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March 21, 2016
BENEFITING: The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Inc.
ORGANIZER: The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Hi all! My name is Victoria Emery and I am so excited about this opportunity to join Team Fight, and run along with 50,000 other people in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon!
In my late teens, I discovered a passion for running, which led me to add the NYC Marathon on my bucket list. Last November, my boyfriend laughed in confusion as I sobbed watching runners cross the finish line at the 2015 NYC Marathon. I was so happy and inspired by each person’s pride in their achievement, and I knew that this was something I needed to feel for myself. I’ve been counting down the days until I could register for the marathon, and began researching different charity teams to join. As a social worker with a soft spot for charity foundations and helping others, it was really tough for me to choose a cause to represent and I wish that I could raise money for all the wonderful charities that have partnered with the NYC Marathon. After doing lots of research, the Ulman Cancer Fund stuck out to me. UCF is dedicated to supporting young adults diagnosed with cancer. Through my work and personal life experiences, I have seen firsthand the devastation that cancer can bring. On the UCF website, you will find lots of information that will further explain the foundation, as well as facts about cancer. One that particularly stuck out to me:
“Although cancer is frequently thought of as a disease of the elderly or the very young, the reality is that more than 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. In fact, a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 40 is nearly eight times more common than such a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life.”
As a young adult, I cannot imagine what it would be like to be diagnosed with cancer, at such a primitive time in my life. I would find anyway to help other persons fight against cancer invaluable. I have committed to raising $3,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund and we be SO appreciative of any amount that you would be willing to donate for this incredibly worthy cause. With your help, not only would you be able to make my dream come true of running in the NYC Marathon, but you would also be supporting young adults against one of the toughest fights of their lives.
Found on the Ulman Fund website, donors can see exactly where their donations go to:
“As we strive to help every young adult navigate his or her cancer experience, YOUR donation has a profound effect on our success — and in ways you might not have even considered…”
- $100 will pay for a gas card to provide to patients for transportation assistance
- $200 will assist a patient with Fertility Preservation prior to treatment
- $500 will pay for the production and distribution of our Guidebook to 100 patients
- $1,000 will pay for 7 survivors to participate in the Cancer to 5K Training Program
- $5,000 will cover the cost of starting a Cancer to 5K program in a new city
Thank you so much for your consideration in helping me raise money for this amazing fund, ANY contribution makes such a difference!
Please stay tune for updates as I begin my training experience and countdown to race day!
Ulman Fund, Inc. wrote -
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 multiple support services and resources for the young adult cancer community, including:
Cancer to 5K - a free, progressive, 12-week run/walk program designed to reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity. The Team Fight New York City Marathon Team directly funds this life-changing program for survivors living in New York City and across the United States!
Patient Navigation - a free program (onsite at five major cancer centers and remotely via email and phone) that ensures no young adult faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one support and 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.
Thank you for all your time and effort to help make these programs and our mission possible!
Cancer changes lives…so do WE!