Mia Forster is a freshman at Polimoda International Institute. In the summer of 2018, 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My grandmother passed away as a result of cancer before I was born, although I was never given the opportunity to meet her I have grown up hearing how incredible she was. I will be running in honour of her, raising awareness and money for her and others that have suffered and continue to suffer from cancer.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling this 4,000 mile journey because it is a combination of my two passions, running and helping others. I am beyond grateful to have been presented with this opportunity of a lifetime and I will cherish each and every second of it. I look forward to the friends I will make, the people I will help, and the new places I will discover.
2018 marks the 17th 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 a 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!
|Millenium Pharmaceuticals Matching Gift Program||08/30/2018||$100.00||Laura Jalbert||07/20/2018||$50.00||Proud of you Mia! Best of luck!||Molly Welch||06/21/2018||$100.00||So happy to support this important cause - go Mia!!||Michael Higgins||06/12/2018||$50.00||Enjoy the journey!||Jim Baer||06/11/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Mia. Have a great run! Jim & Cheryl||Mark Forster||06/07/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Mia - have fun !||John McFadden||05/31/2018||$25.00||Great cause, enjoy the summer!!!||Erin DiGrande||05/24/2018||$50.00||Good luck, Mia!!||Todd Sweeney||05/18/2018||$50.00||Michael Arieta||05/14/2018||$100.00||Go Get 'em Mia, what a wonderful opportunity for you to make a difference, good luck on your journey and congratulations on the contribution to the Ulman Center for Cancer Research||The Morrisons||05/12/2018||$100.00||Good luck, Mia!||Bonfire||05/11/2018||$.75||Ann Levesque||05/08/2018||$25.00||Good luck and Best Wishes Mia!||Maura Honan||04/15/2018||$20.00||GO MIA GO!!! So proud of you already and your choice to this for those affected by cancer.||Sara Mingozzi||04/06/2018||$25.00||You're a great, Mia!||Anonymous Friend||04/06/2018||$50.00||Good luck. Way to go. Love Marianne.||Mia Forester||04/05/2018||$100.00||Amy Famulari||04/05/2018||$25.00||Elizabeth Murray||04/05/2018||$150.00||Way to Go Mia!||Paul Lausier||04/01/2018||$100.00||Kathy Drift||03/31/2018||$25.00||All the best to you on your run!||Ronald Tardiff||03/26/2018||$50.00||Tim Sullivan||03/22/2018||$100.00||You are a rock star, Mia! Good luck!||Debbie Friedlander||03/22/2018||$50.00||Kathryn Famulari||03/20/2018||$50.00||Lucia Cecioni||03/17/2018||$100.00||run Mia run!!!!||Philip Forster||03/15/2018||$100.00||You go girl!||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2018||$50.00||Melody Drew-Geaber||03/15/2018||$25.00||Haden Wikar||03/14/2018||$20.00||Good luck Mia!! I always love seeing all of the cool things you are doing over in Italy!||Kathleen Cormier||03/14/2018||$200.00||Kate Field||03/13/2018||$20.00||Fidelity Charitable||03/12/2018||$500.00||Fidelity Charitable||03/12/2018||$1,028.96||Ana Hecht||03/11/2018||$100.00||Way to go, Mia! Love, The Hecht Family||Michael Zimman||03/08/2018||$200.00||Gina Jacob||03/08/2018||$100.00||Julia Glass||03/08/2018||$100.00||I have been fortunate, with good care, to beat cancer twice; so many do not. Happy travels to Mia and all her fine intrepid fellow runners!||Susan & Len Conlin||03/08/2018||$200.00||Mia - we are happy to support you in all ways.||Raymond Forster||02/19/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Mia!||Wanda Forster||02/17/2018||$50.00||I am so proud of you. Love Nana||Cathy Poetzsch||02/15/2018||$100.00||Good luck Mia!||Peter Consiglio||02/13/2018||$100.00||Mia, I can tell you firsthand you grandmother was awesome! I love my Aunt Rita.I think you should get your mom to join you.||Stephen Gilbert||02/13/2018||$100.00||Tamar Kaissar||02/12/2018||$50.00||Amazing endeavor Mia! Best of luck!||Kristy Twaalfhoven||02/12/2018||$300.00||Great cause! Enjoy the journey!||Jacob Keller||02/11/2018||$10.00||Jamie Marden||02/10/2018||$10.00||Cindy Kurja||02/10/2018||$100.00||Way to go MIA!! Good luck and we’ll be cheering you on!||Mia Forster||02/05/2018||$100.00|