Emily Diehl is a sophomore at Northwestern 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 New York, NY to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My strongest connection to the cancer community is my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Coughlin. Although she quickly became my favorite teacher after only a few weeks of fifth grade, I didn’t truly appreciate how special she was until a few years later when she became close friends with my mom. My favorite thing about Mrs. Coughlin was her almost magical ability to inspire passion in everyone she interacted with. In the classroom, she focused on forming relationships with each individual student, allowing her to identify their interests and strengths. She would then encourage students to further explore those interests and would suggest ways in which they could do so, while drawing upon their strengths. Mrs. Coughlin also inspired youth in our church to become more passionate about their faith and to pursue their passions while maintaining their faith through her role as a volunteer religious education teacher. She also inspired her friends with her fun-loving spirit and her ability to make anyone feel special and comfortable through even just a short conservation with them.
Although we lost Mrs. Coughlin last year, her legacy will live on in the life of her students, family, and friends. I hope to channel her same passion when running the 4K for Cancer this summer.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I couldn't imagine a better combination of everything I love - running, community service, traveling, and meeting new people. I am so excited about the opportunity not only to fundraise for the Ulman Cancer Fund but to interact directly with cancer patients and survivors and bring their stories back to my community to raise awareness and support. I also have never felt more at home than in the running community and cannot wait to learn from and be inspired by the amazing runners on the trip. It is truly an honor to be part of this team, and I cannot wait for this summer's journey!
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!
|Sharon Choate||07/20/2017||$50.00||Thanks for running for Colleen M. and Joanne A.! Every success!||Stephanie Guy||07/12/2017||$25.00||So fun getting to know you. Best of luck on the rest of your journey - both with the run and school. What a great cause you are supporting! Thanks for hanging with my girls - maybe one of them will do this one day.||Susan Brown||07/05/2017||$50.00||Dhivya Sridar||07/02/2017||$25.00||You're such an inspiration & I will forever be in awe of you. Love you!!||Fred & Joelle Ferguson||06/28/2017||$75.00||Happy to support a good cause and you Emily! Fred & Joelle Ferguson (Amanda's grandparents)||Jeff and Lisa Miller||06/22/2017||$50.00||Go Emily!!||Pam Dahlmann||06/22/2017||$100.00||Thank you, Emily, for your dedication, perseverance & hard work in raising money for cancer research! God speed!||Anne Diehl||06/16/2017||$275.00||Have a great cross country run!!! Love, Gram||Sean Goldman||06/10/2017||$15.00||Please dedicate a day of running to Kathleen and Lucy Prunty||Archit Baskaran||06/10/2017||$25.00||Genuinely astounded by you - it takes incredible character to commit to this. Best of luck on a phenomenal journey. Conquer, accomplish, and lift off <3||Lila Reynolds||06/07/2017||$10.00||You rock!! Good luck!||Akash Borde||06/07/2017||$15.00||I like to think I run a lot... but I couldn't fathom running 4000+ miles in 49 days, AND qualifying for the Boston Marathon in the process. This is incredible; I wish you the best of luck!||Beth Diehl-Griego||06/07/2017||$20.00||You're amazing! Best of luck this summer, we will be thinking of you and looking forward to updates! -Beth and Jason||Emily Schram||05/29/2017||$25.00||Run your heart out Emily! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures in the fall! LITB <3||Ben Klein||05/23/2017||$15.00||Vivian Hu||05/07/2017||$50.00||Have the time of your life! Your energy and dedication never cease to inspire me. Good luck!||Anonymous Mom & Kat||05/05/2017||$25.00||You are an inspiration! Run your heart out!||Lynda Baker||05/02/2017||$100.00||Hope you enjoy every mile!||Laura Washington||05/02/2017||$50.00||We are very proud of you Emily!||Caroline Howells||05/02/2017||$10.00||You are such an inspiration and I am so proud to call you my friend- you're gonna kill it!! Can't wait to show you around SF :)||Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf||04/25/2017||$50.00||You embody everything that is great about AXO with your strength, warmth, and grace!||Anonymous Friend||04/21/2017||$135.00||Susan Draffen||04/15/2017||$50.00||Such an admirable, purposeful undertaking! Run smart and safe and I pray your journey is a great, successful adventure. Good Luck, Emily! With Love from Mama J||Michael Smith||04/15/2017||$50.00||With you all the way. Saline XC is proud of you.||Nancy Diehl||04/15/2017||$100.00||Hope you meet your goal!||Giuliana Bresnahan||04/14/2017||$10.00||This is so inspiring, Good Luck!!