Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor -- he conquered chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year in college and overcame malignant melanoma twice.
During those times, Ulman learned that while there are lots of resources available for juvenile cancer patients and older cancer patients, there was not as much available for cancer patients in between those age groups.
Ulman founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in 1997. The organization is a non-profit and provides support, education and resources to young adults, their families and friends who are impacted by cancer.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is one of the partner charities of the Rev3 Triathlon, taking place from June 2-3 at .
A Rev3 team is running across America, from Oceanside, Calif. to Washington, D.C., with the goal of raising $100,000 to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Bethel resident is part of the core Rev3 team and will be participating in Run Across America and the triathlon at Quassy.
Run Across America will begin in California on Monday, March 26, and end in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 16, at the Georgetown Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Centers.
The 10-member core team participating in the run consists of Rev3 staff and participating runners. The athletes will run two miles at a stretch, for a total of 15 miles per person, per day, Mount said.
"Along the way, the core group will meet patients who benefit from the Ulman Fund," she said.
Mount starting running in high school with her father, Tom Mills. He is a prostate cancer survivor. Her mother-in-law was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. All three of Mount's family members are healthy.
The Young Adults Patient Navigation Program
Mount said Run Across America will benefit the Young Adults Patient Navigation Program. The Ulman Cancer Fund offers two types of navigation for young adult cancer patients ages 18- to 40-years-old, and survivors.
A YouTube video attached to this article provides additional information on the program.
Ways to Help
Mount's blog, titled "Wife, Mother, Athlete," also contains a link to Run Across America, as well as stories, ideas and motivation about living a life based on simplicity, wellness, frugality, family life and the setting of and achieving goals.
Another way to get involved is by becoming a relief runner. Relief runners track the Rev3 team's progress online, meet up along the way and log some miles for the team.
Mount is thrilled to be a part of Run Across America.
"I'm really excited to raise $100,000 and run across the country," she said. "We're not going out there to break records - we're going out there to raise awareness."