Emi Petrillo is a graduate of St. Mary’s College. 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?
Sadly, I have personally seen friends and family battle against cancer. As heartbreaking as the disease may be, it also is a medium where human resilience and incredible acts of courage thrive. Seeing people who battle cancer still be able to smile and find joy is an inspiration and I want to use my time and capabilities to help those during their struggles. When my aunt battled cancer, my Aunt Ruby dedicated herself to helping. From driving her to get chemo to translating doctors appointments into Spanish, my Aunt Ruby used every and all of her resources to alleviate some of the struggle that comes from battling cancer. My family is my inspiration but most all my Aunt Ruby. She relentlessly sacrifices all of herself for others and she pushes her limits because of a genuine love for all people. I want to use what she has taught me through her actions and dedicate my life as well to helping those who need another hand.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Since graduating from St Mary’s college of Maryland in 2016, there has been a constant pressure on me and other recent college grads to “do something”. There is an expectation that individuals should have their lives planned out or in a steady direction; but for me I struggled to find a rhythm. I have an education and a love for other people and I want to use these during this time of limbo to make a difference in my life and the lives of others. I want to help support an organization that focuses on creating a community for young adults with cancer and I also want to challenge myself and others to see that we can do so much more than what we think our limits are.
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 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!
|Carolina Schriver||07/13/2017||$30.00||U rock Emi <3||Evelyn Stone||06/21/2017||$200.00||Go EMI! Almost there! Kyle is ready to join you.||Hazel Salaver||06/13/2017||$40.00||Go Emi Go! Super proud of what you are doing! Best of luck!||Chipotle Mexican Grill||06/08/2017||$218.50||Christina Mitchell||06/06/2017||$25.00||Good luck! 4K is a life changer! -2014 Run Team Alum||Sara Side||06/06/2017||$50.00||Good luck, Emi. It was good meeting you Saturday at the ERICA movie.||Linda MCKENNA||05/27/2017||$50.00||Go getem Emi.||Venmo Friends||05/24/2017||$25.00||Thanks to everyone who donated to my desperate plea on venmo!||Gwen Kokes||05/15/2017||$50.00||When you run are you supposed to go heel to toe or toe to heel?||Heather Danger||05/10/2017||$15.00||Blake and Elisa Teipel Family||05/06/2017||$50.00||Go Emi Go! What a great cause! So proud of you!||Ratha Soumphontphakdy||05/04/2017||$50.00||Good luck Emi! You're doing a good thing. We're so proud of you!!!!||Patrick Masavage||05/03/2017||$25.00||More dog snapchats please.||Ben Tipper||05/01/2017||$241.00||Venmo Beggin||04/25/2017||$105.00||#noshameinmygame||Alfonso Rios||04/24/2017||$20.00||Espero que todo vaya de maravilla en esta titánica labor! Saludos chica!||Gabriel Young||04/20/2017||$25.00||Rock out!||William Atwater||04/19/2017||$250.00||"Run Emi Run" Proud of you||Brian LaFevre||04/19/2017||$10.00||This is about much more than just running this is about the thrill of wearing another man's skin||Reginald and Patricia Coffey||04/18/2017||$25.00||Emi! You are an amazing young woman! Run, run! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing This! We are so proud of you!||Angela Alascia||04/18/2017||$25.00||Hernan Orellana||04/11/2017||$27.00||Together we can||Jackson Edwards||04/08/2017||$10.00||Bonne chance, chérie !! Je sais que tu réussiras <3 En t'envoyant des gros câlins et bisous !! xx||Ivette Brisard||04/07/2017||$40.00||To support my cousin Emmy. I admire your humanity and efforts. God bless you prima.||Progressive Family & Cosmetic Dentistry||04/05/2017||$25.00||Kevin Hoffman||03/30/2017||$100.00||Roots Market & Great Sage are excited to support you on your journey. Good luck, you are raising money for a wonderful cause!