Sofie is a freshman at Wesleyan 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 to New York City, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
On January 2nd, 2015, my mom was diagnosed with stage four Leiomyosarcoma - an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma - and died about two weeks later. My mom was one-in-a-million in almost every way, but I never thought she would be one of the roughly 4 in 1 million who get diagnosed with this form of cancer. Many people close to me have or have had cancer, including my best friend, several family members, and other very important people in my life.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults this summer?
Throughout the weeks when my mom was in the hospital and the months following her death, I learned a lot about others' experiences with cancer. I found that most people have their own story about how they were impacted (either directly or indirectly) by the disease. I am running across the country this summer as a way to recognize that almost everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another and that everyone deserves the support of loving people that I was (and still am) so lucky to have.
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!
|Sofie Fan Club||09/05/2017||$100.00||You Go Girl!||Anonymous Friend||09/04/2017||$224.00||You are a special person with a big heart. The apple did not fall far from the tree. Love you, mama P.||Anonymous Friend||09/03/2017||$10.00||Love you Sof! -Wes Women's Squash||Anonymous Friend||08/08/2017||$100.00||Congratulations Sofie!||Emily Koh||08/05/2017||$25.00||Have loved reading about your incredible journey this summer! See you soon!||Jordan Ginsberg||08/03/2017||$50.00||Proud of you kid! Keep it up and see ya soon!||Anonymous Friend||07/20/2017||$50.00||Very proud of you Sofie!||Anonymous Friend||07/20/2017||$50.00||Let's get you over $6k...||Ian Beck||07/13/2017||$50.00||!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!||Anonymous Friend||07/11/2017||$200.00||Chelsea Cutler||07/05/2017||$250.00||beyond proud of you guys x||Shira Berger||06/30/2017||$50.00||Congrats and good luck from your new friends in Brooklyn :)||James Hess||06/16/2017||$100.00||Thanks Sofia for doing this in memory of your mom! One of greatest people I ever knew. you remind me of her.||Anonymous Friend||06/15/2017||$50.00||Emily Ross||06/15/2017||$50.00||Proud of our Soshie. Supporting you all the way back to the East Coast!||Anna Tarplin||06/12/2017||$100.00||Love and support to you on your journey, Sof! we are so proud of you!! Sincerely, Anna Tarplin, Jennifer Ward, and Jeffrey Tarplin||Brian Murdock||04/19/2017||$50.00||Tommy Durst||04/17/2017||$41.86||100%. Go and crush it. -Love the Dursts||Bea Benavides||04/14/2017||$25.00||good luck sofie! i'm so proud of you and loriman!||Anonymous Friend||04/06/2017||$13.14||Your friend no matter how mad you get at me. Proud of you for doing this, Sof.||Brad Denley||03/26/2017||$100.00||Tere Tello De Meneses||03/21/2017||$200.00||Sofia de parte de mi madre Tere y mi hermana Terete. Mil besos!||Tom and Colleen McMorran||03/20/2017||$200.00||A wonderful cause! We just lost our 16-year-old niece to brain cancer and are well aware of the toll it takes on young adults and families.||YEYA,PILY Y LEL RUIZ-MELIAN||03/19/2017||$350.00||Todo lo mejor para tu maravilloso reto.Te queremos!||Anonymous Friend||03/15/2017||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||03/13/2017||$100.00||Sofia, what a wonderful trip to remember your mother and to expand your own world! May the wind blow at your back and may your tires be strong:-) Me gusta mucho trabajar con tu papa en Charter Oak. Anticipo conocerte algun dia. Adelante! Chuck||John & Ginny Tracey||03/13/2017||$50.00||Ginny and I loved Vicki and miss her tremendously. We are very proud of you for undertaking such a endeavor!