Karen Alvarado is a freshman at Brookdale community college. In the summer of 2019, 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 Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
When I was a sophomore in high school I met a really nice guy who I befriended and got along with for a while. However, as time went by there was a misunderstanding between the two of us in which I started to reject him. Regardless of the misunderstanding, he was a very generous, humble, funny, and amazing person. After sophomore year we never talked again, however during my senior year of HS I found out he had leukemia. When I found out I was instantly hit with regret and sadness, I regretted that fact that I cut him out of my life completely because he didn’t deserve that. Even with all my regret I never texted him to see if he was alright. Three months before senior year ended, I found out that he was doing better and that he was fighting off his big battle, I was happy for him. I now realize that I should take part in the cancer community because there are brave fighters out there that need a little push to overcome their battle.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
Doing the 4K will be another opportunity for me to take action in helping those who suffer from cancer. This time I won’t be sitting down, in fact I’ll be out there biking for a good cause.
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 www.4kforcancer.org!
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!
|Karen Alvarado||11/20/2018||$400.00||Money from selling bracelets as well from friends and family!||Keana Miller||11/02/2018||$20.00||Jomar Boyce||11/01/2018||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||10/06/2018||$30.00||Anonymous Friend||09/24/2018||$10.00||Karen Alvarado||07/28/2018||$100.00|