Isabel Mularoni is a senior at Denison University. In the summer of 2017, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to San Francisco, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My strongest connection to the cancer community is through my family. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and we were really lucky that it was caught early. In 2000, my grandmother beat breast cancer for the first time, and defeated it again 2015. She is one of the strongest people I know.
My aunt beat melanoma once, and she became an incredible and active voice for melanoma awareness. She is fighting melanoma again right now, and is so unrelentingly strong and motivated.
There are many more people that I know who have been impacted by cancer, so I want to be part of a network of support, and give hope and inspiration to others, as each of these three women have given me.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am travelling 4,000 miles with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults because I believe in the mission of the 4K to build a community of support for young adults and their loved ones as they face cancer. The 4K is an opportunity to do what I can with what I have, to improve the lives of people whose life are impacted by cancer, so I can think of no better way to spend my summer.
Biking 4,000 miles across the country is a significant way to honor my incredible mother, aunt, and grandmother, and each person whose life has been impacted by cancer. I want to help empower young people with cancer, to give them a voice, and to promote awareness of young adult cancer. I want to support the people I love through the 4K in the best way that I can.
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!
|Emma Larsen||09/01/2017||$25.00||<3||Brad Simmons||08/18/2017||$100.00||Thanks for doing this, Izzy... you're an inspiration to many!||Gloria Sprenger||08/04/2017||$100.00||Silly Izzy. Sorry I am so late to tge party. What an awesome undertaking. Roll on.||Laurie McGregor Connor||08/01/2017||$25.00||I'm a little late to the party-hope all is going well! I recently saw an ITS IZZY license plate which jogged my memory!||Leslie Chiarello||07/18/2017||$50.00||You go and go and go girl! Yay Isabel! Thank you for spending your summer in a way that really matters...||Rosemary Emerson||05/31/2017||$50.00||Laine Schwarberg||05/17/2017||$70.00||Happy to donate again since I LOVE YOU! Congrats on reaching 5,000!||John Sheppard||05/16/2017||$400.00||Margot Sherman Jollis||05/15/2017||$50.00||You're amazing, Izzy!!! Always an inspiration to me and to so many others. I'm so proud to call you my Theta sister. Congrats on gradutating and can't wait to see updates about your journey! Best of luck and tlam from Chile||Drew Wentzel||05/15/2017||$20.00||The world can only get better with people like you Iz. Love you and sorry this didn't happen sooner!||Anonymous Friend||05/15/2017||$95.00||Jess Tull||05/15/2017||$30.00||You're so amazing Izzy! Best of luck to you and I can't wait to follow your journey!||Germano Mularoni||05/12/2017||$250.00||WOW IZZY! What a feat. Nonna & Pappa are proud of you.||Steven Burns||05/12/2017||$100.00||Isabel, Hope the roads are smooth and level. The sun shines for 70 days, well at least no rain. Praying for a safe journey. Stay strong! The Burns Famiglia||Rich Novaco||05/12/2017||$25.00||Ride strong, ride safe...you will be in our thoughts and prayers on this adventure!!!! Best of everything!||Gail Murphy||05/10/2017||$100.00||Yeah Red!||Patricia OKeefe||05/10/2017||$100.00||So proud of you! Thank you for doing this.||Elise Schoux||05/09/2017||$100.00||Good luck to you on this incredible journey, Isabel. This will test you in many ways and you will help yourself as you help others. With affections, Elise||Peter Collins||04/30/2017||$100.00||Thank you for your beautiful self Isabel, and for touching so many hearts with your cross country ride! WOW! Our love & prayers are with you! A Mary, U Pete, & all the fam xoxo||Grace Murray||04/18/2017||$50.00||So excited for you Izzy!! This is an amazing opportunity to raise awareness. Best of luck on your journey :) Miss you so much! All my love from Germany!