Caroline Watson is a graduate of University of New Hampshire. 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?
This summer, my parents both lost their battle with cancer just one month apart from each other. My mother fought breast cancer for over ten years and was incredibly fearless and feisty – never willing to give up through the many twists and turns of her disease. My dad was diagnosed with cancer merely nine months before he passed away and continued working to provide for my family despite his aggressive diagnosis.
I have been intimately involved in the cancer community for half my life; from supporting both my parents through their battle and accompanying them to appointments, to participating in numerous fundraisers with the hope of finding a cure. Since graduating college in 2016, cancer has become more than a personal cause and I’ve been fortunate enough to work as a research assistant for oncology patients in Boston.
I have grown into my adulthood struggling to not only understand my parents diagnosis, but to provide care in a way most teenagers never experience. Over the past year, as I supported both my parents and eventually held their hands as they took their last breaths, it gave me a terribly unique look into the heartbreak of cancer. Despite the challenges this disease has created for me - this community, my parents, and my patients have taught me how deep my empathy and love really is, and only encouraged me to continue to stay engaged with such a resilient and inspiring group.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I want to run across America to prove to myself that I am resilient and to show others who are struggling with cancer that you can survive even the toughest battles. I have suffered an unbelievable amount of loss and I’m hopeful that my journey across America will make me even stronger and give more meaning to my parents’ death.
Additionally, I have participated in fundraisers and races that support cancer centers in the Northeast but I want to make a bigger impact across the United States. I am inspired to get my message out to other young adults dealing with loss from cancer and would be grateful to work directly with organizations supporting them across the country.
It is incredibly important to me to continue my parents’ legacy of being the most tenacious and determined people I knew. I want them to be proud of what I am doing and I can’t wait for this journey and the opportunity to prove myself.
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!
|Alison Nowak||12/10/2018||$50.00||What an amazing challenge! I wish you and all the runners the very best!||Shane Gleason||12/07/2018||$50.00||Happy Birthday, Caroline! Your eagerness to support and lead others during such a difficult time for yourself demonstrates remarkable character. Keep fighting the good fight!||Anthony Joseph||12/07/2018||$500.00||You are absolutely incredible - rooting for you always CW||Nicole Bordeau||11/27/2018||$100.00||So proud of you Carol!||Anonymous Friend||11/26/2018||$50.00||We’ll be thinking of you on your journey! Keep those feet happy & rotate your shoes.||Chris Pressey-Murray||11/17/2018||$500.00||Keep fighting the fight, Sweet Girl, and know that we’re here for you always. With love & admiration, Chris, Michael, Malia & Hayden||James Watson||11/14/2018||$100.00||From Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Nancy!||jill butler||11/13/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Caroline!||Peter Bordeau||11/09/2018||$100.00||Best of luck on your journey of love and devotion next year!||Colleen and Thorsten Lorenzen||11/05/2018||$75.00||Lots of love and encouragement. Wishing you the best!||Fiona Heaney||10/31/2018||$400.00||You are strong. You are brave. You are an inspiration.||Mary and Scott Brown and Family||10/31/2018||$200.00||Caroline, what an inspiration you are. We are with you in all of your efforts, as are your parents. Stay strong and live a life of meaning.||Anonymous Friend||10/29/2018||$25.00||good luck caroline. what a wonderful way to honor your parents and pay forward. from an upper valley supporter||Anonymous Friend||10/29/2018||$30.00||Your extended Upper Valley "family" wholeheartedly supports your effort. I'm sure your parents would be so proud of you. You are a testament to the love with which they clearly raised you. <3||Gayle Krater||10/29/2018||$100.00||The Johansen Family Johansen||10/28/2018||$100.00||Caroline, you are loved and supported by your whole community and especially the Johansens||Robert Krass||10/26/2018||$600.00||From the Hanover JV Girls Soccer team!||Amy Stephens and Charles Barlowe||10/26/2018||$500.00||In honor of your parents who raised a caring and wonderful woman. Love you!||Anonymous Friend||10/25/2018||$200.00||We have always admired your strength, Caroline. You’re an inspiration! Xo||Edsall Hilty Jr.||10/15/2018||$150.00||Carol Carr||10/11/2018||$200.00||Caroline you a strong woman-- your parents were and will always be proud of you. Best on your adventure||Emma Mahony||10/05/2018||$20.00||Incredibly inspired by this and what you are doing. Best of luck to your on your journey <3 - (Anna's friend :) )||Mark & Terri Feeney||10/04/2018||$100.00||Caroline...you're amazing! Your strength and determination to honor your parents legacy is truly inspirational. Couldn't be more proud of you!!||Andrew Meloche||09/19/2018||$100.00||Peter Bensen||09/13/2018||$30.00||Good luck! Your strength is remarkable.||Team JWH||09/13/2018||$100.00||Run like JT is at the finish line.||Sean Keller||09/13/2018||$70.00||Art Ellison||09/12/2018||$100.00||We will be with you in spirit.||Kassandra Bacon||09/12/2018||$100.00||Hi, I love you so much and can't even express how HAPPY and PROUD I am of you, my beautiful best friend.||Katharine Bauer||09/10/2018||$50.00||This is amazing! Sending you lots of love!!||Ryan Dean||09/09/2018||$100.00||Awesome Caroline! ❤️❤️||Anonymous Friend||09/08/2018||$200.00||So love your spirit, Caroline. Your dad and mom are smiling!||Julia Escobar||09/07/2018||$50.00||Love you amazing woman!||Treven Wesley||09/07/2018||$50.00||You are truly remarkable! Love, Trev||Erin Fili||09/06/2018||$100.00||Sending so much love to you!||Melissa & Kevin||09/06/2018||$50.00||This is incredible! We’re rooting for you, Caroline!||Britney Bernard||09/06/2018||$50.00||This is awesome. You are going to do great! Love Brit & Cass||Dominique Cammarata||09/05/2018||$100.00||Love you!||Anonymous Friend||09/04/2018||$500.00||Such a worthy endeavor - much love||Eric and Jen Chinburg||09/04/2018||$500.00||such a wonderful tribut||Laurin Flynn||09/04/2018||$100.00||You are amazing Caroline. I knew it the moment i met you. This is such an amazing tribute to your parents. Hugs||The Shahzade’s||09/01/2018||$500.00||In loving support to Caroline and her family for their tremendous courage and monumental losses||Sheryl Stotland||09/01/2018||$500.00||With much love and total admiration for you Caroline- the Stotland Family||Alex Bozuwa||08/31/2018||$50.00||To the best person I know.||Pierce Gendron||08/31/2018||$50.00||All my best.||Caroline Watson||08/30/2018||$100.00||Dan Remillard||08/30/2018||$200.00||Love, Dan|