||01/23/2019||$50.00||Alex Kordonsky||01/23/2019||$50.00||Happy birthday! Good luck on your trip and stay safe!||Caroline Anastasia||01/22/2019||$25.00||You inspire me everyday albo :)||Kathy Bristol||01/21/2019||$100.00||You are such an inspiration, and I am proud to know you. I can't wait to follow your adventures. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!||Nan O'Brien||01/21/2019||$25.00||Inspiring! Have a safe trip Marissa.||George & Diane Morgan||01/21/2019||$50.00||Have a fun and safe journey!||Marissa Aldieri||01/21/2019||$183.00||Charity spin class at The Handle Bar||David Cooley||01/21/2019||$50.00||You rock...safe travels and be sure to enjoy the ride.||Harold Panciera||01/21/2019||$50.00||Olivia DiMauro||01/20/2019||$75.00||David Bauer||01/20/2019||$25.00||Take lots of pictures!||Ann Marie Rogers||01/20/2019||$100.00||John Geary||01/20/2019||$50.00||Debbie Monahan||01/19/2019||$50.00||Lisa M Thomas||01/19/2019||$100.00||Jen Martin||01/18/2019||$100.00||You’re an inspiration! Love you so much sis <3||Kathy Wilson||01/18/2019||$25.00||God bless you and keep you safe and strong!||Kathy & Jim Kmietek||01/17/2019||$100.00||Best wishes for a safe and fun journey!||Pam Daniels||01/17/2019||$100.00||You go girl! Safe travels.||Sandy & Dale Aldieri||01/17/2019||$300.00||May your spirit continue to spread throughout the universe! We love you!||Susan Baldyga||01/17/2019||$50.00||wow, I remember you from prof Gallitto Basketball.... great Job||Valerie Walsh||01/17/2019||$100.00||What an amazing young woman! I hope you have a wonderful experience riding across the country and that you exceed your fundraising goals. Be safe and have fun!||Jennifer Liseo||01/17/2019||$20.00||Ride safe, have fun and thank you!||Ann Guptill||01/17/2019||$150.00||You are an Amazing young woman! Safe travels and thank you for raising awareness. We love you Marissa!||Angela Tambini||01/14/2019||$25.00||Esther Pinto||01/14/2019||$25.00||U go Girl!||Ted Pineault||01/14/2019||$25.00||Enjoy the Ride!||Nick Tambini||01/14/2019||$50.00||Mark Rozelle||01/14/2019||$350.00||You are a special young lady and a true inspiration! Thank you for all you do to help others.||Marissa Beggin||01/02/2019||$20.00||Martin Fraser||01/02/2019||$20.00||Ryan Tate||01/02/2019||$20.00||Jonathan O'Donnell||01/02/2019||$20.00||Bill McDonald||12/31/2018||$100.00||Have fun & stay upright!||Bryan Pfalzgraf||12/30/2018||$25.00||I'm so excited for you and even more proud of you Al!||Susan Sommers||12/19/2018||$300.00||Good luck and safe travels on your ride Al!||Steve Tambini||12/18/2018||$100.00||Marissa Aldieri||12/13/2018||$100.00|