Sammy Rodgers is a senior at Villanova University. In the summer of 2017 she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
Four years ago, my childhood friend and teammate was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. After nearly 2 years of battling the disease, Katie lost her fight to cancer. After watching her courageous battle and witnessing how this disease slowly took bits of Katie away, I do not want any other person to have to struggle through this dehumanizing illness. Katie once said, "Cancer sucks!"... those two words sum up the heart break and pain that cancer causes. As a pre-medicine student who strives to one day be able to take away people's pain, I am so passionate about ending the pain that cancer patients endure. I am dedicated to raise as much money as possible and one day work as a health care professional to continue my efforts.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am so passionate about running that I have completed three marathons. The 4K would allow me to help make a difference for a cause that means a lot to me with something I love to do. The 4K would challenge me every day and help me to develop empathy for what it means to endure challenges continuously as cancer-patients have to. I feel that many of my peers have accepted the fact that they might be diagnosed with cancer sometime within their life. I want to spread awareness to my generation that we cannot accept cancer, and that we have work together to fight it.
2017 marks the 16th 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 70,000 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.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, the Ulman Cancer Fund 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.
UCF House - This year UCF broke ground on 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!
|Raymond Koenig||08/03/2017||$100.00||Nice hat Sammy!||Lori Adam||07/26/2017||$25.00||Gina and Jack Robertson||07/06/2017||$50.00||Isabelle Cooper||07/04/2017||$25.00||Just keep running Sammy!!!||Karen Cooper||07/04/2017||$25.00||Good luck Sam! Love the Coopers!||Joe Moore||06/23/2017||$50.00||Tiffany Prickett Smitelli||06/19/2017||$50.00||It was an honor to meet you, Sam! You are in our prayers as you run for this amazing cause!||Mary Boccia||06/18/2017||$30.00||Go Sam!!!||Vincent Boccia||06/14/2017||$500.00||From Vincent and Karen Boccia and family.||Anonymous Friend||06/14/2017||$5.00||Morgan Steel||06/11/2017||$20.00||Run your little heart out leppy <3||Hayden Tewell||06/05/2017||$100.00||Go Samantha! We are so proud of you. Love, The Tewells||Mark & Jayne Rodgers||06/05/2017||$50.00||Good Luck!!||Melissa Maver||05/15/2017||$15.00||Anonymous Friend||05/14/2017||$75.00||Facebook fundraiser||Thomas Rodgers||05/14/2017||$250.00||Good luck Samantha this summer on your run across the USA for a great cause! Love Mom and Dad||Matt & Chrissy McClain||05/11/2017||$200.00||We are so proud of you and can't wait to track your CRAZY EPIC LONG run!!||Natalie Stella||05/10/2017||$25.00||Shannon O'Connor||05/10/2017||$50.00||Run Sammy Run!!!!||Sean Linehan||05/10/2017||$250.00||from Bryn Mawr Running Company !||Marianna Fox||05/01/2017||$100.00||Good luck Samantha!||Maddie Maver||04/14/2017||$20.00||Love you lep!||Jack & Sandy Dennison||04/03/2017||$100.00||Go get 'em Sam! Love you!||Madeline Shiley||04/03/2017||$10.00||Round TWO because I LOVE YOU!||Julia Milliken||04/02/2017||$20.00||YOU'RE DOING GREAT THINGS||Michael Boccia||03/29/2017||$50.00||This is cool.||Sarah Digby||03/28/2017||$25.00||Good luck :) We'll miss you this summer!||Cory & Tim Griffeth||03/28/2017||$50.00||Run baby run! If you could only start on June 19!!!||Anonymous Friend||03/23/2017||$5.00||Paul Brophy||03/22/2017||$100.00||Good luck Sam!||Wally & Trish Rutecki||03/22/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Sammy!||Kimberly Villani||03/21/2017||$50.00||Best of luck ... Such a wonderful goal! We will be thinking of you all the way!||Will Landis||03/16/2017||$50.00||Never stop running! Have fun for a great cause this summer!||Michael and Patty Rodgers||03/16/2017||$25.00||Chico Martin||03/16/2017||$250.00||A wonderful cause and a tremendous objective. Good Luck!||Lenny D'Antonio||03/16/2017||$25.00||Good Luck Sammy!||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2017||$143.00||Way to go Sam!||Mike & Erin Rodgers||03/15/2017||$100.00||Good luck and have fun!!||Mom and Dad||03/15/2017||$7.00||Marie D'Antonio||03/15/2017||$25.00||Good Luck Samantha||Bob & Nancy Montgomery||03/14/2017||$100.00||Great job Samantha! Go girl!!||Erin Clarry||03/13/2017||$50.00||Good Luck and Have Fun!!!||Lizzy Heurich||03/13/2017||$25.00||Making Nova Nation proud!||Joe Sullivan||03/13/2017||$200.00||Get you father out there with you. Good luck on an impressive goal.||Anonymous Friend||03/08/2017||$100.00||Patrice Zinck||03/04/2017||$25.00||Good luck on your journey!||Joe Gallagher||03/04/2017||$50.00||Good luck.||Sarah Rodgers||03/03/2017||$50.00||Run womb mate run||Aimee Barber||02/28/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||02/28/2017||$50.00||Amy Shiley||02/27/2017||$100.00||We are so proud of you! You are amazing. The Shileys||Anonymous Friend||02/27/2017||$55.00||Kristen McGrath||02/24/2017||$25.00||Best of luck!||Cynthia Hickey||02/08/2017||$100.00||❤️||Nele Stephan||02/08/2017||$30.00||Go Sammy||Gallo Family||02/08/2017||$25.00||Terri Brown||02/08/2017||$100.00||Julie Coughlin||02/07/2017||$140.00||Enjoy your Journey!||Jenna and Steve DeVito||01/27/2017||$25.00||Jim Rodgers||01/16/2017||$100.00||Go Sam Go||Claire Liva||01/15/2017||$30.00||So proud of you Sammy!! xoxo||Thomas Rodgers||01/15/2017||$120.00||Because I am the best little brother in the world!||Patricia Dennison||01/13/2017||$150.00||We love you Samantha Grandmom and grandpop||Marie Rodgers||01/11/2017||$50.00||Good luck Samantha. Proud of you. Grandmom Rodgers||Madeline Shiley||01/10/2017||$25.00||So proud of you <3 xoxo||Jim and Marilyn Rodgers||01/09/2017||$100.00||Good luck Samantha. Fantastic cause and a wonderful experience for you.||Eric and Christin Bryant||01/08/2017||$100.00||Hope you meet your goal! This is a great cause and will surely be an amazing experience!||Barbara Ford||12/27/2016||$100.00||In memory of Christopher, my brother.||Meghan Rodgers||12/20/2016||$100.00||this is amazing||Jay Holihan||12/20/2016||$100.00||Love this! Now if only you could do this and National Draw!!!||Alyson Rodgers||12/20/2016||$25.00||Go get it!! This is amazing!!||Sammy Rodgers||12/09/2016||$100.00|