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First Descents provides life-changing outdoor
adventures for young adults (ages 18 - 39) impacted by
cancer and other serious health conditions.

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Programs ensure individualized care, medical attention and intimate experiences with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are offered free of cost to participants.


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Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some the best whitewater kayaking in the American…
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Join the Out Living It Project and fundraise for First Descents. We know these are unprecedented times, but now more than ever, your support means the world to us. Take on a new challenge and help bring the healing power of adventure to young adults impacted by cancer and MS. When you start an Out Living It Project, you'll add special meaning to your next adventure or event by raising funds and awareness for First Descents.

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Help Prescribe Adventure to young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions earlier in their treatment journey. Medical centers and healthcare organizations nationwide are already working with First Descents (FD) to improve survivorship through adventure, physical activity, and peer connection. Join us by clicking learn more below!

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When it is safe to do so, First Descents stands ready to provide programs for more young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. So, sign up to experience the healing power of adventure! First Descents offers week long, local, and international adventures. Find out more about our program offerings and get started.

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