Emmaline Oliva is a Junior at University of South Carolina. In the summer of 2017, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to San Francisco, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I am currently studying Cardiovascular Technology at the University of South Carolina and my passion is in medicine. I have witnessed how devastating cancer can be and how physically and emotionally challenging it can become. Last year my uncle passed away from what originated as cancer in one of his kidneys. He fought through chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but it was unsuccessful and the cancer metastasized to his lungs and liver. He was a wonderful, beloved man and is incredibly missed by my family.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
The loss of my uncle has inspired me to raise awareness and provide support for the people who are battling cancer or have lost their loved ones to cancer. I want to challenge myself to make an impact on the young adult cancer community by spreading love, support, and positivity throughout the places we travel this summer. This cross-country ride certaintly will not be easy, but it definitely cannot compare to the physical and emotional challenges young adults with cancer will face and overcome every single day. I am incredibly lucky to be standing here today, healthy enough to accomplish such an amazing journey through 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 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!
|Tim Peterie||06/15/2017||$100.00||Good luck from the "old" UT crew that met you in Columbia.||Anonymous Friend||05/26/2017||$20.00||Karen Moffitt||05/16/2017||$50.00||Best wishes. Thank you for making a difference!||John Peterson||05/14/2017||$100.00||Good luck, Doc!||Michael Bannister||05/11/2017||$250.00||enjoy your ride||Jack Keller||05/11/2017||$30.00||Love you more than anything.||Kimberly Rouleau||05/11/2017||$50.00||Proud of you Emmaline!||Ashton Sjoberg||05/10/2017||$3.00||Ali Tupman||05/10/2017||$10.00||Taylor Bush||05/10/2017||$5.00||Get it girl!!||Jennifer Hiott||05/09/2017||$25.00||Good Luck ! Be Safe !||Robert J Oliva||05/09/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||05/08/2017||$200.00||Please put "Grayco" on your leg one day and take a picture. It will mean so much for Beaufort! Wishing you the safest of travels!||Diane Oliva||05/07/2017||$100.00||Hope this helps get you on your way.||Lydia Gouhin||05/07/2017||$15.00||good luck this summer emmaline!!||Michala Ciambotti||05/07/2017||$15.00||Good luck Em!! You're gonna kill it!||Austin Wallace||05/07/2017||$25.00||Good Luck Em, #CantinaFam for life!||Bob Keller||05/06/2017||$100.00||Owen Oliva||04/30/2017||$50.00||Good luck Sister! I'm proud of you. I love you and be safe! Love Owen||Katie Oliva||04/30/2017||$250.00||Emmzie, you continue to inspire me with your goals, hard work, determination, and dedication to the many things that you hold dear to your heart! You are such a blessing to this world and I'm so honored that I'm able to watch you from the sidelines as you succeed in accomplishing so many dreams! I love you so very much! Katie||Brian and Susan Schoepf||04/29/2017||$50.00||Best of luck, very proud of you! Love, the Schoepf's||Marty Andres||04/28/2017||$100.00||Jenna Farnham||04/28/2017||$5.00||Good luck mamacita||Cantina 76||04/28/2017||$200.00||Luis and James Martin Cardozo||04/27/2017||$200.00||Emmaline ... we are proud of you on everything you do!!! We love you! Luis & James||Holly Snyder||04/26/2017||$25.00||Thank you for your help and your example of a beautiful human being making a difference in the world. All the best.||Anonymous Friend||04/17/2017||$25.00||Lynda Sullivan||04/07/2017||$100.00||Your Mom told me of your commitment and journey with both overwhelming pride and tears in her eyes. This is a great cause, Em...much success and be safe!