ClearShark Named Presenting Sponsor of 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

ClearShark Named Presenting Sponsor of 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in Partnership with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

COLUMBIA, MD – March 16, 2016 – The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is proud to announce an official partnership with IT Solutions Provider, ClearShark, which includes the presenting sponsorship of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon to take place on August 7, 2016. In addition to presenting sponsor of the August event, ClearShark will also be a featured sponsor of the Columbia Triathlon on May 15, 2016; both triathlons are organized by and benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Committed to supporting the local community and particularly organizations in the cancer space, ClearShark first reached out to the Ulman Cancer Fund in the fall of 2015 and the relationship has since developed into a formal partnership.

Named the best women’s event in the Mid-Atlantic, 2016 marks the 11th year of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, a widely popular, sprint distance race, held in Centennial Park. This inspirational event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating each woman’s unique journey toward the finish line. The addition of ClearShark as the presenting sponsor will increase on-course support and enhance the overall race day experience for participants.

ClearShark avidly supports local community events and activities, and it is an organizational priority to donate to local charities such as the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Becoming the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon official presenting sponsor is the most recent activity in a series of engagements in which the two organizations have joined together. In November of 2015, ClearShark participated in the Across the Bay 10K, the company’s mascot ran to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund, donating $2 for every runner the mascot passed. ClearShark donated $5,000 as a result of this effort. Since then, staff members of the Ulman Cancer Fund have shared ways the organization changes the lives of young adults impacted by cancer with ClearShark employees and provided them the opportunity to put together chemo care bags for patients currently in treatment.

“The Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is an inspiring event that empowers women athletes and promotes a healthy lifestyle, something we’re thrilled to be a part of,” said Brittany Wilson, Marketing Manager for ClearShark. “We’re looking forward to having employees participate in the race in addition to motivating athletes throughout the day.”

“Receiving support from ClearShark at this level is exciting for our entire organization and will directly benefit not only the athletes participating in our two triathlon events this year, but on a greater scale, will benefit the young adults and families we work with,” said Brian Satola, Chief Operating Officer of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Registration for the 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon presented by ClearShark is open online at www.ulmanfund.org/ucfraces through July 22, 2016. All proceeds from the race benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

About the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults & UCF Races
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (ulmanfund.org) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. Founded in 1997, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at both the local and national level to ensure that all young adults impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive.

UCF Races was established in 2010 to further the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. UCF Races organizes the Columbia Triathlon and Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, first class endurance events that enrich the community, celebrate the achievements of every participant and ultimately spread awareness of the young adult cancer fight.

About ClearShark
ClearShark (clearshark.com) is an IT Solutions Provider and a 2014 and 2015 Inc. 5000 company based in Hanover, Maryland. ClearShark is a team of highly experienced sales professionals who provide their expertise to deliver the best overall enterprise storage, cyber security, virtualization, high performance computing, datacenter and cloud infrastructure solutions to the federal government. ClearShark’s award-winning partnerships with industry-leading innovators ensure that their customers receive the ideal combination of products and services to exceed their mission and goals.

 

UCF Voted A Best Non-Profit Again In 2015!

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We are proud to announce that The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has been honored as a “Best Non-Profit to Work For” by The Non-Profit Times! Released on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, UCF was placed fifth among all participating, non-profits and fourth among the small non-profits. This marks the second year that we have received this honor!

The Best Nonprofits program is one that is open to all nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status that have a facility with a minimum of 15 employees, in the United States. The assessment process was managed for The NonProfits Times by Best Companies Group (BCG) in Harrisburg, PA, an independent workplace research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The driving questions that determine the overall rankings came down to, “Do you have confidence in the leadership of your organization?”, “On most days, do you feel like you have made progress at work?”, and “Do you feel part of a team working toward a shared goal?”

Of the small organizations (with 15-49 employees), one of the biggest factors between those that made the cut, and those that didn’t, were on issues of flexible office hours and telecommuting. The second biggest factor that separated the winning small non-profits from the rest were those organizations that promoted exercise and provided wellness programs in the workplace.

“We are honored and proud to be recognized by The NonProfit Times as a Best Nonprofit to Work for 2015,” said Brock Yetso, UCF President & CEO. “Our team works hard each day to provide a community of support for young adults and their loved ones affected by cancer. It’s rewarding to know that the organization is also providing a great work environment for our passionate and dedicated staff.”

Read more about the results of The NonProfitTimes Best Nonprofits to Work 2015 here.

UCF Acquires Ride Across Maryland

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Two Maryland Charities Join Forces To Grow Cancer Support Resources!

