Tori Marcavage is a graduate student at The Catholic University of America. 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?
Cancer is a disease that every family has a connection to. Cancer affected my family in 1997. Both my Pop Pop and Uncle Kip passed away from cancer a couple of months apart. I truly believe everyone needs to stand up, do their part, and help fight cancer in anyway they can.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults?
Two of my closest friends have traveled the 4,000 miles across the country with the Ulman Cancer Fund. They both spoke highly of their experience and the impact this journey has had on their life. I am participating this summer to encourage other young adults to do whatever they can no matter how big or small to make a difference. I am dedicating this summer to two people: my Pop Pop and Uncle Kip. They both passed away from cancer in the same year a couple months apart. I have had a passion for running for a long time, but I decided to dedicate this summer to running for a bigger and better cause. My goal is to leave a positive impact on the communities we run though all across the country!
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!
|Kelly Marcavage||08/31/2017||$100.00||Tori, tomorrow (Sept 1, 2017) is the 20th anniversary of losing Uncle Kip. You have kept his (and PopPop's) memory alive and their spirit continues through you. We are so proud of what you've accomplished. I know they are too. Thank you for taking us all on your adventure this summer. You've touched many lives. If there is one silver lining to cancer -- it is knowing that the world has compassionate, loving, generous people, like you, who work ease the burden. Thank you! We love you! xoxo Mom and Dad||Keith Levinson||08/15/2017||$180.00||Extra proud of you...You are inspiring!!!||Carol Green||07/25/2017||$25.00||Tori, You are an amazing young woman and a wonderful example of courage, determination and compassion. So very proud of you! XO, "Aunt" Carol Green||Kelly Marcavage||07/24/2017||$100.00||Agnes Gohn and the House Management Team at Penn State University - Hershey Medical Center support Peggy Hennessey||Pam Nemeth||07/24/2017||$100.00||Thank you so much for running your miles for Kacie! We couldn't be prouder of her or you! What you are doing is so amazing! Keep up the great work. We hope to see you in PA! Pam, Ken, Megan Nemeth||Joan H Cook||07/04/2017||$500.00||Steve and Jill TAGERT||06/21/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Tori! "Run Tori Run!"||Richard D'Ambrosio||06/11/2017||$100.00||Good Luck Tori!||Josh Ladowitz||06/07/2017||$20.00||John Girardi||06/07/2017||$50.00||Tori - This is an incredible undertaking. You are an amazing young woman. We wish you the best of luck. - Janice and Jack Girardi||Cathy McKaig||05/01/2017||$10.00||Chris Nee||04/17/2017||$250.00||Good luck Tori!||Donald Duffy||03/30/2017||$50.00||Good Luck, Tori. Love, The Duffys||Kurt Riesenberg - SPFA||03/29/2017||$1,000.00||Great effort on this. Think of Forrest Gump when everything starts to hurt. You might want to learn some military cadence songs for marching/running - many available online and they give you something to focus on and a common pace. The names of people I can think of that you will be running for: Kathy Halbach (3x survivor) Marsha Egan (2x survivor) Joan Zink Henry Zink Ed Egan Edward/Kip/Virginia Cook, of course.||Allison Flitter||03/27/2017||$20.00||R.I.P. to the best nonna that there will ever be! Cannot wait to see the amazing work you will do this summer!||Bob,Janet and Alli Flitter||03/16/2017||$100.00||Good luck on the run.||Erin Marcavage||02/28/2017||$100.00||Steve & Sue Giurlando||02/22/2017||$100.00||Awesome-Enjoy the experience and Stay Safe!!||Kevin & Terry Pascavage||02/21/2017||$25.00||You Rock!!!!||Tom Hu||01/30/2017||$60.00||Keep up the good work!||Tim Mahon||01/29/2017||$25.00||Good luck Tori!