Claire Romine is a graduate student at University of Delaware. 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?
Five years ago as my Senior year of high school was just beginning and the college applications were approaching I never thought that bad news would be coming my direction. I will always remember the day that my Mom explained to me that she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and would have to get surgery before starting chemotherapy. Although she had to fight for eight long months she was still there to attend every lacrosse game, track meet, and college visit. She kept a smile on her face every day no matter how much pain she was going through. My Mom is one of the toughest women I know and was able to beat cancer.
Once I went to college, I decided to become a camp counselor over the Summer at a camp for children who have gone through oncology treatments. These children have been some of the strongest that I have met and really make you have a different outlook on life. I also participated in UDance, an organization that raises money for the B+ foundation during my 4 years at the University of Delaware. All of these events in my life have lead me to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise and Physiology to work with Oncology patients who are fighting a battle that nobody deserves and be able to make their day just a little bit better.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I run for those that can’t- all of the people that have lost the battle to cancer and all of those that are continuing to still fight. Although I was always interested in Exercise Science, when my Mom had to overcome Breast Cancer it made me want to work with cancer patients in my career. Since Middle School I have always been a runner and enjoyed going out on a run as a stress reliever. Between playing sports and being on the track team in high school my love for running grew even more. In college, I participated in local races as well as a few half marathons. I want to be a runner to make a difference in the lives that I will be working with during the 49 days running across the country. When I heard about 4K I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity for me to combine my love for running as well as for working with those affected by cancer.
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!
|Nicole Hart||11/21/2017||$100.00||This is amazing. You are amazing. You go girl!||Anonymous Friend||11/21/2017||$43.00||Bob Hart||11/20/2017||$200.00||Good Luck Claire... in honor of Jenn's Mom Bonnie Gabriel||Lara Williamson||11/16/2017||$50.00||Thanks for all you do to support those with Cancer! My mother is an ovarian cancer Survivor, and my father is a prostate cancer Survivor. My father loves the Speed Geezer program you offer at U of D.||Pamela Willrodt||11/15/2017||$40.00||Thanks for doing this, Claire!!||Sandra Quesada||11/15/2017||$40.00||Goodluck Claire!||Wei-Ming Chen||11/15/2017||$40.00||Good luck!||Katelyn Engine||11/15/2017||$15.00||Kate Murray||11/14/2017||$50.00||thanks Claire||Theresa Edmiston||11/14/2017||$50.00||What an awesome endeavor to participate in! Good luck and we love you. John and Theresa Edmiston||Beverly La Rock||11/13/2017||$100.00||Claire I am pulling for you. I know you can do this. Bev||Janice McFarland||11/01/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Claire!||Soccer Shots||10/31/2017||$50.00||Katie Piazza||10/31/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Claire!||Jenn Bunkers||10/30/2017||$50.00||Joanna Guarda||10/27/2017||$50.00||Go Claire! Great cause!||The Tice Family||10/27/2017||$200.00||Good luck!!||Sarah Heyl||10/26/2017||$50.00||Go girl! This is awesome!||Victor Boonham||10/26/2017||$20.00||Kathy Romine||10/26/2017||$250.00||So proud of you Claire and your dedication to making an impact on the world!||Sarah Bennett||10/26/2017||$100.00||You go Claire!!!||Kaitlin Poillon||10/26/2017||$50.00||You are amazing!!!!!||Jill Poles||10/26/2017||$25.00||This is awesome! Hope you get everything you need||Claire Romine||10/25/2017||$100.00|