Taylor Strong is a freshman at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 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 to raise funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I think it’s safe to say that nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. I know many people in my life that have passed away from cancer or are cancer survivors. As the amount of new cases diagnosed per year continue to climb, truly nobody is safe from cancer, as it could happen to anyone at any given time. I think it is essential to bring as much support and comfort to the individuals and families that struggle through the battle against cancer to help make their lives easier in any way possible.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
I am traveling with the Ulman Cancer Fund across America this summer because I want to make a huge difference in peoples’ lives and inspire others to do so as well. I want to show people that there really is no limit on the amount you can accomplish in your lifetime, and to live life to the fullest while we still have the chance. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the ordinary because it will only lead you to the extraordinary.
I am traveling with the Ulman Cancer Fund because I want to use my talent of long-distance running and do something good with it that can help others. Cancer is a particularly scary and tragic disease that affects millions across the globe. I want those affected to know that there are many people out there who care about them and are working to make a change. If I can bring even the slightest smile or bit of happiness to someone, this entire journey will be worth it. Running across America has been a dream of mine for many years, so I am very grateful and blessed to be able to do it for an absolutely fantastic cause.
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!
|Richard Myers||07/16/2017||$50.00||Tator, we are so proud of you!! Your determination & strength will take you wherever you want to go in life!! Stay safe & healthy!!||Sandy Toth||07/11/2017||$20.00||Taylor I hope this will help in reaching your goal. You are an amazing girl! You kindness is touching so many lives. Stay safe.||Bob Shilling||06/15/2017||$100.00||RUN STRONG RUN!||Anonymous Friend||05/30/2017||$100.00||Elizabeth L Wolfe||05/18/2017||$10.00||Anonymous Friend||05/12/2017||$125.00||Lynn Wetherson American Legion||05/10/2017||$100.00||William McCutcheon||05/07/2017||$50.00||Good luck Taylor||Hoss's Restaurant Operations Inc DBA Hoss's Steak and Sea House||05/05/2017||$132.85||Charles B. Miller Memorial Fund||05/01/2017||$75.00||Kathryn Mattis||04/29/2017||$50.00||Bake Sale #2 Proceeds/Donations||04/27/2017||$70.00||Thanks to everyone who bought from my bake sale at IUP or gave me donations! Every little bit helps :)||Dave Templeton||04/22/2017||$30.00||Good Luck Taylor!||Anonymous Friend||04/07/2017||$50.00||Stephanie Sedlock||04/05/2017||$100.00||The Sedlock's wish you good luck and a safe journey! I love how motivated you are to do these types of things! Love, Steph, Ally, Britt, Kelley, Matt, and Ed||Jane Stahl||04/05/2017||$25.00||Dennis E. McCreery||03/28/2017||$100.00||Sue SMEAL||03/24/2017||$20.00||it is great that u are doing this. good luck on ur run.i am a friend of ur mom||Bake Sale||03/23/2017||$152.00||Bake Sale Proceeds/Donations||Dan Previte||03/23/2017||$25.00||Good luck Taylor! This is an awesome thing that you're doing! Keep in touch!||Indiana Chapter 1260||03/23/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||03/19/2017||$20.00||Joseph Delosh||03/18/2017||$50.00||Taylor, Thanks for showing everyone how great NC students are!! The Delosh Family||Shannock Valley Memorial Post 6555||03/14/2017||$200.00||Mattie Dumm||03/10/2017||$20.00||U got me with "what in donation"||Ronald Glass||03/10/2017||$50.00||Lindsey Prasko||03/08/2017||$20.00||goodluck Taylor!!❤️||Joanne Freund||03/07/2017||$100.00||Wow! You are more than halfway to your goal! Keep it up!||Taylor Trybus||03/07/2017||$5.69||hey girl! i am poor but here is $5 of my hard earned cash for you to embark on a crazy adventure while i clean dorms w/o you. but love you! (don't come back) - xoxo tay tay||Hannah Tibbott||03/05/2017||$30.00||Good luck Tay!! Love, Hannah, Brian, Joy and Sarah!||Karen Rodgers||03/04/2017||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||03/03/2017||$15.00||Go Taylor!!!||J. M. Miller, INC||03/02/2017||$100.00||Mary A Samko||02/28/2017||$25.00||Chipotle Mexican Grill||02/28/2017||$53.63||Indiana Moose Lodge 174||02/28/2017||$100.00||VFW Post 7043||02/27/2017||$100.00||Kathleen Jusko||02/22/2017||$25.00||Menoher Home Aid Association||02/18/2017||$200.00||American Legion Home Assn of Ebensburg||02/09/2017||$100.00||Shari Reed||02/08/2017||$50.00||You go girl!!||Cambria Girls Basketball Boosters||02/03/2017||$423.00||Mary Getty||01/31/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||01/30/2017||$20.00||Good luck!!||John Connell||01/30/2017||$50.00||American Legion Auxiliary Benedict A Andrew Unit||01/29/2017||$100.00||CNB Bank||01/26/2017||$50.00||Helen Flickinger||01/25/2017||$20.00||Esther Shane||01/25/2017||$100.00||Indiana Duquense Distributing||01/24/2017||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||01/22/2017||$45.00||Nicole Duriez||01/19/2017||$30.00||Luigis Ristorante||01/19/2017||$25.00||Debra Rodgers||01/18/2017||$100.00||Terry Guthrie||01/17/2017||$50.00||Dixonville Lodge No. 833 Loom||01/17/2017||$200.00||Anonymous Friend||01/13/2017||$130.00||Deborah Letso||01/12/2017||$30.00||Good luck Taylor! from Rizzo and Sons||Kim Lewis||01/12/2017||$100.00||What an admirable thing to do! Safe travels!||Don Lewis||01/10/2017||$100.00||Way to Go and Be Blessed!||Marian Carole Woods||01/10/2017||$20.00||James Woodle||01/10/2017||$25.00||Slovak Independent Political Club||01/10/2017||$500.00||Gregory Chuhran||01/07/2017||$50.00||Good luck you can do it!||Anonymous Friend||01/07/2017||$227.00||Allison Stockley||01/07/2017||$25.00||Rose Fisher||01/07/2017||$30.00||Anonymous Friend||01/05/2017||$40.00||Good luck!||Shirley Strong||01/05/2017||$100.00||Robert Nastase||01/05/2017||$25.00||Anonymous Friend||01/04/2017||$85.00||Nathanael Arthurs||01/03/2017||$25.00||Justin Nagle||12/28/2016||$10.00||Good luck Taylor!||Taylor Strong||12/09/2016||$100.00|