||Keith Levinson||01/28/2017||$180.00||Tori, you're truly an inspiration. Thank you for being you! Keep on keepin on, you're crushin it!!! <3 Always, Kiki@yelp.com||Maryanne & Bob Marcavage||01/27/2017||$100.00||We are so proud of you! Love you!||Ann Marie Lanza||01/26/2017||$75.00||Good luck Tori!! How awesome of you to give up your summer for such a great cause ...you are my new idol!! I hope you have the most amazing time!||CASH CASH||01/25/2017||$373.00||Margaux Arieta||01/10/2017||$10.00||GOOOD LUCK TORI!||DBA California Tortilla||01/10/2017||$61.78||Nina Kibblehouse||01/09/2017||$100.00||Good luck with your run Tori!||Penny Balzereit||01/09/2017||$25.00||Maureen Cady||01/06/2017||$50.00||Have Fun!||Bobby Picardo||01/05/2017||$100.00||Gabriella Morrow||01/05/2017||$25.00||You are awesome! #4KJR||Daniela Vias||01/04/2017||$75.00||Never been more proud to call you one of my best friends! Love you tot! You're doing amazing!||Jennie Breitigan||01/04/2017||$150.00||Good Luck Tori, enjoy your adventure :) In memory of Edward F Cook, John Breitigan, Anna Breitigan||Bobby White||01/02/2017||$100.00||Good luck Tori!! I know you will have no issue and it will be a breeze!!||AJ and Madelyn McGee||01/02/2017||$100.00||Debi and Jim Swantek||01/01/2017||$100.00||Kim Kegolis||12/29/2016||$30.00||Good Luck Tori!! That's one heck of a marathon!!||Pat Kegolis||12/29/2016||$100.00||Good luck Tori||Frank Lepore||12/29/2016||$25.00||Mom-mom & Pop-pop Kempsey||12/28/2016||$50.00||Best wishes, Tori. We'll be thinking of you all the way. Proud of your endeavor for such a wonderful cause and such a beautiful tribute to your Uncle Kip and Grandfather Cook. Hugs and prayers! XO||Wayde Weston||12/27/2016||$200.00||Gina Eberth||12/27/2016||$25.00||You are crazy! Can't wait to celebrate when you cross the finish line :)||Steve and Anne Cook||12/27/2016||$100.00||Great job, Tori! I'm quite sure PopPop and Uncle Kip are looking down upon you with big smiles! We are very proud of you!||Tom Berry||12/27/2016||$50.00||Customers Bank||12/21/2016||$1,500.00||Cathy McKaig||12/19/2016||$20.00||Deb Snowden||12/19/2016||$30.00||John Matekovic||12/16/2016||$50.00||Nice, Tori! You'll do great. What an experience and a wonderful cause. Can't wait to follow you and your team. See you on the trail... :-)||Claire McEvily||12/16/2016||$50.00||Good luck Tori! Wish I could've been out there with you. You're gonna do amazing!||Jenn Bealer||12/16/2016||$50.00||Good Luck Tor, you're going to crush this! Hopefully I can be in NY to see you finish!||Lili Ann Rolenaitis||12/15/2016||$50.00||Chris Graziano||12/14/2016||$50.00||Tori, its great to know there are people in the neighborhood who can provide such inspiration. Thank you! Good luck, and don't for get to hydrate!||Morgan Gieser||12/07/2016||$25.00||You are incredible Tori! Have fun and good luck even though you don't need it!||Anonymous Friend||12/05/2016||$20.00||Good luck||Rodney Grimm||12/04/2016||$50.00||Keith Levinson||12/03/2016||$18.00||You're a legend.||DONNA BOOZ||12/03/2016||$25.00||Good Luck Tori! The Booz Family||Tori Marcavage||12/02/2016||$50.00||Good luck, Tori. Don't lose a wheel :) The Shaffers||Kim Giurlando||12/02/2016||$100.00||Couldn't be more proud to call you my best friend. Save me a running day along the way! Love you & good luck :)||Tayler Falvey||12/02/2016||$20.00||Best of luck Tori!! You are amazing!!||Molly MacNeill||12/02/2016||$10.00||Goodluck Tor!!!||Victoria Capozucca||11/30/2016||$25.00||Tori, you are an inspiration. Good luck! Lots of love! Let me know when you're in NY =]||Steven Breeding||11/30/2016||$100.00||Tori, Our prayers will go with you every step of the way. Mr. and Mrs. Breeding||John Avella||11/30/2016||$25.00||Susan Ruane-Dao||11/29/2016||$25.00||Good Luck Tori! Collegeville will be cheering for you. The Dao Family||Alyssa Keane||11/22/2016||$25.00||Can't wait to hear about all of your adventures Tor! So proud of you for doing such a great thing!||Tori Marcavage||11/21/2016||$100.00|