Lindsay here. As a first time blogger I thought I would start by introducing myself. I am one of the Ulman Cancer Fund’s Young Adult Patient Navigators and I work at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center. I am so excited to be on team at UCF and be a part of all the wonderful things going on throughout the organization!
As you can easily see, there is A LOT going on at the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. We just ran across America, we’re starting new support groups, reviewing scholarship applications, and getting ready to bike across the U.S.! It is safe to say we are very busy!
In the midst of all of these wonderful activities, I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about a special person who was recently honored at the Run Across America Reception this past week.
Meet Lauren. Lauren is a young adult cancer survivor that I met through my work at Georgetown. Lauren is currently a student at the University and reached out to me to get some more information on our organization. Seeing as she is a student and an aspiring doctor (aka lover of school) she was very interested in our scholarship program. Lauren applied for our various scholarships and much to her surprise, she was awarded the Rev 3/UCF scholarship last week.
It has been a pleasure getting to know Lauren. Her enthusiasm about the young adult fight against cancer is infectious. Lauren will be the first person to tell you that while her cancer treatment is behind her, the disease has become a part of her everyday life. She is incredibly inspiring and has found numerous ways to find meaning through her cancer experience. She mentors others who are currently coping with a recent diagnosis, speaks to groups large and small about her personal experience, and has made a life decision to help others in need by attending medical school and becoming a physician.
Lauren is too humble to tell you all of this on her own, so I am honored to tell you about her and her amazing accomplishments. The Ulman Cancer Fund is so thrilled to award her with this financial assistance and help her achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. We have no doubt that she will excel in her profession and continue to advocate for young adults with cancer.