Evan Massa is a junior at University of Delaware. In the summer of 2019, he 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 Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Cancer affects entire communities and families every day. One of my mom's best friend and a very close family friend, Mary Kay, passed away from cancer before I can remember meeting her. All the stories I've heard of her make her sound like one of the nicest, most caring souls to ever exist. Since then, my mom has helped me connect to various cancer foundations. Cancer has also affected my aunt and grandmother, who have both fought through several hospital visits, trials and tribulations that cancer brings and are currently in remission. Hearing their stories makes me strive to be a better person so they can be proud of the person I have become. This has helped me to grow and understand the hardships cancer puts people through.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
The 4K ties together two things I love, helping others and running. Running is usually associated with pain, completing the run will prove to myself, my 4k team and others that anything is possible, that you should never waver in the face of adversity. I have experienced various pains in my life that inspire me to keep running every day and be a positive influence to others. The 4K would give me the opportunity to make an impact in the cancer community by doing something I already love to do.
2019 marks the 18th 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 Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 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.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!
|Andrea Osborne||02/19/2019||$50.00||Congratulations on earning this spot Evan! You are an amazing runner and we are so happy that you have found something that not only brings you joy (and fitness!) but also helps others.||Rob Hylen||02/10/2019||$25.00||Quite an inspirational story. Good luck on your run!||Rich Ruffing||02/07/2019||$100.00||Go Evan Massa ! You Rock !||Elaine Joyce||02/07/2019||$110.00||Good luck Evan on your journey. So proud of you! Love, Nonie||John Marrazzo||01/04/2019||$100.00||Evan-- this is quite a challenge and one with a great reason to undertake. I know you will be up for it and be successful in meeting your goals.||12/18/2018||$20.00||Raymond Massa||12/15/2018||$100.00||Evan we are both proud of you for doing this cross country run for a great cause. Uncle Ray and Aunt Joan||Cathy Walton||12/14/2018||$100.00||We are proud of you for taking on this enormous challenge.||Richard Massa||12/12/2018||$200.00||Good luck with the long run-it will be a life changing event I'm sure-we're all proud of you. Love, Uncle Rich & Randy||Jeffrey Massa||12/10/2018||$200.00||Evan, what wonderful new memories you’ll create with this cross country trip/run and for a great cause! I’m very proud that you are taking part in this event.||Sara Wolfe||12/10/2018||$100.00||Evan -- Your dad, who is a Barcelona friend, forwarded your info to me in London! Unfortunately, I can't hardly think of anyone that has not been touched by cancer in one way or another. Kudos to you for your efforts.||Evan Massa||12/09/2018||$20.00||Thank you Jeanne Sweeney-here is my match donationto support Evan!||Olivia Massa||12/09/2018||$100.00||So proud of my brother for bringing together two of his passions and going on this journey across the US for an amazing cause.||Carol Massa||12/09/2018||$100.00||I am matching Olivia Massa’s donation in support of Evan doing what he loves to help others. Go Evan!||Gale Bucher||11/26/2018||$100.00||My father, Lee, died of cancer at 63 years old in 1996. I miss him every day and regret my children did not have their grandfather in their lives. I cannot imagine the emotional suffering and confusion a younger person with cancer would have. It warms my heart that there is a foundation to reach out to the young. Go Evan!||Family Members Joyce & Erickson Families||11/26/2018||$150.00||We are honored that our nephew is participating in this very worthy endeavor and are happy to help!||Evan Massa||11/12/2018||$100.00|