Young Adult Resources

DEFEATcancer Young Adult Survivor Network Resources

From the moment of diagnosis, you are a survivor.  But no matter how much inner strength you gather for this journey, it is nice to have support, some help, and all the resources you can muster.     Here are local and national resources we think can help:

Local support

DEFEATcancer Young Adult Survivor Network addresses the unique needs of people facing cancer before age 46.  Contact for more information.  And we’re on Facebook.

The Support Sisters and Brothers offer one on one peer for patients and caregivers, offering someone to talk to who has walked this journey before you.  To be matched with a Support Sister or Brother, call 541-706-5864.

Financial Assistance

Wendy’s Wish, CANcancer, and Sara’s Project offer central Oregonians facing cancer help with non medical living expenses such as transportation, grocery, and utility payment assistance.  Harvest of Hope can help with extra groceries.  Call 541-706-5864 for more information.

The SAMFund assists young adult survivors of cancer with a successful transition into their post-treatment life.  Grants and scholarships cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs.

The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund supports patients ages 18-40 as they undergo cancer treatment. It provides services to meet daily needs that are not covered by insurance. Typical grants cover $600 worth of medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs, and groceries.

The Orion Fund provides grants for college students in Health Crisis.

The Ulman Cancer Fund provides scholarships for young adults age 18 to 35 affected by cancer, as well as students whose parents have been affected by cancer.

Care. Commit. Change is the premier resource of financial information for college-bound cancer survivors; providing a comprehensive, accurate and positive community dedicated to improving the quality of life for young adult cancer survivors.

Tamika and Friends helps young women with cervical cancer.  Tamika & Friends has set up three financial assistance plans: the Gift of Giving (to help cancer patients and survivors move ahead with their lives), the Gift of Love (a gift for gratitude for caregivers; nominate someone who’s shown you love), and the Gift of Life (to assist women seeking fertility preservation, surrogacy or adoption).

Other Support

Young Cancer Spouses: For young spouses of adults with cancer, providing support for those who support us.

I’m Too Young For This (i[2]y):  Very thorough information with an attitude for those 15-39 years old, including great resource lists including support groups, camps and retreats, scholarships, emotional support, and the blogosphere.

CancerCare: Young Adults  Online support and webinars for those 20-39 years old — also provides financial assistance grants.

Planet Cancer: An online community of young adults with cancer in their 20s and 30s “to share insights, explore our fears, laugh, or even give the finger to cancer with others who just plain get it.”

The Young Survival Coalition focuses on the unique issues of young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40 with education, peer support, and hosting an online community.

Good Times and Bald Times is a group of young survivors talking about their experiences in a series of videos.  Search Good Times and Bald Times on YouTube.


Fertile Hope is a national LIVESTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

ReproTech is dedicated to making sperm banking services available to cancer patients wishing to preserve their fertility by establishing a Fertility Preservation Network, a group of fertility centers that provide cryopreservation services across the U.S.  ReproTech also offers a “sperm banking by air” kit, OverNite Male™, available to men who are unable to visit a fertility clinic due to illness or location.


First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors (ages 18 to 39) a free outdoor adventure experience designed to enable them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.  Our programs are all over the country and range anywhere from 1 day to 1 week. Any YA with cancer is eligible regardless of physical challenges, diagnosis or prognosis!

The Always Keep Pedaling Foundation provides young adults with the means to use adventure sports to assist, inspire and energize a comeback from invasive cancer treatments.  Grants help pay for adaptive equipment or cost of experience.

Camp Mak-A-Dream offers a cost free camp experience in Montana for children, young adults and families affected by cancer.

CampKesem is a college run camp for kids whose parent has (or had) cancer.  Fun and support for your kids – the closest camp is in Eugene.

Personal Webpages

MyLifeLine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and survivors to create free, customized websites. Their mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.

CaringBridge provides personal websites that connect people during a significant health challenge. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guestbook.