Mariel Murray's Fundraising Page
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Mariel Murray's Fundraising Page
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Mariel Murray is a recent graduate of Northern Michigan 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 Portland, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.


What is your connection to the cancer community?


A staff member at my elementary school, who helped me work through my childhood shyness, lost her battle with cancer when I was still a kid. Fast-forward to college: I became friends with a cancer survivor. Although I didn't know her while she was going through treatment, it was quite the awe-inspiring (and jarring) experience getting to know someone my age who had survived such a feat.


Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

I see this journey as an opportunity to connect with people I wouldn't have met otherwise and hear their stories. Advocating for young adults with cancer, during a time where the uncertainty of health care access hits them especially hard, is a worthwhile cause to take up. I want to meet the people I am advocating for and deliver them care packages and scholarships in-person. Lastly, I've never done something that would be such an enormous physical and mental challenge all at once. I'm constantly pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to do so while raising funds and awareness for young adults with cancer.

ABOUT 2017 4K for Cancer

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


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
John Hawke 08/03/2017 $100.00 Stay strong
Vicki Murray 07/30/2017 $60.00 Happy Birthday!!! :)
Chuck Murray 07/30/2017 $35.00 Your almost done!!!!
Nancy Engelhardt 07/27/2017 $150.00 Don't know where you are on your cross country trip, but hope you are having fun!
Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program 07/14/2017 $50.00  
Colleen Taylor 05/16/2017 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/16/2017 $585.00 Tie dye
Stephen Wardell 05/16/2017 $50.00 You are the bike. The bike is you.
Jordan Johnson 05/16/2017 $44.00 Hope this helps you finish strong!
Megan Hamilton 05/14/2017 $10.00  
Briana Ormson 05/14/2017 $20.00 Keep going! Stay strong and have courage! :)
Jessie Robertson 05/14/2017 $5.00  
Nikki Call 05/13/2017 $20.00 Good Luck!!!
Laura LeBlanc 05/13/2017 $30.00 $10 for tie dye $20 for 2 of my pay day donations
Luke Faste 05/12/2017 $10.00  
Amy Engelhardt-Kalbfleisch 05/10/2017 $100.00 What a great cause! Have fun, stay safe, and keep us updated.
Lacee Hartzell 05/08/2017 $5.00 I love watching you accomplish great things.
Maura Weaver 05/05/2017 $10.00 Stay dope, Mariel.
Anonymous Friend 05/03/2017 $25.00  
Katie Ebinger 04/29/2017 $10.00 You go girl!
Schyler Fooy 04/29/2017 $20.00  
Kim & Rox Para-Shetler 04/27/2017 $50.00  
Katie Raatz 04/24/2017 $15.00 Have fun! Love you
Darin Casler 04/24/2017 $30.00  
Nicole Garabelli 04/23/2017 $5.00 ~*~
Zach Jay 04/23/2017 $20.00 Yayyyyy!
Eli Hemmila 04/23/2017 $25.00 Have fun!
Devon Petersen 04/23/2017 $20.00 "The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do."
Christy Miller 04/23/2017 $50.00 John and I are so proud of you. Stay hydrated and both feet on the pedals. Love you!!!!
Kye Campbell-Fox 04/23/2017 $10.00 Good luck!
Caitlin O'Neill 04/23/2017 $10.00 I am SO proud of you and wish you the absolute best of luck!
Areanna Bennett 04/22/2017 $10.00 Have fun with it! This is such an inspiring thing you're accomplishing! :)
Rachel Buchen 04/22/2017 $10.00 <3
Todd Riser 04/22/2017 $10.00 You're Awesome!
Christin DeFord 04/22/2017 $5.00  
Aubrey Bradford 04/22/2017 $15.00 Good luck! Can't wait to follow your journey!
Gregory Larson 04/22/2017 $20.00 Wish I could donate more. Hope this helps.