||Barker Family||04/14/2017||$100.00||Ride on.||Stephanie McNutt||04/14/2017||$50.00||So proud of you! Love ya long time!||Noraleen Young||04/14/2017||$35.00||Dina Archipley||04/14/2017||$75.00||Anonymous Friend||04/14/2017||$125.00||Libbie Randolph||04/12/2017||$25.00||You go Iz! So proud of you!||Anonymous Friend||04/06/2017||$320.00||Caroline Goldberg||04/02/2017||$7.00||Anonymous Friend||03/26/2017||$15.00||Best of Luck! So proud of you!||Ashley Humphrey||03/26/2017||$10.00||You're awesome and this is such a cool thing to do! Cheering you on all the way :)||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2017||$20.00||John and Jane Higdon||03/13/2017||$50.00||Be safe ... be strong ... we'll be thinking of you as you ride along!||Andrea & Chris Haigh||03/11/2017||$50.00||Greg & Dee Mularoni||03/08/2017||$100.00||This is just SO. COOL. Thank you for sharing and caring :) xoxoxoxo||Marta Showalter-Pionke||02/02/2017||$100.00||A very thoughtful undertaking! Very courageous of you! Stay positive, be healthy and strong! You set a wonderful example here!||Margaret Sutter||02/01/2017||$13.00||Keep rockin' the house, Iz. Love you.||Joann Schwarberg||02/01/2017||$100.00||Love you Izzy.....ride up a STORM gurl!!!||Spencer Yu||01/31/2017||$50.00||I am always with you! Love you my twin sista!||Andy Kaminski||01/31/2017||$35.00||Pete & Gabe Newton||01/31/2017||$100.00||We expect a call if you ride anywhere near Omaha!!! Love you and ride on!||Laine Schwarberg||01/24/2017||$100.00||Thanks for lighting up my life!||Anonymous Friend||01/24/2017||$300.00||Go for the gold, Isabel! Great opportunity to see your vast and wonderful country.||Grace and Glen Esche||01/13/2017||$150.00||Isabel ride strong and fight like a girl. Love Aunt Grace, Uncle Glen, Alex and Liz||Anonymous Friend||01/10/2017||$300.00||<3||Erica Kin||01/10/2017||$40.00||Felicity Hillmer||01/09/2017||$100.00||I'm so proud of your commitment to this important cause and so glad you're my Theta sister!||Kristin Sweeney||01/08/2017||$100.00||So incredible!! Love you! ~ the Sweeneys||Sarah Gaut||01/08/2017||$50.00||Go Isabel!! The Gaut family is cheering you on! We can not wait to see pictures and hear stories from your adventure!||Lauren Totonis||01/08/2017||$50.00||You are amazing Izzy!!!!||Caroline Goldberg||01/08/2017||$25.00||go izzy!||Brooke Felts||01/08/2017||$10.00||So proud of you for following your passions and raising funds and awareness for Cancer research!||Logan Berlet||12/14/2016||$20.00||So so proud of you iz!! You are going to kick butt! Come see me in STL if you stop there :)||Logan Agin||11/29/2016||$100.00||That's a lot of pony rides ;).||Sherry Dyl||11/29/2016||$50.00||Way to go Izzy! What a great event!||Peter Mularoni||11/28/2016||$100.00||wow this is a huge undertaking!!! good luck.||Lisa Kaminski||11/28/2016||$100.00||You got this! Love Aunt Lisa and Uncle Rick||Kathy & Dale Burnham||11/27/2016||$100.00||Hi Izzy, Ahhhh....We are So excited for you!! :) What a wonderful experience this entire process is. Cannot wait to hear about your progress along the way!! Love, Kathy & Dale Burnham||Erin Grace Burnham||11/27/2016||$25.00||Izzy, YOU GO GIRL!!!! Love, Erin Grace Burnham||Meredith Burnham||11/27/2016||$50.00||I'm so amazed by you, proud of you, and excited for you! You're incredible and I can't wait for you to have this adventure!!||Deborah Graham||11/25/2016||$100.00||The Grahams wish you the best of luck on your journey this summer.||Ashley Lowe||11/21/2016||$50.00||You're a star Iz! Good luck with this adventure. I love you so much!||Paige Gaut||11/21/2016||$10.00||Good luck on your trip Isabel! This sounds like an amazing experience!||Jenny Herold||11/21/2016||$50.00||Could not be prouder of you Iz and the amazing, selfless person that you are. Can't wait for the amazing farmers tan that you'll get! Love you!||Wendy Lowe||11/21/2016||$25.00||Go Izzy!||Lauren Jay||11/21/2016||$25.00||Thank you for raising awareness for this awesome cause! I am so proud of you and wish you all the best on your journey! Don't forget to take lots of selfies during your ride! Red love ❤️ LJ||Isabel Mularoni||11/11/2016||$100.00|