Emma Sanning is a sophomore at Furman University. In the summer of 2018, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4,000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD to raise funds and awareness for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Growing up, I heard hushed stories of distant relatives and friends-of-friends that had been diagnosed with cancer. I signed letters, sent flowers, and thought of these circumstances but it was hard to imagine the hardships they were enduring. Cancer seemed distant, something that could not touch my immediate family and close friends. In December of 2016, I was studying for my first round of college exams when my appendix ruptured. When I was finally allowed to return home, the doctors called and told me that they found a carcinoid tumor on my appendix and colon. The next six months saw many appointments, scans, another surgery and lots of hugs from friends and family. Two years before, my dad was also diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor on his appendix. Together, we were thrown into a whole new world of awkward conversations, medical lingo and constant reassurance. I am so lucky and thankful to say that my dad and I are now cancer free. But my fight against cancer is not over. In fact, it just got a lot more real.
Why are you traveling 4,000+ miles this summer with The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling 4,000 miles because I want to join a community focused on fighting cancer. Cancer is a hard topic to discuss at any age and there are few resources for young adults to express their emotions, pain, and experiences. I plan to use my experience of diagnosis and treatment as a way to initiate honest conversations not only in my community but across the country. I am running for those who have fought cancer. I am running for those who fight cancer. I am running for those who will fight cancer. I am running for their families. I am running for their friends. Most importantly, I am running for the future of NO one facing 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 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!
|GE Foundation||08/20/2018||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||08/19/2018||$100.00||Emma, You are an inspiration to all of us to continue pursuing our dreams and making the world a better place in spite of our challenges and fears. Life is good!||Caroline Carman||08/06/2018||$100.00||Haines Family||08/04/2018||$100.00||Love you Emma! So inspired by your strength and positive attitude!||Anonymous Friend||08/04/2018||$25.00||incredibly proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished. Truly one of the best and strongest out there — love you with my whole heart!! ♡||Jill Thomas||08/03/2018||$85.00||$10,000 -Amazing accomplishment Emma! So wonderful to watch you on this journey for such a great cause!||Mary Morris||07/31/2018||$100.00||Congratulations Emma!!||Anonymous Friend||07/30/2018||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||07/30/2018||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||07/30/2018||$15.00||congratulations! you're so inspiring||Anonymous Friend||07/29/2018||$211.00||In honor of many loved friends.||Carroll Ann Woods||07/28/2018||$20.00||I’ve been following this journey on Instagram, and it’s pretty much one of the coolest things I’ve seen. Keep it up, you’re awesome||Ruth Milligan||07/25/2018||$100.00||Proud of Emma and all the brave runners!||Joan R Lentz||07/25/2018||$100.00||ALLEN HERCULES||07/20/2018||$25.00||Proud of Emma Sanning and Team Baltimore!||mike pollock||07/08/2018||$68.00||From Groove Farmers tip jar for Team Baltimore Fund--- thank you Emma and team for running thru Salida! Come visit anytime!||Scott Urbatsch||07/08/2018||$50.00||Samantha Harding||07/07/2018||$10.00||You are so inspiring Emma! I am so glad we got to see you on this incredible journey <3 Keep running your heart out!!||Shelby Walcott||07/05/2018||$15.00||Wow, just so am inspired by all that you are doing. Have been keeping up to date with your pictures, thank you for sharing. Keep it up!||Stephanie Staebell||07/02/2018||$50.00||You are an inspiration, Emma!||Alexandra Sabados||06/26/2018||$100.00||Go Emma! So proud of your strength.||Adam Mittelberg||06/20/2018||$183.93||Have an amazing time during this incredible experience.||Terri Davis||06/18/2018||$30.00||Best of everything to you, Emma!||Micheke Petruccelli||06/16/2018||$250.00||Go Emma Go!! So impressed with and in awe of you! Good luck! I will be praying for you and following your adventure!! Meesh||Jessica Norum||06/13/2018||$20.00||GO EMMA! You are a rockstar!!!