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First Descent
July 28, 2009

I recently returned from my second camp. Cancer is many things but two things that come to mind are that it is limiting and it is a betrayal. I face physical limitations, such as fatigue and poor balance, that limit my world compared to before being diagnosed. Others may have lost their fertility, limbs or bear other physical and emotional scars. Beyond that, cancer is a betrayal; our body is literally killing itself and acts in ways that defy sense. First Descents is the anti-dote to all of this. While there are many things I can't do compared to my pre-cancer self, one thing I can do is kayak. And to learn something that requires physical exertion and balance, has given me a newfound confidence that is difficult to explain. While my physicians prevented me from dying (for which I am incredibly grateful), FD helped teach me how to live.

The Great!

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

in the way that it connects young adult survivors.

Ways to make it better...

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

Focus on getting more first time campers. It's a great experience and my biggest hope is that I would be rejected in the future because there's too much demand from people who haven't done this before.

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

the personal growth that came from conquering a physical challenge.

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

Amazing.

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

expand its outreach program.

Ways to make it better...

better diversity in terms of age and gender. The camps tend to have more alot more females than males. I wouldn't blame FD for that (I don't think men apply as frequently as women).

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

outreach. Young adult survivors tend to fall through the cracks of most cancer centers since they're such a small group. There's isn't an infrastructure out there for FD to tap into to get its word out.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Learn to live.