Here’s the deal guys, last night we went to the Quinntesential Gentleman in Baltimore, MD for the Official Kick Off Shave. It was amazing! Fresh shaves for everybody, great atmosphere and excitement all around. Special thanks to everyone at QG who took extra special care of us as well as the guys and gals at The Ulman Cancer Fund who have helped bring this event to life. That was the easy part. Now comes the challenge: 82 days, no shaving, and the ultimate goal of raising $20,000. We’ll be announcing additional events along the way that we hope you can come out and attend. Every little bit helps so if you are able to donate we greatly appreciate it. This is a great organization that works directly with cancer patients and (as you’ll see below) any donation you make can have a real life positive impact on people’s lives.
Above is basically minute one after the shave. I’ll be updating the blog regularly with pics so you all can enjoy my transformation into a legit wolfman all for a great cause.
Oh, and by the way, WJZ, The CBS affiliate here in Baltimore ran our story in the 11pm news last night. AMAZING!
What’ the Ulman Cancer Fund you ask? Great question, from the website: A leading voice in the young adult cancer movement, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect, and empower young adult cancer survivors. Since inception in 1997, we have been working tirelessly at both the community level and with our national partners to raise awareness of the young adult cancer issue, and to ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive.
Where does the money go? Even better question, from the website:
UCF is proud to have many accomplishments in the young adult cancer movement. Our success would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors and fundraisers:
- Awarding over $500,000 in college scholarships to young adults impacted by cancer across the country
- Providing over $100,000 in funding to other young adult support organizations through our Visionary Grants Program
- Distributing over 15,000 guidebooks to individuals and cancer centers in all 50 U.S. states
- Responsibly allocating over 80% of all our spending towards mission-related programs
- Helping over 600 recently diagnosed young adult patients navigate their cancer experience every year
- Effectively reducing our fundraising spending to less than 10% of our total expenditures by investing in programs like Team Fight and partnerships like 24 Hours of Booty, Rev3 Triathlon, 4K for Cancer, and Maryland Half Marathon
As we strive to help every young adult navigate his or her cancer experience, YOUR donation has a profound effect on our success — and in ways you might not have even considered…
- $25 will pay for transporting a patient to a doctor’s appointment
- $50 will pay to keep a patient’s lights and power on during treatment
- $75 will pay for three hours of our Navigator’s time working with patients and families
- $100 will pay for our patient navigators to facilitate a monthly support group
- $200 will pay to help preserve a young adult’s fertility prior to starting treatment
- $500 will pay for our Navigator to meet and work with five new patients and their families
- $1,000 will pay for gas cards to help 40 patients get to treatment
- $1,500 will pay to distribute guidebooks to 428 newly diagnosed cancer patients
- $2,500 will pay for a scholarship to send a young adult facing cancer to college
- $5,000 will pay to feed and support 90 college students as they ride their bikes cross-country with 4K for Cancer
- $10,000 will help us start another Patient Navigation program at a cancer center
Plus over 84% of the money they raise is spent on the programs and support they provide.
This is a fantastic opportunity to help those whose life has been affected by cancer. We all know someone close to us who has had their life impacted by cancer and every little bit helps.
Click on this Fundraising Page to donate to a great cause!