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The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Inc., and the Ride Across Maryland Foundation, Inc., are joining forces to better serve the cancer community. Both organizations have long recognized the importance of providing direct support to patients and families affected by the disease and believe that coming together will serve even more people in need.

The Ulman Cancer Fund began in 1997, shortly after Doug Ulman, a then 19-year old student and athlete at Brown University, was diagnosed with cancer, not once, but three times. Readjusting to college after such life-altering events proved challenging, and few resources existed at the time to address the unique needs of young adults affected by cancer. Recognizing this void of support, Doug and his family created the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, which works at both the community level and with national partners to raise awareness of young adult cancer and to equip those affected with both an empowering voice and essential resources. Believing that every young adult diagnosed with cancer deserves hope and support, the Ulman Cancer Fund strives to improve lives through collaboration, perseverance, integrity and compassion.

The Ride Across Maryland Foundation began in 2000, by Dick Gelfman and his family. Dick was a well-known attorney and reporter for WJZ-TV in Baltimore. He was an avid motorcyclist and thankful for having a healthy family. He brought together a group of friends to organize an annual motorcycle ride that would raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The first ride was in 2001, and since that time, the Foundation has awarded over $2.5 million to various organizations that assist patients and their families dealing with breast cancer.

2015 will mark Ride Across Maryland’s 15th Anniversary, and according to Gelfman, “This is the perfect time to join forces with an organization like the Ulman Cancer Fund that has a proven track record of making a direct impact in the lives of people affected by cancer.” As the Ride transitions into an event that will support the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, the Ulman Cancer Fund will create a new scholarship that will be awarded to a young adult breast cancer survivor or young adult impacted by the breast cancer diagnosis of a parent or sibling. It will be called The Ride Across Maryland Scholarship.

About the acquisition, Brock Yetso, CEO of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, commented, “We are thrilled to add The Ride Across Maryland to the Ulman Cancer Fund’s already robust platform of awareness, support and fundraising events. On a personal note, I have known the Gelfmans since I was a young child, and both of our families’ lives have unfortunately been impacted in a significant way by this terrible disease. We are honored that Dick and the Ride Across Maryland Board are entrusting us to sustain and grow the Ride Across Maryland, and I am confident that we will be able to help more people affected by cancer as a result.”

As an event of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, funds raised through the Ride Across Maryland will make a direct impact on the lives of young adults impacted by cancer, including young adults fighting breast cancer. The organization will continue to be known as the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, with offices in Columbia and Baltimore.

To register for this year’s event, which will take place May 30-31, please visit www.rideacrossmaryland.org.

About The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, UCF helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, http://www.ulmancancerfund.org.

Media Contact Information:

Shara Boonshaft UCF Director, Development & Stewardship 

(410) 964-0202 x 112, shara@ulmanfund.org

No Way! UCF Re-Launches Guidebook For Young Adults Facing Cancer

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For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015

The Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults Re-Launches Guidebook For Young Adults Facing Cancer

This powerful tool provides suggestions, ideas and valuable information to help young adults navigate their cancer journey

Baltimore, MD: The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) will be celebrating the release of their updated guidebook – No Way, It Can’t Be: A Guidebook for Young Adults Facing Cancer – at a gathering on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 3 p.m. Doug Ulman and his mother, Diana Ulman, wrote this guidebook as a resource for young adults dealing with cancer, from the initial diagnosis through long-term survivorship. At Monday’s event, Diana will present the new guidebook to social workers, nurses, and other medical professionals from local hospitals and cancer centers with whom UCF works.

UCF Founder and co-author, Doug Ulman shared, “Finding out I had cancer at age 19 changed the course of my life. Immediately thrown into a world of challenges to overcome, I found myself struggling to find information and support programs that could help me navigate having cancer as a young adult. Born out of frustration and a real need to support other young adults facing cancer, my mother Diana and I wrote this guidebook in 1997 and it has changed lives. We’re excited to be re-launching the new guidebook in the community.” To date, over 10,000 copies of No Way have been distributed to patients and families in all 50 states.

President and CEO, Brock Yetso stated, “We are excited to share the new guidebook in our community and beyond. No Way, It Can’t Be! offers new and improved resources, information and perspectives for young adults and their families and friends. We hope that our local and national partners will embrace the new guidebook and continue offering it as a tool for the young adults they serve.”

No Way, It Can’t Be! is slated for nationwide distribution. A copy of the guidebook is available for download as a PDF on the UCF website (http://ulmanfund.org/gethelp-cancer-resource-directory/).

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, UCF helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, http://www.ulmancancerfund.org.

