70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's one every eight minutes. This is not OK!
In January of 2011, I discovered a lump in my armpit. Well... discovered is a bit too gentle of a word - rather, the baseball sized lump was a little hard to miss when getting ready one morning. 2 months later, after weeks of surgeries, scary and intense meetings with doctors, and some very painful phone calls, I was sitting in a chair in the oncology center of Newton Wellesley Hospital outside of Boston waiting for my first of 12 chemo treatments for Stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma.
I was all of 23 years old.
My days at chemo were filled with stares and painful questions about which parent or grandparent I was accompanying to the center. I was by far the youngest in my cancer center. I was too old for a pediatrics wing but felt far too young to be with others two or three times my age.
The I'm Too Young for This! Cancer Foundation, or iy, filled in the gaps in institutionalized support that is sorely lacking for young adult survivors. From the Stupid Cancer Radio Show to support in rekindling iy Boston, iy has been an invaluable resource in guiding me through the ups and downs of treatment.
And now I can give back. I am raising $5000 for the OMG! 2012 Cancer Summit for Young Adults - the only conference of its kind geared toward young adult survivors, caretakers, and healthcare providers. Please help me spread the love to other young adult survivors.
iy Boston Volunteer Leader
Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma
The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. A program of the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in it's 5th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, cargivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to get organized, build community and unite as one to drive change.
Join our team and support efforts to ensure that young adult survivors get the chance to attend this event and participate in a life-affirming weekend of support, education, community and hope.
Stupid cancer. Survivors rule.
“The OMG! Summit taught me to keep fighting, be my own advocate and never give up, no matter what the doctor says.”
"I loved meeting new people as well as seeing old friends in person who I’d only known through Facebook.”
“The OMG! Summit and the sheer enormity of our community has left me more inspired than ever."
“I made so many new connections. I can't wait to spread more awareness about young adult cancer.”
“What an amazing, life-changing and inspiring weekend.”