DAYS 12-21

Maybe one day I will stay up to date with my blog but until then… Here are days 12-21!

DAY 12: TOM

Today I ran for Tom a lady at St. Bernard (my church at home’s) husband. She was one of the few donors who requested I dedicate a day to her loved ones. I do not know a ton about Tom’s story. My running partner today was Kassie. As I was struggling to breath in the hilly, high altitude, she helped me to relax my breathing. She was a fun running partner and kept me laughing. She even ran a leg (2 miles) right after eating a McChicken. Pretty impressive, right (continue reading to see what else she run after shortly eating). We ran to Idaho Falls that evening.

DAY 13: ANGELA

Today my team and I ran for Angela. Angela is my teammate Hannahs’s roommate. She was recently told that her chemotherapy is no longer working and that they must find alternative treatment. Angela and Hannah are both strong women. From this day forward I will have Angela written on my forearm and will run for her everyday this summer. My running partner motoday was Graham aka Grandma. He is the tallest person on the team and boy does he have some long legs. Grandma made the run entertaining from his beautiful singing to attempting to pet cows with me. We could not arrive at the host until 5:00 so we stopped at a local farmers market in Wydaho. This is where the rocky moutains separate Wyoming and Idaho. The people there were so sweet. They donated home made bread and honey to my team. We also pet baby goats! Graham and I ran into Wyoming together on our last leg!! This is the second state border that I have been lucky enough to run across. We ended our day in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The most beautiful little mountain town located near the Grand Teton Mountains.

 

DAY 14: OFF DAY

We woke up at 7am to explore the Grand Teton Mountains. I experienced some of the most breath-taking views in my life. After searching a few hours for a trail, we finally landed upon a hike to Phelps Lake. We walked a mile to the lake, where we took in the view. When the rest andreaof our group arrived, we walked to a 20ft cliffing jumping rock. I was incredibly nervous to jump, but was determined to do so. My friend, Graham, said that he would jump with me (he was just as nervous as me). We moved to the edge, counted to three, and plunged into ice cold water with the mountains surrounding us. It was an amazing experience, but one time was good enough for me. We hiked back to the car and returned to the town, Jackson Hole, for dinner and shopping. We ended the evening by eating some of the town’s best ice cream, it was a well spent off day with all of my awesome teammates.

DAY 15:  JOHNNIE

While in Jackson Hole, Wyoming my teammate Katherine met a man named Johnnie. Johnnie did not have cancer, but was struggling to get his life together. He told Katherine his story and she shared hers with him. Johnnie is a homeless man who would love to do what we are doing, but does not have the means to do so. He wants to help others. We do not only run for cancer survivors, but we run for those who can’t. So today I dedicate my miles to Johnnie. Ironically, I also spent the day running with Katherine. Katherine is one of our directors and a unique Snapchat-2054384189spirit. She is one of the first people I met on this trip. I love her passion to help others and her desire to personally know everyone’s story. She is a special person. Today was easily our longest day of the summer. Katherine pushed me to run my fastest leg on this trip so far! She made it a wonderful, fun loving day.

DAY 16: SHANNON

Shannon is my teammate Jen’s friend. Today she would have been 26 years old. We ran for Shannon and Jen’s grandpa. Today I ran with Jean. I originally met Jean because she was having issues with her shins. It has become our bonding time. Even though we did not talk much today as we struggled up hills, Jean is someone I know I can always count on. She has such a generous soul. She is stubborn, just like me, and extremely determined.  We finished our mileage for the day and took our friend Jen out for ice cream (her fourth day in a row). This was a tradition that Jen and her father started when Shannon passed away. We wanted to help her carry it on.

DAY 17: WILSON

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! Today we spent our day running into Laramie, Wyoming. Today I ran for Sarah’s grandpa who passed away before she was born. He was in WWII and loved America which is why today was dedicated to him. I had the pleasure of running with my teammate Sarah on this day. Sarah is from Virginia and she is running for her grandpa and aunt who both passed away from cancer. We spent the day talking about country music and found a license plate along the way. On this day we ran through the mountains and a national park. The views were breathtaking. I have never been this close to the mountains.  We ended the day with an alcoholic beverage at a local bar. We received food donations and wandered around the town square. Some peimagejpeg_0ople stayed up to watch fireworks, but that was passed my bed time.