Meghan Shannon 04/22/2017 $10.00 I love you
Briana Ormson 04/22/2017 $30.00 Be courageous and stay strong, you are out to do amazing things in this world! In the words of Dr. Seuss, "You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose!"
Abby Roche 04/21/2017 $13.00 Sending love and health to you as you gear up for your cross country trek!
Vicki Murray 04/20/2017 $50.00 So proud of you!!!
Lizzie Michael 04/20/2017 $6.00  
Pamela Lindberg 04/19/2017 $100.00 Good Luck!!!
Katie (and Kyle and Collette) Klass 04/18/2017 $35.00  
Carrie Grishaber 04/15/2017 $10.00 Hope you've got a squishy bike seat! Have fun!!!
Mariel Murray 04/15/2017 $39.03 April bake sale
Anonymous Friend 04/08/2017 $5.00  
Max Schwandt 04/08/2017 $50.00 Good luck!
Laura LeBlanc 03/31/2017 $20.00  
Blaze Midwest, INC 03/21/2017 $62.32  
Todd Avis 03/20/2017 $50.00  
Lucia Poole 03/15/2017 $300.00 In Memory of Rosemary M. Gladhill and James E. Gladhill
Amy Dujmovich 03/15/2017 $190.00 Dude your awesome! You keep it up, and good luck!!!! Hmu sumtime we need ta catch up!
Stacey Bronoel 03/15/2017 $50.00 Good luck!
John Miller 03/15/2017 $100.00 You inspire me, friend!
Roy Robert Owensby 03/12/2017 $75.00 I'm so excited for you! This is easily going to be the best experience of your life... so far. It won't be the end all be all, because it will be something so empowering that you'll continue to have great experiences and do great things in the future. Never settle and continue to be making a difference.
Ken Murray 03/11/2017 $16.00 Did I ever tell you about that time your grandma slammed the door in my face?
Carol and John Peterson 03/11/2017 $35.00  
Laura LeBlanc 03/10/2017 $10.00 Go Girly!!
PJ Ehalt 03/06/2017 $50.00 To honor our great neighbors, Lucia & John Poo
Erin Trame 03/06/2017 $50.00 Way to go Mariel! I wish you the best of luck in this challenge.
Denise Schubert 03/04/2017 $50.00  
Stephen Jones 03/02/2017 $50.00  
Philip Engelhardt Jr. 02/25/2017 $50.00  
Passages North 02/24/2017 $30.00  
Anonymous Friend 02/24/2017 $10.00  
Allison Perkins 02/22/2017 $25.00  
Laura LeBlanc 02/21/2017 $10.00  
Grace G Chase 02/16/2017 $20.00  
Don Gavin 02/15/2017 $60.00  
Anonymous Friend 02/15/2017 $25.00  
Jen Howard 02/14/2017 $50.00 Proud of you! xoxo
Sandra Isleib 02/14/2017 $150.00 Mariel, you are such a vibrant, caring, and dedicated young woman. I love your spirt! So excited for you to embark on this journey. Be safe and we can't wait to get updates from you. Keep up the good work in educating others of what is going on in the cancer community and for personally helping those who need assistance and advocacy. Our best to you, Tom and Sandy Isleib.
Larry Howell 02/14/2017 $60.00  
Ken & Judy Murray 02/14/2017 $30.00  
Mariel Murray 02/14/2017 $137.00 FCCRO Coffee Hour
Milly Palmer 02/12/2017 $25.00 Good luck!
John Cusmano 02/12/2017 $50.00  
Karen Nicholson 02/12/2017 $100.00 What a challenge! Thanks for doing something so difficult for others!! Good Luck!!! Karen & Julie
Carl E Nielsen 02/12/2017 $50.00  
William Marin 02/12/2017 $40.00  
Laura LeBlanc 02/11/2017 $10.00 Go girl!
Keri Rasmussen 02/05/2017 $22.00 Thick thighs save lives!
Amy Hansen 02/04/2017 $25.00  
Vicki Murray 01/20/2017 $100.00 Very proud of you for doing something to make a difference. Hope this helps! Love you!!!
Anonymous Friend 01/11/2017 $10.00 Have fun!
Carol Stone 01/04/2017 $25.00  
Aunt Sue 12/18/2016 $20.00  
Mariel Murray 12/13/2016 $100.00 You go girl
Lucia Poole 12/12/2016 $100.00  
Nathan Jones 11/29/2016 $25.00 Good luck on your amazing journey. It's impossible to explain how large of an impact this trip has on each participant and also the people you meet along the way. Your doing something great!
Mariel Murray 11/23/2016 $100.00  
  Total $4,609.35  
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