Shana D’Angelo runs because it’s fun. She runs because it’s great exercise. And she runs because it relieves stress. For seven weeks in 2017, she will run against cancer.
In June, she will join a group of like-minded runners who will run from San Francisco, Calif., to New York, N.Y., raising funds and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Each day, after running between 12 and 16 miles, she will bring care packages and hope to people in hospitals, hospices, and treatment centers. To support D’Angelo’s efforts, please visit https://ulman.z2systems.com/shana-dangelo.
D’Angelo’s aunt, grandmother, and grandfather have all succumbed to cancer. Throughout life, she’s watched many more fight the disease.
“This is an amazing opportunity to reach out to others who live everyday knowing they have to fight for their health,” said D’Angelo. “4,000 miles is nothing compared to the lives that are being affected along the path. I hope to gain a better understanding of the journey for young adults who are fighting cancer. I think this will help me be a better caregiver and help me fulfill my career goal of helping people any way I can.”
D’Angelo is currently taking classes toward a nursing degree at Corning Community College, having already earned an associate’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. From Mount Morris, N.Y., she has been a Certified Nurse’s Assistant since she was 16 and was a two-year member of the Red Barons women’s basketball team. In September, D’Angelo is scheduled to enlist in the Navy. Her goal is to be a medic officer and help care for children in third-world countries who don’t have access to effective health care.