Caitlin recently completed her Master of Science degree at East Stroudsburg University. 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?
I have a very strong connection to the cancer community. It has affected many people that I love and cancer has left a huge impact on my life. About nine years ago, my father was diagnosed with cancer and my life was changed in every way imaginable. My grandfather and grandmother both lost their battle's to cancer as I was growing up. I have watched my loved ones fight against cancer and I believe that no one should have to fight the battle alone. I am a recent graduate student from East Stroudsburg University with a Master's in Clinical Exercise Physiology. My goal is to continue my education and earn a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and work cancer patients. I want to work with this population of patients because it has a special place in my heart. In addition, I am currently earning my Yoga Teaching Training Certification and my goal is to offer yoga classes for cancer patients and survivors. I have an extremely strong connection to the cancer community and I want to continue to give back in as many ways as possible.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am running across America with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults because I want to help support the cancer community by doing what I love which is running. My father was a runner and I have followed in his footsteps. I fell in love with running at the age of 10 when my parents took me to my first track practice. I want to run in honor of my Father, Grandfather, and Grandmother. Cancer has left a major impact on my life because I have to watch my loves struggle through their battles. I want to use my athletic capabilities to help fight back against cancer. I will help support the goals and mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults by running across America as part of the 2018 Cross-Country Team.
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!
|Ramona Murray Goff||10/05/2018||$50.00||Landan Cheruka||08/04/2018||$365.00||Good Job Cait! Love Landan & Jen||KellyAnn Frederick||08/01/2018||$100.00||So PROUD of you and your cause Caitlyn Kelly & Norm Frederick||Amy Flemming||07/30/2018||$50.00||Pam Ellsperman Wrucke||07/28/2018||$25.00||Finish Strong||Leo Uzych||06/28/2018||$30.00||Hi Caitlin, I greatly admire what you are doing! Leo Uzych||Joseph Cheruka||06/17/2018||$100.00||We miss you already! Run in memory & in honor of all my patients & colleagues who have battled cancer. Love you Dad||Allen and Sandy Schatz||06/12/2018||$50.00||Good luck on this amazing journey!||Lori Leeper||06/12/2018||$50.00||Best of luck Caitlin; such a great cause.||Dr. Essam Taha||06/10/2018||$50.00||God bless you on your journey. Thank you for your heart for those with cancer. Many members of my wife's family are fighting or fought the fight against this disease. Best to your father.||Donna Bulgarelli||06/06/2018||$5.00||Go Caitlin! You got this!!!!||Karen Ellis||06/05/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Caitlin.||Valarie A Hornberger||06/05/2018||$100.00||Marie Flemming||06/04/2018||$25.00||Best of luck! Enjoy the scenery.||Anonymous Friend||05/19/2018||$114.00||We love you! Uncle Tony, Aunt Ann, Aunt Gloria , Cathy and Paul||Noy Reuveni||05/16/2018||$36.00||A strong woman with a big heart. Best of luck :)||Claudia Cheruka||05/15/2018||$100.00||Caitlin, Run in memory and in honor of all our love ones family & friends who fought courageously the battle against cancer. We are so proud of you. Love, Mom & Dad||Susan DiDomenico||05/15/2018||$34.90||Good Luck !!!||Caitlin Ann Cheruka||05/15/2018||$150.00||Thank you to all my supports!!! I'm running for everyone who has been impacted by cancer. This is why we run||Carolyn Hunt||05/14/2018||$20.00||Good luck Caitlin! Run like the wind! Thanks for always pushing me at orange||JD Snyder||05/13/2018||$30.00||4K for Cancer!! Run Ruka Run!!!!||Kyle Longacre||05/12/2018||$10.00||Lindsey Carter||05/12/2018||$5.00||Allison Kerr||05/11/2018||$5.00||Bonfire||05/11/2018||$204.17||Tracey Brown||05/11/2018||$61.33||Figured we get you from start to the finish line!! Run, Caitlin, Run! So proud of you! <3||Thomas DeNoville||05/10/2018||$30.00||Good luck!!!||Mark Takacs||05/10/2018||$10.00||Shane O'Donnell||05/10/2018||$5.00||Great Cause!||Kayla Owens||05/10/2018||$5.00||Good Luck!||Brittany Boyer||05/10/2018||$10.00||Gabby Jenkins||05/10/2018||$5.00||Kelsey Hansen||05/10/2018||$3.00||Emma Aldaya||05/08/2018||$10.00||U RUN ACROSS AMERICA GIRL!!! So excited for you! You're running for a great cause, so inspiring :)||Michael Delrossi||05/07/2018||$25.00||Christopher McGinty||05/07/2018||$20.00||GOOD LUCK KID!||Lynn Slocomb||05/03/2018||$250.00||Thank you Caitlin for supporting this commUNITY! Love your Friends at The Light Within||Francis Forwood||05/02/2018||$100.00||You go girl! So proud of you :-)||Regina B O'Connor||05/02/2018||$100.00||Chazz Fisher||05/01/2018||$25.00||Wonderful what you are doing Caitlin! Keep it up||Sean Duffy||04/30/2018||$50.00||Go for it!||Jessica Willemin||04/30/2018||$10.00||Sorry I cannot donate more, but always happy to help. Good luck on your journey, I know you’ll do great!!