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Review for First Descent, Greenwood Village, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I took my First Descent in June 2008, and it was an experience that would forever change my life. In August 2004, at 32 years of age, my carefree world as I knew it was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. For the next 7 months, I battled this disease with every ounce of strength I had. I easily coasted through my treatments and surgeries never imagining that the period following my cancer treatment would be so difficult. For months afterwards, I struggled to find my “new normal”. I felt that I had missed out on so much as I watched my friends around me move up in their careers, get married, and have children. I often felt I had no one to turn to, no person who would understand how I really felt. And then there was the constant fear of mortality... In June 2008, I boarded a plane to a First Descents camp in Montana with many reservations. To my surprise, my reluctant decision to attend was one of the the best decisions I ever made! For the first time since I was diagnosed, I did not feel different or pitied. I was challenged to do things that I thought I could never do. I learned the true beauty of humankind through the volunteers I met. I took a little piece from each camper that to this day continues to inspire me. Most importantly, I learned to love myself again. I returned home happy, empowered, and part of a whole new family. Thanks in grand part to First Descents, I was finally able to close my "cancer" chapter. No more pity parties for me!! I have since completed a half-marathon, learned how to snow ski, continued my travels, and returned to the "social scene". My wonderful medical team in Miami may have cured me physically, but First Descents mended my battered heart and soul.

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

the family I have gained. I still turn to many of my FD friends for support. Although months may pass before I see them again, we pick up right where we left off.

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

selfless, caring, loving, simply amazing... I regained my faith in people after my first FD camp...

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

serve thousands in the neediest and mostly forgotten population of cancer survivors - the young adults...

Ways to make it better...

I could see my FD family more often!

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

fundraising and creating awareness.

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

Brad Ludden and Corey Nielsen, the founder and cofounder of First Descents, are two of the most amazing people I have ever met. I thank God everyday for sending these two beautiful angels my way...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & I have raised $5000 for First Descents since the beginning of 2009.