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.
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!
|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|