Susana Mentle is a graduate of Rowan University. In the summer of 2018, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to San Francisco, CA, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
My connection to the cancer community began in the spring of 2013 when my mom was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Like many, I knew of people who had struggled with cancer but never thought that it would be something that would become so real in my life. Cancer became an enormous part of my family’s lives and will always be a part of us. On September 28, 2016, after three years of fighting we lost a mother, a wife, a grandmother, and a friend to cancer. Watching my mom fight her battle was one of the hardest things but losing her to cancer is something that changed us forever. During her fight we received help from our community, numerous people in the hospitals and yes even from strangers. For three years we received help from people who not only gave us hope but who made it possible for us to love and laugh with my mom a little longer. It is for that same reason that I want to be able to raise funds and help those who are currently struggling and fighting for a cancer free tomorrow.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I will be traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in memory of my mom and all those who, unfortunately, have lost their battle to cancer. I am also doing this 4,000 mile journey to support all those who continue to fight and to remind them that they are not alone. I am hoping that through this journey I can raise awareness and encourage others to join the fight against 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 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!
|Anonymous Friend||11/21/2017||$1.00||Kayla Beagan||11/09/2017||$25.00||You are my inspiration, keep doing what you are doing! I’ll forever be your biggest fan and supporter! Love you!||Larissa Cardozo||11/07/2017||$25.00||Ceci A||11/07/2017||$25.00||Susana Mentle||11/05/2017||$100.00|