||Tim Lentz||06/13/2018||$100.00||Way to go Emma! We're very proud, impressed, and a little jealous. Good luck on the run. -Tim, Alycia & Evangeline||Erin Jennings||06/13/2018||$100.00||We couldn't let you go into this weekend without hitting your fundraising goal! Best wishes from your ol' BZP comrades in Nashville. We'll be rooting for you! - The Erins, Lindsey, Danielle, and Virginia||Meg W MacFadyen||06/08/2018||$200.00||We love you, Emma! Bret & Meg||Anonymous Friend||06/05/2018||$100.00||“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Elliot||Judy Gallagher||05/22/2018||$100.00||Go Emma Go! Much love, Jude, Nins and Mads❤️❤️❤️❤️||Trish Poole||05/21/2018||$25.00||Go Emma Sanning! Run for the Cure! Enjoy your most worthwhile adventure!||Amber Straw||05/17/2018||$21.00||I am so inspired by this! What an amazing way to give back! Grateful for shining souls like you who carry the torch and let your light burn bright! I can’t wait to hear about your journey!||Emma Sanning||05/08/2018||$25.00||I know you will be an inspiration for so many! Best of luck!||Laura Cummins Gleason||05/02/2018||$100.00||We are so proud of you!!! Can't wait to see your adventure this summer! Sending love.||Bonfire||04/17/2018||$360.58||Bonfire||04/17/2018||$32.89||Harry Shucker||04/15/2018||$200.00||Emma, you are truly an inspiration to all of us!||Natalie Childs||04/12/2018||$250.00||Let’s DO this! You’re the BOMB and we love you, Emma!||Rita Rosauer||04/10/2018||$75.00||This donation is from my book club. They are so inspired by you! Another donation is being sent by mail. You are almost to your goal! Love, Grandma||Donna R Johnson||04/09/2018||$50.00||Janine Cochran||04/08/2018||$50.00||Way to Go, Emma!!||Erin Bawono||04/05/2018||$40.00||This is amazing! So proud of you, Emma!||Julie and Al Renken Foundation||04/05/2018||$100.00||Edward O’Reilly||04/04/2018||$1,000.00||Tremendous to see such an amazing effort to make a positive impact.||Diane Dreffer||04/04/2018||$50.00||GO EMMA! You are amazing (just like your Mama!)||Ronald Swanson||04/04/2018||$100.00||God Speed, Emma!||Paige Mills||04/04/2018||$75.00||Good luck, Emma! We are so proud of you!||Jeff Brodsky||04/04/2018||$18.00||Go Emma! #WarriorStrong||Jill Thomas||04/04/2018||$100.00||Woo hoo Emma! Amazing!||Jay Wagner||04/04/2018||$500.00||Awesome! Go, go, go!||Amy Reilly||04/04/2018||$100.00||This is amazing Emma! Good luck:) Reilly Family||Susan Wist||04/04/2018||$100.00||Such an inspiring story! Many blessings to you on your journey this summer Emma! xoxo Wist Family||Karen Grant||04/04/2018||$50.00||You’re an inspiration Emma! Good luck on your run!!||Melinda Slingsby||04/04/2018||$100.00||Way to go Emma, turning adversity into action for a worthy cause. Best wishes and so glad to hear that you are feeling well.||Debbie Gross||03/30/2018||$50.00||So impressed with you Emma!||Bill & Marlene Staebell||03/30/2018||$100.00||Good luck Emma! What a great cause!||Rita Rosauer||03/19/2018||$100.00||We hope your training is going well. Looking forward to catching up with you in Springfield! Love, Grandma & Papa||Tripp OConnor||03/18/2018||$100.00||Way to go Emma. We’ll be cheering for you! The O’Connors||Liz Caldwell||03/17/2018||$20.00||So pumped for you to have the summer of a lifetime!||Bonfire||03/15/2018||$214.60||Caroline Solberg||03/03/2018||$15.00||Congrats on your ONE year anniversary since your last surgery! So proud of you Emma! Can't wait to hear about your adventures this summer!||Emma Sanning||02/15/2018||$215.00||Hearts for Cancer Fundraiser!!! Thank you to everyone who donated.||Emma Sanning||02/15/2018||$100.00||What a blessing you’ve been!!were cheering you on in a BIG way!!||Stephanie Tunnell||02/15/2018||$10.00||I LOVE YOU EMMA!!!||Anonymous Friend||01/29/2018||$200.00||Cheers to an exciting adventure, doing things that seem impossible, and raising money for cancer all at the same time!! Best wishes Emma!||Denny and Rita Staebell||12/29/2017||$100.00||Way to go Emma. Proud of you.||Tucker Erdmann||12/27/2017||$25.00||Way to go Emma! You are going to have an incredible summer!||Michelle York||11/29/2017||$25.00||Good luck Emma! I read your story on Savannah's FB page. What a great way to raise awareness!