TWO LEADING YOUNG ADULT CANCER NONPROFITS PARTNER TO DRIVE IMPACT AND AWARENESS
Leading National Support Organizations Join Forces To Support Underserved Community
NEW YORK, NY, October 2, 2012 – Stupid Cancer and First Descentstwo of the largest nonprofit organizations focused on young adult cancerannounced 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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Matthew Zachary was a 21-year old college senior and concert pianist en route to film school when he lost use of his left hand, was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer (medulloblastoma) and told he'd likely never perform again. Fifteen years, four albums, a wife, twin children and scores of concerts later, Matthew's struggle to get busy living has inspired countless thousands. Today, he is an award-winning recording artist and performer, as well as an accredited thought-leader in public health, an authority on youth culture and a highly credentialed public speaker. A founding member of the Google Health Advisory Council, in 2007 he launched the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, which has since become the nation's largest support community for young adults affected by cancer. The foundation was ranked a TIME Magazine Best 50 website and FOX News Top 10 Healthcare Blog and supports a global following of hundreds of thousands of friends, fans, readers, listeners and members. Matthew has helped to bring the cause of 'cancer under 40' to the national spotlight and has rallied a new crop of activists to give a much needed voice to this forgotten population. Matthew has helped to measurably reverse 30 years of disparity and create social lasting change in how the public relates to cancer for the next generation.