Stephanie Edwards 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 New York, NY.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I, like many, have had numerous family members that have been stricken with cancer, in turn affecting so many others. I lost both my grandfathers and my uncle to cancer, but I'm happy to share that both my grandmothers are cancer survivors. While dealing with this horrific illness can be frightening, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible, I have witnessed how it compels families and communities to come together and fight the disease as one. I want to play a bigger role in that effort.
So often cancer patients need to draw strength from others in order to have a fighting chance. I want to dedicate my 4K journey in remembrance of those I've lost, in celebration of those who have survived, and to being that source of inspiration and hope for those whose lives I may touch along the way.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I have had my own share of personal medical challenges. As an adolescent I was diagnosed with scoliosis and had to wear a back brace for 6 years. As a college student, I contracted mononucleosis multiple times which resulted in Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus, creating bouts of depression and anxiety. Overcoming these obstacles was difficult, but I realize it couldn't compare to what my running coach went through as a stage 4 cancer patient.
The intensity and severity of his treatments were no match for his mental will and drive to survive. Our whole community rallied around him and his family, and I'm happy to say he is miraculously cancer-free. By the way, he recently completed a 50 mile Ultramarathon and is competing in Iron Man Triathalons in support of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His passion and purpose for running continues to inspire me to use running to make a difference in the cancer community. My 4,000 mile journey has multiple layers of opportunity for myself and others to pull communities and people together across the country in the fight against 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 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!
|Kate Harrison||08/05/2017||$50.00||Congratulations on completing your journey!! You're amazing!! It was so great to watch your journey unfold and see how many lives you touched across the country. Looking forward to hearing more about it! Hugs!||Kelly Rycroft||08/02/2017||$20.00||It was awesome to meet you! I am so inspired by what you are doing! Best wishes on your last couple of days!!||Aunt Eva and Uncle Nick||07/31/2017||$100.00||You're coming to the final lap. God Bless you for this wonderful mission. We're all so proud of you. Love you.||Tyler Alder||07/31/2017||$100.00||Keep on running!||Uncle Paul, Aunt Lori & John||07/28/2017||$100.00||Almost in the home stretch! So happy you're feeling better and so proud of everything you've done and continue to do. Can't wait to see you and hope your final days are some of your best Steph!||Maxine Goldberg||07/23/2017||$50.00||Steph, you are such an inspiration and I am so proud to know you; your determination and selflessness are heartwarming. Run Steph, Run! Sending love and good luck wishes your way. Maxine xoxo||William DeMarzo||07/11/2017||$100.00||The whole DeMarzo family is cheering for you Steph! Thank you for taking on this challenge and working to make the world one step closer to being cancer free! Keep up the great work! Love, The DeMarzo's||Lucas Ferruggia||07/10/2017||$5.00||are your legs sore yet? love you!!! (my legs would be sore)||Max Ferruggia||07/10/2017||$5.00||are you having fun running across country? you are doing a good job. good luck.||Uncle Paul, Aunt Lori & John||06/29/2017||$100.00||Continually amazed at all that you do and how you do it. We're having so much fun following you on this amazing journey and adventure. Way to go Steph!||Michael Finn||06/28/2017||$500.00||Stephanie - You're commitment to running the Ulman 4K is inspiring. You are really making a difference for many families with this run. Best of luck as you continue your journey across this beautiful country. Mike (from Sterling)||Mark Shiffman||06/27/2017||$25.00||Go Steph!||Jack Kopnisky||06/26/2017||$1,000.00||Congratulations, Stephanie This is an amazing journey and I know (given your terrific parents) you will accomplish your goal||Uncle Paul, Aunt Lori & John||06/18/2017||$100.00||We are SO proud of you as you start this amazing journey. Good luck and stay safe!||Cathy Budman||06/11/2017||$50.00||Congratulations to Stephanie Edwards, Go for the Dream!||Molly Hanson||06/10/2017||$100.00||So proud of you Stefi! Love, The Hanson fam||Susan Lee||06/07/2017||$25.00||Victoria M O'Shea||06/02/2017||$75.00||Dominick and Maria Oliviero||04/27/2017||$50.00||We are so very proud of you.||Grandma Edwards||04/06/2017||$100.00||Stephanie, So proud of you for finding a way to combine 2 of your greatest loves (family & running) to contribute to such a worthy cause (running across the United States to raise money for young adults with cancer). Congratulations and much love, Gran'ma Edwards||Iceland Ice Rink||03/31/2017||$115.00||Matt Sylvan||03/30/2017||$20.00||Astoria Bank||03/09/2017||$200.00||Mama Dukes||03/02/2017||$25.00||Milk, no sugar. And I have plenty of embarrassing pictures of you already! You never cease to amaze me!