In the summer of 2019, Tai Melendy will be biking with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4,000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore Maryland to San Francisco California, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for young adults who have had their lives impacted by cancer.
What is my connection to the cancer community?
Like most families, mine has unfortunately been impacted by cancer. I lost my grandfather to cancer when I was only twelve and my step grandmother just this past spring. There are many times when I wish they were still with us. It’s been particularly hard for the people they left behind.
My great aunt is also currently battling cancer. Although she has luckily been able to fight it back, it is still really challenging for her and her loved ones.
Why am I traveling 4,000+ miles this summer for the Ulman Foundation?
I want these students and their families to know that they are not alone in their fight against cancer. I have been through difficult times myself. I received neurosurgery when I was 16 for epileptic seizures and can relate to going through a medical ordeal that felt hopeless at times. Now that I have overcome my epilepsy, I want to give back and let these students know that they are not alone in their fight.
How can you help?
I am raising money from individual contributors like both you and I so together we can help make a difference in the lives of students affected by cancer and to let them know that no one should have to face cancer alone.
Cancer changes lives, so can you!
2019 marks the 18th 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 Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org!
Over 72,000 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.
Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman 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.
Ulman House - This year Ulman will open 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!
|Vicki Glass||02/18/2019||$100.00||Tai, we are all so proud of what you are doing for others.||Tai Melendy||02/12/2019||$100.00||Thomas Melendy||02/12/2019||$100.00||Good luck reaching your goal and your destination!||Kimberly Glass||02/10/2019||$150.00||Way to go Tai. Can't wait to follow your progress.||Tai Melendy||02/07/2019||$69.60||Lisa Perry-Wood||01/20/2019||$50.00||Thanks, Tai.||Jeff Cadow||01/07/2019||$50.00||Good luck, Tai. Thank you for doing this.||Lisa Perry-Wood||12/31/2018||$40.00||Thanks again, Tai!||PHILIP FILLEUL||12/30/2018||$150.00||Here, Tai ... Wish it were more! From Phil and Suzann, neighbors and friends of Ed and Meredith||Lisa Perry-Wood||12/24/2018||$40.00||Thank you, Tai!||Tai Melendy||11/21/2018||$50.00||Given by Jane Walker through Facebook fundraiser||Tai Melendy||11/21/2018||$117.00||Charlie Golay||11/12/2018||$50.00||Good work Tai||Georgia Wilemon||10/23/2018||$350.00||I am so proud of you, Tai!||John Hazlett||10/23/2018||$25.00||Wonderful cause Tai!||Meredith Parsons||10/21/2018||$200.00||Go Tai! Great cause.||Tamara McElroy||10/21/2018||$100.00||Tai Melendy||10/18/2018||$8.00||Tai Melendy||10/10/2018||$100.00|