||PD Stein||03/28/2017||$5.01||Go team Baltimore!!! And I hate when it's an uneven number too ;)||Ryan & Katie Burgos||03/22/2017||$200.00||Run like you're getting chased by your mother holding a chancleta!! Love Katie & Ryan||Road Runner Sports||03/16/2017||$110.00||Austin Davis||03/07/2017||$19.99||Tia Pinita Lude||03/05/2017||$115.00||Dear Emi, I'm very proud of you! Good luck. I wish you the best of lucks raising the money for such a great cause. Love you!||Carito Q.||03/05/2017||$23.99||Oreo Ludesirishoti||03/05/2017||$1.01||Woof!||Aidan Hennessey Hennessey||02/28/2017||$10.00||Even though I can't be there good luck with the program and have an awesome time!!||David Wilson||02/27/2017||$100.00||Emi, just one question. How can you complete this task ? Answer; one step at a time !||Amina Lynch||02/15/2017||$100.00||Rachael Beck||02/14/2017||$50.00||from E.W. Beck's Restaurant & Pub Good Luck!||Judy Coster||02/11/2017||$100.00||Ryan Tagnani||02/08/2017||$25.00||Good luck!||Simone Levine||02/08/2017||$50.00||I would like to request that you go for a run to a playlist of musical theater songs <3 Love you good luck!!||Phillip Porter||02/07/2017||$36.99||It was at an odd number when I donated.||Gidti Ludesirishoti||02/07/2017||$100.00||You're my favorite cousin. I'm so grateful that I'm related to you. Wow. Amazing.||Aidan Hennessey||02/07/2017||$10.00||Hannah Brown||02/06/2017||$20.00||you are awesome!! good luck!||Aileen Ludesirishoti||02/06/2017||$20.00||Maria Duke||02/06/2017||$20.00||Good luck Emilia!!!||Sean Manogue||02/06/2017||$50.00||You're like a flower because you bloom in the spring despite the adversity of winter||Tyler Weckesser||02/06/2017||$25.00||Lilly G||02/06/2017||$25.03||Plz + thank you run dressed as a rainbow on your next run||Churl Duggan||02/06/2017||$10.03||Martin Petrillo||02/06/2017||$1.98||Beating Ethan||Colleen Gallagher||02/06/2017||$50.00||Bon voyage!||Eapo Petrillo||01/30/2017||$6.97||SCREEEEEEEE||Natalie Shearin||01/30/2017||$7.00||Because toro pooped and licked his patas at the same time||Brian Lala||01/25/2017||$12.00||Steve Orellana||01/24/2017||$50.00||My cousin is a bada$$||Kyo Amigo||01/13/2017||$15.00||Gallopinto||Brenna Rice||12/30/2016||$20.00||Go Emi !!||Andrew Wilhelm||12/26/2016||$50.00||Good luck!||Rocio Burgos||12/24/2016||$75.00||To my dear prima. I love you and am SOO proud of you! You go girl!||Sonia Burgos||12/20/2016||$100.00||Sí se puede!!! Estamos contigo!!!||Jay Koller||11/29/2016||$75.00||you=on fleek||Heidi Pazdziorko||11/28/2016||$25.00||Tira Valkanas||11/27/2016||$30.00||:) Go Emi!||Matthew Bernobich||11/26/2016||$50.00||You're an inspiration :) Je t'aime <3||Connor Frost||11/23/2016||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||11/22/2016||$100.00||GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR MISSION||Erika Loppatto||11/22/2016||$10.00||Lilly Gaehde||11/22/2016||$25.00||You inspire||Eric Tien||11/16/2016||$20.00||Hey Emi, I'm so excited for you to be going on this adventure. It was the best summer of my life!||Anonymous Friend||11/15/2016||$25.00||Martin Petrillo||11/14/2016||$5.00||Suzie Gogan||11/14/2016||$20.00||YOU GO EMILIA!!!||Elena Morrissey||11/13/2016||$25.00||Good way to stay in shape!||Patty Romaine||11/13/2016||$10.00||Anonymous Friend||11/13/2016||$40.00||Go Emi!||Anonymous Friend||11/13/2016||$100.00||A great event. Good luck Emi!!||Sophia Caradine-Taber||11/13/2016||$100.00||u go glen coco!||Ari Pluznik||11/12/2016||$20.00||Fuerza tia!!!||Anonymous Friend||11/12/2016||$80.00||Bird up !||Ali Moulis||11/12/2016||$100.00||You go gal!||Anonymous Friend||11/12/2016||$100.00||Very proud of you. Tata||Anonymous Friend||11/12/2016||$100.00||Go for it Emi!!!!! Be the light everywhere you go.||Jamie Sullivan||11/10/2016||$50.00||What a great cause and a great event! We all need to contribute for a cure!||Katie Klasmeier||11/10/2016||$15.00||Good Luck Emi!||Emi Lucy Petrillo||11/06/2016||$100.00|