Leah Stevens's Fundraising Page
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 Leah Stevens is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. In the summer of 2019, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49-day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco to Boston, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.

What is your connection to the cancer community?

In February 2018, I was getting ready to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. My flute auditions for graduate schools had gone well, I was finishing up my degree requirements, I was working and teaching, and I was training for the Cleveland Marathon. On February 28th, I had a high point of my flute career, soloing with the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra. The following day, my parents broke the news to me that the reason my grandma had not attended is because she was too sick to travel, more sick than I could have ever guessed. She had been diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer. My grandmother and godmother, a second mother to me, “Grammy” was embarking on the fight of her life.

Devastated, I traveled every week between NY and Cleveland, spending all the time I could with her while she underwent intensive treatments, her health declining rapidly. I struggled to finish my degree, to practice, to run, to function. But, as a testament to her strength through her battle, I continued to train for the marathon, and I did it. Sporting a jersey with her name on in, I ran 26.2, and she was able to stream it from NY. A Cleveland news outlet even ran a story on me where I spoke of her as the strongest person I know. To her, it was my greatest gift. The next day I graduated, and soon after I returned to NY to be at her side, a time I am blessed to have been able to spend with her. We sang songs, laughed, and shared in the most special moments.

The cancer spread, and a week later, on June 26th, she passed in her home, surrounded by her loving family. I miss her more and more each day, and hope to aid in the fight against the terrible disease that took her too soon.

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

Before she passed, she told me about our special bond. She told me, “Leah, when you are hurting, I am hurting. And when you are happy, I am so, so happy.” Moving forward, I am determined to heal and live happily, so that she, wherever she may be, will feel it too. It is an honor to know I will travel the country to provide support and service to young people battling cancer.

For me, this trip is a way to honor Grammy by living as my best self. She had a way of bringing people together, making them laugh until they cry. She was loving and nurturing. At 79, she was still young at heart- constantly singing, dancing, gardening, playing piano, and painting, just to name a few things. She lived her life filled with humor, a contagious positive energy, a love for everything she did, and absolutely no regrets.

The immense physical journey of a cross-country trip is representative of the battles cancer patients face each and every day. Traveling and listening to the stories of others is the best way to gain a better world view and see life from various perspectives. To embark on an adventure of such a grand scale and to connect with others in the most humanizing way is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


