Ryan Litwin's Fundraising Page
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Ryan Litwin's Fundraising Page
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Ryan Litwin is junior at Sacred Heart University. 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?

In 2015, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to withdraw from school. I underwent eight different surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy before my eight month battle was over and I was declared cancer free. My cousin Laurie was diagnosed for a second time two weeks after my diagnosis and this brought us closer. Sometimes we felt like we were the only ones who could relate to and support each other. When Laurie passed, it hit home and I will never forget the effects cancer has had on my life. Cancer is extremely prevalent on both my mother’s and father’s side of the family.

I am currently a Certified Nurse’s Aide who often works with cancer patients and their families. I know what it is like to be on both sides of the cancer diagnosis, as the patient and caregiver as well as the diagnosed family member and the supporting family member. In addition, I am a nursing student at Sacred Heart University with hopes of one day becoming an emergency department or surgical nurse.

I will forever be connected to the cancer community and what it has taught me about love, compassion, and the value of life.

Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?

The prospect of helping survivors by raising awareness about young adult cancer and fundraising for the support of young adults and their families is important to me. As a runner with the 4K, we are inspiring someone who is in a position my family and I experienced in 2015 and this makes a difference. While undergoing treatment, it was hard to find someone of the same age who could relate. I greatly appreciated the support of my friends and family, but having someone like a 4K runner would also have been a huge inspiration. Our healthcare system has a large gap in the young adult cancer support community and it will be extremely fulfilling to provide empathy and support to those who are a part of it. The fact that this fundraising process, and giving back to the community would culminate in a run across the United States is even more thrilling to me. I know that as an avid runner, outdoor enthusiast, and cancer survivor, this journey will be life changing.

