Baris Yigit's Fundraising Page
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Baris Yigit is a senior at Technical University Munich. In the summer of 2017 he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to New York, NY to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. 


What is your connection to the cancer community?

Cancer has affected me several times in different stages of my life. The first time was when my aunt died of breast cancer. I was very young and barely remember her but I know how much she meant to my mother. I'm sad I didn't get to know her better. Since then, several other people close to me have lost the fight against cancer. The most recent loss was my grandpa who passed away just a couple of weeks ago. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I felt powerless because I'm abroad doing research at the University of Notre Dame and couldn't help. However, the last thing he said to me was that he's proud of me going to the US and following my dreams.

Ironically, the worst time for me was the only non-fatal time. In my senior year of high school, my little sister, who was 16 years old at that time, was diagnosed with leukemia. Later, the doctors changed the diagnosis to MDS which is a similar disorder in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. The reasons for MDS are mostly unknown. However, the treatment is similar to the leukemia treatment: chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, praying. I was my sister's bone marrow donor and I know we were very lucky that this was possible as I'm her only sibling.

Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

I read about the 4K a couple of weeks ago right after my grandpa died of pancreatic cancer. In fact, reading about this helped me deal with the loss as it gave me an opportunity to feel less powerless. The fact that the 4K run is so long both in distance and time makes it unique and challenging. It gives me the feeling that I can actually make a change. What appeals to me the most is the mental support for the patients and their families as I have personal experience with that and I think it’s a crucial factor in fighting cancer. My parents lived in the hospital to be with my sister during her treatment and the nurses told me my family had always been the happiest when I was around because I was able to give them strength by spreading positive energy. In fact, the nurses themselves were surprised I could stay so positive while my sister was going through all of this. I guess every little smile helps people endure this energy-sapping time and I will try to spread as many little smiles as possible.