DAY 18:  ANA ESTELLA

Today we ran from Laramie, Wyoming to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. We crossed another state line today as a team. WAHOO! Nebraska is the state we are in for the longest period of time. I ran with my teammate PD. PD is from Baltimore, Maryland and she LOVES animals. She is a nursing major and is passionate about what she does. Today we ran for my teammate’s aunt Ana Estella. While running into Nebraska we saw the Scottsbluff Monument. We arrived at our host which was a community center that provided us with a full kitchen, gym, and tumbling room. For the first time in an extremely long time we had a homemade meal. We made burgers and they were delicious.

DAY 19: OFF DAY

Today we had an off day in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and I made it my goal to relax and do absolutely nothing. I spent my day at the café and library applying to JCTC to finish up classes while using the free wifi. We ended the evening with ice baths.

DAY 20: JEREMY POPE & AJ

Jeremy Pope participated in the 4k for cancer Portland bike ride in 2016. Two days ago he was hit on his bike while he was riding down the road and died on impact. We wanted to reach out to his family and let them know that all the 4k teams are supporting them during these tough times. Today we are also running for my teammate Zach’s friend AJ. AJ was a college athlete who was diagnosed with cancer. Ironically, he was an athletic training major (which is what I am). AJ walked onto the football team at Salisbury College. He passed away before graduating. We run for those who can’t.

Today I ran with Jordan who is from Texas. We were evenly paced and

had  a great day running together. We ran into Mullen, Nebraska. I am slowly realizing that Nebraska is the state of corn, cows, and trains because that is just about all that I seen in this State so far.

 

DAY 21: DAVID THIEMS

Today I ran for my friend Shelby’s dad. David was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks before we took our BOC. I asked Shelby if she would share his story with you all:

David Thiems was diagnosed with Colon Cancer on March 16th, 2017. He developed a tumor in his large intestine which caused a blockage and lead to the doctors finding his cancer. He was staged a few days before Easter and has decided to keep his stage private so that he can focus on defeating the cancer. He has a loving wife and 2 children that just graduated from college. He is currently halfway through his chemo sessions and is fighting hard. He just received the amazing news that he has gotten his cancer cell count down to 40! The doctors are amazed at how well he has taken the chemo and we hope that he continues to kick cancer’s butt! He is extremely humbled that Andrea has chosen to run for him this summer, he sends his love and hopes to continue to drop his cancer count as fast as Andrea runs her miles!”

Today I ran with Jamie from Mullen to Broken Bow, Nebraska. It was a fairly short day of running with my partner Jamie. Jamie is running this summer for her dad who is now cancer free. Jamie is a wonderful person inside and out. Each of my teammates has a story and I can’t wait to hear them all. 20170709_101109

DAYS 4-11

Sorry I’ve gotten a little behind with this so I’m going to summarize my days a bit quicker today..

 

Day 4: AUNT AMY

20170621_165650Today I ran for my Aunt Amy who is a breast cancer survivor with my teammate Kelly. We ran six miles into Fallon, Nevada. We arrived at the host extremely early this afternoon. This family completely opened their doors to 30 strangers. They set up tents in their yard for us to sleep in. They had two huge adorable dogs and two kittys. They let us ride ATV’s, four wheelers, feed chickens, and shoot guns. It is amazing how many genuine people are still out there. During dinner we awarded Trevor, a young adult who battled cancer with a college scholarship for $2,500. We presented him with a giant check, jersey, and cake.

 

Day 5: HOST VAN DAY

Today Eleanor and I were in the host van. For those of you who don’t know, the host van basically has an “off day” from running. The people in the host van are responsible for finding food donations for the rest of the team. Our options were limited because we were looking for food in two extremely tiny towns. The first town, Fallon, Nevada was our best shot because the town we were traveling to that evening consisted of a whopping 194 people.  While in Fallon, Nevada we received two vegan friendly pizzas, apples, and cricket chips for protein (yes they are made of crickets). Once we arrived in Austin, we spent the rest of the evening driving around this one mile max town. It was barren. A truck stopped to take a picture of the 30 of us walking down the side walk. Once we realized how desolate the town was we returned the grade school/ high school that consisted of a total of 18 kids and went to bed.

DAY 6: FOR A FRIEND

Yesterday I found out a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer. They did not want me to share their story, but today was for them. Today I ran with my teammate Zach (aka ZAD aka #teamtrainers) who is probably the fastest guy on the team. This was the first time I felt I actually set the pace for my legs and it felt wonderful to be able to do so. We ran a total of 12 miles and once the day was finished we spent the evening helping our teammates recover from the day.

