Nick Somera is a senior at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. In the summer of 2018, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49-day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco to Baltimore, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Though I do not have a family connection to the cancer community, I have seen too many people affected by it. My first exposure was when one of my friends was diagnosed with cancer as a sophomore in high school. It was awesome to see our school rally around her and though it was an uphill battle, she is now cancer free! Sadly, there are many people that don’t always win that fight. As a freshman in college, I had learned that one of my good high school friends had lost his father because of cancer. I saw the toll it took on his family and the pain that came with his passing. Even though I can’t relate to the pain that my friends felt and continue to feel, I am always there to listen and help in whatever way I can.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Simply put, I am running for those who can't. I am always looking for the opportunity to be part of something larger than myself and make a lasting impact on others . I am so excited to be surrounded with passionate runners who care greatly about the cancer community and seek to make a difference.
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!