Alana Okun's Fundraising Page
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Alana Okun's Fundraising Page
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 Alana Okun is a junior at The College of New Jersey. In the summer of 2018, she 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

What is your connection to the cancer community? 

Cancer is a club that initiates millions of Americans annually, without even counting the millions more family members that get to feel its wrath. It’s a club that nobody wants to be a part of. Unfortunately, my family has had our membership renewed many times.

My grandma, Sandy, first got breast cancer when she was 61 years old. She went through chemo and radiation, and miraculously, came out relatively unscathed. Unfortunately, in 2004, 20 years later, it happened again, but this time it was uterine cancer. After she survived that, my family finally thought they saw the last of it. Until only five years passed, and just like that, in 2009, the breast cancer was back again.

Due to her early detections, incredible medical staff and some miracle working, my grandma has survived her third cancer and is thriving. When I asked if she had any remarks to add, she mentioned that it’s taught her to stay vigilant, keep track of her health, and let her body be her best friend.

Although my family may not be a part of the cancer community anymore, we have memories- some heart-wrenching, and some heart-warming, that remind us of the potency of this disease. However, the experience of watching my beloved grandma fall ill to this monstrous disease, instilled my passion to do my part in the hopes of creating a cancer-free future.

Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults? 

I am embarking on this crazy mission because this program represents everything I am passionate about. 4K for Cancer is a community of young people, using their spirit and their determination to help make a difference.

It also combines two of my most prominent interests- running and medicine. In the least cliche sense, running has saved me countless times. Since middle school, through my sophomore year of college, I have been involved in competitive running. When I did poorly on that one chemistry test sophomore year, what did I do? I went for a run. When I was feeling angry, or stressed, or bothered, what did I do, every single time? I went for a run. Running also “saved” me in college. I walked onto my cross country team after transferring to a new school after freshman year, and instead of facing a lonely and confusing sophomore year in a new place, I faced it with new friends and teammates, but the same incredible sport. This trip exemplifies that same concept that I have always thought about towards running. Running has the power to change, to alleviate and even, to heal.

By running with 4K, I could use my passion to not only help myself, but spread that power of healing and positivity to others. Whether that be through fundraising, volunteering, or simply encouraging my peers, I believe I have the power to use my favorite sport, to truly help those around me, and that is why I am a 4K participant.

ABOUT 2018 4K for Cancer

2018 marks the 17th 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at


Over 70,000 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. 


The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, the Ulman Cancer Fund 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.

