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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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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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Estes Park, CO – Oncology

August 15, 2022 - August 27, 2022

Join your First Descents community for a week of breathtaking mountain views, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park to rock climb with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! With hundreds of granite faces and various peaks, Rocky Mountain National Park is truly a climber's paradise.…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, ages 18-45, diagnosed ages 15-39
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Multiple Sclerosis

Estes Park, CO – Multiple Sclerosis

August 28, 2022 - September 2, 2022

Join your First Descents community for breathtaking mountain views, connection, and adventure as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park to rock climb with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! With hundreds of granite faces and various peaks, Rocky Mountain National Park is truly a climber's paradise. Whether you're new…

Eligibility: Multiple Sclerosis Participants, ages 18 - 45, diagnosed age 15-39
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Oncology

Santa Cruz, CA – Oncology

September 3, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Ride the world-famous waves of Santa Cruz, California on this week-long surfing adventure with your First Descents community! With a coastline that is part marine sanctuary, Santa Cruz offers sunny beach days and pristine wilderness that is perfect for catching waves with the incredible guides at Richard Schmidt Surf School.…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, Ages 18 - 45, Diagnosed ages 15-39
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Multiple Sclerosis

Santa Cruz, CA – Multiple Sclerosis

September 27, 2022 - October 2, 2022

Ride the world-famous waves of Santa Cruz, California on this week-long surfing adventure with your First Descents community! With a coastline that is part of a marine sanctuary, Santa Cruz offers sunny beach days and pristine wilderness perfect for catching waves with the stoked guides at Richard Schmidt Surf School.…

Eligibility: Multiple Sclerosis Participants, Ages 18 - 45, Diagnosed age 15-39
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Healthcare Workers

Moab, Utah – Healthcare Workers

September 25, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Home to world-class desert rock climbing terrain as well as the La Sal Mountains and the Colorado River, Moab does not disappoint. With easy access to thousands of sandstone routes and views of soaring red cliffs, canyons, and enough variety to keep every climber engaged, Moab is one of FD's…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, Ages 18 - 45
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