DAY 7: PAPAW

Today was a special day for me. I was away from home and almost all of my mom’s side of the family was in Louisville for the 5k for pancreatic cancer. For those of you who do not know, my amazing papaw passed away from this terrible disease. He was one of the best people I have ever known. He put his family first, along with his love for Christ. He never met a stranger and would help anyone anyway he could. His love for giving back is one of the many reasons I am running across the country this summer. I want to make a difference. I want to help rid this terrible disease that has taken many lives way too soon. 20170624_071818

While I was trying to push past tears most of the day, my teammates did something awesome. They all decided to write their names somewhere on their body to dedicate today’s miles to him as well. This touched my heart and made the day so much easier. The miles were hard and the air was extremely dry. I was running with my teammate Casey and honestly it was probably one of my hardest days yet, but she pushed me through. Her constant encouraging words helped to push me up the hills and finish strong for my papaw. We even ran across the Nevada/Utah state line together on our last leg of the day.

The host for this evening was a hotel. We finally got to sleep in a bed again and a chunk of the team took ice baths. This was our 3rd long mileage day in a row and we had another the following day before a rest day. I roomed with Katherine, Jamie, and Kerry who are all powerful woman. I’ve only been with this team for 7 days, but it seems like we have known each other a lifetime.

DAY 8: HARPER

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Today I ran 8 miles for Harper. I attended Camp Qulaity the year I turned 18 with my cousin. Instead of telling my wonderful experiences with this sweet angel, I’m going to let someone a little closer to her talk about it. This is her story from my cousin Bethany:

 

“Harper Wehneman was diagnosed with Stage 4 Wilms Tumor, a relatively rare childhood cancer, in May of 2013. For 18 months, Harper fought going through chemotherapy, radiation, and stem cell transplantation. Shortly before I met harper, she was declared cancer free. I had the absolute pleasure of being Harper’s companion at Camp Quality 2014. Camp Quality is a camp that allows children with cancer to be kids again and boy did Harper enjoy it. Now it wasn’t all smiles and excited before the first big day at camp. Harper had never been to camp, so she was nervous about what she was getting herself into. Luckily, I had been to camp so her mom and I agreed to meet before to answer any questions and plan for our big trip.

The first time I met Harper, she was afraid to come and say hi to me. She was quiet, but sweet. Her sisters on the other hand, greeted me at the door with smiles and hugs. Throughout the visit, Harper warmed up to me, asking me questions, telling me her favorite songs, showing me her room, making me a snow cone, and giving me a bracelet that said, “Hope for Harper” on it. By the end of the visit, she was so excited to spend a week at camp. She walked me to my car, gave me a big Harper hug, and said, “When is Sunday? I can’t wait any longer for camp.”

Sunday rolled around and she had the biggest smile on her face when we met at send off. She greeted me with a great Harper hug and asked, “When do we get to get on the buses?” After the send off festivities, Harper and I headed to the buses. We were the first ones on the bus and she was ecstatic.

Camp consists of 6 days of unstoppable fun. We were able to partake in the pie fight, lake activities, arts and crafts, lots of eating, and Harper’s favorite, the zip line. Harper was a nervous wreck our first time we did the zip line, but of course she wanted to be first. We didn’t even make it off the harnesses before she said she wanted to do it again. We did the zip line as many times as we could until she got her fix.

Harper had a great time at camp. She told me stories of her treatments and how she hated the needles. She talked about how she believed she was stronger because she went through cancer. She sang her heart out on the talent show stage to her song, “Brave.” She stole the hearts of many.

I was blessed enough to keep in touch with Harper after camp. One day, not too long after camp, her mom told me that Harper’s cancer was back. She would be going through treatment again. That didn’t keep our friendship from growing. We met for ice cream, played Pictionary via FaceTime, sent mail to each other, visited for lunch, and more. Harper only made my life better since she was in it.

The last time I saw Harper was when I visited her at the hospital. Even though she had been through treatments and more than most people could imagine, she was smiling. She played bubbles and games with me. She gave me the big Harper hug that I ever so loved. Then in December of 2014, I got the text that I never wanted to receive. It was Harper’s mom telling me that she was now an angel.

