Illona Hartman's Fundraising Page
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Illona Hartman's Fundraising Page
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Illona Hartman, born in Haarlem (The Netherlands), is a senior at Ohio University. In the Summer of 2019 (June 16th - August 3rd), she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4,000+ mile run from San Francisco (California) to Baltimore (Maryland) to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.


[Dutch] Voor de Nederlandse vertaling verwijs ik u door naar de volgende website:

What is your connection to the cancer community? 

In September 2017, I saw an advertisement on social media about a “run across America” to fight cancer. This “4K for cancer” run caught my eye so I started the application process. That summer, one of my coworkers at my Dutch internship was very involved in the cancer community and he introduced me to it. For example, I signed up to be a bone marrow donor in honor of his cousin who was going through treatment for leukemia. My coworker and his 10-year old son even biked from one side of the Netherlands towards the most Southern part of our country to raise money and awareness for cancer! I was so impressed by this fundraising event that I wanted to get more involved as well.

Why are you traveling 4,000+ miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?

During the application process for the “4K for cancer” in October 2017, I heard the devastating news that my own family was about to face: My cousin’s baby of 6 months old was diagnosed with a rare kind of myeloid leukemia. Her name is Leighton Hailey van Leeuwen.

After the news, a rollercoaster of events happened in a short amount of time. In the next six months, I got accepted in the 4K for Cancer with “Team Baltimore 2018”, I presented my cause to many organizations, I started online fundraisers (i.e. Yankee Candle, That’s My Pan), I traveled home to finally meet Leighton, I cut 25cm of my hair as a donation to a wig charity, I raised the minimum fundraising amount of $4500 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in less than three months, and I still organized three big fundraisers in Spring (i.e. Dutch Bake Sale, a Bone Marrow drive, Selling Valentine’s flowers, a Dopper Sale) with the help of many people and organizations at Ohio University. With those last fundraisers, I raised another $3000. In the meantime, Leighton got a bone marrow transplantation herself (transferring stem cells through blood from a donor) and things finally got better for her. My schoolwork and training for the run on top of three hours of daily field hockey practices was going well too; I was in the best shape of my life.

It was in March 2018 when things started to go downhill. In this six month period, I had daily contact with my cousin and family at home, mostly over the messaging app “WhatsApp”. Two weeks after Leighton’s 1st birthday, they wanted to video call so I could see Leighton. She was not doing so well and things got worse real quick. Less than 24 hours after we hung up the phone, I got the devastating news that our little princess lost the battle with this terrible monster called cancer.

This was the drop that made the cup fall: I will run for the people who cannot run (anymore) to give these strong fighters a face and hopefully the opportunity to run again and relive their lives in the near future!

Thus, this "4K Run for Cancer" run will be a great opportunity for me to physically support my family at home (Amsterdam area, the Netherlands) and many others, all the way from Ohio in the United States. Because of my passion for a healthy lifestyle and fitness, I started running races during the Summer of 2017 on top of field hockey workouts. This was when I fell in love with running. I always played field hockey since I was 12 years old, but after 3 concussions in a span of 2.5 years - the most recent in March 2018 which required me to move the 4K run to June 2019 instead of 2018 - it will be a hard transition to get back on the turf this season. For this reason I received a  medical disqualification status as of August 2018. However, this doesn't stop me from participating in the 4K for cancer 2019!  Hopefully, I will be able to start running and working out again soon. This should bring me back in shape for the "4K for Cancer" and hopefully a competitive field hockey game in the (near) future. After all, it will still be an amazing opportunity for me to use my athletic abilities this summer to raise money for cancer, share Leighton's story, and help others while exploring the US after graduation. I am excited to share this journey with you!


How can we support you?

Any small donation will be a little baby step towards my $10,000 personal goal. Since I was supposed to run in 2018, I would like to raise twice the minimum amount of $4,500 before I start our run in the summer of 2019. During the run, I hope to raise another thousand to get to the magic 5 digits to help the 70,000 (five digits) of young adults who get diagnosed with cancer each year. Your generous donations therefore allow me to help American communities affected by cancer and to share the story of my little baby cousin Leighton Hailey.

