In my experience this is an organization who is very selective in those that they support and recognize in the cancer fight. While they support the Young Adult community, they unfortunately shun anyone who does not fit their rather narrow and limited cancer definition. They fail to understand that the cancer community is ONE and even those outside of the Young Adult category are no less important or valued than those that they are supposedly committed to serving.
The Iron Girl was my first sprint triathlon, and needless to say I was nervous beyond belief! This race was by far the absolute best race I have ever done! The staff and volunteers for this race, made this an unbelievable day for me. I have had scoliosis my entire life, and had never really been able to run, let alone swim, bike and run. After my second surgery, six months after my second back fusion, from T2-L3, my amazing surgeon told me I could start running. 15 races later, I found myself doing something I never even fathomed I could do, complete an iron girl race. I cannot describe the feeling I had coming across that finish line, it is something I will never, ever forget. UCF did such an amazing job putting on this event, and making sure that every athlete had an incredible experience. They put on such an outstanding race, that all other races I have done since have paled in comparison. I can't wait to see what UCF has in store for 2015! Such an amazing group of people/volunteers.
I am the mother of a 23 year old synovial sarcoma patient. Olivia was diagnosed 15 months ago, two weeks before she was headed to Maryland to start her dream job of teaching first grade. This was no longer a possibility for Olivia. She has undergone chemotherapy, surgery and radiation since the initial diagnosis. In May of this year the disease metastasized to her lungs. It was during this same month that our relationship with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults began. The leadership team contacted us through a mutual friend. They have been there for Olivia and our family since then. This organization has provided support, guidance and care since we first met. Our journey through this cancer world has hope due to the constant involvement of the Ulman Cancer Fund team.
Young adults cancer patients and their families need organizations like this to provide support and guidance. There are few who concentrate on the needs of young adults. I applaud the efforts of the Ulman people. I know they are changing lives because they have changed our lives.
When my daughter was diagnosed and being treated for cervical cancer we were given so much support and advice. I don't know what we would have done without them.
What a great organization UCF is. They came into my daughter's life, when at age 37, she was diagnosed with breast cancer: a life-altering circumstance. They immediately embraced her and her family, and helped her, enlightened her, and even challenged her to take back her life with determination. Their support and resources are immeasurable, and continue to this day, 4 years later.
UCF shows they really care in the way they run their races. The emphasis is always about the cancer patients and survivors. I always race "mindfully" at their races because they do a great job of tastefully reminding us that's there is more to life than winning a sporting event.
My 12 year old daughter just completed chemo and radiation last month for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She is currently participating in the Ulman Cancer Fund's Cancer to 5K program. What an awsome group of people!!! My daughter looks forward to meeting up with them twice a week. The coaches and Shepas are so motivational and encouraging. Thank you UCF from the bottom of my heart for all you have and are doing for my daughter and all cancer patients!!