24 Foundation proudly partners with the Ulman Cancer Fund (UCF) to provide funding toward their Adolescent and Young Adult Patient Navigation Program (AYA) at Johns Hopkins University. Through this program, patients receive counseling to help them cope with the many medical, social and psychological issues that come with cancer diagnosis, as well as have access to specifically tailored support resources. Apart from their AYA program, UCF extends a helping hand to the greater DC area in the fight against cancer. Below is a list and brief description of the great programs and activities UCF has designed to serve and support cancer patients.
- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Patient Navigation Program (Bethesda, MD): The UCF Patient Navigation Program improves the ability of young adults to manage their own cancer experiences and long-term cancer survival.
- Children’s National Medical Center Patient Navigation Program (Washington, D.C.): This is a new program that will include a navigator working within Children’s and a teen room.
- CANCER to 5K DC & NoVA: A free, 12-week training program designed to introduce and re-introduce cancer patients and survivors to physical activity by providing them with engagement, guidance, and support necessary to completing a 5K-distance road race. Eighteen cancer survivors finished a 5K in downtown Washington, D,C, as graduates of the Spring Cancer to 5K program.
- BOYAA DC: The Board of Young Adult Advisors (BOYAA) is a group of active, passionate young professionals working to support their peers impacted by cancer through philanthropy, community outreach, exciting events and unique volunteer service.
- Helping Others Fight DC: HOF participants directly support local cancer patients and their families in DC through volunteer service and companionship to ensure no young adult faces cancer alone. Volunteers help drive patients to treatment, cook dinner, do yard work and more.
- Patient Assistance Program: Offers up to $100/year to patients in the Maryland/DC/Virginia market experiencing financial hardship in the face of cancer treatment.
- Fertility Assistance Program: Offers up to $200/year to patients in the Maryland/DC/Virginia market experiencing financial hardship related to fertility preservation in the face of cancer treatment.
- College Scholarship Program: Offers 26 competitive college scholarship awards to young adults impacted by cancer pursuing higher education and experiencing financial need. Two of these scholarships are specific to a young adult living or attending school in the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia area.
- 4K for Cancer Program: Engages college students from 60 campuses in the cancer fight through a cross-country bike ride and run.
For more information, visit www.ulmanfund.org.