Donations can be online or via check written out to "4K for Cancer" ("Illona Hartman" mentioned in "memo") and send to: 

UCF Office 

Attn: 4K for Cancer

1215 E Fort Ave, Ste 104

Baltimore, MD 21230

More current news and/or information on fundraising and sponsoring my run will follow in the next couple of weeks by the use of my new "4K for Cancer" Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram acount. 

[Dutch] Voor de Nederlandse donateurs onder ons die liever geen credit card of cheque gebruiken, heb ik ook een Nederlandse inzamelingsactie gestart. U kunt een bepaald bedrag overmaken naar onderstaande website via Ideal of Pay Pal. Dit bedrag zal maandelijkse op mijn rekening worden gestort. Maandelijks zal ik deze donaties met mijn eigen credit card doneren aan het Ulman kankerfonds om dichter bij mijn minimumbedrag van $4500 of persoonlijk streefbedrag van $10,000 te komen: 

Nederlandse donaties met Ideal

#teamleighton #4kforcancer

ABOUT 2019 4K for Cancer

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


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Anonymous Friend 09/04/2019 $50.00  
Ailie Vuper 08/31/2019 $10.00  
Julie Paprocki 08/31/2019 $10.00  
Danny Che 08/31/2019 $100.00  
Illona Hartman 08/31/2019 $349.12 Big thanks to my last minute donors who pushed me over the 10K goal for 70K young adults diagnosed each year: Alexa Overeem Abby Sam Snyder Ashley Cooper Quinn Mitchell "Anoniem" Mam & pap Katy Ho Emily Morello Haley Vega Dennis Kipngetich Bert Kennedy Williams Mia Wilson Bailey Wargo Nick Brilli Ian Klein Jacob Border Liz Todd 4K, I owe you! You confirmed my love for running and athletics. You confirmed my love for socialism and working in teams. You confirmed my passion for non-profits and working with underprivileged communities. A vision I created since my travels to Africa in 2014. A dream I am ready to chase now at Virginia Tech while doing research on natural disasters as a civil engineer. Thank you once again, 4K, for seeing my “Worlds Collide”.
Dale Masel 08/27/2019 $25.00  
Guy Riefler 08/26/2019 $100.00  
Mindy Heflin 08/25/2019 $20.00  
Bonfire 08/22/2019 $202.62  
Anonymous Friend 08/11/2019 $204.00 Thanks to familie Zuidema, C. Meyer and my Venmo/4K Bingo (Sam, Lydia, Kenneth Rosario, Bert, Kayleigh, Kedad, Christian, Lawrence, Luke, Alisha)
Anonymous Friend 07/25/2019 $10.00 My unofficial roommate every night
Anonymous Friend 07/20/2019 $164.54 Thank you to my Dutch donors: Danike, Hilde, Mama & Papa, en Marie Kroon!
Missy Buckey 07/10/2019 $100.00 What you are doing is incredible!!!
Anonymous Friend 07/01/2019 $104.34 Thank you Alex Pennington, Jonathan B., Lindsey, and Sjaak van Leeuwen for your donation!!
Kedar Halbe 06/22/2019 $50.00  
Caitlin Ann Cheruka 05/09/2019 $25.00 This is for Leighton!!! Run with your heart ❤️ I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to follow your journey! Love you and wish you all the best!!!
Anonymous Friend 05/07/2019 $251.15 Thank you Bake Sale, Facial Fundraiser, and send-off party
Resilience Gives 04/08/2019 $48.00  
Jasmine Wood 03/31/2019 $28.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/03/2019 $5.00 "Klompjes" sale at ARC Atrium
Guy Riefler 02/20/2019 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 02/03/2019 $114.45 Dutch bake sale @Ohio University. Thanks everyone for participating & donating!!
