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Core Programs are available to young adults impacted by cancer and multiple sclerosis, caregivers, and healthcare workers. Participants must be diagnosed with cancer or MS between the age of (15-39) and must currently be between the age of (18-45).

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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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Oncology

Hood River, OR – Oncology

May 26, 2024 - July 5, 2024

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, our Hood River programs are the perfect introduction to whitewater kayaking. You won’t be able to beat the intoxicating thrill of kayaking down glacial runoff from a 12,000-foot volcano, so trust us when we say you’ll be amazed by the…

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

Missoula, MT – Oncology

June 10, 2024 - July 6, 2024

The Blackfoot River winds its way through the heart of Western Montana and provides some of the best stretches of water to learn how to whitewater kayak in the country! Get immersed in the beauty of Big Sky Country and experience the magic of First Descents all while kayaking with…

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

Adirondacks, NY – Oncology

June 16, 2024 - June 28, 2024

The Adirondack Mountains offer six million acres of classic rock climbs, warm swimming holes, and wandering tree-lined trails. Spend a week learning how to rock climb on some of the most famous granite rock walls on the East Coast with your First Descents crew and the trusted guides at Alpine…

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

Rogue River, OR – Oncology

July 14, 2024 - August 9, 2024

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 playground for beginners and experts alike. Expert guides from Sundance Kayak School will teach you the basics and…

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

Rogue River, OR – Multiple Sclerosis

July 7, 2024 - July 12, 2024

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

Estes Park, CO – Oncology

September 1, 2024 - September 13, 2024

Join your First Descents community for a week of breathtaking mountain views, connection, and adventure as we climb in Rocky Mountain National Park with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! Rocky Mountain National Park is truly a climber’s paradise, offering hundreds of climbs for all skill levels. Whether you’re new…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, ages 18-45, diagnosed ages 15-39
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Healthcare Workers

Rogue River, OR – Healthcare Workers

August 11, 2024 - August 16, 2024

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 playground for beginners and experts alike. Expert guides from Sundance Kayak School will teach you the basics and…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18-45
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Caregivers

Rogue River, OR – Caregivers

August 18, 2024 - August 23, 2024

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 playground for beginners and experts alike. Expert guides from Sundance Kayak School will teach you the basics and…

Eligibility: Caregiver Participants, ages 18-45
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Multiple Sclerosis

Estes Park, CO – Multiple Sclerosis

September 15, 2024 - September 20, 2024

Join your First Descents community for a week of breathtaking mountain views, connection, and adventure as we climb in Rocky Mountain National Park with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! Rocky Mountain National Park is truly a climber’s paradise, offering hundreds of climbs for all skill levels. Whether you’re new…

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

Moab, Utah – Oncology

September 22, 2024 - October 18, 2024

Home to world-class desert rock climbing, the La Sal Mountains, and the Colorado River, Moab is one of the top adventure destinations in the world. With easy access to thousands of sandstone routes and views of soaring red cliffs and canyons, Moab is one of the most captivating and accessible…

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

Wawarsing, NY – Oncology & Oncology Caregivers

October 3, 2024 - October 6, 2024

Ready to get out in nature, stretch your muscles, and connect with your community? Just two hours from New York City, Lundy Farm provides gorgeous lodging for this weekend of soaking in the Shawangunk Mountains! Packed with rock climbing, hiking and relaxing, this program will allow you to challenge yourself,…

Eligibility: Oncology & Oncology Caregiver
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