Media Contact Information:
Shara Boonshaft
UCF Director, Development & Stewardship
(410) 964-0202 x 112

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Mission to Vine 2014 – Press Release

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Baltimore, MD Cancer Charity’s West Coast Run to Leave San Diego on October 20, 2014 Arriving in Sonoma on October 25

Team of 24 (including 6 cancer survivors) from all across the country seeking to raise over $100,000 to help young adults affected by cancer through The Ulman Cancer Fund’s Inaugural Mission to Vine Run

BALTIMORE, Maryland – October 14, 2014 – On Sunday, October 20th, 24 runners and support staff from all across the country will meet in San Diego’s Mission Beach and set off on a 700-mile journey to Sonoma, CA. The run, Mission to Vine (M2V), has a collective goal to raise awareness and funds to help young adults affected by cancer. Included in this group of 18 runners and 6 support staff are 6 cancer survivors, but all the participants have had cancer impact their lives either through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one, and all have a true passion for making an impact in the lives of others who have had to deal with this terrible disease.

“This is more than just a run,” says Brock Yetso, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) CEO. “We are making a statement about young adult cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults being diagnosed with cancer every year, we want everyone to know that cancer impacts far too many people. Some on the run know what it’s like to face cancer first-hand and the rest of us know what it’s like to help a loved one fight. UCF was established so that no young adult has to face cancer alone and we want to spread that message of hope to all.”

From San Diego, the run will travel through Irvine (Oct. 20-21), Los Angeles (Oct. 21), Ventura (Oct. 21-22), Paso Robles (Oct. 22-23), Monterey (Oct. 23-24), San Francisco (Oct. 24-25), and arrive in Sonoma on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Along the route the M2V group plans to visit and distribute Chemo Care Bags at two cancer centers: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. These visits provide the group opportunities to interact in meaningful ways with people affected by cancer along their route. The group will have help assembling the Chemo Care Bags when they visit Spectrum Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, CA. The group will also award a college scholarship to a young adult affected by cancer in the San Francisco Bay area.

The money being raised by the M2V ride will help fund UCF’s Young Adult Patient Navigation program and other survivorship programs, including Cancer to 5K. Cancer to 5K founder, Holly Shoemaker, a melanoma survivor, is part of the M2V team, as is Christina Miller, a breast cancer survivor and mother of three who credits Cancer to 5K with changing her life and shares “I am so excited to be a part of the Mission to Vine team. Although the challenge is daunting, nothing can compare to the challenges my family and I have already faced. I CAN DO THIS!”

Doug Ulman, three-time cancer survivor and UCF Founder, will also join the M2V team for their arrival in Sonoma. “Mission to Vine is yet another example of the power of the human spirit – individuals tackling a challenge so great in the name of a mission so much bigger than any of us. I am honored to be a part of this incredible experience.” Follow Doug’s M2V journey on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LIVESTRONGCEO.

Over $65,000 has been raised towards a goal of $100,000. Donations are continuing to be accepted at: http://ulmanfund.org/mission-to-vine-fundraising-page/

Follow the journey and join the conversation by using #M2V2014, following @ulmancancerfnd on Twitter, and liking https://www.facebook.com/missiontovine on Facebook.

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, our organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, www.ulmancancerfund.org.

Media Contact Information:

Shara Boonshaft
UCF Director of Development
Office: (410) 964-0202 x112
Mobile: (443) 413-4337

Extra! Extra! Press Release for Woodstoc Roc

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Brain Kahat, founder of Woodstoc Roc (photo from the Baltimore Sun website)

The 3rd Annual Woodstoc Roc will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

West Friendship, Maryland – September 16, 2014 – Woodstoc Roc and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) are pleased to partner for the Woodstoc Roc benefit concert Saturday and Sunday, September 20 -21, 2014. The event is from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Howard County Fair Grounds. Tickets are $20 for One Day or $35 for a Weekend Pass.

 Ticket information can be found at www.woodstocroc.com

“Woodstoc Roc is pleased to partner with the UCF as their mission of supporting individuals affected by cancer through health and wellness programs aligns with the purpose of our event to Roc out Cancer. Celebrating 3 years since inception, we are excited to host an experience that is fun for everyone. From exceptional regional and tribute bands to talented High School bands this event is perfect for seasoned concert goers to the casual listener”, said Brian Kahat, Woodstoc Roc Founder. “Whether you stay for a few bands or for both days, you will enjoy an energetic atmosphere, great music, food, and children’s activities including a moon bounce. We hope to attract over 6,000 attendees this year. Thanks to Taste of Maryland, Antwerpen Toyota, Morris Manning and Martin LLP, and Associated Builders & Contractors of the Chesapeake for their generous support of this event.”