Anonymous Friend 01/11/2019 $30.53 Thank you American 4K Story Bingo participants
Illona Hartman 01/11/2019 $41.40 Thank you Dutch 4K Story Bingo participants
Anonymous Friend 12/04/2018 $194.22 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks to: Joris, Emma, Bart, Thamar, Bert & Marja, Rox, Hilde & Joop, Esmee, Petra, Dennis, Sherida, Anoniem, Colton, Micaela, Katie, Tessa, Jordi & Jolanda
Anonymous Friend 11/25/2018 $20.00 happy birthday!! (Venmo)
Anonymous Friend 11/05/2018 $150.00 Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast
Chipotle 10/23/2018 $49.77  
Anonymous Friend 10/21/2018 $20.00 Thanks to Wesley’s generostiy
Mary Sylvia Evans 10/11/2018 $8.30 In honor of Micaela Vickers birthday and her mom Minchen Vickers
Bonfire 09/18/2018 $183.98  
Illona Hartman 08/28/2018 $100.00  
Jordan Zenisek 08/14/2018 $15.00 <3
Missy Buckey 07/19/2018 $100.00  
Maddie Sloat 07/18/2018 $20.00 You're an inspiration, Illona!! Keep fighting the good fight sister.
Angela Campagnoni 07/14/2018 $10.00 this is a beautiful thing you are doing in memory of your niece. We lost a niece at the age of 12 to cancer... hardest thing to watch a family go through
Lawrence Akainyah 07/14/2018 $20.00 You go girl
Illona Hartman 06/28/2018 $62.23 Sending some positive energy from Ohio xxx 200 to go for your goal! Keep up the great work girly
Robin D'haene 05/20/2018 $25.00 Good luck Ilona!!
Kelly Fernandez 05/02/2018 $25.00 Don't ever stop being the advocate that you are.
Illona Hartman 05/02/2018 $924.80 Total Dutch Dopper sale and Dutch donors: Courtney Fularz Erwin Paap Rina Rodenburg Meijer Danny Dudart D.H.M Beentjes
Tamara R Hall 04/04/2018 $75.00  
Lisanne Manders 03/23/2018 $35.00 Proud of you, DUTCHIE! <3 You're gonna rock this!
Anonymous Friend 03/23/2018 $100.00  
Illona Hartman 03/02/2018 $131.94 2 Dutch Donations: Tom Delissen Qing Wang
Illona Hartman 02/20/2018 $300.00 Round up VDAY flower sale donations thanks to Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Tina Kongkeo 02/09/2018 $20.00 Your courage and efforts are so empowering! Good luck on your run for this amazing cause!
Illona Hartman 02/01/2018 $393.01 Thanks to Dutch donations: Hans Ingrid Susan Esmee van Leeuwen Ruth Elliot Wendy & Rob Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV
Anonymous Friend 01/28/2018 $40.00  
Illona Hartman 01/25/2018 $284.71 Big thanks to my coed professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau and its brothers for hosting the DUTCH BAKE SALE and BMT DRIVE with me and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Also a big thank you to all students and professors who donated during the sale & drive.
Carol Hill 01/23/2018 $50.00  
Sang Soo Kim 01/22/2018 $100.00  
Yanhui F 01/16/2018 $80.00  
Illona Hartman 01/11/2018 $616.21 22 Dutch donations: C meyer Piet en Jose Hartman Milena Jasmijn Rob dreijer Ricky Voorn Tim Pessel Thijs Pielage Lukas en Ellen Pielage Jan en Marjo Oldenburg Pielage Gervien Pielage Benefiet birthday (Familie Nanne, Julia van Doornik, Caroline Albers) Sjaak & Liubiv Judith Koster Anja Hartman en Sander Smeets Familie Timmer Adriaan Loggen Yanthi en Suzanne Manuela van Leeuwen Floor Soffner
Adept Engraving LLC 01/11/2018 $66.80  
Anonymous Friend 01/09/2018 $100.00 Make it happen Illona!!!!!
Casey Costello 01/08/2018 $105.20  
