Rally Together for Johnny U

$37,861 of $28,000 goal

Raised by 381 people in 17 months
Created March 2, 2018
John Ulanski, better known as “Johnny U”, is a 28-year old fun-loving Cleveland native whose life was abruptly changed when days of painful migraines lead to the discovery of a tumor in the frontal lobe of John’s brain. This campaign is aimed at assisting John and his family in this difficult time, in an effort to provide them all the different kinds of support that exist.

Learning about Johnny U ...

John grew up in Bay Village and attended the local Catholic school, St. Raphael’s, where he always participated in sports, specifically football and baseball. As John got older, he became a Bay Village Rocket, leading him to continue his successful baseball career as a catcher at Baldwin Wallace University.

John remains a huge sports fan, favoring the local Cleveland Indians and Cavs, while making the occasional trips to his family’s native hometown to support the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines.

Before his life was turned upside down, John maintained a successful job in downtown Cleveland and remained a part of the community attending local events in Cleveland and participating in softball and golf during the warm months with his friends, brother Mitch, and father Henry. When he is not supporting the Wolverines, John also cheers for the Michigan State Spartans, his mother Kathy's alma mater. 

Fast Forward to Today ...

After the tumor was removed at the end of January, John underwent a week of physical therapy as his family waited for the biopsy results. It was revealed that John has a non-aggressive form of brain cancer that will require ongoing treatment for an undetermined time.

 After his first stay in the hospital, John rallied like a champ several times and got to enjoy being back home for a little while. Unfortunately he encountered some unexpected roadblocks and decided to return to see his favorite nurses at the hospital. Currently, John resides at University Hospitals in Cleveland where he will be receiving both in-patient chemo and radiation treatments.
You can only imagine the difficulty of this situation for John and how one’s life can be changed dramatically in such a short period of time. John has remained resilient and headstrong throughout every challenge he has been faced with thus far.

Doctors expect a full recovery in time but it will be a long, challenging road.

It is difficult to find someone today who hasn’t been affected by this terrible evil in one way or another. It does not discriminate against anyone. Sometimes it’s especially hard to accept when it affects a young person who has their whole life in front of them. On the same hand, that is what John has going for him. He’s a young, active, and incredibly strong 28-year-old man. We may never know why he had to handle this burden but there is one thing we all do know - JOHNNY U WILL CONQUER THIS and be back to his normal self in time. You may not know this but the origin of “ULAN” is a soldier in the Polish army.

With the impact that John has made in all facets of his life, this GoFundMe was created for his family, friends, coworkers, teachers, neighbors, roommates, classmates, etc. to show your support and strength for Johnny U. The money donated to this campaign will go directly to John’s treatments and medical bills to continue his fight. With your help, we can support Johnny U and the Ulanski family to ensure that John receives the best opportunity and treatment available.

There are other ways that you can show support to John, near or far. John loves receiving cards and photos from friends that show that they are fighting alongside him during this battle. Please send to: 622 Brooke Lane, Bay Village, OH 44140.

Another easy way to support this campaign is to SHARE this link on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and email. There will be additional events added to this campaign in the future, and updates on John’s battle will be posted on this page as well.

Through all the positivity and encouragement, John knows he has so many people in his corner helping him in every way they know how. From family, to friends, to doctors and nurses, to people he has never even met. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful guy, we hope this has painted a picture of just how much he means to us all.

Lastly, we would like to say “THANK YOU” for the amount of support that has already been shown for John. The Ulanski family appreciates the positive thoughts and the continued prayers for John every day. We know he’d do the same for anyone else - because that’s the type of person he is.

John is already a hero, but we will continue to RALLY TOGETHER FOR JOHNNY U and remain #JOHNSTRONG until we win this battle together.

The link for this campaign can be found below:


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Walking 1.4 miles, unassisted in any way. The Head for the Cure 5ks (Detroit 9/15 & Cleveland 10/6), here he comes!

Indians baseball games, weddings, & therapy - all is good!

John continues to push ahead both physically and mentally, determined as ever. The marathon continues, he is anxious to pick up where he left off...

Call, visit, John loves the company he's missed this last 7 months.

Amazing man, friend, nephew, cousin, brother, son....

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So many prayers...
So many visits...
And then there was Two Bucks Avon and the Head for the Cure Fundraiser this past Saturday - so many smiles...

Our hearts are full and simple words aren't enough, but we will try.

Thank you, thank you for your friendships of the past and present. Your support and generosity was overwhelming.
John made it through the entire event, tired but happy, grateful for each and every one of you there to cheer his marathon!
His journey continues, determined as ever, stronger everyday.

Two Bucks, Katie, Rachel, and Erica and so many others - thank you again!

We will hopefully see many of you at Edgewater State Park for the Head for the Cure 5k Walk/Run on October 6th, making the road a little less bumpy for the next challenger.

Love to you ALL!
-The Ulanskis

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AT LAST, John comes home this Tuesday!!!

It has been 5 months and needless to say, he is more than ready. His only requests are home cooked meals and his bed <3

John is leaving the facility a different man than when he arrived. Truly a miracle after all that he's been through.

The marathon continues as an outpatient with therapies daily. The chemo is working. Using a cane, not a walker anymore.
His insistence on physical independence is quite obvious.

The Two Bucks Avon event and Detroit/Cleveland 5k Run/Walks are approaching. All benefit "Head for the Cure" Brain Cancer awareness and cures. Please consider supporting in any way that you can.
So much more to learn, making the next person's journey just a little easier..

Please continue to visit us at home and pray, the light at the end of the tunnel getting brighter!!!

Thank you all for your support, love, and hope!
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Come continue to Rally Together for Johnny U and the Head for the Cure Foundation, which raises awareness and funding to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients & their families.

Where: Two Bucks in Avon, 36931 Detroit Rd, Avon OH 44011
When: Saturday, July 21st, 2pm-5pm

*Tickets are $25 for all you can eat and drink from 2pm-5pm*
This includes domestic drafts, well liquor, and house wine, along with boneless wings, mac'n'cheese, and salad.
There will be raffle basket prizes, 50/50 raffles, corn hole, and the Tribe plays the Texas Rangers at 8:05pm!

All proceeds from ticket costs will be donated to the Head for the Cure Foundataion, while other donations and raflle money will go directly to the Ulanski family.

In addition to this event, we are hoping to kickstart the Head for the Cure Foundation Run/Walk in Cleveland (10/6). To register for the event in Cleveland and join our team, please see the link below.


Register as a Team Member Runner/Walker

*You will also be able to register in person for this event at Two Bucks in Avon on July 21st*

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