The Alliance

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance is the full-time federal advocacy arm of the entire adolescent and young adult cancer community. Our mission is to advance policies that will transform the United States cancer care and delivery system to better serve adolescent and young adult patients and survivors.

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AliveAndKickn: Lynch Syndrome, other hereditary cancers, even other disorders are difficult to absorb and overcome. AliveAndKickn are looking to make a difference for you and others, both current and future with hereditary cancer. Part of that is helping you navigate the system, offer insights into options, share a smile, look for research trials, but most importantly, aggregate pertinent data to research potential cures. Genetics is taking huge strides almost every day. Precision medicine, immunotherapy and gene sequencing are the future.

Alliance for Fertility Preservation: The Alliance is made up of a team of professionals who have chosen to join together to advance the field of fertility preservation. Their members are recognized leaders with expertise in all aspects of fertility preservation including, oncology, reproductive endocrinology, urology, psychology, oncology nursing, and reproductive law. Their exclusive focus is fertility preservation for cancer patients.

Aunt Bertha, a PBC.: Aunt Bertha makes it easy for people facing social needs – and those who help others – to find and make referrals to appropriate programs and services for food, shelter, health care, work, financial assistance and more. It serves those working in healthcare, education, government, child welfare and more.

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation: One of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by 2023. The ALCF was established in 2006 as a and has raised over $30 million for lung cancer research and related programs.

Dan’s House of Hope: Since breaking ground in 2014, Dan’s House of Hope-Houston has served as an oasis for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients traveling from communities across the US—and globally—to receive innovative, specialized cancer care at the distinguished hospitals of Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dan’s House of Hope helps young adults fighting cancer heal through community, supportive programming and home-away-from-home services that reduce isolation, decrease financial burdens and nourish hope.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Their mission is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, the Institute also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to their target community across the United States and throughout the world.

GRYT Health: GRYT Health is a tech startup with a social purpose. They work with organizations who specialize in oncology to ensure that patients, survivors and caregivers have the information to choose what’s right for them at every step of the journey.

HopeLab: Founded in 2001 with the idea to create a video game that would help kids fight cancer, HopeLab designs fun and engaging experiences to improve the health and well-being of kids and young adults. It believes that technology has the power to empower individuals – to support behavior change, enhance human connection, and increase our capacity for self-efficacy. And we believe that it can help make proven solutions more affordable, accessible and scalable.

Lacuna Loft: Lacuna Loft is a web-based nonprofit organization that encourages, empowers, and connects young adult cancer survivors and caregivers throughout the globe, 24/7. Lacuna Loft provides online wellness support resources, lifestyle encouragement, and peer support community that young adults need to overcome their challenging health and life circumstances, and thrive.

Moffitt Cancer Center: The Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation was founded in 1994 to support cancer research, patient care and education initiatives. Since then, it has pioneered breakthroughs for the future that promise greater progress in saving lives and reducing cancer to a highly treatable illness. Thanks to the generous donor community that embraces Moffitt, countless patients can now call themselves cancer survivors.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship: NCCS’ mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer. Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS created the widely accepted definition of survivorship and defines someone as a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life. NCCS has worked with legislators and policy makers to represent cancer patients and survivors in efforts to improve their quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis. Their unique niche in the cancer advocacy landscape is promoting policy change to ensure quality cancer care.

Patients Rising: Patients Rising is a 501c3 organization based in Washington, DC that advocates for patients’ rights and to fight for access to the medications they need. Patients Rising believes that connection is at the core of everything they do – and that this can best occur online and in-person at local, state, and global conferences, roundtable discussions, workshops, podcasts, webinars and webcasts. They are committed to directly engaging the patient community, along with physicians, health policy experts and allied healthcare professions to develop realistic, solution-oriented discussions so those impacted with cancer and other critical medical challenges will amplify their collective voice and create lasting impact on the future of healthcare in the United States.

Pelotonia: Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Pelotonia directs 100% of every rider-raised dollar to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts: Founded in 1996, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (formerly Smith Farm) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit health, education, and arts organization. Its mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes. The Center offers programs for the community and specialize in serving people with cancer and utilizing the arts in healing.

Teen Cancer America: Following in the footsteps of the highly developed and successful Teenage Cancer Trust – Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program out of the UK, Teen Cancer America is designed to help hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care. Teen Cancer America aims to educate and support hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for this age group. The units are a place just for teens and young adults where the cancer experience is understood and the importance of living life through the cancer journey is nourished.

Testicular Cancer Society: The Testicular Cancer Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to raise awareness for the most common form of cancer in men age 15-35. We are dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the disease and providing support for fighters, survivors and caregivers.

TH!NK DIFFERENT Foundation: TH!NK DIFFERENT is dedicated not just one cause but to three: energy efficiency, affordable housing, and cancer treatment. These are the types of real-world problems that affect millions of people around the globe. TH!INK DIFFERENT‘s approach is truly innovative. By cutting the red tape and creating real solutions, TH!NK DIFFERENT is ready to make a real difference.

The Samfund: The Samfund provides support for young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance and free online support and education, The Samfund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and academic goals. It is the first and largest nonprofit organization in the country that provides direct financial assistance and free online support and education to young adults, regardless of where they live or their specific cancer diagnosis. Since 2005, it has awarded over $1.7 million in grants

The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund: The SGAYA Cancer Research Fund funds: AYA Cancer Research in Northeast Ohio, educational and self-esteem building programs to help AYA Cancer survivors and their families address the issues surrounding cancer, family and patient social support, and AYA Cancer Advocacy and Awareness. Its Wellness Program provides healthy snacks for PAYA Cancer in-patients and the BE CALM STAY STRONG PACKAGE provides health and wellness items to assist with relaxation and comfort. All items/food/books/etc are distributed under the direct supervision of Hospital Social Workers.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults: UCF’s mission is to changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loves ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship.

The Young Survival Coalition: Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier organization 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. Young Survival Coalition (YSC) was founded in 1998 by three young women who were under the age of 35 when diagnosed. Today, YSC is the go-to organization for young women facing a breast cancer diagnosis.

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the NC Cancer Hospital are proud to offer individualized support for adolescent and young adult patients facing a cancer diagnosis. The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer support program works with patients age 13-30 to provide: one-on-one support; programs and events for patients; AYA-specific financial and emotional resources; and connections to peer support.

University of Iowa Health Care: The AYA Cancer Program of University of Iowa Health Care is a new program that combines the expertise of specialists at UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The AYA Cancer Program not only provides care for patients during treatment, but also the issues and problems unique to this group that will affect their lives later on.