Lizzy Payne is a freshman at Saint Louis 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?
Growing up I heard the terrible news far too often that someone had cancer. I’ve seen friends and family fight the exhausting battle over and over. After each time I wished for the opportunity to help these people. I wanted the horrifying, recurring news to no longer be something that people found out about all the time. I needed to find a way to somehow make a difference in the lives of these people who struggle everyday. This passion ultimately led to my decision to major in nutrition and dietetics to become a registered dietitian with a focus on cancer patients. In doing so I would be able to assist the patients on how to combat the side effects of chemotherapy and help boost the immune system. However, I thought why wait until I graduate college to begin helping cancer patients, I need to start now.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I’ve always felt a sort of draw towards helping people in need. When I began running about five years ago I struggled immensely. In fact, I still remember the first time I was able to run a whole 5K without taking a break. But what I remember even more is the hard work and sweat I put to be able to run the pace and the distance that I can now. I don’t want all of that hard work to be wasted. I want to do something with it. I want to make a difference. I can’t even imagine how amazing it would feel to be able to put my two passions of running and serving others together. I believe I was given the ability to run miles on miles for a reason, and Run Across America is my reason.
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!
|Kathy Kilburg||03/17/2019||$100.00||Lizzy - This is amazing and what an inspiration you are! Best of luck on your adventure.||Jeanne Swisher||03/13/2019||$100.00||Happy to support! I know how proud your parents are if you and your support of this! Have fun too Best Jeanne Swisher||Will McClave||03/13/2019||$100.00||Great job!! The adventure sounds amazing (and grueling). You’ll earn every penny! Congrats and have fun along the journey!!||Kathy Aherron||02/25/2019||$75.00||Lizzy! Wow! You continue to amaze me with your beautiful, generous and kind spirit! Thank you for combining your love of running and passion for helping others toward such a wonderful cause! Can’t wait to follow your journey! Love u!||Jinal Bhagat||02/23/2019||$50.00||Lizzy!!! You are truly an inspiration to me and I'm so thankful to be best friends (& of course roomies) with someone who has such a big love and care for others. You are going to do amazing things! Love ya :)))||Reynolds American Foundation||02/21/2019||$1,500.00||Lori Payne||12/31/2018||$1,500.00||Lizzy, we are so proud of you! I love how you are putting your passion for running and helping others together! What a difference you are making! Love, Mom and Dad XOXO||Kate Payne||12/25/2018||$20.00||Proud of you, Liz!||Mike Camlin||12/25/2018||$100.00||Lizzy, You are amazing!! We will be cheering you on.||Doug House||12/25/2018||$50.00||Mike Camlin||12/25/2018||$100.00||A gift in the name of Ed and Linda Camlin.||Tricia and Frank Gaines||12/01/2018||$50.00||Jeanne Samsa||11/30/2018||$338.00||What an amazing Granddaughter you are giving your time and energy for a great cause. I am very proud of you. xoxo grandma||Erin Barrett||11/28/2018||$75.00||We are so proud of you Lizzy!||Kevin Warden||11/27/2018||$50.00||Proud of you Lizzy!||Ember Figgins||11/27/2018||$50.00||Ganon Evans||11/27/2018||$19.32||My grandfather fought back cancer for many years before he passed away in February. I think its awesome that Lizzy is helping support the fight and give back! You rock!||Kelli Langan||11/27/2018||$50.00||Good luck Lizzy!!||Nicolette Schnettgoecke||11/26/2018||$20.00||Your heart is so big, you're going to do great things! This is the least I could do for how great of a friend you are to me :) thanks for the watch... I'm so excited to start training with you!!||Katie Wiseman||11/17/2018||$50.00||Good luck!!||Adam Gaines||11/15/2018||$15.00||Merry Christmas||Garrett Payne||11/13/2018||$5.00||Figured i didn’t see kate donated. So i would become your favorite sibling by donating.||Tracy Moldovan||10/06/2018||$100.00||Best wishes on your adventure!||Amanda Street||09/02/2018||$50.00||From Mia’s “Aunt” Amanda and “Uncle” Jim :-)||Paul Todd Merrill||08/23/2018||$50.00||Good luck from one runner to another. Awesome cause!||Kim Just||08/20/2018||$50.00||You are amazing! ❤️The Just Family||Cherie Keim||08/13/2018||$100.00||Thanks for making a difference Lizzie. God bless you.||Anonymous Friend||08/08/2018||$50.00||Good Luck Lizzie:)||Linda Camlin||08/08/2018||$100.00||We are so proud of your generous spirit and honored to support you - love you - Papa & Grandma Linda||Lizzy Payne||08/07/2018||$100.00|