“The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is honored to once again partner with Woodstoc Roc”, says Brock Yetso, UCF’s President and CEO. “UCF raises awareness by creating opportunities and platforms for people and communities to get active in the fight against cancer and this continues to be a perfect opportunity for Howard County and surrounding communities to come together in support of two great causes.”

About Woodstoc Roc

Brian Kahat was 6 years old in 1969 when the Woodstock Music Festival brought together half a million people to celebrate peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll. Today, Kahat, as a stage 3 cancer survivor, is celebrating not only peace and love, but life and hope, for those affected by cancer. Soon after his recovery, Kahat founded Woodstoc Roc, a local benefit to “Roc out Cancer.” Having realized his own childhood dream of playing in a band, Brian knew that rock ‘n’ roll would be his way to help the cause.

Brian credits the recovery of his health to the support of his family and friends, but his conception of Woodstoc Roc is what helped Brian recover his purpose in life. Through his foundation, Brian hopes to bring families and friends together to relax, celebrate, and enjoy great music, all in the spirit of helping in the fight against cancer.

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, our organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, www.ulmancancerfund.org.

Media Contact Information

Brian Kahat – Founder, Woodstoc Roc

bdkenterprises@comcast.net – 443.474.7372

 

Kari Ebeling – UCF Director of Special Events

kari@ulmanfund.org – 410.964.0202 x 116

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More Than Just a Bike Ride – Key to Keys 2014

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Cancer Charity’s East Coast Bike Ride to Leave Baltimore on April 5, 2014
Arriving in Key West, Florida on April 12

26 cyclists riding from Baltimore, Maryland have a goal of raising over $125,000 to help young adults affected by cancer through The Ulman Cancer Fund’s Key to Keys Ride

 BALTIMORE, Maryland – February 28, 2014 – On Saturday, April 5th 38 cyclists and support staff from the greater Baltimore and DC region will meet in Baltimore at Race Pace, a local area bike shop, and set off on a journey over 1,500 miles to Key West, Florida. The ride, Key to Keys (K2K), has a collective mission, to raise awareness and funds to help young adults affected by cancer. Included in the group are 8 cancer survivors, but all have had cancer impact their lives either through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. Each individual involved has a true passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others who have had to deal with this terrible disease.

“This is more than just a bike ride,” says Brian Satola, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) COO. “We are making a statement about young adult cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults being diagnosed with cancer every year, we want everyone to know that cancer impacts far too many people. Some on the ride know what it’s like to face cancer first-hand and the rest of us know what it’s like to help a loved one fight. The UCF was established so that no young adult has to face cancer alone and we want to spread that message of hope to all.”

From Baltimore, the ride will travel through Virginia Beach, VA April 5-6; Wilmington, NC April 6-7; Charleston, SC April 7-8; Savannah, GA April 8-9; Jacksonville, FL April 9-10; Vero Beach, FL April 10-11; Homestead, FL April 11-12; and arrive in Key West, FL on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Along the route the K2K group plans to visit and distribute Chemo Care Bags at 5 cancer centers: Zimmer Cancer Center in Wilmington, NC; Hollings Cancer Center & Charleston Cancer Center in Charleston, SC; Nancy N & JC Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Savannah, GA; and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. These visits provide the group opportunities to interact in meaningful ways with many people affected by cancer along their route. The group will also award a college scholarship to a young adult affected by cancer in Charleston, NC.

K2KsThe money being raised by the K2K ride will continue to fund UCF’s young adult patient navigator at the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.  The UCF navigator works in conjunction with the cancer center’s multi-disciplinary team to assist young adult patients with managing their cancer experience effectively. This includes providing programs and support opportunities, fertility preservation guidance, financial assistance, counseling, and information and resources to help maintain a healthy quality of life with cancer.

Paul Lemle, a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer survivor, 2013 top fundraiser and 2nd year Key to Keys participant commented, “I am thrilled to be riding to Key West with the Ulman Cancer Fund; in a way, I get a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a second consecutive year.  The fundraising achievement of placing a patient navigator at Walter Reed is our legacy. I couldn’t be more proud of the goal to extend those services.  As a cancer survivor, I believe the effort to

improve outcomes for young adults will eventually turn the tide against this disease and lead to cures.”

Over $105,000 has been raised towards a goal of $125,000. Donations are continuing to be accepted at: http://tinyurl.com/k2k2014

Follow the journey and join the conversation by using #K2K2014, following @ulmancancerfnd on Twitter, and liking https://www.facebook.com/keytokeysride on Facebook.

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, our organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, www.ulmancancerfund.org.

Media Contact Information:
Rachel Wiederhold
UCF Director, Human Resources & Operations
(410) 964-0202 x 107

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