||Alia Sobel||04/30/2018||$100.00||Good luck!! You are incredible!!||Phi E K @ West Chester University||04/20/2018||$156.00||Lisa/Bob Hughes||04/18/2018||$25.00||Good luck Caitlin—- you GOT this!!! ❤️||William Moore||04/18/2018||$50.00||Good luck Caitlin!!!||Melissa Reed||04/10/2018||$50.00||John M Henry||04/10/2018||$100.00||Wood Family||04/08/2018||$100.00||Caitlin, Good luck, we will be thinking of you. God Bless love the Wood Family||Sadye Soltysiak||04/06/2018||$20.00||The Light Within Yoga Community||04/06/2018||$25.00||Anna Theuer||04/05/2018||$50.00||Soooo so proud of you Caitlin!! Run your heart out and have fun! Love you!!||Karen Theuer||04/05/2018||$200.00||Wishing you the best! Take Care, God Bless. Love, The Theuer Family||Lindsey Inserra||04/04/2018||$3,000.00||Catie McCann||03/29/2018||$30.00||Michael & Christine Kahn||03/25/2018||$25.00||You go Caitlin!||Caroline E Ford||03/25/2018||$50.00||Sarah Slezak||03/18/2018||$100.00||You are amazing with a bright future ahead!||Kristen Murta||03/18/2018||$50.00||Alison Donley||03/18/2018||$20.00||Janet Ruggieri||03/18/2018||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||03/16/2018||$50.00||What an inspiring young woman you are Caitlin. I was just diagnosed with kidney cancer and my daughter graduates from your alma mater WCU in May, so your story hits very close to home for me. I wish I could donate more but the medical bills are already starting to pile up. Best of luck to your dad in his fight, be strong and hug him tight.||Rob Hughes||03/16/2018||$50.00||Best of Luck! From Robbie and Gabby||John Hannum||03/16/2018||$25.00||Dear Caitlin, On behalf of my good friend, Dr. Suzanne Kloud we are happy to make this contribution to your great run. We are proud of you! Jock Hannum and Suzanne Kloud||Michael Delrossi||03/15/2018||$25.00||Your an amazing person!!!!||Chipotle||03/15/2018||$217.60||Alexa Vesci||03/14/2018||$25.00||Good Luck! From frank and Alexa Vesci||Kiersten Vuocolo||03/13/2018||$10.00||Janet Haggerty||03/13/2018||$100.00||Very proud of all you are doing!||Amanda Wuest||03/12/2018||$33.00||Good luck on the run coach, Caitlin! - Amanda @ OTF||Laura Lane||03/12/2018||$10.00||What an awesome event! Good luck Caitlin!||Landan Cheruka||03/11/2018||$250.00||You go sis!!||Jennifer Mone||03/11/2018||$30.00||Good luck Caitlin!!!||Markee Morin||03/09/2018||$100.00||Sabrina Perry Jason Murray||03/09/2018||$25.00||Lisa O'Mara||03/08/2018||$20.00||Tracy Hagerty||03/06/2018||$5.00||Frank & Anne Marie Carbone||03/06/2018||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||03/06/2018||$20.00||Way to make a run against cancer||Nick Peterson||03/02/2018||$500.00||Marisa Miro||02/23/2018||$40.00||KILL IT GF||Pinocchio's Restaurant||02/23/2018||$50.00||Best of Luck!||Leo Uzych||02/22/2018||$20.00||Swarthmore Pizza||02/20/2018||$100.00||Good Luck on your journey!||Kait Clark And Joe Brown||02/18/2018||$50.00||We are SOO proud of you Cait! This is amazing what you are doing. Enjoy every second! Xo||Evan DeaKyne||02/17/2018||$10.00||Sorry I couldn't donate more, I'm poor! Good luck Caitlin and post lots of pictures!||Nick Angelina||02/17/2018||$50.00||Way to go Caitlyn! Have fun!||Christina Cheruka||02/17/2018||$15.00||SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!||Collin Mascola||02/17/2018||$10.00||Good luck!||Arnold Biagomba||02/17/2018||$50.00||Go Cait, kick ass! I'm rooting for ya!||OPTIMUM PHYSICAL THERAPY Associates||01/23/2018||$100.00||GOOD LUCK CAITLIN!!||James Vadas||01/22/2018||$50.00||Good luck! This is going to be an amazing adventure!||Alicia Jones||01/21/2018||$25.00||Good luck Caitlin with your run, we are so proud of you! xo, The Jones Family||Kathy A Glessner||01/17/2018||$50.00||Jeanine Gillespie||01/16/2018||$35.00||Way to go Caitlin. So proud of you and your cause. Love you Aunt Jeanine||Catherine Cheruka||01/15/2018||$50.00||Timothy Magerr||01/15/2018||$200.00||Gaby Baldini||01/12/2018||$20.00||Amber Armstrong||01/12/2018||$50.00||Such an amazing and inspiring thing you’re doing! Youre the best:)||Jane C Sottile||01/10/2018||$10.00||Amanda Eisman||01/05/2018||$50.00||Go Caitlin!! Good luck :)||Anonymous Friend||01/04/2018||$100.00||Joseph Cheruka||12/29/2017||$100.00||Way to go Cait!! Good Luck!!||Claudia Cheruka||12/13/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Caitlin, Proud of you. Love Mom & Dad||Marian Venturini||12/01/2017||$75.00||From the Venturini's||Gabriella Brackett||12/01/2017||$100.00||So proud of my best friend! You go, girl. Show them how it’s done!||Bob White||11/29/2017||$75.00||I wish I could run with you. Have a wonderful time.||Brittany Boyer||11/28/2017||$40.00||Proud of you, Cait!!||Michelle Palandro||11/15/2017||$25.00||What a great cause, sought by a great person! Best of luck! <3||Ryan Cerrone||11/07/2017||$50.00||I'm so excited for you! You're gonna have the time of your life!||Zack Musselman||10/19/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||10/19/2017||$15.00||Nicole Del Grosso||09/23/2017||$10.00||Have fun!||Julia Del Grosso||09/23/2017||$5.00||Great stuff Caitlin!!! You go girl||Tracey Brown||07/26/2017||$100.00||Caitlyn, You are amazing! You go girl!!|