NEW YORK, NY, October 2, 2012 – Stupid Cancer and First Descents—two of the largest nonprofit organizations focused on young adult cancer—announced a joint commitment to better serving the unique unmet needs for this underserved patient population. Young adults, a largely unknown group in the war on cancer, account for 72,000 new diagnoses each year. (source: National Cancer Institute)
Founded in 2001 by professional kayaker Brad Ludden, 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.
“It’s been amazing to see the difference our programs have made in the lives of so many young adults in need,” said Ludden. “We have a lot to be grateful for and finding great partners like Stupid Cancer to collaborate with is part of the recipe for continuing to make a meaningful difference in this community.”
Founded in 2007 by Matthew Zachary, a 17-year brain cancer survivor, Stupid Cancer produces two annual patient conferences along with many social events around the US in addition to broadcasting a live talk radio show and leveraging it’s social media heft to connect survivors to targeted resources.
“I consider attending a First Descents experience a mandatory prescription for survivorship and wellness,” said Zachary. “We’re all in this together and with allies like them, we can be assured that our impact will only be stronger together, serving young adults affected by cancer.”
Both organizations are raising awareness for the 6th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit (“OMG2013″), one of the largest gatherings of young adult patients, survivors, caregivers, professionals and advocates in the world. OMG2013 is expecting 650 attendees and is being held at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas from April 25 – 28, 2013. For more information, please visit http://OMG2013.org.
About First Descents
First Descents is a non-profit organization offering young adults with cancer 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. FirstDescents.org
About Stupid Cancer
Stupid Cancer is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. Our charter is to ensure that no one goes unaware of the age-appropriate resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living. StupidCancer.org
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