Below is a list of some of the resources available to you as a young adult patient, survivor or caregiver.
AKP Foundation: The Always Keep Pedaling Foundation provides young adults with the means to use adventure sports to assist, inspire and energize a comeback from invasive cancer treatments.
American Cancer Society: offers a variety of programs, services and resources for patients, survivors and their families. Contact the local Houston office at: 713.266.2877.
myCancerConnection an MD Anderson Cancer Center based program that provides hope, support and understanding to patients, survivors and caregivers from others who have been there, regardless of where treatment is received
Bright Pink: focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals through online forums and a peer support matching program.
Camp Mak-A-Dream: a no-cost camp in Montana for young cancer patients and their families
Cancer Survivors' Fund: provides college scholarships and prosthetics for young adults diagnosed with cancer
CancerCare: provides professional counseling, online support and financial assistance; specific resources and programs for young adults
CancerClimber Association: helping those touched by cancer through inspirational stories, adventure grants, a mobile camp, and personal visits to patients by survivors
Caporal Assistance Network: provides financial assistance to young adults in the Central Texas area whose fertility may be compromised and connect those affected by a cancer diagnosis with community support
Fertile Hope: provides reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors facing possible infertility due to treatments
First Descents: offers no-cost, outdoor adventure activities, such as kayaking and rock climbing, for young adult patients and survivors
I'm Too Young For This: a support community for young adults affected by cancer that provides programs and advocacy
Imerman Angels: offers support by connecting cancer patients with survivors of a similar diagnosis
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: offers programs and services to persons diagnosed with blood cancers; specific resources available for young adults. Contact the local Houston/Texas Gulf Coast chapter at: 713.680.8088 or http://www.lls.org/#/aboutlls/chapters/txg/localstaffcontact
LIVESTRONG: offers a variety of programs, services and resources for patients, survivors and their families; specific resources are available for young adults
MaleCare: online cancer resource and support for men, including gay, bisexual and transgender cancer patients
mAssKickers: provides support and motivation to all newly-diagnosed patients, family, and friends affected by tumors or cancer
Next Step Face2Face: provides retreats and workshops for young adult cancer patients and survivors
SingleJingles:provides education and support to young adult men, in an effort to raise awareness about testicular cancer
The SAMFund: assists young adult cancer survivors to make successful transitions after treatment, by providing financial support through the distribution of grants and scholarships
Tamika and Friends: raises awareness and offers support and financial assistance for women diagnosed with cervical cancer
The Young and the Widowed: an online forum that provides support for Houston area young adults who have lost a spouse.
True North Treks: provides no-cost nature treks which focus on building outdoor skills and mindful awareness
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults: provides support, resources, and college scholarships for young cancer patients
Working Against Cancer: provides mentoring, career opportunity referrals and scholarships toward academic and vocational education, for young patients and survivors
Young Cancer Spouses: online support for young adult spouses of cancer patients and survivors
Young Sisters Initiative: is an online program designed to provide African American YBCS (young breast cancer survivors are women diagnosed under 45 years of age) important information about breast cancer and treatment; genetic testing for breast cancer; how to cope with emotional issues associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment; and sexual and reproductive health issues that may arise at the time of diagnosis, during treatment, and in survivorship.
Young Survival Coalition: provides support, education and networking for young women with breast cancer. Contact the local Houston affiliate: email@example.com or 713.468.3575.