Young Cancer Survivors Connect Over Cocktails

In March, we blogged about a survivorship event scheduled for April 7th at the Museum of Science and Industry entitled A Night at the Museum: An Evening for Young Adults Touched by Cancer and we’re back to report what an outstanding success it was! The event targeted cancer survivors between the ages of 21-39 specifically to focus on the unique challenges this demographic of survivors face.  Over 250 young adult cancer survivors, caregivers, family, friends and others touched by cancer attended the landmark event and the response from the cancer community has been overwhelming.

According to Jorie Rosen, Manager of Community Relations at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the organizers of this event, “attendees learned about advocacy programs and support services to help them proactively manage their physical and emotional health.” The purpose of the event was to teach young adult cancer survivors how to be their own advocates, and to let them know that they are not alone – there is a network of support that is designed to meet their needs. Survivors were able to have a cocktail, participate in a panel discussion with both providers and fellow survivors, and take a private tour of the You! The Experience Exhibit.

As survivors navigated the exhibit, providers and advocates were stationed along the way fielding any and all questions the attendees had.  Oncofertility Consortium Patient Navigator, Kristin Smith was on hand to discuss fertility preservation options and resources, which proved to be a hot topic among young survivors. Attendees expressed that they wanted to learn more about fertility and cancer, specifically long-term fertility concerns post cancer. Individuals seeking more information about fertility preservation can also visit SaveMyFertility.org, where they can find the resources they need to take control of their reproductive future.

Thanks to the hard work of the cancer care community, A Night at the Museum: An Evening for Young Adults Touched by Cancer was a huge success.  We were able to connect individuals affected by cancer with survivorship resources and more importantly, with each other. On June 23rd at 6:30pm, young adult survivors will get another opportunity to make connections at the Stupid Cancer Survivorship Bootcamp at Sub 51 in Chicago, IL hosted by I’m Too Young for This, the Oncofertility Consortium and Imerman Angels. Come join us and help the young adult cancer community get educated, organized, mobilized and empowered!