Shana D’Angelo is a CCC student who has lost her aunt and grandparents to cancer. Now, she’s preparing to run 4,000 miles from San Francisco to New York City as part of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults’ 4k for Cancer.

This fundraising event, unlike others, does not raise money for cancer research necessarily. Instead, it raises money to help improve the quality of life for those battling cancer and their families. It begins in San Francisco on June 18 and ends in New York City on August 5.

“Everybody, individually, has to raise $4,500, so we’ll be donating $1 million for the foundation,” D’Angelo said. “And it’s for young adults with cancer, but it doesn’t just help the young adults, but also their support systems.”

D’Angelo knows raising money for cancer research to someday cure the disease is a must, but she has seen first hand how critical the battle can be for those suffering from the disease. That’s why she’s working to raise money for people like her who are battling cancer.

“The small things matter, it’s not just about finding a cure for cancer, even though that’s very important,” D’Angelo said.  “It’s about the day-to-day, living with cancer. At the end of the day, they need support systems, and we’re there to help that support system and families.”

In the relay style event, D’Angelo will run about 12 miles per day herself, along with other members on her team. Throughout the event, D’Angelo and her team will stop at hospitals around the nation, delivering care packages to young adults fighting cancer, as well as their families.

“Bringing these care packages and the services at the hospitals for these patients, that’s a really big thing for them. We want to be able to support that also,” D’Angelo said.

Around one month after the journey is completed next year, D’Angelo is scheduled to join the U.S. Navy. She is aspiring to become a medic officer to help children in third-world nations who do not have access to proper healthcare.

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