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YACC Live

Young Adult Cancer Canada holds national events to bring people together whenever possible, and we are very excited to host YACC Live on April 13, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. ET!

During this webcast, members of the YACC community will talk about what it means to recover from cancer while you engage from a meet-up near you, or from the comfort of your own home.



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Program Details

YACC Live is a national event providing opportunities for young adult cancer survivors and supporters to get together in their local communities and connect, reconnect, be inspired, and have fun. Modelled from The Big Cancer Hook-up, we expect hundreds of young adult cancer patients, survivors, supporters, and caregivers will watch together from Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, and more!
Next event - April 13, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. ET!
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Location details

CALGARY
Wellspring Carma House
(1404 Home Road, Calgary, AB)
Doors open at 4 p.m. MT

EDMONTON
Wellspring Edmonton House
(11306 65 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB)
Doors open at 4 p.m. MT

HALIFAX
Canadian Cancer Society Lodge
(5826 South Street, Halifax, NS)
Doors open at 7 p.m. AT

OTTAWA
Collaburo
(499 Preston St. Ottawa, ON, K1S 4N7)
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET

ST. JOHN'S
YACC HQ
(136 Crosbie Rd. Suite 306, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3K3)
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. NT

TORONTO
LOCO Space
(Wellesley on the Park Condominium HQ, 15 Wellesley St. W Unit 201, Toronto, ON, M4Y 0G7)
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET

VANCOUVER
Canadian Cancer Society Vancouver Lodge
(575 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4C3)
Doors open at 3 p.m. PT

VICTORIA
theDock
(300-722 Cormorant Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1P8)
Doors open at 3 p.m. PT

WINNIPEG
TableSpace Coworking
(196 Osborne St., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 1Z3)
Doors open at 5 p.m. CT

More to be announced!

What you can expect

National connection

Groups of young adults affected by cancer get together online to watch the show!

HD stream

We make efforts to ensure the broadcast is crystal clear and engaging so you feel connected and entertained whether you’re watching with a group or home alone!

Some terrible jokes

Laughter is the best medicine, after all! We were all brought together because cancer is shit, but that’s exactly why we need to be fun-loving and full of life!

Guest Speakers

Joseph Neale (host)

Joseph Neale (host)

My name is Joseph Neale (32). I was diagnosed with lung cancer days before my 21st birthday. I live in Toronto, Ontario and will be hosting this years YACC Live!

On my path through recovery, I’ve learned that even though we may face negative coincidences, we can make the most of them by turning them into positive outcomes! For instance, do the thing you thought you couldn’t do. Some people live life without ever LIVING!

You can find me @joiiTV!

Ashley Wendland (Morine)

Ashley Wendland (Morine)

Ashley was diagnosed with ocular melanoma at age 27.

Originally from St. John’s, NL and now living in Brisbane, Australia, Ashley will chat with fellow YACCer, Greet, about recovery and how to navigate it overseas.

“Cancer will always be part of my life, but it doesn’t have to define (or restrict) me.”

Find Ashley on Instagram: @ashwendland

Carolyn Van

Carolyn Van

Carolyn was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 28.

Now, a decade later, the Toronto-based YACCer is actively engaged in many areas of the organization including sharing her story, being a Recover Study Leadership Team member, and more.

Up next: Catch her hanging out with a fellow survivor, chit chatting life after cancer. Shifts, observations, and some lessons learned.

Carolyn said one valuable lesson she learned on the path to recovery was “certainty and security in life are fallacies. When I was able to observe and face what was happening, loosen up my tight grip, and accept this, this was when I felt most powerful and free.”

You can find her @carolynvan on most social networks!

Dani Roulette

Dani Roulette

Dani was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at age 30.

During YACC Live, she will read some  excerpts crafted during a recent Writing It Out! session.

Dani said, “I’ve learned that being Anishinaabe is my greatest source of strength and power.”

Visit her Instagram profile for a sneak peek of her writing!  @thunderbirdwomanreads

Dani Taylor

Dani Taylor

Dani was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 23.

During YACC Live, Dani will share some info the efforts she’s putting into healing her mind/body connection.

Dani said one of the most valuable lessons she has learned on the way to recovery is “grief can also be a friend.”

Greet Kallikorm

Greet Kallikorm

Greet was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 — and again at 36.

She recently moved from Quebec to Kyoto, and will join Ashley during YACC Live to chat about travelling and “living life as you wish after diagnosis.”

Taking a cue from Mary Oliver, Greet says the path to recovery has led her to answer the question of “…what is it you plan to do. With your one wild and precious life?”

Follow Greet on Instagram: @greetk

Karl-Erik Sonvisen

Karl-Erik Sonvisen

Karl-Erik was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma at age 6 and as blind age 16.

During YACC Live, he will take part in a casual conversation with Carolyn from his home in BC about the life changing epiphanies gained from a nearly three-decade cancer experience (super casual, nothing serious).

One of the lessons Karl-Erik learned on the road to Recovery is, “the universe does not happen to you, it just happens,  so the sooner we give up regret and resentment, the sooner we can actually live!”

Find him on social media: Facebook | Twitter

Testimonial from past guests

"It was great to be able to talk with everyone real-time online. It was like a reunion of YACCers I'd met in person at previous events."

- Big Cancer Hook-up December 2020 viewer

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