||Eva Felmet||03/27/2017||$20.00||Alexis Roberts||03/22/2017||$10.00||Anonymous Friend||03/21/2017||$5.00||Anonymous Friend||03/21/2017||$40.00||Timothy Bobola||03/19/2017||$50.00||Chris Cash||03/17/2017||$4.00||Hunter Kruse||03/17/2017||$10.00||Anonymous Friend||03/16/2017||$10.00||Venmo donation||Casey & Alison Kellermann||03/16/2017||$100.00||Donna Humphrey||03/15/2017||$50.00||Good luck Em. Be careful. We love you!||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2017||$20.00||Allegra Litvin||03/10/2017||$50.00||Emmaline, Good luck and have fun. I play tennis with your mother and am happy to help support your effort. Allie||Ashley Vaughn||03/10/2017||$5.00||Once upon a time, There was a girl with purple hair. And for that reason, I donate. Again.||Taylor Levine||03/10/2017||$15.00||Casey Moffitt||03/08/2017||$15.00||Heather Tully||03/07/2017||$15.00||"If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it." Remember your strength and passion when it gets hard! You've got the fire to see this through. Good luck!||Caroline Cook||03/06/2017||$50.00||Barbara Pace||03/06/2017||$25.00||Thank you for riding.||Linda Veneman||03/06/2017||$50.00||Good luck on your ride! A cool adventure for a good cause.||Roberta Gilman||03/04/2017||$20.00||Nancy Prockiw||03/03/2017||$15.00||Nancy Zettler||03/03/2017||$10.00||Mary Horres||03/03/2017||$20.00||Kris Cheeseman||03/03/2017||$100.00||Thank you for donating your time and energy in support of a cure!||Anonymous Friend||03/02/2017||$35.00||Cristina Konstantinovic||03/01/2017||$15.00||Good luck Em!||Copeland Hanshaw||02/28/2017||$40.00||So proud of you!!||Emmaline Oliva||02/22/2017||$86.00||Dollar Donuts at USC - Thank you so much to everyone who came out this morning and contributed to my ride and UCF efforts! The amount of love shown was unbelievable.||Kelsie Wilkins||02/22/2017||$20.00||Go Em!! Told you I would find time to finally donate. Love you lots.||Ashley Vaughn||02/20/2017||$15.00||So proud of you!I know how hard you're working to reach your goal and help out these young people so hopefully this helps! Can't wait to follow you on your journey this summer! I wish you picked San Diego but I guess San Fran will have to do. Hopefully I can meet you at the finish line? Xoxo||Alexis Gay||02/20/2017||$20.00||Cantina 76 Gift Card Raffle||Kate Henegan||02/20/2017||$5.00||Tracey Oliva||02/15/2017||$25.00||Good Luck!||Douglas Blalock||02/02/2017||$100.00||Tyler Princce||02/02/2017||$20.00||So happy for you Emmaline!!! Good luck can't wait to see pics :)||Kathryn Easterday||02/01/2017||$20.00||YGG! So proud of you and all you're doing for this cause!||Austin Blalock||02/01/2017||$25.00||Good luck Emmaline||Claudia McSweeney||01/17/2017||$25.00||I am SO unbelievably excited for you Emmaline! You are going to make such a big impact on the lives of those you meet this summer, keep fighting with every pedal and remember to look up enjoy the view. You go girl!||Rhonda Dellinger||01/13/2017||$50.00||Love how you roll, Em:)||Jennifer MacIntosh||12/05/2016||$50.00||Merry Christmas Amazing Lady! Love your heart!||Brandi Beaulieu||11/28/2016||$5.00||Anonymous Friend||11/19/2016||$2.00||Reagan Schreiber||11/19/2016||$10.00||Wish I could give more! Good Luck on your amazing journey. Love you!!!!||Courtney Newton||11/18/2016||$5.00||You got this girl!||Dockside Restaurant||10/13/2016||$1,000.00||Meet you at the finish line. love you Emmaline.||Michele Wilkins||10/03/2016||$25.00||This is awesome, do great!||Teri Oliva||09/12/2016||$500.00||Go Em! Adventure of a lifetime for a great cause. Always proud! Love, Mama||Anna Watts||08/24/2016||$10.00||You go girl||Emmaline Oliva||08/23/2016||$100.00|