Iris Mini: Young Adults Coping with Cancer - Supportive Resources

The following is a listing of resources designed specifically for people ages 18 to 39 years of age, also known as adolescent and young adults (AYA), who have experienced a cancer diagnosis.

Cactus Cancer Society

The Cactus Cancer Society provides a space where young adults facing cancer can connect, cope, and thrive with one another in an online community through creativity and expression.

Dear Jack Foundation

The Dear Jack Foundation provides programming that directly benefits AYAs diagnosed with cancer and aims to improve quality of life for patients and their families.

Elephants and Tea

Elephants and Tea helps AYAs, survivors, and caregivers with cancer know they are not alone. The Elephant in the room is cancer. Tea is the relief conversation provides. This magazine is written for and by the AYA cancer community and tells their story in their own words.

Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer helps AYAs with cancer by addressing isolation, building community, and providing age-appropriate resources to help navigate treatment and survivorship.

Ulman Foundation

The Ulman Foundation has created a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer.

Mission Control

This tool supported by the Ulman Foundation allows young adult users to find cancer-related support, including financial assistance, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost services across the country.

The Samfund

The Samfund provides support to young adults who are struggling financially because of cancer. Direct financial assistance and free online support and education helps young adults survive and move forward with their lives after cancer.

Support for College Students with Cancer

This foundation provides information and resources for young adults navigating college while living with a cancer diagnosis.

Adolescent and Young Adult Retreat / Adventure Programs

Breathe Now Wellness Retreats

The Dear Jack Foundation offers a four-day retreat for young adult couples ages 21-39 that have completed cancer treatment. The retreat offers programming that includes yoga, meditation, hiking, cooking classes, and emotional support sessions.

For Pete’s Sake

For Pete’s Sake provides young adults with cancer ages 24-55 and their families opportunities to take “travel respite” from cancer.

First Descents

First Descents is an outdoor adventure program for young adults ages 18-39 who are impacted by cancer. Activities include rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, and more.

Project Koru

Project Koru offers a weeklong adventure therapy camp for young adult cancer survivors ages 18-39. Programs are offered virtually so attendees can participate from anywhere in the world.

Send It Foundation

The Send it Foundation provides outdoor adventure program for young adults ages 21-40 who are in treatment for cancer or in survivorship. Programs are in Lake Tahoe, California, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Big Sky Kids - Young Adult Retreat

The Big Sky Young Adult Retreat (YAR) is designed for young adults ages 18-26 whose cancer is in remission. The Montana-based camp is one week and comprised of various outdoor activities.

Camp Koru - Oregon

Camp Koru provides no-cost surf and snow adventure camps for cancer survivors ages 18-40. This camp is run by peers.

Camp Sunshine - Young Adult Programs

Camp Sunshine’s Georgia-based young adult program offers outings for those ages 18-21 who are in treatment or who have been treated for cancer.

True North Treks

True North Treks offers young adult and caregiver camps with an immersive wilderness excursion and retreat-style experience including yoga and mindfulness meditation. The camp is no cost to attendees and treks are offered in various states throughout the U.S.

Base 2 Summit

Base 2 Summit (B2S) is a young adult program for ages 18-39 offering adventure-based weeklong programs in northern Michigan. B2S is a no cost survivorship program with a focus on wellness, adventure, and connection.

Fantastic Winter Weekend

The Winter Weekend camp is for AYAs and it focuses on winter sports activities with other peers that have had cancer.

The Good Times Project - Kayak Adventure Camp

The Good Times camp is designed for young adults ages 18-25 who are pediatric or young adult cancer survivors. Attendees must be off active cancer treatment for 10 months. The camp provides various outdoor adventures in the San Juan Islands, Washington.