About Us

young adult cancer resources

no matter where you are

Our Mission

Lacuna Loft is a 501(c)3 registered, web-based nonprofit organization that encourages, empowers, and connects young adult cancer survivors and caregivers throughout the globe, 24/7.  Lacuna Loft provides online wellness support resources, lifestyle encouragement, and peer support community that young adults need to overcome their challenging health and life circumstances, and thrive.  No more brick and mortar.  Here comes Lacuna Loft, because we are #StrongerTogether.

Want to help?  Questions?  Comments?  Email us at info@lacunaloft.org

Unique Challenges for Young Adults + How Lacuna Loft Helps

In the cancer world, young adults are those people aged 18-39.  This group experiences a variety of different challenges compared to other age groups…young adults are just establishing careers and families, they are just becoming independent, and they are among a peer group who most likely hasn’t experienced anything like what they are going through.  At Lacuna Loft we provide 20/30 somethings with cancer and their caregivers, the tools they need to adapt their once bustling lifestyle to fit their new challenges.

At Lacuna Loft, we provide support and resources to young adults dealing with cancer as patients, survivors, or caregivers in the form of wellness resources, lifestyle encouragement, and peer support community.  Our programs are all online and designed to fit the needs of young adults.  When you’re feeling isolated and alone, head on over to our Young Adult Voices program where you can find stories and interviews from young adults, just like you, dealing with cancer.   When you need some help adjusting your lifestyle to your new normal, head on over to our Lifestyle Support program where you can find DIY activities for anytime, style advice, cooking, exercise, and more.  When you’re feeling like expressing yourself through writing, head on over to our Unspoken Ink: Writing Group (meeting once a week via video chat) or our journaling opportunities.  Looking for DIY or cooking online workshops?  We’ll have those in the coming months!

Young Adult Cancer Resources…No Matter Where You Are.

Our Background

During graduate school, our founder Mallory experienced first hand what impact cancer and grief can have on a person’s life.  Lacuna Loft is here to serve as a place where the day-to-day of living through cancer can be simplified for young adults (ages 18-39).  Sometimes cancer strike at the worst times….like when you are finishing college and looking for jobs, when you have started a family, when you are launching a career, or when you are becoming independent and loving your new adult-hood.  Learning to slow down and figure out life with such a serious road block can be daunting.

What does Lacuna Loft mean?

Lacuna refers to a blank space or a missing part… a hiatus of sorts. Loft seemed like a cool place to hang out. Our founder, Mallory, wanted Lacuna Loft to be a safe place where one could come and recover while learning to thrive. Where someone would want to stay a bit, hang out, and learn to live vibrantly during their hiatus.

Meet Our Team

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Mallory is the CEO and Founder of Lacuna Loft.  She has an MS and half a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  During her Master’s and PhD, Mallory worked with the Air Force Research Lab as well as NASA on high temperature metal fatigue experiments and simulations.  She left graduate school in August 2013 and launched a nonprofit, Lacuna Loft, in April 2015.  Applying her love for engineering and technology to her nonprofit endeavor, Mallory manages operations, programs, and development at Lacuna Loft where online support programs and resources are provided to young adult cancer survivors and caregivers in the comfort of their own homes.  Mallory is an avid lover of animals, running, swimming, hiking, being outside, reading, making things, and TV or movie marathons.
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Brett is a jack-of-all-trades, who helps out with web design for Lacuna Loft and happens to be married to the CEO ;). He has a PhD in Computer Science, and likes fooling around with technology. He deeply believes in the mission of Lacuna Loft, having a father, mother, wife (Mallory) and mother-in-law whose lives have been changed by cancer. He spent his childhood volunteering at cancer support organizations and is “pumped” to be part of Lacuna Loft.

Contact Us

Interesting in writing for Lacuna Loft? Looking for something and can’t find it here? Get in touch: info@lacunaloft.org!

The Fine Print

Lacuna Loft is a 501(c)3, not for profit corporation in the State of California.  Please see our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy before proceeding.