Graham Carlson is a junior at Florida State University. In the summer of 2017 he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Many people in my life have been affected by cancer although I have not been intimately involved in their process of coping and treatment because I was too young or too removed to really understand the gravity of the situation. I thank God every day for how far removed from these types of situations I have been, and while I am grateful for this shielding, I want to start to see how cancer actually affects people and their loved ones. Something that I have come to realize is just because I haven’t been personally affected by cancer, doesn’t mean I should not be involved in helping with that struggle. In fact it means quite the opposite; it means that I have a duty to get involved and help in any way that I can. I see 4K as a way that I can get meaningfully involved in the fight against cancer and actually help make a difference in people’s lives. I plan to become a doctor and the lessons that I will learn from this experience will make me a better doctor and able to care for my patients with even more compassion and understanding to more positively affect their lives.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
As a doctor, it is important to realize that sometimes the most helpful thing to do isn’t going to be a surgical procedure and modern medicine, but rather will be supporting the patient and making them more comfortable with the very uncomfortable thing that is taking place in their own body. I know that 4K for cancer will give me exposure to the patient aspect of healthcare and that is something that I will take with me throughout my life and keep in mind while dealing with patients in the future. Through this experience, with a compassionate and dedicated team of individuals, I believe I will gain a personal look at how cancer affects patients and their families, friends, and communities.
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!
|Tamara Baffour||07/21/2017||$35.00||Happy Birthday Graham!!!||Jenny Chu||07/16/2017||$50.00||Benjamin Vincent Schwartz||07/16/2017||$100.00||Run, Graham, Run!||Craig Abbott||07/06/2017||$50.00||I know your Mom and she shared this great endeavor so wanted to provide a little support.||Angela Young||06/23/2017||$100.00||Allie Jacobs||06/07/2017||$40.00||Good luck on your awesome run across the country for a great cause. SO proud of you Graham!||Jim & Linda McDowell||05/15/2017||$150.00||Thanks so much for your dedication to such a great cause. We are so proud of you!||William Ryan||04/28/2017||$100.00||Here's to soft pavements and strong tailwinds! Bill & Cindy||Richard Piazza||04/27/2017||$100.00||Great cause Graham! Good luck!||Jason Butler||04/07/2017||$60.00||Thank you for supporting such a tremendous cause. Good luck on your journey! -Jason||Theresa Harty||03/09/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||03/06/2017||$250.00||Chris Rae||03/03/2017||$250.00||This is great work you are doing!||Judy Carlson||03/01/2017||$275.00||College boy I am so proud of you. I love you JuJu||Mainstreet Community Bank||02/24/2017||$100.00||Susan Davis||02/22/2017||$50.00||Judy Carr||02/16/2017||$25.00||You're Grandmother told me about your walk for cancer. Best of luck on this adventure and what a wonderful cause you are supporting.||Mr. and Mrs. Atlas||02/08/2017||$250.00||Good luck Graham.||Carrie Stepp||02/07/2017||$100.00||There is no finer person who represents a few of our favorite things; running for a cause, courage to go the distance no matter the circumstances and a most incredible NOLE!!! Enjoy every memory at every mile!!!||Jonathan Gomes||01/30/2017||$100.00||Good luck and thank you. Changing the lives of so many!||Ross&Linda Graham||01/22/2017||$500.00||Your the best-stay safe-we love you||Chuck & Susan Gifford||01/18/2017||$250.00||So proud of you. Run, Graham, Run ! Love You!||Sabina Shakoor||01/18/2017||$11.00||yo go grandma||Ginny Wilkinson||01/18/2017||$100.00||Run Graham, Run!||Hogue Family||01/17/2017||$100.00||You are such an inspirational young man with a kind and caring heart! We are so proud of you and wish you a safe and exciting journey!||Advantaclean Environmental Services||01/17/2017||$100.00||Lisa Carter||01/16/2017||$100.00||I'm SO proud of you, Graham, and wish you all the best!||Katie Hecht||01/16/2017||$25.00||Such an amazing cause and can't wait to hear all about the journey!||Kiki Carlson||01/14/2017||$100.00||Your awesome!||Lori McMullin||01/13/2017||$50.00||Safe travels and enjoy this awesome philanthropic experience!||Colleen Bell||01/12/2017||$50.00||Good luck and have fun!!||Julie Deyo||01/06/2017||$50.00||we wish you a safe, healthy and fun experience!||Anonymous Friend||01/06/2017||$10.00||Such a great cause, hope this helps. This is challenge to others to give if possible.||Watford Family||01/06/2017||$100.00||You are Awesome, Best Of Luck, Wishing You A Safe Journey.||Advizrs Inc.||01/05/2017||$650.00||Safe Travels!||Carlson Family||01/05/2017||$350.00||We are so proud of you! Love - Dad, Mom and Davis.||M Kunz Family||01/05/2017||$150.00||Michael Mirabella||01/05/2017||$10.00||Rebeccah Cardillo||01/05/2017||$500.00||I'm excited for you Graham - good luck.||Tracy Blinn||01/05/2017||$50.00||To God be the glory! Keep doing good, Graham.||Chuck and Heidi McDowell||01/05/2017||$100.00||Thank you for running in support of all young adults who have been affected by cancer||Graham Carlson||12/28/2016||$100.00|