Justin Laiti is a freshman at Virginia Tech. In the summer of 2019, he 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?
Everyone has connections to this horrible disease and a few of mine include my mom, grandpop, and uncle. They are all incredible people and thankfully doing well. Still, too many loved ones, and people worldwide, are affected by cancer. In middle school and high school I began to fight back by getting involved in a club called Young Hearts that worked closely with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fundraise and raise awareness for blood cancer. I became a leader in the club sophomore year and grew closer to the cancer community by being a part of the club’s amazing work. Additionally, I am currently a freshman in General Engineering and hoping to major in Biomedical Engineering so I can use my skills to have a positive impact on the cancer community.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I love running. I love adventures. I love meeting new people. Most importantly, I love so many people whose lives have been affected by cancer. It’s honestly a dream come true to spend my summer working towards something I am passionate about while doing all these things I love.
The Ulman Fund is supporting kids my age in their battle with cancer and I want to help. I am going to help deliver chemo packages and scholarships to those affected by cancer. Not only will I be raising money to support this charity, but I will be participating first hand in their amazing work.
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!
|Laura Mead||06/25/2019||$50.00||You are such a blessing to so many!!||Lisa Peters||06/19/2019||$150.00||Justin, good luck! God bless.||Natalie Rome||06/15/2019||$200.00||So proud of you, Justin, and can't wait to follow your blog on this adventure of a lifetime! Cheering you on from San Francisco!!!! Where it all begins. : ) Natalie & John + Zoe||Sasha Rocke||06/06/2019||$25.00||Thank you for doing alll the good, Justin! Hope your run is amazing! Good luck!||Anonymous Friend||06/06/2019||$100.00||Best of luck to you Justin. Enjoy every moment of your journey knowing you are making a difference. God Bless||John and Christine Mercier||06/05/2019||$100.00||Justin - Such a worthy service to get involved in! Have fun and enjoy the summer!! Drink lots of water too. The Mercier's||Allison Kelly||06/05/2019||$30.00||so proud of you Justin!! Thank you for being such an amazing young man and helping so many people!||Gibson Family||06/04/2019||$150.00||Good Luck Justin! What an amazing adventure. We will be rooting for you from Virginia.||Young Hearts Foundation||06/02/2019||$685.00||So proud of you! From all of us at the Young Hearts Putt Putt Tournament!||Justin Laiti||05/29/2019||$150.00||From Mrs. Aaron, Sara, and hair cut donations!||Denise Eidson||05/24/2019||$100.00||Thank you Justin for your giving heart,Gracie and I will be following your journey!❤️❤️||Sarah Harrington||05/22/2019||$100.00||Justin, Good luck on your journey across America! What a great cause! Sarah||Andrea Jessell||05/22/2019||$100.00||So proud of the wonderful young man you have become. We love you, Justy Wusty. Good luck on your journey and thanks for being a great role model! <3||Mary Goff||05/22/2019||$100.00||Wow Justin!! Gobble up those miles!!! xoxo Mary and Mary Cate||William A Creekbaum||05/06/2019||$220.00||Patricia Taheri||04/30/2019||$100.00||Justin-You have wonderful heart for service and I wish you a good summer of running! Thanks for all you do!||Ryan W Gilbrech||04/26/2019||$20.00||Ryan W Gilbrech||04/26/2019||$10.00||Val and Ken Lyons||04/20/2019||$35.00||Hope you have an amazing adventure!||Mom Squad||04/15/2019||$530.00||From: THE MOM SQUAD - Beth (and Pete) Adeson, Courtney Collins, Penny Harbaugh, Anne Kane, Jennifer Oleyar, Regina (Pascal's Mom) and Linda Tasselli - Justin, it is such an honor to know you and to support your run for such a great cause! Thank you for doing this!||Mike & Prince McLaughlin||02/28/2019||$100.00||Good luck on this adventure! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to improve the lives of others.||David and Suzan Waldron||02/24/2019||$40.00||Justin, all the best for great success for a great cause! Love, Suzan and David||Katie Karabulut||02/08/2019||$25.00||Good Luck Justin. The Karabulut Family||Beatrice Cueto||02/04/2019||$400.00||Justin/Jason - I am so so happy you are doing this. What an amazing cause. Big hug, Aunt Bea||Dominic Laiti||01/26/2019||$200.00||Stephanie Miller||01/20/2019||$50.00||Thanks for all you do Justin :)||Laura Shockey||01/12/2019||$25.00||PAUL AND SUGIE SEVERS||01/10/2019||$200.00||THANKS ... FOR ALL YOU DO TO SUPPORT SUCH A WORTHY CAUSE. ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE!||Air Cleaning Technologies||01/09/2019||$500.00||Way to go Justin!||Susan Noe||01/08/2019||$200.00||We are so proud of you Justin! Good Luck this summer, looking forward to hearing all about your experiences!||Natalie Smith||12/30/2018||$100.00||Go, Justin! So cool that you are doing this. Have an amazing time.||Bridget Severs||12/30/2018||$100.00||We love you Justin and are constantly amazed by all that you do! Best of luck this summer! Love, the Severs Kids||David and Kathleen Tourtellotte||12/27/2018||$250.00||Justin, We are so proud of what you are doing to help others. We will be cheering you on and keeping track of your progress. We love you! The Tourtellotte||Justin Laiti||12/17/2018||$126.00||From my amazing Instagram friends!!||Joyce Biondi||12/04/2018||$25.00||Good Luck Justin!||Shirley Iovino||12/03/2018||$25.00||What a great undertaking for a good cause, Justin. Good luck1||Jenna Brown||12/02/2018||$50.00||You are the Laiti of our lifey! Love, Brown & Schaefer||Cumberland Family||11/30/2018||$500.00||Good Luck and have a great time. What a wonderful thing for you to be participating in. The Cumberland Family||Beverly Geddis||11/29/2018||$25.00||Good Luck, Justin, to you and your team. Keep us posted next summer||Cindy Ferrara||11/27/2018||$100.00||Justin, What a wonderful challenge for such a wonderful cause! Good Luck to you!||Mary & Kirk Mainland||11/27/2018||$200.00||Cherie Curry||11/11/2018||$50.00||Justin, keep doing great things! The Curry family is honored to support you.||Jessica Laiti||11/08/2018||$100.00||So proud of you justy! You're the most incredible person! Love you||Ellen McDowell||11/08/2018||$20.00||You are an inspiration, good luck and have fun Justin!!!||Emma Noecker||11/08/2018||$20.00||This is amazing, Justin! Wishing you a safe journey this summer. The world is a better place with you in it!||Aaron Laiti||11/02/2018||$500.00||Laurie Bailey||10/30/2018||$100.00||Great cause Justin. Good luck- and have fun.||Donna Laiti||10/29/2018||$500.00||Justin, we are so proud of you. What a great cause. Love, Mom, Dad & Jessica||Sylvia and Dominic Laiti||10/29/2018||$200.00||Justin, Grandpap and I are very proud of you. Good Luck!||David Laiti||10/26/2018||$50.00||J-Man doing big things! Keep being inspirational!||Jeanne Baker||10/24/2018||$100.00||You continue to amaze me Justin! Good luck to you and all your friends that are participating in this amazing endeavor!||Valery Aranibar||10/24/2018||$20.00||This is great! keep doing you Justin!||Isabelle Stern||10/23/2018||$50.00||I’m so beyond thrilled to follow your journey! Can’t wait to meet you when y’all run through Chicago!||Monica Rust||10/23/2018||$50.00||Justin Laiti||10/07/2018||$100.00|