So far this fiscal year, supporters like you have raised $35,200. Every single dollar raised supports programs specifically for young adults facing cancer. We focus on getting these young adults connected to one another, creating a safe space for them, and validating their concerns as they transition from young adult cancer patients into survivorship. Isolation is a huge issue for this group of young adults and at Lacuna Loft they are given that connection to others who understand what it is to face cancer at such a young age.
Most opportunities for young adult cancer peer connection are still closed. The pandemic continues to keep this isolated group of young adults disconnected from their support systems and from chances to connect with other young adults facing cancer. In our programs, they find connections to one another and that vital support and understanding from those who have faced cancer as they have.
In the young adult cancer book club, the survivors connect over a good book, share their thoughts as we read chapter to chapter, and come together in a video chat book club discussion (often with the author) at the end. In the art workshops, the survivors learn a creative activity or craft, skills for creative coping, create, and share with one another. In the new survivorship series, the survivors are brought together into a small community of peers and shepherded through several programs over 6-weeks. In the awkward auntie, the survivors submit anonymous questions about sex, sexual health, and relationships after young adult cancer and Dr. Anne Katz expertly answers them. In the young adult cancer hangouts, the survivors come together, connecting over their days, their lives, and their experiences.
In our 15 programs, these young adults are seen, heard, and brought together in ways they don’t find anywhere else.
This is a community committed to showing up for one another. Help us reach our goal of $40,000 from individual supporters like you.