Who We Are

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has been changing lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship since 1996. Founded by the Ulman family after their son, Doug Ulman, was diagnosed with cancer during his sophomore year at Brown University the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has worked tirelessly to give young people facing cancer the support and care that they deserve.

Community Of Support

Through its various programs, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults creates communities of support across the country. The 4K for Cancer program, which offers cross-country cycling and running journeys to young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, creates communities of support for the more than 200 communities they visit. Our Cancer to 5K program introduces, or reintroduces, cancer survivors to physical activity by providing the training, encouragement and support necessary to complete a 5K race with a community of amazing volunteers. Team Fight offers another way for people to come together to create a positive community and get active in the young adult cancer fight. And our National College Scholarship Program currently awards 30 scholarships a year to young adults affected by cancer across the US.

Fighting Cancer

From the time of diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond, the Ulman Cancer Fund helps young adults and their loved ones fight cancer through various direct support programs and resources. Our Young Adults Patient Navigation Program works to improve the ability of young adults to manage their cancer experiences and long-term cancer survival through access to support resources tailored specifically to young adults. Currently we have five Patient Navigators in the following hospitals: Children’s National Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, John Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, and Walter Reed John P. Murtha Cancer Center. The Holiday Gift Drive collects, wraps and delivers hundreds gifts to families battling cancer each year. Our Helping Others Fight program organizes volunteers to directly support local patients and their families by taking on household projects that fall by the wayside after a cancer diagnosis.

Embrace Survivorship

With a diverse offering of programs and activities for young adults and their loved ones, the Ulman Cancer Fund helps people live with, through, and beyond cancer. Starting in 2013, the Ulman Cancer Fund began offering quarterly activities for young adults survivors to foster peer support and connect them with each other outside of a traditional support group, or clinical, setting. UCF experiences, like Key To Keys or Mission To Vine, provide a platform for survivors and others impacted by cancer to give support, get support, and change lives.


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