Savannah Biggert is a senior at The University of Alabama. In the summer of 2019, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
When I was going into my senior year of high school, my grandmother was diagnosed with liver cancer. My grandma was an inspiration to me she was not only beautiful on the outside, but she had a heart of gold. I watched how cancer in a matter of months eats into a persons existence. My grandma remand strong through it all, even when she could no longer remember who her family members were she could not help, but smile at us and tell us life was good. I made it my mission to find an organization that I could invest in and give back to the cancer community. It took me till my senior year of college to finally find a organization that I felt my grandma would be proud of. I want to do this to show my grandma that even though she may not be here, I still live my life honoring her.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?
I’m traveling 4,000 miles this summer for the Ulman Foudation because not only is it a way to fundraise for the cancer comment, but it was a way to show people that even when you think something is impossible, it takes dedication and perseverance, but anything is truly possible. I want to show people there is nothing to fear in this world. Cancer is a scary disease that not only weakens the body, but the mind and I hope to restore hope into families that are effected by cancer. It took me over four years to find an organization I wanted to be apart of. I wanted to be apart of something my grandma would be proud of, thats why Ulman spoke to me, because they truly use the fundraising to help those affected by 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!