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 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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Judith Froemming 08/07/2019 $50.00 So proud of you! You are truly an inspiration!
Anonymous Friend 07/25/2019 $5.00 We look so good
Leah Stevens 07/25/2019 $5.00  
Social Media Donations 07/19/2019 $25.00 Patrick, Nicole, Corinne, Anne, Shelly
Leah Stevens 07/19/2019 $10.00  
Shannon Ransom 07/15/2019 $8.00 I wish I could do more. Leah, you inspire me to work hard to be a better athlete and person. One foot in front of the other!
Alicia McGinnis 07/13/2019 $60.00 All the best in your great journey!
Zsolt Bognár 07/13/2019 $15.00 Thank you for being amazing!
Lisa Rutkoske 07/13/2019 $50.00 Go girl! This donation gets you to $7k! Amazing experience for a great cause. Good luck
Leah Stevens 07/13/2019 $30.00 Tim, Lizzy, Shelby, Elisa, Rebecca, Erin
Leah Stevens 07/13/2019 $20.00  
Leah Stevens 07/13/2019 $30.00  
Leah Stevens 07/13/2019 $15.00  
Leah Stevens 07/13/2019 $25.00  
Leah Stevens 07/13/2019 $15.00  
Nina Sandberg 06/20/2019 $20.00 Wishing you safe travels this summer!
Anonymous Friend 06/12/2019 $25.00 Proud of you!
Megan Anne 06/03/2019 $20.00 Truly inspiring, wishing you the best of luck
Anonymous Friend 05/26/2019 $50.00  
Leah Stevens 05/13/2019 $100.00  
Leah Stevens 05/13/2019 $100.00  
Sakshi Ganesh 05/12/2019 $25.00  
Amy L Rucker 05/07/2019 $25.00  
Carol Jeanne Kohn 05/07/2019 $100.00  
Leah Stevens 05/06/2019 $8.00  
Leah Stevens 05/06/2019 $8.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/06/2019 $50.00  
Resilience Gives 04/08/2019 $24.00  
Leah Stevens 04/04/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 04/04/2019 $10.00  
Tim Fernando 04/03/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 04/03/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 04/02/2019 $15.00  
Christine Madonia 04/01/2019 $250.00  
Leah Stevens 04/01/2019 $10.00  
Christopher Neske 03/21/2019 $84.05 Congratulations on reaching your goal, Leah! So proud of and inspired by you.
Anonymous Friend 03/21/2019 $5.00  
Winnie Lau 03/18/2019 $50.00 Thank you for what you’re doing you are amazing and such an inspiration! God bless you on your awesome journey!
Joanna Lau 03/18/2019 $20.00 Good luck! You are such an inspiration to me on so many levels.
Zoe Sorrell 03/17/2019 $15.00  
Jeanelle Brierley 03/17/2019 $50.00 You are an inspiration! Thanks for all of your hard work!!
Leah Stevens 03/17/2019 $15.00  
Anna D'Egidio 03/15/2019 $20.00  
Leah Stevens 03/15/2019 $23.00  
Orla Bowie 03/14/2019 $25.00  
Michael Scavetta 03/11/2019 $75.00 Leah - we are all colleagues of your dad and are so excited for your special journey ahead. Enjoy every moment of making such a difference to a great cause! Best wishes from Pam N., Diane C., Tina G., Jen C., Jess F., & K. Scavetta
Briana Cangemi 03/10/2019 $10.00  
KRISTEN MADONIA 03/08/2019 $40.00 Happy birthday lele. Love you always❤
Joshua Smith 03/08/2019 $50.00  
David Stevens 03/08/2019 $230.00 Happy 23rd Birthday, dearest Leah! I wake up every day hoping to be half the person you are. I go to bed each night saying, "Maybe tomorrow..." Also, thank you to the overwhelming outpouring of love and support from everyone and notably my 2nd family from Herricks - administrators, teachers, students, and parents alike!
Phoebe Robertson 03/08/2019 $23.00 Happy birthday, Leah <3 Thankful for your bright light and incredible courage.
Kathleen Miller 03/08/2019 $23.00 Way to go Leah for such a worthy cause. Loved reading the story behind it, and your connection to Grammy.
Linda Hershfield 03/08/2019 $50.00 All grandmas are very proud of you! Thank you for being such a strong woman! (From Maxx’s Grandma)
Lauren Zubovic 03/06/2019 $100.00 In honor of my mother, great uncle, and cousin who fought until the very end.
