Tim Hartung is a graduate student at Goucher College. In the summer of 2018, he will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 49 day, 4,000+ mile run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD to raise funds and awareness for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
What is your connection to the cancer community?
I was diagnosed with leukemia at 14 and went through treatment from 14 to 18 years old. I finished treatment as I entered college. After obtaining a degree in nursing, I graduated and held a position as a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse at the hospital where I was treated for a year and a half. During all of these years I was exposed to a number of stories of children and young adults battling with cancer. Each and every story had a strong child or young adult at the center of it. The heart and resiliency that these children and young adults showed are traits that I try to embody everyday.
Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
For me, survivorship is a lifestyle, I am always interested in opportunities to help among the cancer community. The Ulman Cancer Fund is an organization helping a unique community that means a lot to me as someone who went through cancer treatment as a young adult. The mission of UCF is one that hits home and I am excited to have the opportunity to make an impact within this particular community.
Additionally, after I went through the initial phases of my treatment in high school I was able to return to school. When I returned to school I started up a fundraiser for the Four Diamonds Fund, a fund that takes care of any costs that are not covered for families effected by pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. During my time organizing these Mini-Thons (the name of the fundraiser) in my junior and senior year I was able to experience the sense of greater good that comes with carrying out philanthropy. Not only did I experience this feeling myself, but even more rewarding was seeing how the fundraiser made others participating feel that same sense of greater good. I hope to be able to experience those feelings again along with the members of my 4K for Cancer team.
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!