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 junior at Ohio University. In the Summer of 2018, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4,000+ mile run from San Francisco (California, West Coast) to Baltimore (Maryland, East Coast) to raise funds and awareness for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. 


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


What is your connection to the cancer community? 

I am currently a junior at Ohio University studying civil engineering where I like to run around campus in my spare time. I also ran the 5K "Race for the Cure" in Athens (October 2017) and finished as first female which made me realize I could use my athletic abilities to help others. Since my US college "career" will end next year, I would like to be part of the Ulman Cancer Fund to still support the cancer community after I graduate. Furthermore, this 4K Run For Cancer will be a great opportunity for me to physically support my family at home (Amsterdam area, the Netherlands) all the way from the United States. Because of my passion for a healthy lifestyle and fitness, I started running races during the Summer of 2017 and I fell in love with running even more. It will be an amazing opportunity for me to use my running skills to raise money and  help others while exploring the US. 


Why are you traveling 4,000+ miles this summer with The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

Since this summer, my Dutch co-worker's cousin got diagnosed with leukemia which is why I signed up to be a worldwide stem cell and bone marrow donor. Furthermore, I want to run in honor of three women in my neighborhood at home who passed away last year due to breast cancer. On top of that, my baby cousin (born in March 2017) Leighton van Leeuwen recently got diagnosed with leukemia too. She started her first chemo therapy in September 2017 and the results are positive so far. This was the drop that made the cup fall: I will run for the people who cannot run (anymore) to give these strong fighters the opportunity to run again and relive their lives in the near future!

How can we support you?

Any small donation will be a little baby step towards my $4500 goal and therefore allows me to help American communities affected by cancer and my own little, baby cousin. 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

Furthermore, I am selling customized pans and mugs through "That's My Pan" and 10% of the profit I sell goes to this fundraising page. It's a great idea to buy your customised kitchen supplies to surprise your loved ones for the Holiday Season while supporting a great cause! 

That's My Pan - Website

For the Holiday Season, I am also selling Yankee Candles with a 40% profit to this cause. The sale goes from November 13th through January 11th which can be accessed by the following website using group number 999977851:

Yankee Candle - Website

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 streefbedrag van $4500 te komen: 

Nederlandse donaties met Ideal

#teamleighton #4kforcancer

ABOUT 2018 4K for Cancer

2018 marks the 17th 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 a 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
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
Joƫlla 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!
Illona Hartman 10/23/2017 $100.00  
  Total $2,102.63  
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