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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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.

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.

First Descents: 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. Each program is limited to 15 participants, ensuring individualized care, medical attention and an intimate experience with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are available to young adults with cancer regardless of their financial means. All meals, accommodations and program activities are provided free of charge, including travel scholarships, when needed.

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.

LIVESTRONG Foundation: Helping cancer survivors and their loved ones has been the goal from day one. LIVESTRONG believes in putting the survivor first, and that is why their tools and resources help ease the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. At LIVESTRONG, they fight for the more than 32.6 million people around the world affected by cancer now. It  provides direct services to anyone affected by cancer; connect people and communities with the services they need; and call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease.

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.

MyLifeLine Cancer Connection: The mission of is to empower cancer patients and caregivers to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing through free, personalized websites. MyLifeLine was founded in 2007 by Marcia Donziger, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997, when she was 27 years old. The Internet existed at the time, but not with the fullness it does now. She recalls feeling overwhelmed by the volume of concern, during a time when she was struggling to fight the cancer inside her.

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.

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.

Stupid Cancer: Founded in 2007 by Matthew Zachary, a young adult brain cancer survivor, Stupid Cancer has become the largest US-based charity that comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media. Stupid Cancer proudly supports a global network of patients, survivors, caregivers, providers and advocates to ensure that no one affected by young adult cancer go unaware of the age-appropriate resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living.

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.