First Descent

Rating: 4.89 stars   46 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, Sports


6000 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. Suite 120 Greenwood Village CO 80111 USA


First Descents is committed to curing young adults (aged 18-39) of the emotional effects of cancer and empowering them to regain control of their lives by experiencing whitewater kayaking and other challenging adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment.


First Descents will invite 15 young adults with cancer to attend our week long program at no expense to them. During the week they are taught to kayak. Starting in a small pond escalating up to rolling the boat in class III whitewater. Along the way they form bonds with other participants, share thier common problems, learn to rely on their bodies again, and realise they have the power to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

First Descents is the most effective cancer survivor support organization I've been involved with during a career of over 30 years in oncology. Both participants and volunteers and empowered and enriched by the experience. Cancer survivors must get beyond victimhood to live full and happy lives- First Descents helps them rediscover the confident and capable person inside who may have gotten lost during the cancer journey.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing renewed joy and confidence to young adult cancer survivors

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching many "ah-hah!" moments as participants amaze themselves. It is also always amazing to see the close bonds that quickly form and result in longlasting friendships.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Skilled and compassionate. The staff treat participants as their equals and friends- normal people who just happened to have something crappy come uninvited into their lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to reach as many survivors as possible around the globe.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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