Emma Myers is a senior at State University of New York at Purchase. 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 Boston, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
While I've never had cancer affect my family since I've been alive, I've seen the effect it has had on others in my life. A good friend of mine at school has just finished chemotherapy. He is the biggest light of a human being I have ever met, and to see him deteriorate from the chemo and emotional distress was jarring. I have seen the effect that cancer has on individuals and families, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and I want to help.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
When the run begins, I will have just graduated college, just finished an awesome internship, and just turned 22. Who doesn't want an adventure at that point? I wanted to take advantage of my youth and current lack of roots and do something fun and exciting, but 4K gives me the opportunity to do so while contributing to the greater good. Going on an adventure is one thing, but going on one that helps others in need is something entirely different, something more rewarding, special, and important.
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!
|Jeremy Tchaban||04/20/2018||$50.00||Megan Shub||04/19/2018||$50.00||Jean Winkler||04/19/2018||$100.00||Good Luck! This is an inspired commitment.||J.D. Zeik||04/16/2018||$50.00||Adam Gale||04/16/2018||$10.00||Wow, you have such a big heart Emma, and soon you’ll have the calfs to match! Good luck!||Mary Adams||04/15/2018||$10.00||“I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” (Dean Karnazes) GOOD LUCK EMMA!!!||Grace VanBuskirk||04/15/2018||$10.00||GO EMMA YOU ROCK <3||Sara Fagan||04/15/2018||$20.00||Brian Kenney||04/15/2018||$25.00||Tape and/or Vaseline will help prevent the nipples from chafing.||Michelle Ahn||04/15/2018||$20.00||You go girl! Remember to stretch!!||Anonymous Friend||04/15/2018||$100.00||Go Emma!||Samantha Luca||04/15/2018||$50.00||Good luck!||Anonymous Friend||04/15/2018||$25.00||Riley Stanzione||04/15/2018||$10.00||Yay Emma!!! You are amazing, I MISS YA!||Peggy Stafford||04/15/2018||$35.00||Go Emma!||Susan Kouguell||04/15/2018||$20.00||Bryan Slack||04/15/2018||$15.00||I’ll donate another $15 if you carry all $4k while you run but also, KICK CANCERS BUTT||Colette Dowling||04/14/2018||$25.00||#TeamEmma||Melissa Howard||04/13/2018||$50.00||Go Emma!!||Kim Cramer||04/12/2018||$25.00||Ryan Berthoff||04/12/2018||$25.00||Valery Rizzo||04/11/2018||$25.00||Good Luck Emma! great cause||Anonymous Friend||04/10/2018||$20.00||Shared with me by my great friend Christian Schlicht. Thanks for helping out a great cause!||Amy LaPoint||04/10/2018||$50.00||Abby Arora||04/09/2018||$10.00||because ILY||Kara Kind||04/09/2018||$5.00||I'm very broke but here is a sad donation because I'll be even sadder if you don't get to run ! Go Emma!||Claudine Beck||04/02/2018||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||03/29/2018||$4.47||the non-round number was really bugging me||Emma Myers||03/27/2018||$403.00||RIPMT cabaret proceeds. Thank you!!!||Sara Cooper||03/21/2018||$25.00||Mathew Mahoney||03/18/2018||$20.00||Good luck!||Matt Passet||03/15/2018||$50.00||Sam Catalano||03/15/2018||$25.00||ya good luck||Bonfire||03/15/2018||$47.53||Lauren Moulton||03/14/2018||$25.00||This is so ridiculously amazing, thank you for doing this!||Anonymous Friend||03/14/2018||$50.00||Sami Muller||03/14/2018||$25.00||Emma, I am so proud of you and all that you're accomplishing. Thanks for being such a stellar friend and human. You got this!||Adrian Barber||03/14/2018||$50.00||All the cool kids run to Brooklyn but Boston is o.k.||Saraphina Redalieu||03/14/2018||$25.00||You’re literally Wonder Woman!!!!||justin laguna||03/09/2018||$100.00||This is great, I want to hear about it when you get done!!||Christian Schlicht||03/02/2018||$25.00||Bc you didn't get VIP, killl it||Anonymous Friend||02/24/2018||$20.00||Lorraine J Jones||02/19/2018||$100.00||Streeer Streeter||02/13/2018||$50.00||You are an inspiration. We are so proud of you. Love, The Streeters||Rebecca Rugg||02/11/2018||$20.00||Thomas Schwarz||02/07/2018||$500.00||Terrific that you are doing this!||Tom Daly||02/06/2018||$25.00||Nice work, Emma!||Parade Stone||02/06/2018||$10.00||Get it girl!||Micaela Kayser||02/06/2018||$15.00||Jenny Undercofler||02/05/2018||$25.00||Janice Balogh||02/05/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Emma!||Barbara Plitnick||02/05/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Emma! Sarah and Barbara Plitnick||Nick Viagas||01/26/2018||$50.00||this is pro-cancer right?||Rachael Lansing||01/26/2018||$10.00||Good luck Emma!||Eric Mandelbaum||01/11/2018||$25.00||Anna Daly||01/05/2018||$20.00||Love you Emma! Run fast :)||Phillip Laskaris||01/05/2018||$10.00||Run with the wind at your back and the finish line at your front. If it's not, turn around. The wind may be in your way, it will be harder, but at least you'll be going the right direction.||Ian Myers||01/04/2018||$100.00||Marie Brady||01/03/2018||$25.00||Have the greatest adventure and don't forget to load up on carbs beforehand with pasta dinners!!||Pete Malinverni||01/02/2018||$100.00||I'd drive it, but that's just me - God bless!||Sue LaFontaine||01/02/2018||$50.00||Bess Rowen||01/02/2018||$5.00||Anonymous Friend||01/01/2018||$5.00||Saraphina Redalieu||12/23/2017||$25.00||Running is my least favorite but you're my favorite so I SUPPORT THIS.||John Myers||12/20/2017||$350.00||Run, Emma, Run!||Emma Myers||12/19/2017||$100.00||Lauren Busteed||12/19/2017||$15.00||Kathy Fagan||12/19/2017||$100.00||Richard Chipman||12/19/2017||$250.00||Emma: Good idea, good cause, good adventure awaits. Liz and I are proud to help you reach your fundraising goal. Happy running!||Adrian Barber||12/19/2017||$25.00||4K??!!?? Thats like over 2 Miles good for you!!!||Phoebe Heretz||12/19/2017||$20.00||Good luck xcountry buddy!|