An Ongoing List of Cancer Organizations

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Athletes for Cancer

USA

http://www.athletes4cancer.org
@athletes4cancer

“Athletes 4 Cancer is dedicated to enriching lives impacted by cancer through the healing power of the elements and the tenacity of the human spirit. Essentially, Athletes 4 Cancer rebuilds lives after cancer.
We recognize an immediate need for viable resources and survivorship-focused programs in our community. Cancer survivors face unique challenges after cancer, with life turning upside down physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Cancer may have spared these individual their lives, but the scars left behind are often more severe than the fight itself. Athletes 4 Cancer’s primary program focus is helping young adults rebuild their lives after cancer.
We use adventure-based experiences such as surfing, outrigger canoeing, standup paddling, skiing and snowboarding, as channels of healing, achievement and life-renewal that treat the mind, body, and soul. Athletes 4 Cancer’s programs aim to help young survivors not just survive, but thrive in all aspects of life, inspiring others facing cancer to do the same.

AYA Cancer Canada

Canada

http://ayacancercanada.wix.com/resources#!about-us/cjg9
@AYACancerCanada

“Every year, thousands of adolescents and young adults (AYA) in Canada are diagnosed with cancer. However, there is a greater emphasis on children and adult cancer patients and survivors. Because of lack of focus on this 15 to 39 year old age group, AYA Cancer Canada aims to provide a portal of resources tailored to their needs in order to help them find comfort in their everyday lives. AYA Cancer Canada provides resources for AYA patients, survivors, health care professionals, caretakers, friends, and family members.”

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Cancer Fight Club

Canada

http://www.cancerfightclub.com/home
@CancerFightClub

“Our site aims to provide adolescent and young adult patients and survivors, caregivers, family and friends, instant access to the resources and support services that help guide you through your cancer experience. CancerFightClub wants all young adults to have access to medical, psychological, rehabilitation, life-management and support resources in their reach. No matter where you find yourself, we want you to know we are in your corner.”

Chasing Rainbows: Young Adult Cancer Advocacy

Canada

http://www.chasingrainbows.ca
@PatTaylorCR

“An initiative developed by Pat Taylor with the mission of discovering and distributing multi-media support resources for young adults living with cancer, as well as for their caregivers, family, friends, and medical professionals.”

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Gilda’s Club

Toronto

http://www.gildasclubtoronto.org/Default.aspx
@gildastoronto

“Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto provides a welcoming community of free social and emotional support for adults, teens and children touched by cancer, along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, and it’s all free of charge, all under one roof, all year long.
Social and emotional support is just as important as medical care for people living with cancer. In fact, we’ve been called the “missing link in the cancer care system.”

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Hope and Cope

Montreal Canada

http://jgh.ca/en/HopeCope?mid=ctl00_LeftMenu_ctl00_TheMenu-menuItem000

“Hope & Cope is a unique organization that provides psychosocial support for cancer survivors, their families and friends. Our raison d’etre is to help patients and their families navigate the sometimes bewildering and frightening journey of the cancer experience. Close to 400 dedicated, specially trained volunteers, many of whom have had cancer themselves, provide patients with support, information, resources and guidance at all points along the cancer continuum, with a special focus on survivorship programming. A professional staff of 12 (full and part-time) ensures effective program management and continuity.”

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International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP)

International

https://www.icrpartnership.org

“Established in 2000, International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP) is a unique alliance of cancer organizations working together to enhance global collaboration and strategic coordination of research. We aim to improve access to information about cancer research being conducted and enable cancer organizations to maximize the impact of their independent efforts, for the benefit of researchers and cancer patients worldwide.”

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MBC Alliance

USA

http://www.mbcalliance.org
@mbcalliance

“The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance unifies the efforts of its members to improve the lives of and outcomes for those living with metastatic breast cancer and their families through increasing awareness and education about the disease and advancing policy and strategic coordination of research funding specifically focused on metastasis that has the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately to cure.”

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

USA

http://mbcn.org
@MBCNbuzz

“MBCN is a national, independent, nonprofit, patient advocacy group dedicated to the unique concerns of the women and men living with metastatic breast cancer . We strive to help those living with stage IV breast cancer be their own best advocate through providing education and information on treatments and coping with the disease.”

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Rethink Breast Cancer

Canada

http://rethinkbreastcancer.com
@rethinktweet

“Rethink’s Mission: To continuously pioneer cutting-edge breast cancer education, support and research that speak fearlessly to the unique needs of young (or youngish) women.”

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SHARE Cancer Support

USA

http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/
@SHAREing

“SHARE’s mission is to create and sustain a supportive network and community of women affected by breast or ovarian cancer. SHARE brings these women and their families and friends together with others who have experienced breast or ovarian cancer, and provides participants with the opportunity to receive and exchange information, support, strength and hope.

SHARE’s work focuses on empowerment, education and advocacy to bring about better health care, an improved quality of life, and a cure for these diseases.”

Stupid Cancer

USA

http://stupidcancer.org/index.shtml
@StupidCancer

“i’m too young for this! Stupid Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the dominant healthcare brand for millions affected by young adult cancer.

Our innovative and award-winning services serve as a bullhorn to propel the young adult cancer movement forward and our charter is to ensure that no one affected by young adult cancer go unaware of the age-appropriate support resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living. “

Survive and Thrive Cancer Programs

Canada

http://survivethrive.org
@mikeylang

“Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs uses adventure expeditions, film, healthy living, experiential education and research to encourage and inspire those touched by cancer to live well. Join the thousands of people every week who check out the Healthy Living Blog. Watch one of 3 internationally recognized films about what it means to live well despite cancer. Come on a once in a lifetime rafting, kayaking or sailing trip to places like the Grand Canyon, the Owyhee River or the Discovery Islands. Where ever you are in your cancer journey, Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs will help you “Reflect. Refocus. Rebuild.” your life in a way that is meaningful to you so that you can live well living with, through or beyond cancer.”

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation

USA

http://www.tnbcfoundation.org
@TNBCnews

“We strive to be a credible source for triple negative breast cancer information, a catalyst for science and patient advocacy groups, and a caring community with meaningful services for patients and their families.”

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Young Adult Cancer Canada

Canada

http://www.youngadultcancer.ca
@yacancercanada

“YACC research revealed that over 7,000 young adults were diagnosed in Canada each year, that their survival rates were virtually unchanged since the 1970s, and–most importantly–there were no readily-available and relevant support programs to help young adults with cancer deal with the very unique issues they face. Life is different in your teens, 20s and 30s; it just makes sense it’s different with cancer, too. Young adults with cancer need and deserve an organization wholly focused on providing customized support programs to help them deal with their cancer experience. Given there was not one organization in Canada with this as its focus the vision was obvious: YACC had to be that national cancer organization providing resources for young adults looking for inspiration, information and support.”

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Voboc

Montreal Canada

http://voboc.org
@VOBOC_ORG

“VOBOC’s (Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer) mission is to provide newly diagnosed Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) oncology patients with free diversions, resources and tools to help ease their cancer journey and to provide leadership in raising public awareness regarding increasing occurrences of cancer within the normally robust AYA population. VOBOC offers its free services to AYA patients through its unique membership as part of an oncology interdisciplinary team within leading cancer treatment centres.”

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Wellspring

Canada

http://www.wellspring.ca
@WellspringCAN

 “Wellspring understands how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be, and that when dealing with cancer you need more than medical care.  You need help from people who understand the emotional, psychological, social and practical consequences of cancer and its treatment.  You need the support, programs and services that are available at Wellspring.”

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