Mizzou junior Erin Hediger, of St. Charles has won a scholarship and it is all because of her determination in surviving Hodgkin's lymphoma and a foundation started by a family of a cancer patient-- with a special scholarship dedicated to the memory of a cancer patient who courageously ran a special cross-country race.

The Ullman Cancer Fund was founded by the family of Doug Ulman, who was a 19 year old Division 1 soccer player at Brown University, diagnosed with cancer. 
Frustrated by the lack of resources and literature for young adults affected by cancer they created the foundation to address the special situations of young adults. Through he Ullman Cancer Fund came the Jamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship that Erin Hediger won.

Hediger, a University of Missouri-Columbia studen majoring in a BA Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant program - was selected as a scholarship recipient for the 2017-2018 school year through. The scholarship is awarded through the 4K for Cancer program. The 4K for Cancer program is a series of cross-country bike rides and runs and their mission is: "Create a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer by cycling or running 4,500+ miles across America each summer." - http://4kforcancer.org/.

The Jamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship through the Ullman Fund is to honor the memory of Jamie Roberts, whose life was tragically cut short when she was participating in the 4K for Cancer’s cross-country bike ride in the summer of 2014. Jamie had a larger-than-life personality, loved sports, and her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Her last inspirational act – to join the 4K for Cancer’s cross-country ride and dedicate her journey to the family of a close friend – exemplifies how Jamie always put others before herself and wanted to do everything she could to make a difference. 

Over the years the 4K has developed this motto to capture the essence of each journey: “Cycle. Inspire. Unite” and “Run. Inspire. Unite”. The two sum up the 4K for Cancer, focusing in on the three key elements that make up our program.

These scholarships are awarded annually by each of the 4K for Cancer teams  to young adults affected by cancer, either personally, or through the diagnosis of a loved one, and who embody Jamie’s infectious positive attitude, love of adventure and ability to inspire others to achieve higher goals. Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling.

Erin Hediger was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in May of 2016, and received chemotherapy treatments throughout last summer from Dr. Susan Luedke/Mercy Health, and radiation therapy teatments last fall as a Mizzou student through the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri Hospital System.

Ulman Cancer Fund Scholarship winners are awarded a total of $2,500 over two academic semesters. Each scholarship winner is obligated to organize and run a bone marrow registry drive with the support of Delete Blood Cancer and There Goes My Hero. Erin Hediger will be organizing both of these events/activities with support from her sorority, Phi Mu at the University of Missouri.

Erin Hediger was presented with her Scholarship award in St. Louis as a stop on one of the cross-country bike rides.