Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Today, cancer is the leading disease killer among individuals who are 15 to 39 years old. Despite advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment, there has been no improvement in survival rates for this age group within the last 30 years. Annually, more than 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer. In addition to the stressors that challenge an individual when facing cancer, young adults are simultaneously challenged by the developmental, emotional, and social transitions that typically occur during this life stage.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) was created by Doug Ulman and his family in 1997 after Doug was diagnosed with cancer during college and had difficulty finding resources for people his age. Frustrated by this void, the Ulman family established UCF to create a community of support for young adults (ages 15 – 39) and families impacted by cancer.
A leading voice in the young adult cancer community, UCF has been working since 1997 at both the local level and with our national partners to raise awareness of the young adult cancer issue, and to ensure that all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive. The mission of UCF is to change lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. We continue to be driven by the goal of ensuring that no young adult has to face cancer alone and remain steadfast in our mission to work for and with young adults and their families as they battle cancer by offering support, resources, and a community that recognizes the profound effect of cancer on young people’s lives.
Cancer changes lives... SO DO WE!