Here is a list of outside resources that have been recommended by our First Descents alumni and the larger cancer community. We will constantly be updating our resource list so check back!
We are always here to help, so please reach out to us if you are looking for a resource that isn’t listed.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support.
GRYT Health’s mission is help provide patients, survivors, and caregivers achieve personal triumph by providing the information and human connections that empower them to make choices that are right for them – based on their personal values and lifestyles.
The Samfund supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment.
People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Their vision is bold: a world free of MS.
Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.
As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides free education on the legal and practical issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials, and resources.
LoveYourBrain is a non-profit that improves the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that build community and resilience. LoveYourBrain believes that yoga, mindfulness, and community are essential to transforming the wellbeing of people with brain injury and their caregivers. That’s why they offer FREE, research-backed programs and trainings to empower our community with new tools, resources, and connections.
Check out gene.com/MS for Spanish-language resources and additional support for the Hispanic / Latinx MS community.
Patient Advocacy Foundation (PAF) provides direct services to patients with chronic, life threatening and debilitating diseases to help access care and treatment recommended by their doctor.
Elephants and Tea is the only magazine written for and by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients, survivors and caregivers telling their story in their own words. Cancer is the Elephant in the room. Tea is the relief conversation will provide. What is your elephant? Be Heard. Join the Herd.
Kesem is a nationwide community that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer by providing fun-filled programs, at no cost to families.
Check out gene.com/MS for additional resources, videos and support for the Black MS community.
CancerBuddy is the first social support network for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. It’s a free smartphone application that helps people affected by cancer find resources, emotional support, patient education information, and a new community of peers going through similar experiences.
MyMSTeam is a free social network that makes it easy for you to get the emotional support you need from others like you, and gain practical advice and insights on managing treatment or therapies for multiple sclerosis.
Lacuna Loft is a nonprofit organization providing online support programs to young adult cancer survivors and caregivers.
Remission Nutrition consults and educates clients worldwide on personalized therapeutic diets, supplement protocols, and lifestyle approaches for the prevention and management of cancer.
Cancer Hope Network provides free one-on-one emotional support to adult cancer patients and their loved ones. Each of CHN’s 400+ volunteers is at least one year post-treatment or successfully undergoing maintenance therapies. They have faced more than 80 cancer types and speak 15 languages.
We provide children living with serious illnesses with a spectacular camp experience and high-quality medical care, all in the safest and most supportive environment. And for the kids, it’s high-flying, friendship-building, memory-making fun.
Teen Cancer America partners with hospitals throughout the United States to develop specialized facilities and services for teens and young adults with cancer.
Testicular Cancer Foundation provides education and support to young adult males to raise awareness about testicular cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among males ages 15 – 34.
We specialize in individual and couples counseling designed to meet the unique needs of adults and families whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Shift Healing, LLC, is founded by Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist, Dr. Jana Lomax, PsyD.
CancerConnect: You are not alone—The CancerConnect Online Community is a fully moderated, peer-to-peer support group for cancer patients and caregivers. CancerConnect offers patients and caregivers a thriving community to learn, share information, and support each other.
AGC is nonprofit group committed to providing both advocacy and scholarships for those struggling with infertility in the United States.
Reclaim Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides a supportive community, resources, events, and stories to empower survivors and defy the notion that trauma defines anyone’s story.
We enhance lives by supporting, educating, and connecting young adults and their loved ones affected by cancer.
We find new ways to raise awareness, increase outreach and facilitate collaboration in an effort to improve the cancer experience.
Managing Mental Health After a Cancer Diagnosis is a resource published by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing to help patients and families affected by cancer with self-care and emotional well-being. It highlights the correlation between mental health and cancer survival, and explains how to identify signs of mental health issues and ways to manage emotional health during any stage of treatment.
Your American Cancer Society is in your corner around the clock to help you stay well and get well, to find cures, and to fight back.
Live By Living provides transformative outdoor experiences for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
CaringBridge.org is an online space where you can connect, share news, and receive support. It’s your very own health social network, coming together on your personalized website. And thanks to those who donate, we are available 24/7 to anyone, anywhere, at no cost.
Cancer Care provides telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications and financial and co-payment assistance.
Outdoor Mindset unites and empowers people affected by neurological challenges through a common passion for the outdoors
Cancer Schmancer’s mission is to shift the nation’s focus from just searching for a cure to prevention and early detection of cancer in order to save lives.
MyLifeLine.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and caregivers to create free, customized websites to keep their networks up to date on their health and lives.
Love Hope Strength (LHS) is an international, music-centric cancer charity dedicated to saving lives, one concert at a time.
Imerman Angels carefully matches a person touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel).
Stupid Cancer is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services.