PLANET CANCER

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Cancer

Location: 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. Ste. 306 Austin TX 78752 USA

Mission: Young adults with cancer slip into a lonely no-man’s land. Too old for the instant community of a children’s hospital, they’re still too young to be a part of the over-50 community that overwhelmingly populates adult cancer wards. Because young adults with cancer are a relatively small group, the difficulty of finding peer support is increased exponentially, forcing many to deal in isolation with issues specific to this age and stage of life: dating with cancer, disclosure to a potential employer, long-term insurance issues, moving back home, loss of fertility, or having to quit school or a newly-launched career.Planet Cancer exists so that no young adult will have to endure such isolation.  In addition, we work to raise awareness in the medical community about young adults as a distinct group with distinct needs. A greater focus on young adults, their cancers, their issues (including lack of insurance and low participation in clinical trials) and their medical needs will hopefully lead to improvement in survival rates, which have not increased one iota for this age group in 30 years.
Target demographics: 18-40 year old cancer patients and survivors.
Geographic areas served: national
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Planet Cancer is a fantastic organization that seeks to fill a void many young adults seem to fall into when they face a cancer diagnosis. Many are uninsured, or underinsured, newly independent, starting their careers or in the early stages of one, and they can quickly become overwhelmed at the huge decisions facing them. Planet Cancer provides peer support for those exact needs, and a community of people who have "been there" and "get it." One memory from one of the PC retreats I was privileged to attend always sticks out to me - when a young adult named Mike said after it that he felt comfortable there, because for once, he wasn't the "guy in the room with cancer" - he was simply Mike. PC is also a helpful resource for friends and family to gain a better understanding of what the patient may be going through and dealing with - which is extremely important as this demographic can be struggling with the things mentioned above, as well as moving back in with your parents, trying to date with Cancer, etc... I've had some incredible experiences volunteering for Planet Cancer, and have literally seen young adults light up like you can't believe at the realization that they are NOT alone in their struggle, that there (unfortunately) ARE others "like" them, going through similar things, and that they can connect with them and gain strength from those relationships and connections as they keep pushing through treatment and hopefully beyond...

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

The faces of Young adult cancer patients I've met who realize that they don't have to go through it alone - that there are others like them out there.

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

Literally watching lives being positively affected in as short a period of time as a weekend.

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

Absolutely fantastic - real, passionate, and fun - which are several qualities needed in serving this demographic.

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

Go Global quicker than they are and help to fill the void of support young adults now face...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Planet Cancer provides support and encouragement to Adolescent/Young Adults (AYA) with cancer. They provide a service that is specific to this age group and really resonates with the concerns that AYAs face when dealing with cancer. You can't find a better organization that helps this age group.

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

helping and connecting with young adults

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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

the creative ways they help people

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

amazing and full of energy

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

really change the way AYA cancers are diagnosed and help increase the survival rate within this population. The survival rate within this group has not increased since the 1970s.

Ways to make it better...

we could have raise even more money to help people

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are wonderful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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