||Faith McCallion||03/01/2017||$15.00||Hey! Sorry this is so late! Been wanting to contribute something for the longest time--even if this is for future endeavors I support you 100%||Kelsey Malone||03/01/2017||$25.00||Good Luck, I'll be cheering for you!! (p.s. I think this earns me a coffee date... and... embarrassing picture? ... maybe? ;) ) So proud of you, have an amazing time on this fantastic experience!!||Lawrence Pinkard||02/28/2017||$50.00||We're very proud of what you're doing and we support you all the way. Good luck to you and thank you.||Kris Ferruggia||02/28/2017||$25.00||We are so proud of you and glad we can be part of this with you. Love you Kris Kristina Luke Ariana||Alex Ferruggia||02/28/2017||$50.00||Keep running Steph! You're a part of something so great that will help so many people! We're so proud to be supporting you! Love you!! Kick Cancer's A**!||Disree F. Winterhalter||02/28/2017||$100.00||Mark Edwards||02/27/2017||$100.00||All we want is for you to be healthy and smiling. We're so proud of you. Uncle Mark and Aunt Pat.||Vincent & Laura DeLetto||02/27/2017||$50.00||Our Love and Prayers Steph for a Wonderful and Safe Journey❤||Victoria Dumas||02/17/2017||$100.00||Astoria Bank||02/17/2017||$50.00||Peter Pisciotta||02/09/2017||$100.00||Joe Tordella||02/09/2017||$40.00||Good luck! So happy for you!!||Michael and Nicole Steinberg||02/09/2017||$50.00||Lisa Stapleton||02/03/2017||$50.00||Best wishes Stephanie as you take this journey. Lisa||Monte Redman||01/23/2017||$320.00||I am happy to support someone who is giving a great deal of themselves for a great cause||Greater Long Island Running Club Inc.||01/19/2017||$25.00||It is our pleasure to support a fellow runner in her amazing journey for such an important cause.||Frank Fusco||01/13/2017||$200.00||Best wishes on this amazing adventure that will touch so many lives. Enjoy every moment of it.||Astoria Bank||01/13/2017||$25.00||Anna Knice||01/10/2017||$25.00||Wow! What an amazing challenge you are taking on. So impressed and proud of you! Now run run run run run run run.........||Carol Merkel||12/27/2016||$300.00||My Steph, I am so proud of you not only for giving back, but for who you are every day. I hope this brings attention to a great cause and I also hope you have an amazing experience! Enjoy the moments along the way.... I love you! ~ A.Tao||Brad Gelder||12/26/2016||$40.00||Congrats on reaching your donation goal! Good luck out there and say hello to Forrest Gump for me. \\\///||Jean and Drew Wintringham||12/25/2016||$100.00||We're all in support of your goal!||Alex Wintringham||12/25/2016||$20.00||You got this homie!! Get ready for my corny lines for next half of a year.||Step Bros Edm||12/25/2016||$20.00||Keep on pushing forward! We'll provide the music||Robert Edwards||12/01/2016||$125.00||Good luck Nans!||Allan Mohr DDS||11/28/2016||$350.00||It is my pleasure to help you accomplish your goal to raise money for the fight against cancer. My mom, other members of my family and good friends, have been effected by this terrible disease. You started as a young patient in our practice and have grown into an amazing young woman. Your parents (and Grandma)must be very proud of you. Best of Luck with the event Regards Dr. Allan Mohr and the entire team at Smilecreations4U||Angela Flavoni||11/20/2016||$200.00||Lots of luck!! you are an incredible person, I'm so proud of all that you do and remember you are making such a difference in the fight for cancer!!||Serene AlHalabi||11/20/2016||$25.00||Kristin & Michael Ferruggia||11/15/2016||$100.00||We are so amazed by your kind and giving spirit. We are so proud call you our niece!! Most people would commit to a 3k or a 5k but not our Stephie! Love you!! Run Stephie, Run!||Karin Sheppard||09/18/2016||$50.00||You go girl! Xx||Maria Vermuelen||09/05/2016||$100.00||Best of luck from the Vermuelens.||Amanda Giorgi||08/31/2016||$20.00||LYLAS FOREVER I'M SO PROUD OF YOU BEST FRIEND XOXOXO||Michael Lechleider||08/31/2016||$100.00||Arianna Dumas||08/27/2016||$20.00||GOOD LUCK GIRL! I'M SO PROUD OF YOU!||Stephanie Gulick-Katz||08/21/2016||$50.00||What a awesome thing your doing. Good luck.||Jo Ann Edwards||08/18/2016||$500.00||We couldn't be more proud of you! You continue to inspire so many of us, as well as demonstrate your individual strength, courage, character, drive and compassion for others every day, in so many wonderful ways. We deeply admire your selflessness and adventurous spirit. Never lose your incredible sense of humor and enjoy the journey! Love always, Mom & Dad||Gram Ferruggia||08/17/2016||$50.00||Sweetie Baby! How proud I am if you! You are doing a wonderful thing to make this world better. I know you can do it and my thoughts and prayers are always with you!||Gloria Ferruggia||08/17/2016||$50.00||U never cease to amaze me, Tinx! So very, very proud! xxx||Linda & Ray Pitek||08/15/2016||$300.00||You should be very proud of yourself as you are truly making a difference. Special people do special things.||Steven Ferruggia||08/12/2016||$25.00||Very proud of you Steph!||Rachael Ferruggia||08/12/2016||$25.00||You are such an inspiration and a prime example of being the change you want to see in the world! We're so proud of you! Love, Nick, Rae & Maddie||Susan and Alex Edwards-Bourdrez||08/12/2016||$75.00||Steph, your strength, courage, and huge heart are such an inspiration. What you are doing will have a lasting impact. We love and admire you!||Andrea Marchena||07/19/2016||$25.00||You go girl! It is a pleasure to know you Steph.||Ciara Rafferty||07/06/2016||$20.00||So proud! Good luck!||Uncle Nick And Linda||07/06/2016||$50.00||So proud of you Steph. I know you can do it!!!!||Stephanie Edwards||06/27/2016||$100.00|