Tyler Berge is a senior at Oklahoma City University. In the summer of 2019, 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 Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
In May 2018, my little sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It has been eye opening to see how quickly a phone call can change the lives of an individual, a family, and a community. While having such a close family member affected by cancer, I have learned many things about life - it can be unpredictable, difficult, and sometimes unfair. Seeing this firsthand has taught me to never assume what someone else is going through at home and to appreciate every single interaction and relationship. Despite this hardship my family is facing, it has truly brought us together to support her. The number of people that have reached out to us near and far has truly been a gift. There are no words to describe my sister’s bravery and courage in the face of seven months of chemotherapy and radiation, losing her hair, and putting her life on hold while she continues to recover from this battle. I look at my seventeen-year-old little sister and I see the bravest person I know.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I have had the desire to be a 4K runner since hearing about the organization in 2016. I love the idea of spending time on the open road spreading awareness for those affected by cancer. Raising money and meeting others with stories of their own about how cancer has affected their life sounds like a very uplifting experience. With the busyness of summer work and internships, I never really considered it being possible for myself. Now that I am a soon to be college graduate, I am realizing time moves quickly and some opportunities are truly once in a lifetime. With the corporate world on my horizon, I know I may never have the chance to do something like this again. It is the perfect time in my life to be young and give back and do something as unconventional as running across the country for 49 days. I hope to run for those who can’t - in honor of the fighters. This one is for you Tatum.
2019 marks the 18th 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 Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 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.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!
|Betsey Berge||06/20/2019||$50.00||we are with you Tyler...||Sarah & Craig Bozich||06/19/2019||$100.00||Tyler, so proud of you and Tatum. God bless.||Marcus Drexler||06/17/2019||$50.00||Sue Smith||06/16/2019||$100.00||Lots of prayers from here in Longmont for you Tyler! Such a great tribute for Tatum and others who are or have been battling cancer.||Diana Mercado||06/15/2019||$25.00||You are such an amazing person! I love your compassion & thoughtfulness! I can’t wait to hear about your journey. I’m praying for you!||Dave and Karen Better||06/15/2019||$50.00||A blessing to be a part of this wonderful family.||Anonymous Friend||06/15/2019||$50.00||Matt Aguero||06/09/2019||$150.00||Tyler, I'm proud of you! Keep doing great things! Coach Aguero||Paul & Katy Clarke||06/08/2019||$100.00||Thank you for your dedication to such an important cause.||Tim Godfrey||06/07/2019||$20.00||Nathan Dweck||06/07/2019||$500.00||Bruce Campbell||04/15/2019||$100.00||keep the faith||Lucas and Madison Timpany||04/04/2019||$100.00||Keep fighting||Bonfire||01/14/2019||$304.98||Kelli Seeger||11/18/2018||$100.00||Wow! What an unbelievable journey for both Tyler and Tatum.We heard about your amazing story from the Hummels. Our prayers are for continued courage, strength and faith for you both as you travel this amazing path together.||Anonymous Friend||11/01/2018||$500.00||Brilliant and beautiful||Joe Clapper||10/18/2018||$25.00||We've never met but hope to one of these days! My daughter, Rachel Hummel, it's a Sister-in-Law of Laurie Hummel. What a wonderful effort you are involved in! Thank you! Joe and Patricia||Rachel Hummel||10/17/2018||$50.00||You are an awesome sister Tyler!! Run like the wind!||Amy Dalrymple||10/17/2018||$100.00||Best of luck to you. What a great way to support your sister.||Trina Sanford||09/02/2018||$100.00||Nate & Amanda Peterson||09/02/2018||$500.00||Kendall Sutler||09/01/2018||$100.00||Jill Grossman||08/31/2018||$100.00||Cheering you on! I’m inspired by what you’re doing and sending prayers for your sister!||Jamie Roberts||08/31/2018||$300.00||Godspeed - for the both of you with each of your journeys. Sister love is so special.||Pamela Lammons||08/31/2018||$100.00||Praying for you and your sister!||Dena Alvernaz||08/31/2018||$250.00||friends of Laurie Hummel wishing you strength in your fight & and recovery||Sarah Clements||08/31/2018||$100.00||Praying for your family and continued support! (Friend of Laurie Hummel)||Jennifer Thomal||08/31/2018||$25.00||Laurie Hummel||08/30/2018||$500.00||Tyler running 4000 miles is huge. Tatum prayers for your courage and strength as you continue chemo.||Tatum Berge||08/30/2018||$100.00||Hat's off to Tyler Berge for her heroic efforts to help her sister Tatum Berge in her fight against lymphoma.||Toni Gomez||08/29/2018||$100.00||Praying and good luck from the Gomez Family||Myra Townsley||08/29/2018||$75.00||Go Tyler!||Patricia Stuart||08/29/2018||$200.00||Praying for Tatum! So proud of you, Tyler!||Trista Caldwell||08/29/2018||$100.00||Run hard, sweet girl! May the wind always be at your back.||Claire Aguirre||08/29/2018||$200.00||I am so blessed that God chose me to be your mom. Gil and I are so proud of everything you have and continue to accomplish. If anyone can do this it is you!! We love you!||Lainey Goldberg||08/29/2018||$100.00||My thoughts and prayers are with your family.||Suzanne Rodekohr||08/28/2018||$100.00||Prayers for Tatum and the entire family.||Monique Serena||08/28/2018||$100.00||God bless. Prayers and strength to your whole family!||Tatum Berge||08/28/2018||$100.00||Tatum for Tyler. Stay strong. We love you.||Sadie Price||08/28/2018||$100.00||Megan Vondra||08/28/2018||$100.00||Tatum-sending strength and prayers your way!||Tyler Berges||08/28/2018||$100.00||Mucha suerte !! Un gran acto para una gran causa" Muy pronta Recuperacion para la hermosa Tatum .||Anna Palacios||08/26/2018||$100.00||Tammie Garrison||08/24/2018||$100.00||Prayers well wishes for Tatum and her whole family!! Tyler you are blessing to your sister for sure!! T||Mariela Perez||08/24/2018||$20.00||God is great, don't ever lose hope.||Melinda Paine||08/24/2018||$30.00||Cheering you on!!!||Donna Stein||08/24/2018||$25.00||Way to go Tyler!!||Amanda Dunning||08/24/2018||$25.00||I did not know about this until today, I am praying for your family!||Osborne Family||08/07/2018||$140.00||Ryan Samia||07/20/2018||$20.00||Go Tyler!!||Joey Root||07/18/2018||$200.00||Go Tyler Berge!||Gil Barteau||07/13/2018||$20.00||Go Tyler! So excited for you.||Mark Cohen||07/03/2018||$100.00||Run Tyler, Run!||Tyler Berge||07/02/2018||$100.00|