Sawako Suzuki's Fundraising Page
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Sawako Suzuki's Fundraising Page
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 Sawako Suzuki is a sophomore at Cornell University. In the summer of 2018, 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 Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

What is your connection to the cancer community?

Cancer came crashing into me. Cancer grabbed my life by the wrist. Cancer forced me to grow up quickly. I have a life philosophy that everyone has one ‘thing’. One thing that makes them feel singled out and a little alone. One thing that they will always have to carry with them. One thing that they have to overcome. One battle. When I was 11 years old, my dad was diagnosed with lymphoma. For years, I never told anyone, not even my best friends or coaches or teachers. It closed me up and made me feel at times that the world and all that I knew of it was completely against me. It made me wonder, “Why me? Why now?” It made me question. It made me question my life, who I was, and why bad things happen.

Soon after, I lost my grandpa to pancreatic cancer. Later, my grandma was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I made it my goal to one day find a way to give back to those impacted by cancer.

After starting school at Cornell, I decided to go out of my way to find a way I could positively impact the large community of cancer-affected people in this world, specifically cancer patients and their family members. I am a part of Camp Kesem at Cornell University, a national organization that provides year-round support, a week-long free summer camp each year, and a lifelong camp community to children affected by a parent’s cancer. However, it is my goal to expand and further my efforts and my love for this community! I hope to be able to do that through the 4K for Cancer.

Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?

I am a runner with the 4K, because the 4K for Cancer provides an extremely special and unique opportunity that merges my three passions: running, education, and giving back to those impacted by cancer. The idea is simple. Run across the country. Educate myself more about the young adult cancer cause. Raise awareness. Engage with individuals who are readily affected my cancer. Work with a team to do it all. Fall in love with the journey. I want to be a runner, because I am confident in my abilities as an athlete and, more importantly, as a role model. I want to face the challenge of running 4000 miles, across the United States. I want to be confronted by the beauty of the land. I want to run through the emptiest and fullest parts of the country for the cancer-affected community, such an overlooked portion of the population. I want to show anyone and everyone that we, as the cancer-affected community, are fighters. We are strong. We are confident. We can overcome any challenge together!

ABOUT 2018 4K for Cancer

2018 marks the 17th 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 a at


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!

