Resources for Adolescents & Young Adults Diagnosed with Cancer

  • Camp Mak-A-Dream
    Ages: 14-35
    Provides medically-supervised, cost-free Montana experiences for individuals and families affected by cancer

  • Dream Street Foundation
    Ages: 18-24
    Provides camping program in Arizona for young adults dealing with life threatening illness.

  • Epic Experience Beyond Cancer
    Ages: 18+
    Free week-long outdoor adventure camps, one day meetups, and online support programs for those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

  • First Descents
    Ages: 18+
    Offers young adults living with and surviving cancer a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle, and surf.

  • Project Koru
    Ages: 18-39
    Project Koru enriches lives through community and the outdoors as a way to move forward after cancer

  • Send It Foundation
    Ages: 21-40
    Outdoor adventures for young adult cancer fighters and survivors, removing them from their cancer experience and creating the space to play, connect, and have fun outdoors

  • Survive and Thrive Cancer Programs
    Ages: 21-40
    Wilderness expeditions for young adult cancer survivors to connect with other cancer survivors who understand.

  • The Cassie Hines Shoes Foundation
    Ages: 18-39
    Helps young adults diagnosed with cancer by guiding them to peer support programs, including cancer camps, and encouraging participation in these programs

  • True North Treks
    Ages: 18-39
    Aims to empower young adults and caregivers affected by cancer to reclaim the lives and futures that cancer took from them

  • Camp One Step
    Ages: 5-19
    Offers camp experiences and other educational and excursion programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Patient, sibling and family camps and patient-only trips (ages 5-19).

  • Camp Simcha
    Ages: 6-20
    Outdoor adventure camp for children and teens with cancer in New York (ages 6-20).

  • Believe in Tomorrow
    Ages: 0-17
    Beach and mountain respite properties, allowing families the opportunity to get away, relax, and reconnect in the midst of a child’s treatment and recovery (ages 17 and under).

  • Ianacare
    Age: All
    Our mission is to encourage, empower, and equip family caregivers so they can fulfill one of the greatest purposes in life.

  • Caregather
    Age: All
    Bring friends and family together for support. You can create a registry, send gifts, update journals and more to stay connected.

  • Mend Together
    Age: All
    Offers a gift registry for cancer patients, a journal to keep people updated, and a care calendar.

  • Allyson Whitney Foundation
    Ages: 15-36
    Provides grants to young adults currently undergoing or within 6 months of treatment for a rare cancer for life expenses

  • Cuck Fancer
    Ages: 18-29
    Provides financial assistance to young adults within 5 years of cancer diagnosis

  • Nicki Leach Foundation
    Ages: 16-30
    Provides financial grants to young adults in cancer treatment

  • The Sam Fund
    Ages: 21-39
    Provides financial assistance grants for 21-39 year olds post treatment or on maintenance therapy and provides financial education webinars

  • My Hometown Heroes
    Ages: 17-39
    Provides college scholarships for young adults with cancer

  • National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
    Ages: 18/35
    Provides need-based financial support to young adults who are pursuing higher education in treatment and beyond

  • Patient Advocate Foundation
    Ages: All
    Provides financial assistance to aid in the co-payments of cancer treatments for those insured with certain types of cancer

  • Sy's Fund
    Ages: 18-39
    Provides gifts to fund creative passions as well as integrative therapies such as acupuncture or therapeutic massage

  • The Simon Cancer Foundation
    Ages: All
    Financially assists cancer patients by awarding scholarships for education

  • Cancer for College
    Ages: All
    Provides college scholarships for young adults with cancer

  • Cancer Survivors Fund
    Ages: All
    Offers $1000 college scholarships for students who have had cancer

  • Live Like Bella
    Ages: 0-21
    Funds available to assist with financial needs such as co-pays, utilities, and more. (Ages 0-21)

  • National Children's Cancer Society
    Ages: 0-18
    Financial assistance for transportation, emergency assistance, and college scholarships. (Ages 0-18)

  • Pinky Swear Foundation
    Ages: 0-21
    Funds available to ease the burden of cancer through the orange envelope program and all star fund. (Ages 0-21)

  • Cancer Legal Resource Center
    Ages: All
    Provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public throuh its toll-free national phone line and webinars

  • Triage Center
    Ages: All
    Provides information on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer

  • Cancer Care: Young Adults
    Ages: 19+
    Provides free, professional support services for young adults affected by cancer as well as information and resources.

  • Dear Jack Foundation
    Age: 21-39
    Provides impactful programming that directly benefits AYAs with cancer in order to improve quality of life and create positive health outcomes from treatment to survivorship.

  • Gilda's Club
    Ages: All
    Offers free programs for anyone affected by cancer. They offer regular programming for all age groups.

  • GRYT
    Ages: All
    Mobile app-based social community for people affected by cancer to connect to others with similar experiences.

  • I Had Cancer
    Ages: All
    Helps cancer patients and survivors connect and share personal experiences about cancer with others who really understand.

  • Imerman Angels
    Ages: All
    Created on the belief that no one should face cancer alone. They connect those at any point in their cancer journey with mentors to be able to ask questions and receive support

  • Lacuna Loft
    Ages: 18-39
    Provides online support programs to young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

  • Cancer Dudes
    Ages: All
    Hosts workshops and provides men with online tools to thrive after cancer

  • Gilda's Club
    Ages: All
    Offers free programs for anyone affected by cancer. They offer regular programming for all age groups.

  • Wellness House
    Ages: All
    Regular teen programming as well as wellness programs including yoga, tai chi, Pilates, networking, meditation, cooking, nutrition and more. Locations in Hinsdale and throughout the Chicago metro area.

  • Cancer Wellness House
    Ages: All
    Regular teen programming as well as wellness classes including yoga, exercise for cancer, tai chi, knitting, mindfulness, walking, etc. Locations in Northbrook and Grayslake, Illinois.

  • Hearts Need Art
    Ages: All
    Provides free online art, music, and writing sessions for patients, caregivers, & medical professionals.

  • Elephants and Tea
    Ages: All
    Offer a magazine curated for AYA cancer patients/survivors, a podcast, regular digital meetups, a Facebook group and more.