Carrie Cota is a sophomore at Rocky Mountain College. 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 New York City, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
My loving Grandma Cota holds my closest ties to the cancer community. Although I was very young to remember her passing, I do remember my dad having to fly out to go to her funeral and I was still too little to understand what losing a parent must feel like. I did not understand that something called cancer took her life sooner than expected until I was older, and now I still feel as if I never got to know her because she was taken so soon. Recently, my mom called me while at college and told me she was going to an appointment because the doctors saw something that could be cancerous. It frightened me so badly because I could not imagine life without my mom. She works so hard and tries to live a healthy lifestyle, so this unthinkable was unreal. Afterward, I got the relieving message that what the doctors thought they saw was not cancerous. The fact that something can happen so quickly that can affect or take a life is a terrifying thought. Having family and friends can make getting through these scary things a little easier. People need to know other people care about them.
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!
|Kelsy Begin||05/29/2017||$30.00||Carrie Cota||04/18/2017||$100.00|