ABOUT 2019 4K for Cancer

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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Sabina Petillo 09/01/2019 $100.00 Congratulations Ryan! You are an inspiration to our University community and everyone that you meet!
Kyle McCormick 08/17/2019 $25.00 Congrats on finishing man. You're a hero.
Anonymous Friend 07/18/2019 $5.00 Way to go Ryan!
Anonymous Friend 06/19/2019 $20.00 Go fast sir
Sherilyn Harrison 06/19/2019 $100.00  
Alice & Dave Walls 06/17/2019 $50.00 You are an inspiration to all. We are so proud of you. Best of luck with this journey.
Donna Wright 06/15/2019 $100.00 You are an inspiration to many! Best of luck on this journey!!
Deborah Van Houten Wimler 06/11/2019 $100.00 Good Luck, Ryan on this journey! You are truly an inspiration! I'll be following you, and cheering you on from the East Coast.
Ryan Litwin 06/11/2019 $80.00 From friends of the Newmar Kountry Klub Region 7 Rally, good luck!
Linda M Benoit 06/09/2019 $50.00  
Susan A Burke 06/09/2019 $200.00  
Caryl A Donovan 06/07/2019 $30.00  
Jukie Miller-Steffen 06/03/2019 $100.00 So proud of the example you are! Bring extra running shoes :)
Megan Stevens 06/02/2019 $40.00 What an awesome thing to do- good luck!!
Elizabeth Litwin 05/06/2019 $50.00 Ryan, our very best to you on your journey. You are truly an inspiration to those who have gone through or are undergoing treatment. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you every step of the way. Run safe. Uncle Joey & Aunt Elizabeth
Ryan Litwin 04/27/2019 $50.00  
Ryan Litwin 04/27/2019 $10.00  
Elizabeth Denny 04/26/2019 $25.00 Good luck Ryan! This is a terrific cause.
Susan Goncalves 04/25/2019 $50.00 Ryan, You got this! Wishing you a wonderful trip. So proud of you. Dr. G.
Irene Batho 04/18/2019 $25.00 Best of luck on your race may only fair weather surround you. You are an inspiration to your friends. Much success always.
Brian Litwin 04/18/2019 $50.00 Way to go Ryan!!!
Ryan Litwin 04/05/2019 $653.00 National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week Tables - Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Fundraiser
Ryan Litwin 04/05/2019 $20.00  
Charities Aid Foundation of America 03/29/2019 $388.12  
Charities Aid Foundation of America 03/29/2019 $97.03  
Thomas Lawless 03/26/2019 $25.00 You are awesome! Best of Luck, Ryan!
Peggy Smigel 03/25/2019 $50.00 Good luck Ryan! You are amazing!
Nicola Paerg 03/25/2019 $50.00 So proud to have you as apart of the SHU running club! Can't wait to see what is to come of your efforts! :) ~Nicola Paerg
Caroline Norton 03/23/2019 $100.00 I am so proud of you! Good luck on this great run! Lots of love, Grammy oxox
Jill Levasseur 03/20/2019 $40.00 Long may you ride Ryan!
Walter Smolenski 03/19/2019 $100.00 Good Luck Walt & Kathy Smolenski
Jennifer Kollwitz 03/19/2019 $50.00 Wishing you health and happiness on this journey and all the ones to come!
Melissa Cyr 03/18/2019 $10.00 I just read a book about a blind man who did the same trail you are following, SF to Boston. Best of luck and thank you for all you do.
Lori Drube 03/17/2019 $50.00 There are no words to say that can express our gratitude for your life, passion and earthly purpose
Matthew Peel 03/17/2019 $10.00 Ryan, you are an inspiration for everyone at Bacon Academy!! Good luck and have fun!!!
Laurie Lindsey 03/17/2019 $50.00 Good Luck Ryan!
Praisner Family 03/17/2019 $250.00 So awesome to see you are still running! All Our Best, The Praisner Family
KC & Juhl 03/17/2019 $200.00 Your positivity, your passion, and your power. We continue to be dazzled. Run, Ryan, Run!
Norah D Furlong 03/17/2019 $50.00 Way to go Ryan! So proud of you!
Amy Hopkins 03/17/2019 $50.00 God bless you and all you meet on your journey.
Abigail Brown 03/13/2019 $50.00  
Ryan Litwin 03/12/2019 $20.00  
Ryan Litwin 03/12/2019 $99.00 Instagram Fundraiser: Show Love Together Beat Cancer Together
Kristen Muench 03/07/2019 $100.00 We are so very proud of you! xoxoxoxo
Catherine Pavlowski 03/05/2019 $25.00  
Ryan Litwin 03/05/2019 $100.00  
Ryan Litwin 03/05/2019 $200.00  
Nancy & Arthur Muench 03/03/2019 $50.00 you are special Ryan
Jody DiCicco 03/01/2019 $20.00  
Bonfire 03/01/2019 $159.57  
Michael Iannazzi 02/28/2019 $50.00 We are with you, Ryan!
George and Alice Litwin 02/23/2019 $100.00 Ryan, we wish you the very best on your great endeavor. Lots of love from Grandpa and Grandma. xoxo
Michael Rumbel 02/23/2019 $25.00 You're an inspiration Ryan! Break a leg.
Laura Zebitsch 02/17/2019 $25.00 Ryan the nursing community needs more people like you! I will be proud one day to call you a fellow RN. Best of luck
Sunny Ravert 02/13/2019 $10.00 For cool kid supporting an amazing cause
Brian Lumia 02/13/2019 $20.00  
James Morello 02/13/2019 $40.00  
Alyson Litwin 02/10/2019 $50.00 You're incredible! An inspiration to all
Lisa Aukerman 02/07/2019 $100.00 You are an inspiration Ryan! Best of luck in your run!
Michael & Barbara Litwin 02/07/2019 $400.00 We are so proud of you. You have been thru so much & remain so strong. You're truly an inspiration with your strength, compassion, & focus. We're cheering for you!
Irene Batho 02/03/2019 $25.00 You are an inspiration to your friends.
Laura Marvin 02/01/2019 $25.00  
Hannah Phipps 01/21/2019 $5.00  
Irene Batho 01/20/2019 $20.00  
Hannah Tadic 01/13/2019 $50.00  
Josh Belluche 01/06/2019 $50.00 You're an inspiration my friend, keep up the hard work!
Samantha Egna 01/05/2019 $20.00 Good luck Ryan!
Michael John Iadevaia 01/04/2019 $25.00 Good luck man! You are awesome for doing this
Trevor Okonuk 01/04/2019 $2.00  
Dick & June Porter 01/02/2019 $500.00 Good luck Ryan! You are truly an amazing young man who has a firm grasp of where you want to go in life. We will follow you across this great country.
Jackie Noftle 12/31/2018 $15.00 Good luck Ryan! You are truly amazing!
Matt Lund 12/31/2018 $25.00  
Marlene Halpern 12/31/2018 $200.00 We wish you the best! xoxo Annalyse, William, Emmilia, and Olivia
Carol Collins 12/31/2018 $30.00 I wish you all the best on this endeavor, a new year fuller with everything you want and much good health!
Melissa Barth 12/30/2018 $100.00  
Heather Wimler 12/30/2018 $1,000.00 This donation is given in memory of Laurie Wimler by Andy Wimler, Laurie's Dad, and family.
John Hunter 12/30/2018 $50.00 Good luck Ryan! You are amazing!!
Hunter Family 12/30/2018 $50.00  
Lauren Hickey 12/29/2018 $15.00 This is such a good cause! Good luck Ryan!
Erik Swain 12/27/2018 $40.00 Good luck!!
Will Urbowicz 12/27/2018 $25.00 Amazing! Good luck Ryan, I hope you continue to help and inspire others!
Christa M 12/27/2018 $20.00  
Tom Goodwin 12/27/2018 $25.00 Best of luck Ryan!!
Justin Litwin 12/27/2018 $150.00 You rock! Good luck Bro!
Sarah Batho 12/27/2018 $30.00 You are such an inspiration for everyone!! I wish you the best of luck!!
Dina Grimaldi 12/27/2018 $100.00 Way to go Ryan! You are a legend and an inspiration!
Kevin Litwin 12/27/2018 $100.00 Run bro run!
Anonymous Friend 12/27/2018 $100.00 My family and I truly believe in you! You are so strong and inspiring. We are rooting for you. xoxo - L Kat
Anonymous Friend 12/26/2018 $100.00  
Jonathan Danzak 12/26/2018 $100.00  
Ashley Thomas 12/26/2018 $25.00 I can't believe you are doing this! Good luck Ryan, I'll be rooting for you!
Ethan Maynard 12/26/2018 $20.00 I'm sorry I couldn't give more! I hope this at least helps
Nate Baldi 12/26/2018 $40.00 Way to go Ryan!
Jordan Balaban 12/26/2018 $18.00 You're a hero Ryan!
Ryan Litwin 12/21/2018 $100.00  
  Total $8,346.72  
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