Alexander Shambrock 12/30/2017 $30.00 Merry Christmas Illona!
Casey Costello 12/27/2017 $22.30  
Noah Rich 12/26/2017 $100.00 Cheering you on from afar, Illona. Proud to call you a friend of mine.
Caden Brooker 12/26/2017 $15.00 <3
Ali Johnstone 12/23/2017 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/19/2017 $5.00  
Yankee Canlde 12/13/2017 $66.40  
Yankee Canlde 12/06/2017 $106.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/02/2017 $227.56 Many thanks to my Dutch donations: Myrthe Jongebloet Babette Bais Tessa Ezendam Suzanne van der Veer Rosanne Waterhout Sherida Tauber Anja Hartman Marjolein van Esveld Yvonne van Goes Thamar Steenmeijer Rick de Regt Christiaan Hertog
Dale Masel 11/30/2017 $50.00 Good luck on your run!
Anonymous Friend 11/28/2017 $150.00 Illona, we praise God Almighty for people like yourself - dedicating your heart and body to a cause such as this cancer drive! Will keep you in our prayers as you run across the US.
Sonny Sano 11/27/2017 $50.00  
Guy Riefler 11/27/2017 $100.00  
Karen Edgerton 11/27/2017 $150.00 Ilona, terrific cause! The Edgertons wish you the best as you take on this challenge and we are very happy to support you. #Bleedgreen #pOUnce #Bobcats
Samara Schratz 11/27/2017 $20.00 Go Ohio Field Hockey Bobcat!
Bertrand Neyhouse 11/21/2017 $100.00 Your motivation and love for this cause is truly inspiring. I'm donating partially for your great cause and partially for you to be able to run through and see this beautiful country. You'll be blown away. Happy belated birthday!
Jonathan Crowe 11/20/2017 $25.00 Illona I'm very proud of you and so happy you accepted this wonderful opportunity! You're gonna do great things!
Victoria Neyhouse 11/20/2017 $50.00 Good luck!
Dylan Denner 11/15/2017 $500.00 From Tau Beta Pi... best of luck! We are here for you!
Anonymous Friend 11/14/2017 $25.00  
Alex Pennington 11/12/2017 $150.00 Go Illona! So proud of everything you are doing! - The Pennington's
Dylan Denner 11/08/2017 $25.00 Illona, Your passion for running is inspiring. Coupled with the fight against Cancer.. I truly believe that an individual with passion & purpose is unstoppable. I wish you the best of luck! #GoBobcats
Diversified Engineering Inc 11/08/2017 $500.00  
Joëlla Meijer 11/02/2017 $25.00 I am sooooo proud of you, Sis!!! You are an incredible and wonderful person. Everyone is very lucky to have to as a friend or family. You go girl!
Zainab Al Bimani 11/02/2017 $100.00  
Illona Hartman 11/01/2017 $752.63 Dutch Donations: Hilde Dudart Bert & Marja Harman Mary Verwer Danny van Leeuwen Sharona van Leeuwen Familie Meijer Sjaak van Leeuwen Sandra van Leeuwen Corry van Koot Josine Kuijk Cora van Willenswaard Steven Hartman Mike Huiberts Karin Hummel Monique Blomvliet Paula van Galen Roxanne Zuidema Maarten Slinger Oom Martin en tante Toos Bart van den Brink
Steve and Pam Brooker 10/29/2017 $100.00 Good luck Illona
Lydia Ramlo 10/29/2017 $25.00 I am so proud of you! You are absolutely amazing, and I am so grateful to be your friend. Your cousin will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Jessie Morrow 10/29/2017 $75.00 I'm so proud to have a friend with such ambition and a pure, kind heart! GOOD LUCK!
Ian Klein 10/24/2017 $50.00 Good luck Illona!
Brian H Berthold 01/16/2017 $50.00  
  Total $10,264.21  
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