I’ve lost a few people in my life and it is never easy. This one was especially hard. It didn’t seem fair. I didn’t understand why this had to happen. But then my cousin told me; she thought God sent Harper to me for a reason. I needed a reminder to find good in every situation. Harper helped me remember that. I’d like to believe that I helped Harper in those few short months as much as she helped me.

Even though Harper is an angel now, it doesn’t mean she’s not around. I find myself seeing signs of her almost everyday. Even though I only knew Harper for a short period of time, she has made a huge impact on my life. She has taught me to always be Brave, to choose joy in every situation, and to give hope to others going through what she went through. Today and everyday, I will ALWAYS choose joy.”

Harper touched anyone she met. She had a genuine smile and she could light up a room. I was lucky enough to have met Harper and every time I hear the song Brave she is the first person who comes to mind.

Today I ran with my partner Kassie. She helped me to control my breathing with the dry air and distracted me while she pushed me up the hills. When the days get hard, the only thing that 100% gets me through is the name written on my leg. Thinking about the people I am running for is the reason I make it up and down hills everyday. Yes, what I am doing is hard. Some may say crazy, but it is nothing compared to the pain a cancer patient goes through daily. I still have my family, my legs, my appetite, my ability to exercise, my energy, and most of all my spirit to share with every single person I meet.

DAY 9: CAMP QUALITY  

This was the first year that I have not attended camp quality since I turned 18 with Carra. I was upset and disappointed that I would not be spending my favorite week of summer with my favorite little person. Today I ran for each one of those kiddos at camp who have or are currently battling cancer. I hope this week brings unforgettable memories for every single person who attends. I know it sure did for me these past three years.

Today I ran with Kate who is currently engaged and is getting married in a little less than a year. We took the pace nice and slow but we finished all of our miles. We were running on dead legs, little energy, and could not wait for our last leg because then we had a much needed OFF DAY. After finishing our miles, a sweet lady donated frozen yogurt to our entire team. She then shared her story with us about how she was impacted by cancer and it caused me to tear up. We will dedicate a day to her daughter in law who passed away for a brain tumor. She said we need more young people like us and we think we need more people in this world like her. Some people are so giving and we are extremely thankful for her generosity.

DAY 10: OFF DAY FINALLYFB_IMG_1498615066907

We took full advantage of our off day, which was an hour away from Salt Lake City. We explored the area and relaxed with an alcoholic beverage from Red Rock. We played corn hole and walked around the town. One of our vans made it to the Salt Lake and the most memorable part about it seems to be the wonderful stench. We all hydrated and were ready for an 8-10 mile run the following day.

DAY 11: WILL JACKS

Today I ran for my Will Jacks who is one of my best friends uncles. Here is his story:

William “Will” Jacks was the youngest of 5 children.  Will was always a big guy and gentle loving person.  He was adored by everyone that knew him.  Will married the love of his life when he was 22.  They enjoyed a wonderful wedding and honeymoon.  Shortly after the honeymoon Will became sick with flu like symptoms.  He was diagnosed with Leukemia and that began the fight for his life.  This was not just a fight for his life.  Will was more concerned with the children and other people that were fighting this terrible disease. This began a family effort to raise money for leukemia society.  Will lost his fight one year after his diagnosis.  His faith is strong and we know that Will is at rest in heaven.  We have seen how love finds a way to rise up and endure the greatest of struggles.  Cancer can’t break our spirit if we stand with God and allow the Holy Spirit to comfort us.

Today my running partner was Hannah. She is so full of life and energy. She was a wonderful running partner and kept the conversation interesting. Today we ran 8 miles into Idaho (a total of 119 for the day). While we all were asleep when we passed the state line because we were in the second van, it is still exciting to be in the famous potato state. Potato’s are my favorite food and I hope to eat a ton while I am here for the next few days. I am about to settle down and eat dinner at the host. Now you are all caught up on my crazy journey.

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Days 1, 2, and 3

Day 1: MOM

group (1)Today we began our run across the country in San Francisco. We had our send off at the beach and ran across the Golden Gate Bridge as a team. My partner for the day was Becca. Her father and dad have battled melanoma multiple times. Her grandpa lost his battle and her dad is currently cancer free. Along the way we unfortunately had a minor injury, but we finished the run for our fellow runner. While we were making our way across, WE SAW A WHALE.  After our 3.5 mile run across the bridge we continued our miles. Unfortunately , our miles were cut short due to the heat index rising about 110 degrees. We ran two legs before we were told to stop. Today I tan a total of 7 miles for my mom. She is a strong, amazing woman who has blessed me with so much in this life. I’m lucky to have her and all my family in my life. We ended the day by settling into the host, where they had an amazing vegan meal prepared. We went to bed and set our alarms for 5am, ready for another day.