UCF House - This year UCF broke ground on 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
Elena Sacco 02/18/2018 $20.00 From Elena and Sapna. You make our Advo Family proud!
Mansi Babaria 02/07/2018 $10.00  
Alli Carusi 02/04/2018 $5.00 We haven't talked in a few years but you are doing something amazing that I want to support
Josh Swerdloff 02/02/2018 $20.00 I need this back if every mile isn’t sub 6 mins
Ezra Brooks 01/30/2018 $20.00 Go run across the country and make me proud and plz don't post about it on fb <3
Brooke Chlebowski 01/28/2018 $10.00 Donation 4 donation ?? Like 4 like ?
Alex Molder 01/28/2018 $20.00 Ucf <3 <3
Jack Haefner 01/27/2018 $25.00 Good Luck Alana I know you can do it!!
Arnab Sarker 01/27/2018 $20.00  
Vineeth Amba 01/27/2018 $5.00 Good luck!
Zahra Memon 01/09/2018 $7.00 You're amazing ily
Helena Sirken 01/09/2018 $10.00  
Emily Lichtenstadter 01/09/2018 $15.00 So proud of you!! Can't wait to see how much you accomplish
Carole Okun 01/09/2018 $100.00 This is so awesome! I'll come see you as you go through the Adirondacks.
Hope Sirimis 01/03/2018 $10.00 proud of you mama
Dor Tillinger 01/01/2018 $18.00  
Rachel Fierverker 01/01/2018 $200.00  
Carlie Horton 01/01/2018 $25.00 you're doing a great job!! Keep up the good work!!
Frank DiNozzi 01/01/2018 $10.00 Even though you forgot to remind me I remembered! #payday #walkacrosstheUSA #ulmancancerfund
Kate Neary 01/01/2018 $5.00 Run!!
Sarah D'Alessio 01/01/2018 $20.00 run run run
Rachael Kolmins 01/01/2018 $5.00 Ily
Nicole Natale 12/30/2017 $5.00 You and Vai are amazing humans!! Wish I could give more. Good luck <3
Amanda Regh 12/29/2017 $15.00 Let me make the picture you upload to facebook, its going to be legendary. Also, sorry I'm poor, this is all I have to give you
Kristen Ambrosino 12/28/2017 $25.00 UC run!!
Katherine Reese 12/28/2017 $5.00 It's a festivus miracle!
Camille Huynh 12/28/2017 $20.00 run bby run
Daniel Suarez 12/28/2017 $10.00  
Alanna Okun 12/28/2017 $10.00 Good luck with the 4K and the fundraising, name-twin!
Emma Hollenberg 12/26/2017 $25.00 Sending all my love and support!
Diane Danch 12/26/2017 $10.00 My amazing little ❤️
Jonathan Weinberg 12/26/2017 $250.00 Actually, this is Sandra Weinberg's donation. Jonathan is merely the scribe. Go, Alana!!!
Shrey Patel 12/23/2017 $10.00 Go Lanye!!
Emily Lewis 12/22/2017 $20.00 proud of you ya lil supaaa star!
Eileen Hu 12/21/2017 $20.00 You are amazing
Gianna Melillo 12/19/2017 $20.00 Run like the wind !!!
Peter Ricco 12/19/2017 $5.00  
Ellen Marks 12/16/2017 $36.00  
Zach Wohl 12/15/2017 $20.00 Go get it girl
Lorena LiMato 12/15/2017 $5.00 I know this is really small, but I wanted to give something! I hope that this is helpful!
Vaishali Ravikumar 12/15/2017 $10.00 Broad street run x 10000000
Allie Burns 12/15/2017 $15.00 run your little feet off!!!!
Chloe Yelle 12/14/2017 $25.00 You are incredible! Run hard!
Olivia Shanley 12/14/2017 $50.00 So proud to call you my pal! ily!!
Lyra Biancamano 12/13/2017 $5.00  
Heather Haase 12/13/2017 $25.00 You go girl! This is amazing!
Nick Veronsky 12/13/2017 $5.00  
Caroline Gibbs 12/13/2017 $15.00 Run Forrest, run :)
La Tanya Davis 12/13/2017 $200.00 You can do anything!!!
Bailey McLavish 12/13/2017 $3.00 You're amazing
Shree Nadkarni 12/13/2017 $4.50 Run Forrest run
Georgann Kaliroff 12/13/2017 $5.00 Happy Hanukkah lil runner
Katherine Reese 12/12/2017 $5.00  
Jenna Ryan 12/11/2017 $3.00  
Helen Eliya 12/10/2017 $10.00  
Jenn Burns 12/10/2017 $25.00 GO LAOSH GO
Ellen Cohen 12/06/2017 $50.00 Go Alana go!!
Jim Burns 12/06/2017 $100.00 Go loosh!
Gabrielle Okun 12/06/2017 $50.00 Congrats sister! You're going to do an amazing job, so proud of you!!!
Adel Boyarsky 12/06/2017 $20.00 proud
Luisa Martins 12/06/2017 $20.00 RUN ALANA RUN!
Michael Haefner 12/06/2017 $50.00  
Rebecca Weinberg 12/05/2017 $10.00  
Judy Okun 12/05/2017 $100.00 Yahoo!!!
Jonathan Weinberg 12/05/2017 $100.00  
Alana Okun 12/04/2017 $100.00  
  Total $2,096.50  
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