||Karsyn Henderson||11/28/2017||$50.00||Emma! YES, you’re amazing! So incredibly proud and happy for you! Good luck :)❤️||Haley Cottingham||11/28/2017||$50.00||Would you say you're.... giving us all a run for our money hahahaha hahaha haha ha ok anyway you're amazing and I am so proud of you!!! No one more deserving on Giving Tuesday <3||Cameron Sellers||11/28/2017||$10.00||I read your story and I love what you are doing! Keep it up Emma||Polly Cantor||09/05/2017||$100.00||You are so strong and such an inspiration! Stay strong and have fun!||Brooke Schmidt||09/04/2017||$20.00||You're amazing Emma!!! I am so inspired by you and everything you are doing. YOU GOT THIS❤️||Robert Cain||09/04/2017||$15.00||YES emma! So excited for you and proud of you! Can't wait to see where this journey takes you.||Anonymous Friend||09/01/2017||$200.00||So proud of you Emma, and honored to be supporting your 4K!||Steve and Carol Johnson||07/30/2017||$100.00||If you run through Colorado let us know, I'll jog a few yards with you.||Caroline Daly||07/21/2017||$100.00||Sweet, Emma! What a light you are to so many! I could not be prouder of you for using your story to touch the lives others. I will always cheer you on!||Anonymous Friend||07/09/2017||$50.00||Murphy Barze||06/28/2017||$40.00||So proud of ya Emma, this is amazing! Run cancer out of this world!||Matt Rosauer||06/11/2017||$150.00||So proud of you Emma!||Smith Childs||06/07/2017||$100.00||i love you tons and am so so proud of you and blessed to have you in my life :))) can't wait for next summer||Belita Gordon||06/06/2017||$50.00||Emma, I'm Maggie O'Connor's grandmother. You have an amazing story and huge heart. Bless you||Brooke Thomas||06/06/2017||$10.00||Go Emma!||Kevin Cox||06/05/2017||$50.00||Good luck. Very impressive!||Reyna Alishio||06/04/2017||$50.00||Emma, You are amazing! Reyna||Katie Lee Crockett||06/04/2017||$15.00||woohoo go emma san! i.love.you!!! Looked up running puns and the only appropriate ones were: "Send cancer to Neverland" and "Run cancer out of the park"||Carson Roberts||06/04/2017||$25.00||Go Emma!||Tim and Jan Cox||06/01/2017||$100.00||What an adventure! You are an inspiration, Emma!||Betsy Rice||06/01/2017||$15.00||This is so awesome!||Anonymous Friend||06/01/2017||$200.00||We will be praying & cheering for you sweet girl! Love you!||Paige Lapen||06/01/2017||$25.00||Incredibly inspiring. We'll be cheering for you from L.A.!||Stephanie Jones||06/01/2017||$100.00||You've got this!! :)||David Blessing||06/01/2017||$100.00||Go Emma! You rock!||Eliza Mills||05/31/2017||$20.00||I am SO PROUD to call you my friend, praying for you every step of the way<3||Kristen Doenges||05/31/2017||$25.00||Godspeed!||Hargis Family||05/31/2017||$25.00||Best of Luck Emma||Bradley Morris||05/31/2017||$30.00||Davis Cousar||05/31/2017||$25.00||You are fantastic||Caitlyn Reilly||05/31/2017||$15.00||This is so awesome!! You go girl||Mark Rosauer||05/31/2017||$200.00||So proud of you, Emma!||Brooke Alsfeld||05/31/2017||$10.00||EMMA SAN, you are so awesome!! So proud to be a ~Lil Dagg~ with someone as courageous and strong as you. AOT||Anna Caldwell||05/31/2017||$20.00||So proud of who you are, sweet friend!! You are making a difference!! God bless you :)||Amy Hutfless||05/31/2017||$150.00||You have your Mom's amazing spirit. What an inspiration. Go get this!||Gabby Haddad||05/30/2017||$10.00||Go Emma!!||Anna Rayfield||05/30/2017||$20.00||So proud to be your friend, I love you!! YGG!!||Ben Griffith||05/30/2017||$20.00||Annabelle Dowling||05/30/2017||$10.00||You are the coolest!!!!! Can't wait to see you rock this. Take some buttons with you||Jessie Gallivan||05/30/2017||$10.00||YAY!!! This is amazing so happy you are doing this! Love you!!||Sydney Crosby||05/30/2017||$10.00||*In Jenny's voice from Forrest Gump* "RUN, EMMA, RUN!!!" <---- that was rly lame BUT YOU'RE RLY RAD! I believe in you & can't wait to watch you kick those 4,000+ miles' butts! YGG <3||Debbie Lee||05/30/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||05/30/2017||$20.00||Go Emma! You've got this! Best wishes to you! ❤️Sydney, Sofie and Sharon Staebell||Nancy Martin||05/30/2017||$100.00||Best wishes in your journey!||Shawn Farrell||05/30/2017||$100.00||Run fast. Run true. Run strong.||Kelly Benward||05/30/2017||$50.00||You are an amazing young lady! GLOD forever!||Kendall Lenz||05/30/2017||$15.00||You're incredible Emma!! I'll be praying for your journey!||Nina Matus||05/30/2017||$20.00||Wow Im so proud, this is so awesome of you!! Good luck through your journey!!||Jennifer Rayfield||05/30/2017||$20.00||If Anna loves you, then I love you! Best of luck on this journey!||Chris Staebell||05/30/2017||$50.00||Go Emma!||Jen Sanning||05/30/2017||$200.00||You are a light! We love you so much. Enjoy America!||Abby Thomas||05/29/2017||$20.00||Emma Sanning||04/21/2017||$100.00|