 Day 2: CARRAGAIN TAYLOR WOODS
20170619_084313Today I ran 8 miles for Carragain also known as Carrabear.
 For those of you who don’t know, I met Carragain through Camp Quality. She was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of three. She is now ten years old. She is easily one of the sweetest, strongest, most beautiful people I know. She always knows how to put a smile on my face and she is easily one of the strongest people I know. I am disappointed I will not be able to attend camp with her but she will be in my heart throughout my entire journey.

 We woke up at 5am and were on the roads by 6:30am. Today I was in van 2. We drove to the half way point and began our miles there. It may have felt like we were running up a mountain, but the scenery was surreal. We ran through El Dorado National Forrest. We had to figure out a way to get all of our miles in because the road we needed to take was closed due to snow at the top of our giant hill (basically a mountain in my opinion). We then ran back down the hill to make up for our mileage. When we got back on the correct path, we ended up crossing the Nevada/California State line while we were running! Once we arrived at the host, we settled in and had a team meeting. During this meeting we each went around the circle and shared the reason we are running this summer. It is absolutely heart breaking to hear how everyone has been impacted by cancer, but it is absolutely amazing to me that a group of 30 college-aged individuals would give up their summer to do something as amazing as what we are doing. I have only known these people for a few short days, but it feels like I have known them for so much longer. I can’t wait to get to know them even more.

DAY 3: OFF DAYhe (1)

We spent the morning at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center. They primarily see geriatric patients, but occasionally will see other patients. We met the staff at the hospital and I can honestly say I have never met anyone who is as passionate about their career choice as the people working in oncology. They each have their own connection to the cancer community, similar to how each of us have our own connection. We met with the pharmacist who showed us how chemotherapy is made. We then saw the resource center and met with patient navigators. This hospital tries their best to minimalize patient cost. We then met with different patients currently undergoing chemotherapy. We gave them care bags and asked if we could dedicate a day of our running to them. Hearing their stories was unreal. One woman had been fighting cancer for 17 years. Each of these people touched my heart. They were so grateful for what we were doing. They were also amazed. Yes I realize what we are doing is difficult, but not near as difficult as what these patients go through on a daily basis. We then spent the rest of our day at Lake Tahoe, where we went paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming and slack lining.

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Days 1, 2, & 3

Day 1: MOM
Today we began our run across the country in San Francisco. We had our send off at the beach and ran across the Golden Gate Bridge as a team. My partner for the day was Becca. Her father and dad have battled melanoma multiple times. Her grandpa lost his battle and her dad is currently cancer free. Along the way we unfortunately had a minor injury, but we finished the run for our fellow runner. While we were making our way across, WE SAW A WHALE. After our 3.5 mile run across the bridge we continued our miles. Unfortunately , our miles were cut short due to the heat index rising about 110 degrees. We ran two legs before we were told to stop. Today I tan a total of 7 miles for my mom. She is a strong, amazing woman who has blessed me with so much in this life. I’m lucky to have her and all my family in my life. We ended the day by settling into the host, where they had an amazing vegan meal prepared. We went to bed and set our alarms for 5am, ready for another day.
Day 2: CARRAGAIN TAYLOR WOODS
20170619_084313.jpgToday I ran 8 miles for Carragain also known as Carrabear. For those of you who don’t know, I met Carragain through Camp Quality. She was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of three. She is now ten years old. She is easily one of the sweetest, strongest, most beautiful people I know. She always knows how to put a smile on my face and she is easily one of the strongest people I know. I am disappointed I will not be able to attend camp with her but she will be in my heart throughout my entire journey.
We woke up at 5am and were on the roads by 6:30am. Today I was in van 2. We drove to the half way point and began our miles there. It may have felt like we were running up a mountain, but the scenery was surreal. We ran through El Dorado National Forrest. We had to figure out a way to get all of our miles in because the road we needed to take was closed due to snow at the top of our giant hill (basically a mountain in my opinion). We then ran back down the hill to make up for our mileage. When we got back on the correct path, we ended up crossing the Nevada/California State line while we were running! Once we arrived at the host, we settled in and had a team meeting. During this meeting we each went around the circle and shared the reason we are running this summer. It is absolutely heart breaking to hear how everyone has been impacted by cancer, but it is absolutely amazing to me that a group of 30 college-aged individuals would give up their summer to do something as amazing as what we are doing. I have only known these people for a few short days, but it feels like I have known them for so much longer. I can’t wait to get to know them even more.
DAY 3: OFF DAY
We spent the morning at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center. They primarily see he (1)geriatric patients, but occasionally will see other patients. We met the staff at the hospital and I can honestly say I have never met anyone who is as passionate about their career choice as the people working in oncology. They each have their own connection to the cancer community, similar to how each of us have our own connection. We met with the pharmacist who showed us how chemotherapy is made. We then saw the resource center and met with patient navigators. This hospital tries their best to minimalize patient cost. We then met with different patients currently undergoing chemotherapy. We gave them care bags and asked if we could dedicate a day of our running to them. Hearing their stories was unreal. One woman had been fighting cancer for 17 years. Each of these people touched my heart. They were so grateful for what we were doing. They were also amazed. Yes I realize what we are doing is difficult, but not near as difficult as what these patients go through on a daily basis. We then spent the rest of our day at Lake Tahoe, where we went paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming and slack lining.19274822_1486971118020346_1986521952304538798_n

