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Our free program for first-timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer and other serious health conditions after the age of 15.

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Local adventure communities (FDTribs) provide provide single or multi-day outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

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International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program.

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Kayaking | Rogue River, Oregon

July 26, 2020 - August 22, 2020

The Rogue River starts its journey at Crater Lake and winds its way through 215 miles of Oregonian wilderness. The warm water, friendly rapids, and lush scenery make it the perfect kayaking playland for both beginners and experts alike. The Rogue is the perfect place to paddle your first strokes!…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Rock Climbing | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Our beautiful home base at Overlook Ranch will offer spectacular views and easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park, home to some of Colorado’s most renowned climbing.  With sunny weather and panoramic views of 14,000 foot peaks, Estes Park is a heavenly adventure spot. There will be two separate weeks of…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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FDTrib

Local Adventure | Atlanta, GA

August 14, 2020 - August 16, 2020

What's up Atlanta?! Come kick off the summer season with an amazing weekend whitewater kayaking in Bryson City! Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or new to the sport, this program has a spot for everyone. Spend two days kayaking with the amazing Nantahala Outdoor Center, and kick back in…

Eligibility: Open to Atlanta Trib- Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | Seattle, WA

August 15, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Need a break from the city? Come join your FD community for a weekend of kayaking the beautiful San Juan Islands! Ferry over and kayak to Jones Island for a night of camping under the stars before kayaking back the next day. Connect with new and old friends, grill out…

Eligibility: Open to the Seattle Trib- Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | Milwaukee, WI

August 21, 2020 - August 23, 2020

Hey Milwaukee! Ready for an EPIC weekend in Door County? Not only will you be surrounded by the natural beauty up North, but you'll get to see what wonders lay in the clear waters beyond the beaches. Guided by the wonderful DC Adventure Center, you'll explore Cave Point, sea caves,…

Eligibility: Open to the Milwaukee Trib- Oncology Only
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FD1

MS | Rogue River, Oregon

August 23, 2020 - August 29, 2020

The Rogue River starts its journey at Crater Lake and winds its way through 215 miles of Oregonian wilderness. The warm water, friendly rapids, and lush scenery make it the perfect kayaking playland for both beginners and experts alike. The Rogue is the perfect place to paddle your first strokes!…

Eligibility: Open to Young Adults Living with MS
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