Ashley is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. 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?
A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luckily, the doctors were able to remove all the infected areas before it could spread, and to this day he is cancer free. However, instances like this are more of an exception than an expected outcome. While our family was fortunate enough to only go through a brief moment of fear, many people aren't as lucky, which is why raising awareness is so crucial in finding both immediate and longterm solutions.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Almost everyone nowadays has some sort of connection to the cancer community, whether it's a family member, a friend, or even a neighbor. By raising awareness for this issue, donations have been made, enabling researchers to develop new treatments and to help organizations like the Ulman Cancer Fund to provide programs to help alleviate the emotional hardships placed on families during these times. My father won his battle to cancer thanks to treatments developed by cancer researchers, and I now want to help the types of organizations that helped make that possible. By participating in the 4K run, I'll be able to use my passion of running to aid an organization that has the power to produce positive change in countless lives. Most importantly though, I'll have the opportunity to help spread hope within the cancer community that this is not a losing battle--it's a fight we can win.
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!