Gabriela Garza's Fundraising Page
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Gabriela Garza's Fundraising Page
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Gabriela Garza is a sophomore at California Polytechnic State 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?

This past year my grandmother discovered an irregular mass at the base of her throat and underwent surgery to remove her left thyroid. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. This announcement left many of my family members speechless and in tears. She went through a second surgery to remove what remained of her thyroid. She experienced a very painful year in route to recovery. Being her first grandchild, my grandmother holds an incredibly special place in my heart. My grandmother along with many other close relatives of mine have either been impacted by or are currently battling cancer. In addition to my grandmother, my dad recently lost his cousin to ovarian cancer.

Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

I am traveling 4000 miles this summer because I want those battling cancer to know they have support and are not fighting this battle alone. I want to educate myself and others on what resources are available in the community for people suffering from cancer. I feel that running across the country, battling against my own body on a daily basis, is the best way I can relate to those who face a much more serious battle. I want to influence others to live every day with an intention to be happy and healthy. There’s absolutely no words for how honored and excited I am to be a part of such an amazing organization. 

ABOUT 2017 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


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Sara Taylor Townsend 08/08/2017 $30.00 Gabby! Your dad told me about your quest and I think this is incredible! Blessings to you!
Stephanie Guy 07/12/2017 $25.00 So fun to meet you! Good luck with the rest of your race. Rest and get that leg healed!
Anonymous Friend 05/27/2017 $1,398.00 What a great reason to run! So inpisiring! Crazy, but inspiring!
Amando Garza 05/25/2017 $200.00 Great Gabby!
Nick Walter 05/18/2017 $10.00 ❤️
Rachel Draffen 05/17/2017 $10.00 you go gabby!
Anonymous Friend 05/14/2017 $80.00  
The Adler Family 05/12/2017 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/12/2017 $35.00 Money from cycle fundraiser
Anonymous Friend 05/09/2017 $100.00 With love from the Martinez Family
Anonymous Friend 05/02/2017 $27.00  
Shelby Thomas 05/02/2017 $50.00 Go get em Gibs!!!! Ily!!!!
John-o Roberts 04/30/2017 $20.00
David `Stanton 04/24/2017 $50.00  
Cresentema & Mike Cantu-Perez 04/20/2017 $150.00 ❤️
Eibschutz Family 04/10/2017 $100.00 Best of luck Gabby! The Eibschutz's love you!
Joe and Court 04/08/2017 $100.00 We are so proud of you!!
Elisema Cantu 04/01/2017 $100.00 Thank you Gaby for running the 4K for Cancer!!
Anonymous Friend 02/26/2017 $50.00  
Nana and Nina Garcia-Garza 02/17/2017 $300.00 Nana loves u!! I'm so proud of u!!
Amando Garza 02/15/2017 $100.00  
Giselle & Esteban Martinez 02/10/2017 $150.00 We are very proud of you! RUN, Gabie, RUN!!
Vivian Sakovich 01/23/2017 $100.00 GO GABBY, GO!! Thank you!
Liz Lyman 01/23/2017 $100.00  
Eddie Garza 12/31/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/13/2016 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/13/2016 $150.00  
Jessica Moreno 12/13/2016 $100.00 Just keep running
Anonymous Friend 12/13/2016 $500.00 Go Gabby Go :-))
Anonymous Friend 12/13/2016 $20.00 I love you Gabby!
Gabriela Garza 12/05/2016 $100.00  
  Total $4,555.00  
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