How It Works

How it Works

We’ll meet your patients where they’re at and find the program that’s right for them. Click below for more information on how we can partner with your team to reach young adults earlier in their treatment journeys.

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How much does it cost?

First Descents (FD) programs are free of cost for all adolescents and young adults (AYAs) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. Additionally, we provide travel scholarships to individuals who cannot afford transportation to our program locations.

What is the age range for your programs?

Oncology and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Participants must have been diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 39. All participants (Oncology, MS, Healthcare Workers, and Oncology/MS Caregivers) must currently be between the ages of 18-45.

Caregiver Program Applicants must have cared for an individual who qualifies for our programs (young adults impacted by MS or Cancer between the ages of 18-45).

What is the medical support system for participants at a program?

We have a trained medical professional at every program in addition to emergency response plans specifically tailored to program locations.

Is experience necessary?

No, participants do not require any previous experience with our activities! We work with extremely experienced outfitters to ensure expert instruction and adaptive programming.

Can participants still be in treatment?

Absolutely! We have plenty of participants who are still undergoing treatment. We require that all of our participants undergo a medical review by their physician and submit proper forms before acceptance.

How many other AYAs will be at the program?

Our programs are capped between 12 and 15 participants to promote individual attention and connectivity.

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