HISTORY of the 90’s PARTY

Two UCF supporters, Jody and Leanne Costa, who lost their beloved friend started the I Heart the 90’s Dance Party in 2013. To honor and remember her life they began this annual fundraiser that has grown and continues to grow with the goal of reaching over 2,000 attendees this year.


70,000 young adults between 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer every year. And for 20 years, UCF has relentlessly worked to ensure no young adult has to face cancer alone. With your support as an attendee, volunteer, ambassador, or sponsor, UCF can continue to change lives by providing free, innovative, and impactful programs for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer.

Learn more about young adults and cancer.



Patient Navigation

Young adults (ages 15 – 39) with cancer are burdened with challenges unique to their developmental stage and age group. This population also possess unique capacities that, when realized, can help them effectively cope with cancer and thrive, no matter what the outcome may be.

UCF’s Young Adult Patient Navigation program aims to help young adults understand and utilize those capacities.

Working in conjunction with the medical care teams at institutions and within the community, UCF’s Young Adult (YA) Patient Navigators provide a holistic approach to patient care, addressing various needs of young adults who face a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and life with cancer. UCF YA Patient Navigators provide tailored emotional, psychosocial, and practical support to young adults, and their loved ones, to help them recalibrate their life with cancer.

Cancer to 5K

Cancer to 5K is a free 12-week training program in 13 locations nationwide designed for cancer survivors regardless of age, treatment status, or physical ability. Survivor participants run/walk alongside running coaches & volunteer “sherpas” with the ultimate goal of completing a 5K goal race. While everyone’s cancer journey is different, many individuals can benefit from a weekly exercise routine. Take your life back from cancer… one mile at a time!

The UCF House

In 2017, UCF broke ground on a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore. Opening late 2017, the UCF House will create a community that fosters peer and social support, decreases financial and other burdens, and encourages hope and healing.

UCF Scholarship Program

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. Many scholarships offered by UCF share similar applicant criteria. Scholarship winners are awarded a total of $2500 over two academic semesters and scholarship funds will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s school.

Meet Ups

“Meet Ups” provide a platform for young adults living with and surviving cancer to get together and meet others going through a similar experience. They engage young adults and their loved ones in organic conversation about the emotional, psychological, and practical “real-life” challenges that cancer presents.

UCF’s meet ups & support groups are facilitated by UCF team members or professional social workers with expertise and experience in organizing and running groups.

Since inception, UCF has proudly started more than fifteen young adult groups nationwide in partnership with various organizations including Gildas Club, The Wellness Community, and the Y of Central Maryland.