Anna Balch is a 2017 graduate and is currently living in Tapachula, México. In the summer of 2019, 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 Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
In 2016, my grandmother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and passed away less than a week later. She was my biggest inspiration and the reason I signed up for 4K the first time around a year after her death. While training for my first run, a friend of mine was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and lost her battle a few months later. From there, my connections only grew - unfortunately. As I continued to train, I heard words of encouragement from friends and family that usually followed with "my loved one had cancer." Once the run started, there wasn't a day that went by where we didn't meet a stranger who was affected by cancer in some way or another. Some of those strangers are now friends whom my teammates and I keep in contact with to this day.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I want to run 4,000 miles again this summer because for me, one summer just wasn't enough. One summer wasn't enough to honor all the people I know or have met who have been affected by cancer. I want another chance to give back to the communities we pass through and another chance to raise funds for young adults with cancer. This disease has touched the lives of so many people I know and while I may never be able fix that, I want to at least do my best to show my support!
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!
|Illan Ireland||07/16/2019||$20.00||Venmo from Illan||Theo Longboy||07/12/2019||$20.00||Love you Anna! KEEP up ya DAMN good work. You inspire me every single day.||Kinsey Manchester||06/15/2019||$50.00||Oh my lanta Amber Lynn, I can’t believe you are leaving tomorrow for 4K round 2! Team Boston is so incredibly lucky to have such a supportive, driven, kind, and lovely individual on their team- I hope they love you as much as we do (it may not be possible though heehee). I wish you easy routes, no garlic water, no scary popping noises, lots of finger dancing, and an endless supply of gluten free snacks. You’re going to be amazing, again! Also here’s $1 for every day until I see you at the finish line. Love ya lots! xo Kimberly Ann||Emma Sanning||05/31/2019||$86.80||I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AMBER!! and so incredibly excited to watch you do your thang AGAIN and support so many wonderful people. Team Boston is SO lucky to have you!! I am so thankful I was able to meet you and run with you last summer. You have truly changed my life and taught me what determination looks like. I am so proud of you amber, LOVE YOU! you rock, I can't say that enough.||Luise H Morton||05/15/2019||$200.00||Anonymous Friend||05/06/2019||$50.00||Donation from Maggie||Vilma Bursac||05/06/2019||$25.00||Some of my favorite memories happened during our run last year on Team Baltimore. Thank you for being a part of my experience. Can't wait to follow your journey. Proud of you!||Anonymous Friend||05/06/2019||$21.00||Venmo from Meg||Anonymous Friend||05/05/2019||$13.10||Venmo from Rachel||Tina Engels||05/04/2019||$200.00||You are amazing. Working tirelessly for so many. I am so proud of u! Love Mama||Anonymous Friend||05/04/2019||$21.00||Good Luck with the half!||Anonymous Friend||05/04/2019||$100.00||You’re going to kill it Amber||Rebeca Itzkowich||05/03/2019||$150.00||Thanks so much doing this important and inspiring work to bring awareness about this devastating desease, Anna.||Anonymous Friend||04/30/2019||$13.10||Venmo from Donna Boyd||Anna Balch||04/28/2019||$52.00||Donations from Jeff, Malorie and Lourdes. Thank you!||Karen Fayden||04/28/2019||$100.00||You are a rock star!!! Love Auntie Carrot||Anonymous Friend||04/27/2019||$101.00||Richard Balch||04/17/2019||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||04/14/2019||$100.00||Virtual 5K||Mark Eney||04/09/2019||$50.00||We'll be praying for you, Anna!||Resilience Gives||04/08/2019||$8.00||U.S. Bank Foundation||03/28/2019||$1,000.00||Prescott Balch||03/20/2019||$39.00||13×3||Clay B Henley||03/20/2019||$50.00||Sophie Rayner||03/11/2019||$22.00||I hope you know how amazing you are!||Vanisha Sparks||03/11/2019||$20.00||Good luck Anna! Keep doing what you're doing and smash the 4K. Go you Xx||Arnold Longboy||03/06/2019||$100.00||Go Anna!! This gift is to honor my friend and colleague Eric, who lost his battle with cancer at 49 last November!||Patty Wheeler||03/04/2019||$250.00||Wow! Impressive commitment running 2 years in a row! That takes a servant heart, Anna!||Jeff Carpenter||02/18/2019||$25.00||Go get them Anna||Angela Vandehey||02/18/2019||$50.00||Felicia Hager||02/17/2019||$20.00||Good luck Anna||Prescott Balch||02/17/2019||$20.00||virtual 5k||Anna Balch||02/16/2019||$50.00||Venmo from Audrey Thanks Audraline!||Mitchell Neto||02/15/2019||$100.00||Go girl!||Jake Teitelbaum||02/15/2019||$8.00||Anna Balch||02/15/2019||$95.00||Venmo money from Melissa, Aishani, Anna, Ashley, Kristen, Rachel, Jessica and Marrae! Thank you all!||Caitlin Ann Cheruka||02/07/2019||$100.00||You Go Amber!!!! I am beyond proud and ecstatic for you to run for 4K this summer!! Your Nana would be so proud and I am honored we were teammates this past summer. I’ll never forget our first run together when we made it to the top of that summit on the first 16 mile day. I couldn’t have done it without you! I’ll be cheering you along every step of the way! Just remember, yes you can! And you can always do one more mile!!!!! Love you ❤️||Lisa Petrovic||02/06/2019||$50.00||So proud of you Anna! Be safe and healthy! Love, Lisa and John||Alison Gareis||02/04/2019||$50.00||So proud of you Amber! Hopefully this summer won't be as shambly as last year. I am so excited for you to participate in the 4K again and I am so happy I got to experience it with you the first time around! Hopefully Kelly doesn't get the stomach flu this year! Best of luck! Love Alice <3||Karl Scheidt||02/03/2019||$100.00||Good luck on the run. You neighbors in Caledonia. San Fran to Boston.....”run Forest run”||Prescott Balch||01/23/2019||$1,000.00||Train girl train!||Diane Balch||01/22/2019||$50.00||PK Gregory||01/11/2019||$100.00||Sorry Kelly got the stomach flu, I will send you a picture of my cat later to make up for it. Say hi to Prescott for me. Also Magnolia says hi :)||Anonymous Friend||01/05/2019||$100.00||Kofuzi .||01/03/2019||$10.00||Happy Running!||Isabelle Stern||01/02/2019||$100.00||Can’t wait for you to dance on even more random roads across the country! So lucky to have run with you the first time, and know that Team Baltimore + PK are with you all the way!||Anna Balch||12/30/2018||$100.00|