Caylynn Yao's Fundraising Page
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Caylynn Yao's Fundraising Page
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Caylynn Yao is a senior at The George Washington University. In the summer of 2017 she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. 

What is your connection to the cancer community?

When my agong (grandfather) was diagnosed with stage three throat cancer in 2010, I gave him this silly photo of us to carry with him. As he found its place on the wall by his bedside, he turned to me and said, “yao yonggan, yao jiangqian (we must be brave, we must be strong)." It became our weekly exchange of words for the next year. Unfortunately through radiation treatment, he soon lost his ability to speak. And while I continued these words at our visits for several months, my family lost our agong to cancer in March 2011. 

In this loss, I found that there are far few things more difficult than watching the people you love get torn apart by this disease. As much as it hurts you, you are able to see the pain manifest in others. Fortunately, there are stories of triumph, few of which I’ve encountered firsthand. But still too many friends, brothers, sisters, parents, and grandparents continue their battles. To this day, I am reminded to be braver and stronger for these individuals by my grandfather. And as I begin medical school next fall, I carry these words with me in making strides to not only find a cure, but also improve patients’ quality-of-life.

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

I am running 4,000 miles for my grandfather this summer. I am also running for my best friend’s mother, my middle-school classmate, my future patients, and for those who cannot. I love how running with the 4K for Cancer allows me to give attention to something in which the very word makes most of us tremble in fear. Unfortunately, cancer simply is. And it must be faced head-on. As I challenge myself to an incredible physical and mental journey this summer, I want to challenge others who have the power – the capacity – to make change, to take the steps forward with me in supporting the large community of young adults impacted by cancer.

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
Crum and Forster Insurance 08/21/2017 $100.00  
Shyang Bian 08/07/2017 $50.00 Caylynn, great job. Make everyone proud!
Elizabeth Martini 07/17/2017 $15.00 keep killin it caylynn!!
UBS Matching Gift Program 07/14/2017 $100.00  
UBS Matching Gift Program 07/14/2017 $100.00  
UBS Matching Gift Program 07/14/2017 $100.00  
Rick Passanesi 06/28/2017 $100.00 Good Luck
Candy Lee 06/15/2017 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/09/2017 $25.00  
Angela & Vinil Varghese 05/02/2017 $100.00 Love it! You're amazing!!
Ben Vinson 04/20/2017 $75.00 Good luck Caylynn!!!!
Sarah Bockoven 04/14/2017 $25.00 Be brave, be strong on your journey!
BD 03/28/2017 $50.00  
Mandy Do 03/02/2017 $30.00 Good luck!! <3 <3
Jonathan Gabel 02/26/2017 $50.00  
Joe Jwo 02/25/2017 $30.00  
Eric Schaberg 02/23/2017 $100.00 Good Luck Caylynn! I wish you the best on your journey and safe travels.
Diana Chang 02/20/2017 $50.00 Very proud of what you are doing. Good luck!
Grace Lui 02/18/2017 $50.00 Good Luck !
Anonymous Friend 02/18/2017 $50.00 Caylynn, 加油!⛽️
Chunyong Yang 02/16/2017 $50.00  
Angela Chang 02/13/2017 $100.00 Thank you, Caylynn. In you, I see hope.
Arsalan Humayun 02/09/2017 $900.00  
Caylynn Yao 02/08/2017 $100.00 Bravo, Caylynn! I always knew you would do special things with your life. Keep being the beautiful young woman you are, inside and out. My best wishes for all your successes, Mrs. Kaller
Jing Bian 02/08/2017 $30.00 Good luck<3
Chingpo Wang 02/07/2017 $50.00  
Harry and Nicole Kim 02/07/2017 $200.00 Good Luck Caylynn!
Bob & Hyun Kim 02/07/2017 $200.00 Have Fun!!!
Erin Scillia 02/06/2017 $50.00 Caylynn, I am so proud of you! You have grown up to be the amazing woman I always knew you would be! With much love, Miss Scillia
Lisa Kruse-Marcus 02/06/2017 $20.00 Good luck! Such a great cause!
Jessica Lu 02/05/2017 $40.00 Happy belated birthday!
Julie Lee 02/04/2017 $300.00 The best of luck to you Caylynn!!
Jason Traum 02/03/2017 $50.00 Happy birthday Cay!!!! (there is a small addition to this gift, but figured what better way to celebrate by supporting you on this insanely amazing journey you will be embarking on). Can't wait to follow along this summer :)
Shewen Bian 02/02/2017 $250.00 We're all very proud of you! Good luck and enjoy the experiences. Love you, Uncle Ben, Aunt Kim, & Gabrielle
Marina Kanakos 02/02/2017 $20.00 Good luck, Caylynn! So proud of you!!!
Christopher Bian 02/02/2017 $200.00 What an amazing challenge! You go, Caylynn!!! - Chris & Nina
Maria & Darryl Jones 02/01/2017 $40.00  
Everest Reinsurance Company 02/01/2017 $500.00 Good luck Caylynn!! We support you on this worthy effort.
Pedersen Family 02/01/2017 $25.00  
Tim Kim 02/01/2017 $250.00  
Mei Lee Wong 01/31/2017 $20.00 Good Luck!
Sandie Xu 01/31/2017 $20.00 Good luck Caylynn! You're awesome!
Arsalan Humayun 01/27/2017 $250.00  
Cyrenah Smith 01/27/2017 $25.00 Enjoy the journey, Caylynn!
Paola Bayron 01/27/2017 $15.00 So proud of you, Caylynn. Sending you good wishes!
Irene Peltzer 01/27/2017 $100.00  
Peter Lu 01/27/2017 $100.00  
Shanning Li 01/26/2017 $25.00 So proud of you Caylynn
Adam Mak 01/26/2017 $25.00  
Loretta Gong 01/26/2017 $25.00  
Anthony Chuk 01/25/2017 $50.00 Caylynn Yao: I am a friend/schoolmate of your mother Jenny Bian. This is my small contribution to show my deep praise to you --- A young role model, nothing else but your spiritual and physical support to our society.
Becca Melville 01/25/2017 $15.00  
Chikuang Chang 01/25/2017 $50.00 Wish her have safe trip
Jade Gleason 01/25/2017 $10.00  
Frank Yao 01/23/2017 $200.00  
Megan Foler 01/23/2017 $50.00 Proud of u
Jessica Lu 01/23/2017 $25.00 <3
CHIA SHUO YANG 01/22/2017 $20.00 All the best to Caylynn
Anonymous Friend 01/20/2017 $70.00  
Brandon Chu 01/20/2017 $50.00  
Daphne Chow 01/18/2017 $10.00 good luck caylynn!!
Eric Lubus 01/18/2017 $20.00  
Caylynn Yao 01/10/2017 $100.00  
  Total $6,050.00  
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