Jake Niehl 03/06/2019 $40.00 Go kick some ass Leah!
Tracey Schaper 03/06/2019 $50.00 You are beautiful in every way!! You Grammy would tell me that whenever I saw her. Boy is she smiling!!
Linda McElroy 03/06/2019 $20.00 For all the people living in hope...
Deirdre Kenny 03/06/2019 $25.00  
Anthony Rutkowski 03/06/2019 $40.00 Best of luck on this amazing journey you are taking. Love, The Rutkowski Family
Leah Stevens 03/06/2019 $44.65  
Lynda Maniscalco 03/06/2019 $25.00 Good luck Leah! You are such an inspiration.
Judy Fischer 03/04/2019 $23.00 Grammy would be proud of you!
Kathleen Kolba 03/04/2019 $23.00 Happy Birthday!
Stevens Leah 03/02/2019 $72.00 Dear Leah, We at the circulation desk want to wish you good luck and will be thinking of you as you travel across the United States for this great cause! I'm sure grandma is watching and is extremely proud of you as she always was. xo
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $10.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Leah Stevens 02/28/2019 $5.00  
Beth Hillman 02/26/2019 $40.00 In honor of my grandmother who has beaten cancer, and to those who have fought til the very end! To anyone battling cancer - we are all with you: you are so strong, so brave, so courageous and so loved! Leah what you're doing is so amazing! So brave, so kind and unbelievable! You've got this! Keep training, keep up the great work!
Alexandra Stewart 02/26/2019 $30.00 Best of luck on your journey! You’re amazing!!
Danielle and Joe Scaduto 02/24/2019 $25.00  
Leah Stevens 02/20/2019 $40.00  
Mark Carr 02/18/2019 $5.00  
Ali Konnerth 02/15/2019 $10.00 Admired you in HS, still think you are amazing! Loved your Grammy and seeing her at concerts! She made the music department just as much as you did!
Resilience Gives 02/15/2019 $24.00  
Resilience Gives 02/15/2019 $8.00  
Anonymous Friend 02/15/2019 $10.00 childhood cancer survivor :) thanks for fighting the fight!
Erich Riebe 02/14/2019 $10.00 Hair dye!
Bob Riebe 02/14/2019 $10.00 Yoy can keep the haiku but i definitely need to see some HOTpink hair..
Tim Fernando 02/14/2019 $10.00 ❤️❤️❤️
Patricia Bryan 02/14/2019 $50.00 Love you Leah!!!! Go change the world!
Michael Stevens 02/14/2019 $104.00 Don't tell mom
Nick Evans 02/14/2019 $5.00 Keep at it!!
Anonymous Friend 02/14/2019 $50.00 Just do it to piss off your daddio!
Bonfire 02/14/2019 $123.30  
Theresa Riebe 02/12/2019 $40.00 10 carrots from Gracie, 10 cans of fancy feast from Patches, 10 cans of Friskies from Boo and 10 temptation treats from Yogi. Meow/Thump
Theresa Riebe 02/12/2019 $60.00 Best of Luck to you Leah, You got this! Thank you so much for doing this. xoxo Love, Lloyd and Theresa
Concetta Stevens 02/07/2019 $500.00 With pride and admiration We support your cause . Leah, every step you take is a tribute to Grammy and a step towards your healing. We love you so!
David Stevens 02/02/2019 $100.00 God bless you for sharing your kind and caring heart with others. You are truly one very special young woman!
Pattie Piccinini 01/30/2019 $100.00 GO LEAH!!
Keneil Soni 01/21/2019 $50.00 Good luck!!
Katie Davidson 01/19/2019 $20.00  
Kevin Gerity 01/19/2019 $100.00 Best wishes, Leah!
Anonymous Friend 01/18/2019 $100.00 Your "Gammy" was such a special person. She was such a great friend to me. I know she is thrilled that you are doing this, Leah. God Bless you!
David Stevens 01/17/2019 $25.00 Best of luck, Leah!! Love Robin, Rachel, Jake, and Shayna
Catherine Marchesano 01/15/2019 $100.00 So proud of you...wishing you a safe and fun journey :) Cathy & Mike Marchesano
Shawna Irish 01/13/2019 $20.00 Way to go, Leah! You are amazing! Enjoy the adventure!
Jacie Lee 01/13/2019 $50.00 Dear Leah, Thanks for inspiring us! God bless! All the best for your incredible journey! The Song Family
