CancerCare encourages young adults affected by cancer to participate in First Descents, a fantastic organization that allows young adults to participate in whitewater kayaking and other adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2000, is committed to connecting the young adult cancer population and providing support, encouragement and empowerment.
Week-long programs are offered in Utah, Colorado, Montana and Washington, free of charge to all participants. It is not required of participants to have any previous rafting or climbing experience, and all equipment is provided by First Descents. Medical providers are always available on-site at each program to ensure a safe experience for each individual.
Those accepted to the program must cover the cost of travel, although limited scholarships covering transportation are available. First Descents is still accepting applications for climbing programs in September; click here to apply. All that is required to apply is a general application form, and a physical exam form filed out by you physician.
“Young adults who have cancer are often underserved by support offerings that address concerns specific to their age,” notes CancerCare Men’s Cancer Project Coordinator Wade Iwata, LMSW. “First Descents is really a unique and worthwhile experience that keeps young adults coming back to the program year after year.”
For more information about First Descents, and to learn how you can become a volunteer or host a fundraiser, please visit the organization’s website.