Back in 2008 when I was a senior in college, my boyfriend (now husband!) Chris was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. (You can read more about my experience on The Huffington Post Generation Why blog).
Chris is now happy & healthy, and we are so lucky to be moving on and enjoying our lives as newlyweds. This April we will be attending the OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults in Vegas for the 2nd year in a row. Even though Chris is now "recovered," it was a truly incredible experience to meet other young adults affected by cancer and learn about YA advocacy at last year's summit.
We feel that every young adult affected by cancer should be able to have the same experience, but with medical bills, college tuition, etc., a flight to Vegas, registration fees, hotel, etc. aren't always in the budget.
Please help Chris and I raise money so that EVERYONE has the chance to get the educational and emotional support they need.
Thank you! - Alice & Chris
STUPID CANCER wrote -
Young adults, a largely unknown group in the war on cancer, account for 72,000 new diagnoses each year. That's one every eight minutes. Young adults (including long-term survivors of childhood cancer) are an underserved age group by way of their sheer isolation and lack of connection to age-appropriate programs, peers and support resources that restore dignity and connect them to relevant tools to get busy living. Various reasons and circumstances can cause young adults diagnosed with cancer to feel isolated or unsupported. The OMG! Summit helps those young adults to find other people just like them in a weekend of healing, education and community.
The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premier oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. The signature program of Stupid Cancer, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in its 7th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event, converging several key industry sectors and mobilize thousands of patients, survivor and caregivers around the world to get organized, build community and unite to drive change.
Join our team and support our efforts to ensure that young adult survivors get the chance to attend this event and participate in a life-affirming weekend of support, education, community and hope.
Stupid cancer. Survivors rule.
Here is what participants have said about this event in the past:
“I had the single most memorable time of my life at the OMG! Cancer Summit. Thank you so much for changing my life.”
“There are no words to adequately describe how amazing it is to be in a room filled with hundreds of other people who ‘get it.’”
“The OMG! Summit taught me to keep fighting, be my own advocate and never give up, no matter what the doctor says.”