Name Date Amount Comments
Barbara & Mark Poliks 08/04/2018 $100.00 Good Luck ! Barbara & Mark
Gary Fancher 06/11/2018 $50.00 Good Luck, Sawako. Please keep me updated on your trip. Coach Fancher
Anonymous Friend 06/08/2018 $20.00 The world needs more people like you :)
Ernest Bethe 05/18/2018 $10.00 Told you I would!
Katie Dao 05/15/2018 $20.00  
Annie Kline 05/15/2018 $10.00 In honor and in memory of Louise Kline.
Melissa Page 05/15/2018 $20.00 you are inspirational. thank you for being in my life. goodluck this summer enjoy every second of it.
Cassie York 05/15/2018 $10.00  
Carolyn Todd 05/15/2018 $10.00  
Chenab Khakh 05/15/2018 $10.00 Good luck Sawako!! You are a sweetheart. I love you!!
Gerri Painter 05/15/2018 $150.00 Good luck
Katherine Gray 05/14/2018 $10.00  
Caroline Barrett 05/14/2018 $10.00  
Julia Dinmore 05/14/2018 $15.00  
Kelly Waldvogel 05/14/2018 $30.00 you rock my world
Joe Fetter 05/14/2018 $10.00  
Alex Krentsel 05/14/2018 $15.00 Good luck :)
Laura Fletcher 05/14/2018 $10.00 Run Corgi Run!!!!!
Gerri Painter 05/14/2018 $100.00 Wonderful cause. Have an amazing time.
Max Rosenthal 05/14/2018 $9.00 you added me on facebook just in time
Nina Hazra 05/14/2018 $20.00 Good luck!! This is so amazing
Saige Connor 05/12/2018 $3.00  
Sam Hertle 05/11/2018 $10.00 You inspire us all!! <3
Girish Jayant 05/08/2018 $20.00  
Olivia Krawitt 05/08/2018 $10.00  
Sarah Megiel 05/08/2018 $10.00  
Julia Albrecht 05/08/2018 $5.00  
Kelsey Marren 05/08/2018 $10.00  
Scotty Kaye 05/08/2018 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/06/2018 $50.00  
Gaya Prakash 05/06/2018 $10.00  
Ethan Pan 05/06/2018 $10.00 From Hudson
Jesse Thompson 05/06/2018 $10.00  
Carolyn Todd 05/06/2018 $10.00  
Dylan DuBeau 05/02/2018 $10.00 send it
Sawako Suzuki 04/22/2018 $100.00 Loco Fundraiser. Thank you Loco Cantina Ithaca!
Terry Kelley-Wallace 04/16/2018 $50.00 What a wonderful thing to do. Be safe and enjoy this special experience.
Matthew Mann 04/16/2018 $30.00  
Mark Stephens 04/16/2018 $100.00 What an awesome experience!
Bonggu Shim 04/15/2018 $100.00  
Stanley Whittingham 04/15/2018 $500.00 Great challenge and goal. Go for it.
Katie Donlin 04/11/2018 $25.00 You're doing a great thing kiddo - good luck from VHS!
Jewel Cooke 04/11/2018 $25.00 This is awesome and totally something you would do! Best of luck Sawako! Mrs. Cooke (VHS Guidance Office)
Mitzy Benjamin 04/11/2018 $25.00 Way to go, Sawako!
Aiyakrishnan Meenakshi 04/10/2018 $100.00  
Akiko Sato 04/10/2018 $100.00  
Hidiaki and Mieko Inoue 04/10/2018 $100.00  
Su Hilty 04/10/2018 $25.00 Go AXO Cornell gal go!
Ben Kematick 04/09/2018 $20.00 Good luck!
Anonymous Friend 04/08/2018 $40.00  
Nathaniel Diamond 04/08/2018 $35.00  
Sawako Suzuki 04/08/2018 $17.40 Bonfire T-Shirts :)
Bruce White 04/04/2018 $100.00  
Stephen Levy 04/04/2018 $50.00 Run hard! Good luck!
Itsuko and Sei Suzuki 04/01/2018 $200.00 Wishing you the best on reaching this amazing goal. We love you! - Mom and Dad
Sawako Suzuki 03/25/2018 $10.00 From Anu Subramaniam and Savanna Lim. You ladies are lovely.
Sean Nicholson 03/24/2018 $100.00 Good luck from a fellow Cornell (faculty) runner!
Tina Nyschot 03/23/2018 $100.00 So proud of you, Sawako!
Nancy M Donley 03/23/2018 $30.00  
roger tu 03/22/2018 $100.00 Read about you on the Cornell Daily Sun website. You are yet another reason to be proud of being a Cornell alum. God's blessings on your journey. Go Big Red!
Sawako Suzuki 03/22/2018 $50.00 From Terry Tucker, the best academic advisor! Thank you!
Anonymous Friend 03/21/2018 $10.00 Best Wishes
John Nardocci 03/21/2018 $30.00  
Andrew Vaughn 03/21/2018 $15.00  
Sarah Collins 03/21/2018 $10.00 You are inspirating sawako! Good luck :)
Jeffrey Dunham 03/19/2018 $10.00 Best of luck with your cross-country run, Sawako!
Sarah Murphy 03/19/2018 $10.00 good luck sawako!
Nate Barott 03/19/2018 $10.00  
Alex Li 03/19/2018 $10.00 Run Forrest RUN!!!
Sawako Suzuki 03/18/2018 $214.00 Grilled Cheese Fundraiser at PIKE Pledge Party. Thank you so much brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha at Cornell!
Sawako Suzuki 03/18/2018 $180.00 Pancake Brunch Fundraiser at Forest Home Chapel! Thank you so much, Pastor Robin and all for the help.
Kelsey Sheldon 03/18/2018 $20.00 best of luck!!
Amina Rahill-Marier 03/18/2018 $5.00 you rock Sawako!
Sally Fisher 03/18/2018 $20.00  
Gene Malkin 03/17/2018 $50.00 Best of luck, Sawako! Cheers from Boston!
Haley Grant 03/17/2018 $5.00  
Sue Darpino 03/15/2018 $25.00 Good luck Sawako! This is awe inspiring.
Emily Lin 03/15/2018 $3.00  
Meg Moyer 03/15/2018 $50.00 Good luck Sawako with this adventure that's all about helping others! This sounds perfect for you!
Sawako Suzuki 03/15/2018 $27.00 From Olivia Roberts, Carolyn Todd, Gillian Catano, and Cassie Gavin. Thank you ladies!
Rebecca Martino 03/14/2018 $50.00 You're so awesome! I love your life! Proud of you!
Colesy Cotter 03/14/2018 $100.00 i believe in you !!
Kelly Waldvogel 03/14/2018 $25.00 you are my hero
Amanda Cronin 03/14/2018 $10.00 Good Luck Sawako :)
Claire Malkin 03/14/2018 $15.00 So proud of you Sawako!! Good luck :)
Anonymous Friend 03/14/2018 $10.00 Marissa Bray's donation!!! Thank you mbray :)
Anonymous Friend 03/14/2018 $10.00 Good luck Sawako, I hope you have an awesome time and enjoy every moment of it!
Elizabeth Wiggers 03/14/2018 $5.00 I hope you reach your goal!
Sawako Suzuki 03/14/2018 $35.00 Ali Corkran, Kaitlyn Dantuono, Nicole Lehman, Sonia Jaidka, and Rafia Haq!! Thank you so much loves you are the best ladies.
Chipotle 03/14/2018 $71.70  
David Wang 03/11/2018 $10.00 GOOD LUCK SAWKS
Sawako Suzuki 03/10/2018 $220.00 Forest Home Chapel Pancake Brunch Fundraiser. Thanks guys!
Sravan Reddy 03/05/2018 $25.00 Good luck :D!!!
Anonymous Friend 03/04/2018 $40.00  
Matt Kilbane 02/20/2018 $20.00 Best of luck!!
Anonymous Friend 02/14/2018 $25.00  
Joseph Yavitt 02/12/2018 $75.00 For Sawako Suzuki, great contribution.
Hannah Nusbaum 02/10/2018 $30.00 You are amazing :)))))
David Levitsky 02/10/2018 $25.00 Good luck.
Olivia Diaz-Saavedra 02/01/2018 $10.00  
Colesy Cotter 01/31/2018 $50.00 Good luck love!
Tiffany Bruno 01/30/2018 $10.00 LITB!
Colette Schissel 01/30/2018 $25.00 slay queen
Jacqueline Kalomiris 01/30/2018 $10.00 LITB! From a member of PC' 13
Ethan Seltzer 01/24/2018 $10.00 Happy running!!
Nick Smith 01/24/2018 $10.00 :)
Sawako Suzuki 01/23/2018 $100.00  
Dylan Mariuzza 01/23/2018 $10.00  
  Total $4,690.10  
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