Caroline Watson's Fundraising Page
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Caroline Watson's Fundraising Page
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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.
 

ABOUT 2019 4K for Cancer

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

CHALLENGE:

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. 

SOLUTION:

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!

Supporters
Name Date Amount Comments
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
  Total $7,950.00  
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