ABOUT 2017 4K for Cancer

2017 marks the 16th 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 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
Baris Yigit 08/30/2017 $100.00  
Eva Schmalz 08/05/2017 $100.00 "Gefühle die nicht in Worte fassend sind"....ich habe mich sehr gefreut.... vielen lieben Dank
Kelly Rycroft 08/02/2017 $20.00 Best of luck on your last couple days! I am so glad I was able to meet you!
Ajay Gupta 07/29/2017 $50.00 Best of luck, Bari! Keep in touch. Remember to listen to what your soul tells you.
Anonymous Friend 06/24/2017 $75.00 All of us at Changs Folk Dancers in San Francisco are behind you all the way, Baris! Success!
Murph Aka Edaaaa 06/14/2017 $52.00 Lauf Türk, lauf!
Familie Tsakiridou 06/03/2017 $100.00 Viel Erfolg weiterhin, Baris! (Maria Maria she reminds me of a west side story)
Resat Maden 06/03/2017 $50.00  
Tamara Ducke 05/15/2017 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/15/2017 $100.00  
Suayip Yigit 05/15/2017 $50.00 Viel Erfolg, Baris!
Anonymous Friend 05/13/2017 $50.00 You're an inspiration. Miss you!
Pascal Haensel 05/13/2017 $100.00  
Hakan Karatas 05/12/2017 $200.00 Lieber Baris, ich finde, dass das eine tolle Sache von dir ist und stehe voll hinter dir! Viel Kraft und viel Spaß! Dein Hakan Amca
Hao Wang 05/07/2017 $100.00 Jo Baris, riesigen Respekt! Ich wünsche dir alles Beste auf dem Weg, genieße die Zeit und einfach immer weiter laufen :D
Alejandra Fernandez 05/05/2017 $50.00 Buen provecho! :) Hope you have a great experience.
Denizhan Altay 04/25/2017 $100.00 diggah diggah diggah diggah laaaaaauuft diggah lauf (: halasinin kuzusu gel artik Liebe grüße aus dem Altay Haus Peace
Sonja Beutelschieß 04/11/2017 $75.00 Run Boy, Run! Du hast dich schon immer für andere Menschen eingesetzt! Wir sind stolz auf dich und wünschen dir eine unvergessliche Zeit! Becci & Sonja
Timo Mielnik 04/10/2017 $100.00 Viel Erfolg bro!
Mayuran Surendran 04/05/2017 $100.00 Lauf Baris, laufffffffffffffffffffffff! Wir sind stolz auf dich, du hast das Herz am rechten Fleck brraaaaaa, immer weiter ! Mayu und Familie
Adnan Makhani 03/18/2017 $20.00 Run Habibi Run!!
Henrik Von Kleist 03/14/2017 $30.00  
Lisa Nordgauer 03/14/2017 $25.00  
Eylem Ugurlu 03/13/2017 $20.00  
Engin Idrizovski 03/12/2017 $150.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/12/2017 $50.00  
Tamer Olcay Guenay 03/12/2017 $25.00 Lieber Barış wir sind stolz auf Dich. ♡ Wir wünschen Dir viel Erfolg. Beyza İla & Olcay &Tamer Günay
Tamer Olcay Guenay 03/12/2017 $25.00 Lieber Barış wir sind stolz auf Dich. ♡ Wir wünschen Dir viel Erfolg. Beyza İla & Olcay &Tamer Günay
Gökhan Öztürk 03/12/2017 $100.00 Hallo Barış.Wünschen dir viel Erfolg bei dieser ehrwürdigen Aktion!
Laurin Gschwendtner 03/12/2017 $20.00  
Kassan Unda 03/11/2017 $20.00  
Niraja Suresh 03/09/2017 $50.00 Good luck Baris!
Margarete Fiederer 02/25/2017 $50.00 Ich bin Dialyse Patientin nach dem deine Mutter mir davon erzählt hat war ich sofort begeistert und will dich dabei unterstützen wünsche dir viel Erfolg bei der Aktion
Burak Erkus 02/06/2017 $300.00 Fethiye, Murat und Burak Erkus. Tolle Aktion der Teilnehmer, die das unterstützen. Bewunderstwert, das es solche Menschen gibt! Wir wünschen euch allen viel Erfolg und viel Kraft. Liebe Grüße
Ali Parhizi 02/06/2017 $50.00 Hallo Baris, auch wenn ich dich noch nicht persönlich kenne, finde ich das eine wirklich tolle Sache, die man unterstützen muss!!! Ich wünsche euch allen Teilnehmer viel Kraft und Durchhaltevermögen für euren 4000 Meilen Lauf quer durch die Staaten. PS: ich bin ein sehr enger Freund von Burak Erkus. Viele Grüße Ali Parhizi
Alex Wahl 01/29/2017 $100.00 Tolle Idee die wir gerne unterstützen ;-)
Sebastian Oehme 01/29/2017 $50.00 I'm delighted to see that you took on such a challange. Have a save run! Happy to see you when your back.
Paul (Masse) Teufel 01/25/2017 $40.00 Großen Respekt für diesen Einsatz Baris!! Viel Glück und viel Spaß auf deiner Reise!
BJOERN LUETJENS 01/23/2017 $8.00 Super Projekt Baris, danke dir für deinen Einsatz!!! Ich wünsche dir viel Spaß und Erfolg aber auch Gesundheit und Inspiration, während deiner Reise.
Lorenz Weber 01/23/2017 $20.00 Respekt Baris! Weiterhin viel Erfolg und komm gut zurück!
Svenja RM 01/23/2017 $50.00 Starke Aktion die ich gerne unterstütze! Du bist super :)
Leyla Altundas 01/22/2017 $20.00 Viel Glück
Anonymous Friend 01/22/2017 $200.00 Wow really great project Bariş. I wish you good luck and perseverance in this action.
Anonymous Friend 01/22/2017 $50.00 Great Project!
Caner Erdogan 01/22/2017 $50.00 Barış'ma bu insanlık için yaptığı güzellikten dolayı çok teşekkür ediyorum. Karınca kararınca bende bi katkıda bulunmak istiyorum. Başarılar diliyorum.
Larsch W 01/22/2017 $20.00 Go Barißß!
Lea Herrmann 01/22/2017 $30.00 Seit ich dich kenne setzt du dich aktiv für die Dinge ein, die dir wichtig sind. Total bewundernswert! Liebe Grüße aus England!
Cumali Yigit 01/21/2017 $200.00 Als Unterstützung für dich von Familie Yigit Nr.3 :)
YOUSSEF AMNAY 01/18/2017 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 01/17/2017 $30.00  
Anonymous Friend 01/13/2017 $100.00 Baris, I am sorry re your grandpa. It doesn't surprise me that you were a calming inspiration to your sister and family. You have brought many smiles to our family these past 3 weeks and are truly an exceptional young man. Good luck on the run!
Derya Yigit 01/12/2017 $100.00 Tante Meggi & Family wünscht dir viel Glück
Beste Schwester 01/11/2017 $20.00 Run, Forrest! Run!
Derya Yigit 01/11/2017 $100.00 Spende vom Team der Dialyse Ruit
Gökhan Yigit 01/08/2017 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 01/05/2017 $250.00  
Familie Teker Familie Yilmaz 01/01/2017 $200.00 Eine tolle Initiative und Aktion die wir gerne unterstützen - wir sind stolz auf dich Baris !
Kaan Karatas 12/31/2016 $100.00 Ich halte die Teilnehmer für tolle Menschen. Danke, dass ihr dazu beitragt, dass diese Krankheit nicht in Vergessenheit gerät. Ich wünsche euch viel Erfolg und viel Spaß. Und vor allem wünsche ich allen krebskranken Jugendlichen viel Kraft und ein gesundes Leben.
Eyüp Ergün 12/30/2016 $150.00 50.-€ sind von Asena :) Eine tolle Initiative von Dir, die wir gerne unterstützen.
Familie Tekin 12/30/2016 $100.00 Wir sind stolz auf dich Baris!
Eleftherios Ketasoudis 12/29/2016 $100.00 Tolle Aktion die wir sehr gern unterstützen!!!
Aziz Yigit 12/29/2016 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/28/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/28/2016 $100.00  
Baris Yigit 12/19/2016 $100.00  
  Total $5,345.00  
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