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Planet Cancer

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

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

Programs: Planet cancer has provided a critical community of peer support and advocacy for young adults with cancer.

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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.