Ulman Cancer Fund

Ulman Cancer Fund

At age 19, Doug Ulman was preparing for his sophomore year at Brown University. He was a healthy, active college student, a Division I soccer player, a young man with friends and a family… and his whole life ahead of him.

What a shock! A young adult — living life — planning — the future — looking forward to new experiences — and then everything stops… CANCER! It is almost too much to take. This absolutely can’t be! It must be a mistake. But it starts to sink in… I have CANCER.What does it all mean?

During a routine jog one day, Doug began having problems breathing. After an ER visit, a consultation with a family physician, and a CT scan, Doug had surgery to remove a tumor from a rib in his back.

The tumor was determined to be malignant after several pathology tests and Doug was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma. Within a year of his first cancer diagnosis, Doug was diagnosed with malignant melanoma twice.

Cancer changed the course of Doug’s life…

When he returned to school following his diagnosis in the fall of 1996, Doug faced a number of unanticipated hurdles. He struggled to find information and support programs that addressed the myriad of issues he was dealing with: questions of nutrition, physical activity, relationships and dating, the emotional upheaval of facing his own mortality, and a return to his studies, among other concerns.

Frustrated by the lack of resources to speak to and support the unique needs of young adults affected by cancer, Doug and his family created The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

UCF began as a program of The Wellness Community, under the name The Ulman Fund of the Wellness Community-Baltimore: Supporting Young Adults Affected by Cancer. This collaboration enabled the Ulman family to immediately start creating and administrating support programs and raising funds to maintain them.

At the same time they began the process to obtain their own 501c3 designation, and The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults was founded as an independent organization in 1997.

Doug served as executive director of The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults until 2001. He joined the Lance Armstrong Foundation that same year as director of survivorship and was named the Foundation’s president and chief executive officer in January 2007. Doug is a founder of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance among many other board and advisory roles.

With an unwavering mission to enhance lives by supporting, education, and connecting young adults, their families, and friends who are affected by cancer, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has accomplished a great deal in the way of providing crucial support to thousands of young adults with cancer — through education, scholarship programs, a network of human and health care resources, and fundraising for program and support services provided free of charge.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults’ foundation of community, collaboration, and advocating for change on behalf of young adults has remained the cornerstone of the organization and is evident throughout its strategic plans for the future.


“Provide a forum for those who have lost loved ones to cancer while aggressively raising money to find a cure. No one should have to go through what millions of cancer victims, survivors and those left behind have endured.”

Cancer Sucks was established out of the pain and frustration that comes from losing a loved one to cancer, combined with the desire to do what we can to prevent anyone from experiencing the same loss. The 1996 death of Donna Holland White was a devastating event and one that will never be forgotten. While undergoing treatments, surgeries, and the emotional roller coaster that comes with cancer, Donna still had time to think of others by making arrangements to have her body donated to cancer research at the time of her death. Cancer Sucks is a living memorial started by her family and dedicated to Donna. The organization is run by volunteers that have all been touched by cancer and focused on raising as much money for cancer research as possible. Corporate partnerships fund our overhead expenses allowing us to donate ALL the proceeds from our events to cancer research. For more information on Corporate Partnerships, volunteer opportunities, merchandise, donations, or to start your own Cancer Sucks fundraising contact us.