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Core Programs are available to young adults (ages 18-45) impacted by cancer and multiple sclerosis, caregivers, and healthcare workers.

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Part of the Out Living It Project, Community Adventures are adventure experiences created and facilitated by FD alumni and members of the FD community.

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Partner with FD to improve the emotional and physical health for the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer and MS patients in your care. Whether you refer patients to our programs or want to sponsor a program, we are committed to supporting your team to address the unique needs of AYA survivors.

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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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Healthcare Workers

Outer Banks, NC – Healthcare Workers

May 15, 2022 - May 27, 2022

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is known for its warm waters, golden beaches, and consistent surf break. You'll spend four days honing your surfing skills with our longtime outfitter, Farmdog Surf School. After epic days spent catching waves, you’ll kick back at our gorgeous ocean-front house to relax, enjoy…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Smoky Mountains, NC – Oncology

May 15, 2022 - May 27, 2022

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some of the best whitewater kayaking in the American Southeast. With a rich history in the kayaking world and one of the greatest kayak learning centers in the country, this is an unbeatable place for your First Descents…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, 18-45 years old
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Smoky Mountains, NC – Healthcare Workers

May 29, 2022 - June 10, 2022

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some of the best whitewater kayaking in the American Southeast. With a rich history in the kayaking world and one of the greatest kayak learning centers in the country, this is an unbeatable place for your First Descents…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Oncology

Hood River, OR – Oncology

May 29, 2022 - June 10, 2022

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Wet Planet Outfitters have been guiding whitewater kayaking programs with us for years. You won't be able to beat the intoxicating thrill of riding a whitewater kayak down glacial runoff pouring off of a 12,000-foot volcano so trust us when…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, age 18 - 45
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Healthcare Workers

Hood River, OR – Healthcare Workers

June 12, 2022 - June 17, 2022

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Wet Planet Outfitters have been guiding whitewater kayaking programs with us for years. You won’t be able to beat the intoxicating thrill of riding a whitewater kayak down glacial runoff pouring off of a 12,000-foot volcano so trust us when…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Adirondacks, NY – Oncology Caregivers

June 12, 2022 - June 17, 2022

The Adirondack Mountains offer six million acres of classic long climbs, warm swimming holes, and wandering tree-lined trails. Spend a week rock climbing with your First Descents family and the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors at this iconic park! Downtime will be spent at a beautiful local lodge near Lake…

Eligibility: Oncology Caregiver Participants, ages 18 - 45
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