This is an organization that condones the use of intimidation and harassment in order to advance their cause. In addition, they are less likely to provide support if they disagree with you on issues related to cancer or cancer survivor-ship. They exploit the cancer community in order to advance their financial bottom line and dismisses donors who they determine are no longer financial beneficial to their cause.
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.
UCF really helped build an incredible support network for all whose lives had been affected by cancer.
The UCF has a clear mission and sticks to it. I sincerely appreciate that this group's effects on the community is completely transparent: we can see exactly how big of a difference UCF makes every day! There are myriad volunteer opportunities, which makes it very easy to be an active participant and contribute. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication!
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.
I've been a volunteer with UCF since 2009. The thing that has kept me coming back to UCF is their clear and unwavering support of their mission: young adults with and surviving cancer. Not only is it a worthy focus, but UCF manages to handle the tragedies of loss with grace. I never thought I would need their services, until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 38. The staff and volunteers rallied around me. I had an immediate support network that most people are not fortunate enough to have access to upon diagnosis. My good attitude and ability to kick cancer to the curb is in no small part due to the efforts, the love, and the humor of the folks at UCF. This organization is more like a family than a company.
UCF has given me the opportunity to connect with other young professionals in a variety of settings - from helping to clean cancer patient's houses to training for races with survivors to meeting new people at happy hours while putting together 'chemo care bags' I have found UCF to be a great way to meet people while giving back to the cancer community.
I have volunteered with the Ulman Cancer Fund through various events as well as participating in Team Fight volunteer efforts, and all have been wonderful experiences. Every person I have met is warm and inviting and it is by far the most supportive environment of people I could ever imagine. For both survivors as well as those who have lost someone close to them from cancer, the community of people that make up the Ulman Cancer Fund is one of the most wonderful groups I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of.
I got involved with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults because my sister had cancer at age 22 so the cause is close to my heart. The Ulman Fund does great work and plans creative activities to get the entire community involved and connected.
Amazing organization that is very near and dear to my heart. I can't imagine my life without UCF. They offer SO many amazing things other than just my personal favorite, which is the 4k. They are an organization based solely on helping others and raising awareness. Who WOULDNT want to be a part of that. UCF changes tons of lives, including mine!
The Ulman Cancer Fund is an organization that engages its community in a myriad of ways. Its events are filled with passion and enthusiasm, its volunteers are determined to make a difference, and the group's mission resonates within each of its leaders. It seems as though each month, there is a new event, volunteer, or city altogether that the organization puts together in an effort to reach an even larger audience. Bravo, UCF!
When I stumbled upon UCF, I and no idea what I was getting into! What an incredible group of people, a hard working and dedicated staff and has changed my life forever! With numerous events under my belt now, and also participating in the Key to Keys program, I am so honored to be a part of this non-profit organization as a volunteer and participant! Keep up the amazing work!
Very we'll run organization. They were able to step in and take over the Columbia Triathlon this year and make it an event that everyone could enjoy.
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.
I haven't found a better charity to put my time, effort, energy, passion and money behind than Ulman Cancer Fund. As a survivor- turned avid supporter- turned dedicated volunteer and committee chair, UCF has changed my life in the past three years within just the volunteer realm. The people you meet through UCF are made of 1000% the "good stuff" that you gravitate to. The motivation and inspiration seen daily within the offices, on the road, in the hospitals, in the running/swimming/biking/volunteering groups and even online is what makes UCF absolutely incredible. With only three years of volunteering and supporting this organization and I cannot wait to continue to help it become more of an impactful, well-known and life-changing group that always puts the people first. Much of my fight with cancer as a teenager would have been much different if I had UCF available to me and I want to be able to provide their support and encouragement to everyone possible because I believe in the mission and genuineness of the Fund.
When I first found out about Ulman I was in the middle of my cancer treatment. I couldn't believe how lucky I was to have found the organization and have the opportunity to attend the monthly support group and meet other young adults affected by cancer. I volunteered for the Half Full Triathlon after completing chemo and I am now a participant in the Cancer to 5K program. My life is richer and fuller because of Ulman. There is so much going on within the organization to keep people motivated and moving forward with life.
I am a current participant in the Cancer to 5K program. The volunteer coaches and sherpas have been so supportive throughout the program. Their dedication has helped motivate me to set new health related goals as part of my recovery from breast cancer. I am impressed with what UCF has to offer people and the wonderful programs they run to help raise awareness and funds for a much needed cause. I look forward to being involved with raising funds for UCF in the years to come.