Alison Gareis is a freshman at D'Youville College. 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 Baltimore, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Cancer has affected several of my loved ones and many of my friends’ family members, and has left a large impact on my life and my family. In middle school several of my friends’ parents were diagnosed with cancer and I helped support them through their difficult time. This past year we lost my Uncle Phil and Great Uncle Joe to cancer. Uncle Phil lost his battle to prostate cancer and crohn's disease in January, and Uncle Joe passed away in August after losing his battle to prostate and bone cancer. Their deaths opened my eyes to the many affects cancer can have on not only the patient, but also their loved ones. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my Uncles and the wonderful lives they lead.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am running 4,000 miles this summer with the 4K Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults because I want to help bring awareness and support the cancer community. I want to honor my Uncles and the wonderful lives they lead. Both of them were always willing to lend a helping hand to a friend in need, and I want to follow their example by helping those struggling with cancer. Participating in the 4K for cancer run will allow me to use my athletic abilities to bring a positive change to the lives of those affected by cancer. I want to inspire others to actively participate in the cancer community because no one is alone in their fight against 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 www.4kforcancer.org!
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!
|Siddiqui Family||10/17/2017||$100.00||Good luck Alison! This is an amazing task you are taking on, enjoy every minute!||Kailyn & Joy Lane||10/14/2017||$50.00||So proud of you Al and wish you the best of luck:)||Isabelle Schlehr||10/14/2017||$100.00||Alison, I’m so happy that you are doing this. I’m proud of you and hope that the run goes amazing!||Mary Beth Baust||10/14/2017||$100.00||Good luck on the journey||Anne Gareis||10/14/2017||$100.00||Sheila Donovan||10/14/2017||$100.00||Good luck!||Anonymous Friend||10/01/2017||$25.00||I love everything about this. Thank you for choosing to take part in such an incredible venture and I hope you find nothing but the best vibes along the way.||Jessica Silverstein||09/30/2017||$25.00||Alexandra Seefeldt||09/30/2017||$25.00||So proud of you girl. You're amazing!!||Alison Gareis||09/26/2017||$100.00|