 

Team Baltimore

Hello friends! I have safely arrived in San Francisco with my new teammates! This past week I Screenshot_2017-06-15-15-30-30explored a little bit of California. On Thursday, a few of my teammates and I visited Big Basin where we ventured through the redwoods. We then drove an hour to Monterey where we spent the evening eating vegan tacos on the beach watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, California is an a beautiful state and I HIGHLY recommend visiting at some time in your life. p

On Friday I finally met the rest of my team. All 30 of us played an ice breaker called two truths and one lie. Then our orientation began. Throughout the day I began to get to know each of my teammates and their reason for running this summer. It amazes me how many people’s lives cancer has impacted. Each person here has a different story and I can’t wait to hear more about them.

Friday evening we had dinner with families and friends at local college. At this dinner we awarded a student with a $2,500 scholarship to pursue his degree. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was 17 years old. He spoke to us about his experience with cancer and thanked us for everything we were doing this summer. We had our jersey reveal and listened to our program coordinators sepals. One thing in specific from Sasha’s speech which stood out to me was: “This is going to be the hardest thing you have ever done.” Up until that moment I had not really processed exactly what we were doing this summer. I thought about it for a second and realized that this is going to be extremely difficult. It is going to hurt A LOT.. but every time it hurts I will remember the people I am running for. I will remember the person who’s name is written on my leg. With the support of my teammates, anything is possible.

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We ended the evening at our host site, which was a Lutheran church. There were some older people in the gym dancing to folk music. They invited us to join. A group of about 15 of us danced with these people until 11:00 at night.  Way past my bedtime….While I was dancing, I met a man who spent his summers in Louisville. He told me he learned to folk dance on the waterfront. Such a small world!

Tomorrow is our first day of running. We will start our run across the Golden Gate Bridge tomorrow at 7:00am. Each day we will dedicate our run to a different person who has been impacted by cancer. Tomorrow I am dedicating my run to my beautiful mother. A few days before my 16th birthday my mom was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. She then went to multiple doctors appointments to figure out what her best option was. She received a mastectomy on left breast and is now cancer free!

P.S. Happy Father’s day to all the dad’s out there, especially my rad dad.

Disclaimer: The postings are my own and do not necessarily represent positions, strategies, or opinions of The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

  

Running With a Purpose

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Andrea. This is my story about the summer I ran across the country with 30 other crazy college aged individuals. I am running across the country through a program called 4k for cancer. The run will start in San Francisco, California and end in Baltimore, Maryland. Each one of us on the 4k had to fundraise at least $4,500 for the Ulman Cancer Foundation for Young Adults, host a bone marrow drive, and we each reviewed a set of scholarship candidates. The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults provides scholarships for young adults and provides them with programs such as Cancer to 5k. Cancer to 5k program introduces cancer survivors to physical activity by providing them with training and support to complete a 5k. They also have a scholarship program that provides 30 scholarships a year. These are just a few of the programs the Ulman Cancer Fund offers. Now, I know what you are thinking: WHY THE HECK ARE YOU DOING THIS?  Well, each one of us on the run this summer has a story. This blog is mine.

 

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