Sofia Melian-Morse's Fundraising Page
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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.

ABOUT 2017 4K for Cancer

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


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
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
Marilyn Hart 09/03/2017 $100.00  
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  
  Total $6,610.00  
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