Jackie Katz is a graduate of the University of Michigan. 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?
Cancer has influenced my life in various ways, causing both incredible grief and instilling hope. A close friend of mine was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012, when we were sophomores in high school. I admired his strength and positivity throughout the long treatment process, and I am grateful to be hearing good news about his current health. Three years later, my grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer progressed quickly and fatally, and my family and I miss him everyday since he was taken from us too early. One year following, while I was interning for a para-triathlon club, I had the opportunity to work with some athletes who had battled or were currently battling cancer. I saw the drastic effects that cancer caused on their bodies, even resulting in amputations for some of the bone cancer patients. Seeing the obstacles that my friends and family have had to face in their daily lives due to the harsh treatments for cancer has made me feel helpless in their fights. My experiences with cancer survivors and fighters sparked my interest in pursuing a degree in physical therapy, where I hope to learn skills to help maintain the strength of oncology patients throughout their treatment process. I feel fortunate to have my health, and I am committed to use it in order to support my family and friends who do not.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Foundation?
I am excited to be a runner with the 4k because it is an incredible opportunity to give back to the cancer community. I enjoy striving to challenge myself, and since I completed my first marathon last year, I have been searching for my next goal to work towards. I cannot imagine a better goal than to use my passion for running to support a worthy cause and community. I want to support my close family members and friends who have battled cancer by working to raise money and spread awareness.
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!
|Courtney Grace||02/25/2019||$50.00||Good luck!! You've got this! :)||Anonymous Friend||02/24/2019||$25.00||Run Jackie, run! Hella proud of you and cannot wait to hopefully catch you on one of your stops! Also sad cause I wont be in NW with you next year :(||Alexa Liebman||02/24/2019||$25.00||So proud of you!||Erica Green||02/24/2019||$36.00||What a phenomenal thing you are doing. You're destined for a fantastic PT career!||Sam Gringlas||02/24/2019||$36.00||Good luck Jackie!||Pam and Jim Katz||02/10/2019||$100.00||We are so proud of you, Jackie! You are an inspiration to all...||Doreen Sabin||01/19/2019||$100.00||Go Jackie Go!!||Mushky Glitsenstein||01/16/2019||$25.00||Good luck Jackie!||Raphael Goldstein||01/01/2019||$118.00||Best of luck Jackie. You're amazing. Carmen and Raphi||The Nagel Family||12/31/2018||$108.00||In memory and honor of Penny Nagel. Good luck, Jackie! We love you and wish you luck on this amazing endeavor!||Anonymous Friend||12/28/2018||$18.00||In honor of Brandon Warren. So beyond proud of you and what you are doing!||Lisa Waldman||12/28/2018||$25.00||Keep up the amazing work, Jackie! You're truly an inspiration!!||Joshua Salvner||12/28/2018||$25.00||You're amazing Jackie, good luck! Let me know if you need any new shoes for your training or the event.||Noah Garber||12/27/2018||$10.00||Wendy Economides||12/27/2018||$50.00||How wonderful Jackie. I am so proud of you..||Julie Burke||12/27/2018||$20.00||Amy Tseng||12/27/2018||$20.00||Best of luck Jackie!||Eriel Emmer||12/27/2018||$10.00||Hersch Family||12/23/2018||$250.00||We are so proud of you Jackie!!! You are truly an inspiration to all of us!||The Kooperman Family||11/28/2018||$250.00||You are amazing and we are so proud of you for doing this! We love you ~ Aunt Karen, Uncle Adam, Kaley, Kobe and Jack||Rachel Gringlas||11/10/2018||$25.00||You go girl||Robert/Judy Marans||10/30/2018||$100.00||Swim hard!||Terry Lewis-Katz||10/29/2018||$100.00||Good luck, Jackie! Love you, Terry||Carol Karton||10/29/2018||$100.00||Good luck, Jackie. What a wonderful thing to do.||Claire Yerman||10/28/2018||$25.00||Good luck Jackie! Keep up the great work||Samantha Kendziorski||10/27/2018||$25.00||What a great cause!||Jackie Katz||10/25/2018||$100.00||We are very proud of all your accomplishments. Good Luck.||Benjamin Katz||10/23/2018||$50.00||In honor of you running the Detroit Half Marathon trying to raise funds for the 4K for Cancer fund.||Rachel Silverman||10/23/2018||$18.00||Way to go running the Detroit Half Marathon - good way to raise money!||Dianne Stone||10/08/2018||$250.00||Good Luck, Jackie. IF you run through Chicago, please send me a text. We will come out to cheer you on!!!!So proud of my niece.||Brad and Laurie Sabin||09/27/2018||$250.00||Jackie, we admire your passion and determination.||Kim & Brad Keywell||09/26/2018||$250.00||Go Jackie!!!!||Richard and Ellen Katz||09/25/2018||$250.00||Thank you for your amazing effort||Aunt, Uncle, Maya, Eva and Rikki Goldman||09/24/2018||$250.00||This is amazing Jackie! You are amazing!||NISON SABIN||09/23/2018||$200.00||GOOD LUCK, JACKIE||Amber & Scott Sabin||09/23/2018||$250.00||sounds like a great journey. Good luck.||Susie Weiner||09/23/2018||$100.00||You are my inspiration||Jacqueline Katz||08/02/2018||$100.00|