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First Descent
July 31, 2009

First Descents was an amazing esperience for all attending lending to continued reflection and positive life changes for all. FD brings together young adult cancer survivors with others who have been through a similar life threatening disease and gives them a place to connect and not feel alone, face fears of descending whitewater rapids (and of illness), and be in nature to heal on the emotional, mental and Spiritaul levels, in a supportive, kind, fun and playful atmosphere. I saw many volunteers give so much to others over the week-it was awesome!!!

The Great!

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

bringing healing to the participants through increased confidence in themselves and in facing fears of river kayaking which translates to decreasing life fears

Ways to make it better...

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

raise more funds and increase marketing to invite more young adults cancer survivors, and expand the camps to more diverse sports to draw in even more young adult cancer survivors.

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

witnessing the kindness, giving, compassion, nonjudgment and deep connections among attendees and volunteers

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

fun, spontaneous, giving, kind,creative, compassionate, supportive and nonjudgmental

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

Increase marketing to get the word out to all young adults with cancer that there is a free amazing healing opportunity for them to attend if wanted and offer the camps year round in amazing venues. Would also cater/cook to each ones food preferences

Ways to make it better...

we had air conditioning in our facility and slept better as the temps were in the 90's and hot!

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

lack of funds to pay fully for particpants to come and other expenses

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

The experience changed my life forever and I know it positively enhanced the lives of the attnedees, who went home with pride and confidence in acheiving a new skill, and feelings of connection and support from others who understand them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & camp photographer, driver and yoga teacher.