Jo-Ann Carhart 01/13/2019 $25.00 Good luck with the run. We think of Gloria all of the time and miss her a bunch.
Maria Pirgousis 01/09/2019 $20.00 Best of luck to you
Gloria Madonia 01/08/2019 $100.00 GOOD LUCK LEAH. Love you. Xoxoxo
Nichole Greene 01/08/2019 $50.00  
Cindy Worms 01/07/2019 $100.00  
Michael Berg 01/07/2019 $50.00 Good luck, Leah! Love, The Berg Family
Terri Kern 01/06/2019 $20.00  
Christopher Neske 01/06/2019 $100.00  
Glenn Heckinger 01/05/2019 $100.00 Proud to know you, Leah... your selflessness is no surprise. You are an inspiration to us all!
Anonymous Friend 01/05/2019 $50.00  
Jocelyn, Ally & Steph Chiu 01/03/2019 $35.00 Go Leah! We love what you’re doing and can’t wait to hear about your progress this summer.
Mark Bligh 01/03/2019 $40.00 Bravo, Leah! Good luck!
Anonymous Friend 01/02/2019 $50.00 All best wishes on your journey!
Joan Alia 01/01/2019 $20.00 Great story Leah, keep making a difference!
Yesenia Santana 01/01/2019 $100.00 Good luck ! Your dad wake up every to fullfill kids life with laugh and happiness. He is one of my kids all-time favorite teacher. You should be so proud to have an amazing human being as a dad. From Eduardo and Alejandro Santana
Nicholas Quan 01/01/2019 $50.00 Good luck on your amazing journey, Leah!!!! You rock!
Catalin Wong 01/01/2019 $50.00 Dear Leah, what you are doing is such an inspiration to me. After going through what you have gone through, it is very brave and considerate of you to do what you are doing. I hope you continue to be the inspiring person you are!
Beth Wolpert 12/31/2018 $20.00 Go Leah!
Lori Rasul 12/31/2018 $50.00 Wishing you the best, Leah! You’re an amazing person! Good luck. Love, The Rasul family
Blake Sabolboro 12/31/2018 $20.00 May a cure be found soon !
Lisa Kantanas 12/31/2018 $100.00 Keep being an amazing human!!!
Parul Vishal 12/31/2018 $100.00 So proud of you Leah God bless you may you be successful in your endeavor, your Hrandma must be very proud of you.
Leonard Apicella 12/29/2018 $100.00  
Marta Daly 12/26/2018 $50.00 Leah, your courage and dedication are an inspiration! Best wishes for this amazing journey! From, The Daly Family
Jane Goldschlager 12/22/2018 $50.00 Supporting you, Leah. Make sure your father buys you cool and expensive gear - I like Patagonia. xojane
Ann Marie Yu 12/22/2018 $100.00 Wishing you all the best on your journey Leah Love The Marcoline family
Vicky Vayias 12/22/2018 $100.00 Best of luck to you from the Vayias Family.
Francine LaSala 12/21/2018 $50.00 Best of luck from Maddie and Jules, who both count your dad as one of their all-time favorite teachers! (Their mom too.)
Norka Fuertes 12/21/2018 $150.00 God Bless you on your journey Leah
Brian Yuen 12/21/2018 $50.00 as a fellow CMU alumni and endurance athlete, we gladly support the Stevens' family. Have a safe journey
Fino Celano 12/21/2018 $50.00 Good luck on this remarkable journey. Congratulations on your commitment to this most worthy cause.
Julie Fegan 12/20/2018 $50.00 I work with your dad, and wish you the best of luck on this tremendously meaningful journey!
Patricia Fruda 12/20/2018 $50.00 Best of luck on this incredible journey!
Jodie Ruggiano 12/20/2018 $100.00  
Mark Su 12/20/2018 $100.00 This is an amazing cause. Good luck, Leah!
Melissa Blady 12/20/2018 $50.00 You are doing an amazing, wonderful, truly remarkable thing! Bravo to you! Good Luck
Ronni Stuart 12/20/2018 $30.00 Best wishes
Anonymous Friend 12/20/2018 $100.00 Good luck! Make sure your dad buys you good running shoes.
Kathleen Kolba 12/18/2018 $75.00 Good Luck Leah! This is quite an adventure and wonderful cause
Andrea Somma 12/18/2018 $100.00 This will be an amazing journey! Lots of luck to you!!!
Maryanne Janus 12/17/2018 $100.00  
Leah Stevens 12/13/2018 $100.00  
  Total $7,238.00  
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