||Carlos Melian||03/12/2017||$200.00||From Laura, Luis, Merche y Carlos. Te queremos mucho Chofie Chofie. Vamos!||Anonymous Friend||03/11/2017||$11.00||Go for it, Sofia!||Rafael Millan Gabet||03/11/2017||$200.00||From Rafa, Sveva, Mattia and Luca - you go girl!||Paco Aranda||03/10/2017||$100.00||Sofia que alegria! Buena suerte! Mil besos||Keith Griffin||03/10/2017||$30.00||Glad to help in some small way. Your dad is very proud of what you're doing.||Anonymous Friend||03/08/2017||$75.00||Kirk Scully||03/08/2017||$25.00||Keep being an inspiration Sofia, you are on everything of the strongest human beings I know.||Anonymous Friend||02/23/2017||$10.00||Julie Christensen||02/11/2017||$50.00||Way to go Chupa! We love you!||Davidé Sneed||02/11/2017||$5.00||.||Anonymous Friend||02/05/2017||$50.00||Emma Torzs||02/05/2017||$25.00||Your amazing mother raised two amazing daughters -- best of luck to you on this run!||Monica Villagra||01/22/2017||$100.00||Qué hermoso lo que estás haciendo Sofia! Buena Suerte!||Josie Russ||01/21/2017||$50.00||You're amazing!||Mark Russ||01/21/2017||$100.00||Good luck Sofie. Thank you for inspiring us and reminding us what's important! The Russ Family||Caitlin Wood||01/20/2017||$20.00||good luck ~float~||Heather Winarski||01/18/2017||$50.00||This is amazing Chupa! Good luck!||Becker Family||01/17/2017||$50.00||Go Sofie!||Grace Zimmerman||01/17/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||01/17/2017||$15.00||Anonymous Friend||01/16/2017||$100.00||Leslie Marshall||01/16/2017||$200.00||We are so happy to support you in this amazing effort!||Michael DeLalio||01/16/2017||$50.00||Good luck Sophie.||Cameron Rahbar||01/16/2017||$50.00||CARMEN FLORES||01/15/2017||$100.00||Shanique Garcia||01/15/2017||$20.00||Carolyn Wagner||01/14/2017||$100.00||What an incredible and noble undertaking! Very best of luck and Godspeed!||Lydia Mann||01/14/2017||$20.00||Thank you, Sofie!||Dawn Giovannoli||01/14/2017||$25.00||My good friend Connie also battled Leiomyosarcoma. Thank you for raising awareness and good luck with your cross country journey||Brigitte Caland||01/13/2017||$300.00||Sveva Besana||01/13/2017||$50.00||Much love from the Millan Besana family.||Miss Honey Iler||01/13/2017||$100.00||Run Sof Run! We love you! -Iler Fam||Papa J||01/13/2017||$200.00||Te quiero!!!||Cody Patrina||01/13/2017||$75.00||Anonymous Friend||01/13/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||01/13/2017||$20.00||Andrew Clapsaddle||01/13/2017||$20.00||What a great cause and journey. Good Luck!||Ali Imperiale||01/13/2017||$50.00||Go Sop!||Nancy DePalma||01/13/2017||$100.00||What a remarkable way to honor your mom, Sofia!||Brian Ford||01/13/2017||$100.00||Charlotte Grunebaum||01/13/2017||$30.00||This is amazing!! Good luck!||Josh Roemer||01/13/2017||$25.00||Glad to see all that cross country practice being put to great use!!! Best of luck!||David Ring||01/13/2017||$50.00||Have fun!||Anonymous Friend||01/13/2017||$350.00||tnx||Emily and Ola d'Aulaire||01/13/2017||$100.00||Your mom would be so proud of you, Sofie. Ola and I are too! Love, Emily||Julianne Patrina||01/13/2017||$25.00||GOOD LUCK!!!!||Charlie Gruner||01/12/2017||$20.00||Jolene Patrina||01/12/2017||$20.00||You rock, the best of luck to my Sof!||Anonymous Friend||01/12/2017||$5.00||You go girl||Abby McThomas||01/12/2017||$100.00||Good luck sof-loaf!! Ms. Hare and I love you!||Alex Kamisher||01/12/2017||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||01/12/2017||$50.00||Good luck Sofie! – Pomfret Girls Squash||Pomfret Girls Squash||01/12/2017||$50.00||Good luck Sofie!||Hadley Henderson||01/12/2017||$15.00||This is amazing, Good luck sof!||Grace Sandercox||01/12/2017||$20.00||Godspeed!||Sofia Melian-Morse||12/28/2016||$100.00|