Nick Somera's Fundraising Page
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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?

My first exposure to cancer was when my grandpa passed away when I was just 4 years old. My mom always tells me I remind her of him and shares the traits/hobbies that we have in common. I hear about the great things he did with his time here and my hope is that he would be proud of the man I have become and continue to grow into. Like my grandpa, there are many people that don’t win this fight. As a freshman in college, I learned that one of my good friends 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 always relate to the different pains people feel 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.

ABOUT 2018 4K for Cancer

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


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
Claire Romine 09/04/2018 $20.00 Thank you Carol Davis!
Anonymous Friend 08/31/2018 $120.00 Kiwanis Club of Lodi Members
Claire Romine 08/30/2018 $25.00 Thank you everybody for venmoes! Hope this helps some Nick!
Jerry & Rachel Iversen 08/04/2018 $50.00  
Rebecca Fuerst 07/22/2018 $10.00 Go Nick!! This is awesome, rooting for you every step of the way!!
Elmer KIRSCH 06/24/2018 $200.00  
Erin McConnell 06/23/2018 $50.00 you are running for a great cause. remember hydration before and after and icing is your friend.
Nathan Wood 06/21/2018 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 06/06/2018 $112.00  
TITAN CRANE 05/03/2018 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/01/2018 $200.00 Good luck Nick!! Bill and Ann Thomas
Pacific Coast Producers 05/01/2018 $250.00  
Michele Iseli 04/29/2018 $25.00 Go Nick! Proud of what you'll be doing this summer!
Ron/Edna Mae Knecht 04/27/2018 $100.00  
Shelley/Doug Banks 04/27/2018 $200.00  
Harney Lane Winery 04/26/2018 $500.00  
David Phillips 04/25/2018 $200.00 From Michael David winery. Run Fast Nick!
Chet Somera 04/25/2018 $500.00  
Emily Balestreri 04/23/2018 $25.00 Good luck Nick! This is so awesome what you’re doing!
Anonymous Friend 04/23/2018 $185.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/23/2018 $20.00  
Joy Freeman 04/13/2018 $200.00 Good Luck Nick! Joy & Alan Freeman Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi
Anthony W Holder 04/13/2018 $100.00  
Robert Ardelean 04/12/2018 $100.00  
Mike & Bev Ries 04/12/2018 $100.00 Thank you Nick for raising awareness to this awful disease. Mike and I lost one of our best friends at 34yrs old, her memory will continue to carry on.
Jannine Tejeda 04/11/2018 $300.00 Donation from PCL Construction. Go Nick!
Anonymous Friend 03/22/2018 $69.00 You are so loved and supported!
Alice Kirsch 03/20/2018 $100.00 Hope all goes well, Nick! Best wishes for a great ride.
Debbie Kirsch 03/18/2018 $50.00 Nick we know your grandpa would be so proud of you! We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished. If you guys come through Missouri let us know in case we can meet you. Love you so much buddy!!
Sally Skelton 03/09/2018 $25.00 What a fun thing to do. Have a great time!
Todd Oesterman 03/05/2018 $50.00  
Nathan Wood 03/05/2018 $25.00 Go Nick !
Steve and Jill Mann 03/05/2018 $250.00  
Michele Patterson 03/04/2018 $50.00 Thank you, Nick, for doing something that will make a difference!
Lisa Fromm 03/03/2018 $50.00 Hurrah for your willingness to take on this cause and adventure!! Run strong, Nick!
Anonymous Friend 03/02/2018 $25.00  
Sini Punnakkathara 03/02/2018 $50.00  
Holly Malin 01/31/2018 $50.00 Good luck!!
Danny Bentley 01/28/2018 $30.00 You're the man. Run hard, BDN!
Colleen Mulrenin 01/23/2018 $50.00 Thanks for doing this, Nick, and all participants past, present and future. You are making a difference!
Jonell Steckman 01/09/2018 $50.00  
Peter Hetzner 01/09/2018 $100.00  
Lori Thompson 01/09/2018 $100.00  
Joan Fagerness 01/05/2018 $100.00  
Pat Anthony 01/05/2018 $20.00  
Walt Scheffer 12/22/2017 $100.00  
WesGayle Fujitani 12/21/2017 $50.00  
Stockton Corral of Westerners 12/20/2017 $1,000.00  
Dustin Sullivan 12/16/2017 $25.01  
Tricia Ryan 12/14/2017 $25.00 Nick, We think you will have the time of your life! Thanks for doing this important work. We'll see you at the finish line! Jamie, Tricia, Casey & Aidan
Casey Ryan 12/14/2017 $26.00 For the 26 crazies that turned into my best friends circa Team Baltimore '16. Keep it 4KOK.
Nick Somera 12/06/2017 $100.00  
  Total $6,382.01  
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