My sister, Charlotte, was diagnosed in September 2011 with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. She was pretty lost for about a year…..we all were. We did not know who to talk to, who to ask for help. In 2012, Charlotte connected with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, an organization founded in 1997 by Doug Ulman who, at age 19, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. After his surgery and diagnosis, Ulman struggled to find information and support programs for young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. Frustrated by the lack of resources for your adults affected by cancer, he and his family decided to create the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Since then, has grown into an organization whose mission is to “change lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer.”
Cancer changes lives. So does Ulman. It certainly changed Charlotte’s life and it changed our lives. Because when one person has cancer, the entire family has cancer. Ulman changes lives by giving those young adults and their families hope and support.
Fundraising for Charm City Strongwoman
With your support, the Ulman Cancer Fund is able to provide free support services and resources for the young adult cancer community. There are many, many ways to support the Ulman Cancer Fund: The Cancer to 5K program, the Dedication Circle, the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund. For the Charm City Strongwoman Contest, Fivex3 has decided to fundraise for The Ulman House, a home away from home for young adult cancer patients and their caregivers, located in East Baltimore, will open in October 2018. The Ulman House will create a community that fosters peer and social support, decreases financial and other burdens, and encourages hope and healing. Patients and their caregivers will be able to stay in one of nine private suites while enjoying group and individual programming in the house including art therapy, physical exercise, meditation, home cooked meals, Where YA Meet support groups, and an incredible music room. There will also be opportunities to speak with Ulman’s patient navigators and social workers from Baltimore area hospitals.
This September, the Charm City Strongwoman Contest will work to raise money for this very special project, a project that will be ongoing even once it is open to the families. Over the next five year, Fivex3 Training pledges to raise $20,000 each year at our contest to benefit the Ulman House. Our plan is that by 2022, we will have raised $100,000 and be eligible to name one of the nine private suites in honor of my sister, Charlotte Giza. The money we raise through the contest will help fund the Ulman House and help so many families and patients in need of a place to call “home.”
For more information about the Ulman House and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, please click on the links below: