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PLANET CANCER
July 14, 2009

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...

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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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I've been a PC volunteer for 8 years now and have been involved in several of their retreats and fundraising events. I'm also a survivor so have participated in a few retreats on that side as well.