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Support Rhonda Ulmer’s Fight Against Cancer

May 3, 2013

Rhonda Ulmer in 2012 at the White House as part of “AmeriCorps Alums Day at the White House”

A different sort of blog post comes this morning from AmeriCorps Alums – We’d like to ask you to consider supporting Rhonda Ulmer, a fellow alumna of AmeriCorps, in her ongoing battle with cancer.

I’ve personally had the pleasure to work, serve, celebrate and laugh alongside Rhonda Ulmer over the years.  She’s a 2008 winner of the AmeriCorps Alums Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award, 2012 AmeriCorps Alums Champion of Change at  ‘AmeriCorps Alums Day at the White House’ and a 2009 L’Oreal Woman of Worth Honoree.

Most impressive is that Rhonda received those accolades because she took her AmeriCorps ‘getting things done’ attitude to heart when she first founded University for Parents. Responding to a need she saw in her community, Rhonda’s organization built strategies and resources to support parents and the academic achievement of young people.

Now Rhonda is facing an incredible personal challenge:

Rhonda earns too much to qualify for free medical care, but not enough to pay for her treatments to fight Liposarcoma. The 38-year-old single mother of three teens (12,14,18) is in her fourth fight against Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma cancer, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer that arises in fat cells in deep soft tissue.

When Rhonda was originally diagnosed with Liposarcoma in December 2009, she underwent emergency surgery to remove a 13-pound tumor in the back of her abdomen, a kidney, a third of her colon, her appendix and a piece of her diaphragm. Despite continued follow-up treatments, Rhonda had a recurrence of cancer in November 2011 and July 2012, each time undergoing major surgery, the removal of vital organs and cancer treatment. Last October, she learned that her cancer is back for the fourth time in three years.

Rhonda with her kids.

Rhonda with her 3 children.

Rhonda has started a HopeMob fundraiser to collect donations. Alums can donate any amount you’re comfortable with and at the end of the campaign, HopeMob will use the donations to pay for her ongoing treatments.

[Update] – You can also send your donations to Rhonda’s mailing address:

Rhonda Ulmer
PO Box 335
Severn, MD 21144

Will you consider giving to Rhonda and support her in her fight against cancer?

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