Cactus Cancer Society

What is Cactus Cancer Society?

The Cactus Cancer Society’s mission, formerly Lacuna Loft, is to provide a safe space where young adults facing cancer can breathe easier knowing that there are others here who understand what they are facing. Our community offers an escape from the harsh realities of cancer, and an opportunity to cope through creativity and expression, and continue to grow and thrive.

We challenge traditional ways of delivering cancer survivorship support for young adults by providing access to support and community virtually – no matter who they are or where they are. As the first virtual cancer support community for young adults, we help others feel less isolated, more connected, and more capable of using their story and their voice.

Cactus Cancer Society programs are the fastest and easiest way to connect with other young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be moving over to our new website so stay tuned!

How does it work?

All of Cactus Cancer Society’s programs are online, either delivered directly through our website or through Zoom.  If the program is through our website, it’s available 24/7.  When you attend a program via Zoom, you get face-to-face connection with other survivors who totally get it, without needing to leave your home!  In either case, you can live absolutely anywhere and still have access to Cactus Cancer Society’s programs, and the community of young adult cancer survivors and caregivers who attend.

Here at Cactus Cancer Society, we don’t run formal support groups.  Instead, we facilitate creative activities with intimate groups of young adult cancer survivors and caregivers.  We’ve learned, through our hundreds of conversations with young adults facing cancer, that you all want connection to one another, your concerns to be validated, and a safe place.  Cactus Cancer Society accomplishes those three goals through Art Workshops, Creative Writing Workshops, a Journaling Program, Young Adult Cancer Hangouts, a Young Adult Cancer Book Club, an Awkward Auntie program, and more.  We facilitate survivorship care and support by bringing together those who totally understand around activities that are fun and engaging.

Check out our upcoming programs!

More about our programs.

Formerly Lacuna Loft?

We are so excited to share the launch of our rebrand with you.  Lacuna Loft started as a blog and 7 years later we are so much more than that.  Lacuna Loft has challenged the traditional ways of delivering cancer survivorship support for young adults.  Lacuna Loft is sought out as a way to connect with others and as an outlet for creative expression.  We improve quality of life indicators for these young adults and we help them feel less isolated, more connected to others, and more capable of using their voice and their story.

But our name was difficult to communicate in crowded spaces and our work had started to surpass the limits our name imposed.  We needed a new look and feel that better fit the work that we do and the value we provide.

What's in a name?

The imagery of the terrarium, which provides its own ecosystem that the organisms inside can rely upon,  The cactus represents resilience and fortitude – reflective of the community of young adults facing cancer we serve. They face unforgiving conditions in some of the most challenging environments, but they are resilient, and they continue to grow and flourish. The word, ‘society,’ conveys an established space. And if you look closely, there is a little flower blossoming on the cactus which reminds us that it is possible to find beauty and thrive even in the harshest landscapes of life. The Cactus Cancer Society offers a safe space where young adults facing cancer can breathe easier knowing that there are others here who understand what they are facing.

The Cactus Cancer Society’s new logo and visual identity are inspired by the core principle and spirit of being a pioneer in the young adult cancer survivorship space – the first to offer an escape from the harsh realities of cancer, and an opportunity to cope through creativity and expression, where young adults facing cancer can get the support they need, no matter who they are or where they are.

Coming up with our new look and name hasn’t been easy.  We spent 9 months asking questions and listening to our community.  We hosted a large survey, had discussions with key members of the community individually, held small creative focus groups, and took the time to really learn what it is about our work that most stands out to to the most important among us, the young adults facing cancer whom we serve.