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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512-452-9010
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I have (at this current time!) never had cancer...but the friends and family members that have is a high number! I am also friends w/many Doctors on a social level that share their concern w/the growing number of younger folks that are getting cancer. Planet Cancer is a fantastic way for this generation to connect with others who are going through this nightmare or have been there to offer support. Family support is crucial...but as we all know..it isn't enough. Thank you Planet Caner for making a positive difference in this world!!! I will continue to donate funds as well as tell everyone that I run into about Planet Cancer.

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

The website, the news letter, their reaching out across the states with their up to date info, their doctors info, the shared experiences and created friendships.

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

Turn it back over to the current staff.. they are doing a FANTASTIC job and Heidi rocks!

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

Watching their videos, interviews, hearing real life stories of shared experiences, new friendships, wonderful camp experiences and the learning!!! No need to reinvent a wheel with many of the struggles...

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

I have not met all of the staff but watching them on their videos through the newsletter/site they seem to work really well together.

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

continue to help other cancer folks that don't have the funds to either continue treatment or reach the doctors they need through a scholarship process. They could benefit the doctors who are working on research, hire a bigger staff to expand and grow

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to Austin and could be there to participate in the camps and outings; meet the group and help volunteer.

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

reaching the increasing number of young adults getting cancer. I think

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

God works in and through people. The folks that created this group and are making a GREAT difference in this world are cancer survivors themselves. Heidi Adams took the lemons she was given and made a sweet pitcher of lemonade to share with others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I would like to thank Plaanet Cancer again for the out reach to my son when he was fighting his battle with cancer. My son Michael Moore was invited to couples weekend in 2007 with his wife Sarah. They did not know that this would be their last trip together. Michael had a wonderful time meeting some very special people and sharing his last days with them in such a speical environment. This weekend opened him up and he and Sarah talked about some very difficult subjects. Michael also had the chance to vist with his army buddie that lived close to Planet Cancer. Michael retruned to California and was hospitalized with pneumonia. All the treatments had compromised his lungs and other organs and he could not fight the cancer any longer. He died on March 6, 2007 peacefully with his family at his side. Our wonderful Sarah is still very involved with Planet Cancer and we love to hear about all the projects they do to help young adults with cancer.

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

My daughter in law is still envolved with Planet Cancer and we hear about the positive things they are doing for young adults with cancer.

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

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

Due to our son fighting so hard to live for 12 long years with his cancer. I now volunteer for Hospice one day a week in our town. I think that Planet Cancer has influenced me to give back.

Ways to make it better...

NA

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My sister really could have used an organization like Planet Cancer when she was diagnosed at age 19. She never felt like there was an outlet for people her to connect with others going through the same thing and where people would "get" what she is going through. Planet Cancer not only provides support and community for young adults with cancer but also advocates for the needs of young adults with cancer out in the big, bad world. I believe wholeheartedly in Planet Cancer and that is why my family's foundation which we created in my sister's memory has been a major donor to PC every year since its inception.

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

The thousands of registered users on MyPlanet, exchanging support, information and connection.

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

Getting to attend one of their amazing retreats for young adults!

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

Knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated

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

Reach out to every young adult with cancer in the US, let them know that they're not alone, and help make their voice heard

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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