Resources for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

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3 Little Birds 4 Life
Grants wishes for current young adult cancer patients 18-40 years of age, to enhance their lives one wish at a time!

15-40 Connection
Works to create awareness that improvements in teen and young adult cancer survival rates have remained near 0% since 1975 and to promote health awareness, self-advocacy and action to provide this age group with the life-saving advantage of early detection.

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund
Supports patients ages 18-40 as they undergo cancer treatment. It provides services to meet daily needs that are not covered by insurance. Typical grants cover $500 worth of medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs, and groceries. Please note that the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund is not currently accepting applications for assistance, and will resume doing so in Summer 2015.

Camp Mak-A-Dream
Provides Young Adult Conferences for young adults with cancer to connect with peers who are going through similar experiences.

CancerCare Young Adults
Provides online support groups, publications, videos, and face-to-face groups in New York City directed exclusively to young adult survivors of cancer.

Cancer.Net: For Young Adults with Cancer
Provides a series of videos on coping with challenges faced by young adults diagnosed with cancer, offering perspectives from both survivors and doctors, from ASCO and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
Dedicated to serving adolescent and young adults with cancer, The SAMFund is a charter member. The Critical Mass mission is to increase the survival rate and improve the quality of life AYAs with cancer by highlighting the unique features of the AYA cancer experience. Provides an annual conference for organizations serving YAs and a list of survivorship resources.

Critical Mass: Mission Control
Mission Control is your one-stop-shop for all young adult programs resources and services. This searchable database is designed specifically for young adults 15 – 39 years old dealing with cancer.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Patient and Family Resources
Extensive list of resources for cancer patients, family members, and caregivers.

First Descents
Offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. Programs are all over the country and range anywhere from 1 day to 1 week. Any YA with cancer is eligible regardless of physical challenges, diagnosis or prognosis.

Focus Under Forty
Provides educational programs to shed light on the unique biology and care issues that are associated with patients with young adult cancer survivors. The goals for the educational courses in this series are to increase awareness and enhance the understanding of care issues and challenges associated with this patient population.  Educational partners developing this Series include: ASCO, the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG, the Commission on Cancer/American College of Surgeons, the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology, and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology.

The Fly Foundation (Financial Lift for Young Adults with Cancer)
Provides temporary assistance to MA/RI young adult residents who are 19-39 and in active treatment to help them navigate the choppy waters of cancer treatment and regain their health without experiencing the setback associated with amassing financial debt.

Hope for Young Adults with Cancer
Provides financial support, a social network and outlet for young adults (18-40) that are battling, surviving and living with cancer.

Lacuna Loft
Lacuna Loft is a social enterprise geared towards young adults dealing with cancer or long term illness, either as patients or as caregivers, and their support network. Articles on survivorship, low-key do-it-yourself activities, exercise, personal stories, tips for the kitchen, alternatives to late nights, cancer life hacks, and much more allow young adults to adapt and thrive in their new, slower day-to-day life.

National Cancer Institute (Adolescents & Young Adult-specific)
Provides information on the most common cancers in young people, how cancer is diagnosed and treated. Provides resources for where to get treatment and what questions to ask about clinical trials as well as tips to cope and lists of organizations that serve young people with cancer.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network – Guidelines for AYA Patients
Provides an online booklet to help adolescent and young adult cancer patients get the support they need, including the best possible cancer treatment. Includes basic information on cancer tests and treatments, tips for coping with the physical, social, and emotional challenges of cancer treatment, and information on resources that can help make the process easier.

Next Step
Provides in-person support, education and resources for young people coping with serious illness.

Prepare to Live
A program managed by cancer survivors, utilizing the power of documentary style filmmaking and the worldwide web to create a global community of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund
Provides financial support for AYAs to participate in a clinical trials and educational support programs.

Stupid Cancer
Empowers young adults affected by cancer through online and offline support communities ranging from nationwide through local events, social media, educational workshops, an international annual conference and a live weekly talk radio program, The Stupid Cancer Show, which airs Mondays at 8pm ET.

Rise Above It
RAI supports major ongoing AYAO-specific research initiatives emphasizing AYA clinical trials and outcomes research, which are critical to improving survival rates for young adults affected by cancer.

Teen Cancer America
Dedicated to improving the lives of of teenagers and young adults with cancer. Partners with hospitals to create youth-oriented centers for those receiving treatment. These units provide peer support and interaction for teens and young adults receiving treatment at in- and out-patient clinics.

Teens Living with Cancer
A community dedicated to helping teens live their best life through all stages of their disease and treatment.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Provides support including access to support resources tailored specifically to young adults, increased knowledge of their disease, treatment options and lifelong implications of treatment choices, and effective communication with their clinical care team, family, friends, community and others in their support network. In addition to scholarships, also provides the UCF Patient Navigation Program to ensure no young adult faces cancer alone.

Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer
Provides newly diagnosed AYAs in Montreal with free diversions, resources and tools to help ease their cancer journey and to provide leadership in raising public awareness regarding increasing occurrences of cancer within the normally robust AYA population.

Young Adult Cancer Canada
A community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills and opportunity.

Young Survival Coalition
Dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.