On April 26th, 2020, I'll be showing my continued support for the young adult cancer community by running the Big Sur International Marathon on behalf of the Allyson Whitney Foundation.
As many of my friends and family know, I had the unique opportunity to raise funds and awareness for young adults affected by cancer through a 4,000+ mile relay-style run from San Francisco to Boston during the summer of 2019. During my seven-week journey, I met countless people--from hosts in Nevada to gas station attendants in Ohio to my own teammates--who had been deeply impacted by cancer. The run brought me closer to people who have experienced conditions that I hope to prevent and treat in my career as a physician, and providing support to young adults affected by cancer remains incredibly important to me.
Over 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year, and they face unique obstacles compared to patients from other age groups. While their peers work through college, begin careers, and start families, young adults affected by cancer often encounter medical bills, social isolation, and questions of fertility preservation.
The Allyson Whitney Foundation, a nonprofit founded in memory of 25-year-old Ally Whitney, is a volunteer organization, so all donations proceed directly to fund Life Interrupted Grants, which lend a hand with medical and living expenses and shine a spotlight on young adult cancers.
How your donation helps:
$20 -$100: Super SUPPORTER! Providing a coffee/tea gift card or a HOPE comfort bag for a cancer patient.
$500 - $1,000: You're a CHAMPION in the hearts of our warriors, lending a hand with medical bills, a month's rent & alleviated stress.
$1,500 +: YOU are a LUMINARY, bringing light by providing a full 'Life Interrupted Grant'
Ally's words resonate with us still today, "In order to go through this, you need to have HOPE"
Thank you for your contribution, and please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!