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Geoff’s blog: Give young adults a place where they never feel alone

Twenty-two years ago, I was like many of my peers, until I wasn’t.

Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 23, my independent living and career-building life came to a screeching halt. Suddenly I was living a life that was very different from my peers and my search for connection to other young adults with cancer turned up empty. 

YACC was born out of necessity all those years ago, and through the engagement of our supporters and donors, we have built a beautiful community of young adults who have each other’s backs as much as you have ours. 

Donor support has allowed YACC to help young adults dealing with cancer make connections with people who understand their struggles, help navigate the painfully isolating experience cancer brings to this age group, and experience positive growth after this traumatic experience.

In our November gratitude message, we introduced you to community members Alex Mandarino and Gabrielle Fecteau who talked about how impactful our programs had been for them, and how YACC’s programs and supports helped them grow and thrive with, through, and beyond cancer.

Today, I would like you to meet Chris Chow.

Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 30, Chris first connected with YACC in 2011 and has been with us ever since.


“Being diagnosed with cancer threw a wrench in all my plans. The path I had set no longer felt like the right fit, but I had no idea how to move forward. Cancer is messy to navigate and connecting with peers through YACC helped me to wade through that mess and come out the other side with direction. YACC helped me to find a renewed sense of confidence that I could be successful at any new challenges that were thrown my way.” – Chris Chow


YACC’s donors make a huge impact today on Giving Tuesday — and every day. The saying “every dollar counts” has never been so meaningful. Did you know just $15 helps a young adult connect to a YACC Web: Chat focused on their needs with a community that “gets it,” $100 ensures two young adults like Chris can access supportive online programming.

Every donation ensures young adults like Chris, Gabrielle, and Alex have a place where they are never alone.

With your support, we can continue to do what we do best: provide a bridge out of the painful isolation that cancer brings to this age group and support young adults like Chris so they can live a life worth loving.

Live life. Love life.




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