||Caitlin Schram||04/03/2017||$50.00||Good luck Emily! You will crush it this summer and change so many lives along the way!||Michael Deneroff||03/29/2017||$20.00||This such an inspiring and impressive feat you're taking on! I hope our few practice runs help you on your way - Good luck, Emily!!||Anne Diehl||03/26/2017||$200.00||I am happy to support your run. I do not know how you do all that you do. Looking forward to seeing you at Easter. Love, Gram Anne||Ali Qureshi||03/20/2017||$20.00||You're an inspiration Emily!!! Knock down every challenge that ever comes your way! Gonna be rooting for you as your personal cheer leader :p Go Rock it!!!||Rosalie Tocco-Bradley||03/19/2017||$50.00||go Emily!||Suzi Peterson Steward||03/15/2017||$50.00||What a great person, and a great cause, to support!||Jamie Hunter||03/12/2017||$75.00||Good luck Emily, we'll be rooting for you!!!||Brian Coughlin||02/27/2017||$150.00||Emily -- you were very special to Mrs. Coughlin and I very much appreciate you remembering her in this way. Best of luck.||Jim and Sherry Knight||02/27/2017||$100.00||Have an amazing time, Emily. Thanks for doing so much to support others. Proud of you! -- Jim and Sherry||Claudia Hambleton||02/09/2017||$50.00||Rick Peterson||02/09/2017||$100.00||You're just an awesome, inspiring person, Emily! I wish you the best as you participate in this great cause.||Tim Schuster||02/05/2017||$100.00||Paavani Reddy||02/05/2017||$10.00||You're amazing and inspirational Emily! Hope you have a wonderful experience :)||George Diehl||02/04/2017||$100.00||You are amazing. I hope you have a lot of fun.||Diane Corning||02/03/2017||$100.00||So proud of you and excited for you!||Katrene Starling||02/03/2017||$30.00||So amazed by you and proud to know you.||Libby Richards||02/01/2017||$100.00||We wish you much success on your run this summer, Emily. What a worthwhile cause! Uncle Tom and Aunt Libby||Patricia Wilinski||01/31/2017||$100.00||YOU-GO-GIRL! I am so proud to know you. ((HUGS))||Pramila Singh||01/30/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Emily! Thank you such a great cause!||Anonymous Friend||01/30/2017||$10.00||Pam Spring-Feldeisen||01/30/2017||$150.00||What an inspiration you are. You aren't afraid of challenges and you give of yourself to benefit others. Best of Luck!||Mary Jamerino||01/29/2017||$300.00||So excited for your challenge this summer for such a good cause. Best of luck and post pictures along the way! Love, The Jamerino Family||Jennifer McPherson||01/28/2017||$50.00||You're awesome! I hope you have a great time.||Gretchen McCann||01/28/2017||$50.00||What an awesome adventure for such a wonderful cause! You will take a piece of my heart with you...||Christy and Alli Learman||01/28/2017||$50.00||Such and inspiration!||Anonymous Friend||01/27/2017||$50.00||Good Luck Emily!||Anne Diehl||01/27/2017||$200.00||I will be cheering you along the way. Love, Gram Anne||Anonymous Friend||01/27/2017||$100.00||Your heart is so big! It is a privilege to support you in this worthy endeavor. AXOXO||Anonymous Friend||01/27/2017||$100.00||You rock, Emily!||William Schultz||01/27/2017||$50.00||Run Forrest RUN!||Gareth Rogers||01/27/2017||$50.00||Good luck and be safe!!||Tom & Karen Sanford||01/25/2017||$100.00||It looks like a challenging yet amazing experience Emily. All the best to you and your team.||Shelly Venema||01/25/2017||$50.00||Emily, I am really excited for you in this special endeavor. Thank you for telling me about it. Since my son survived Leukemia as an infant, I even more interested in wiping cancer out! - Shelly||Jennifer Barnett||01/25/2017||$25.00||Kate Balzer||01/24/2017||$25.00||Go Emily! You are amazing! Looking forward to following your experience :)||David Fiske||01/24/2017||$55.00||Emily, Prayers for a successful journey.||Kelly Hall||01/24/2017||$30.00||Run like the wind, Em - so proud of you and happy to support this great cause! Good luck!||John Sheridan||01/24/2017||$100.00||Emily, we cheer you on!||Nancy Diehl||01/22/2017||$100.00||Mark and Charlene Diehl||01/22/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Emily! We love you!||Janice Diehl||01/21/2017||$50.00||Sound like a fun and challenging adventure for a great cause!||Mike and Kathy Worhach||01/21/2017||$100.00||4147||Mike Worhach||01/19/2017||$50.00||Sounds like an amazing way to spend your summer. Have fun and good luck!||Lori & Mitch Hall||01/19/2017||$100.00||Good for you, what a great experience. Good luck!||Brow Family||01/19/2017||$100.00||Thank you Emily for honoring our wonderful Lynne Coughlin, "magical ability to inspire" - indeed.||Anonymous Friend||01/19/2017||$10.00||Paula & Will Walker||01/19/2017||$75.00||Always inspiring Emily!||Julie and Dave Hansen||01/18/2017||$50.00||Good for you, Emily!||Mahima Pirani||01/18/2017||$5.00||you are amazing. kill it!! <3||Amanda Walker||01/18/2017||$25.00||So proud of you<3||Mara Cohen||01/18/2017||$5.00||So impressed Emily! Let me know when you'll be in Cleveland!||Daniel Diehl||01/18/2017||$50.00||Have fun!!! Sounds like an awesome adventure for a good cause!||Emily Diehl||01/06/2017||$100.00|