IT'S THE FREAKIN' WEEKEND
What is it? In an effort to reach even more young adult survivors and fighters, FIRST DESCENTS is launching FDi. The “i” stands for introduction, and that’s our goal with the FDi program – to introduce FD to more YA’s who need it! FDi is a weekend program, set near urban areas and hosted in collaboration with medical centers across the country. FDi is the perfect adventure for those who want to experience FD but are unable to attend an FD1 program due to health, treatment schedules, or family & work obligations.
Who is eligible? All young adult cancer survivors and fighters between 18-39 who have never experienced a FIRST DESCENTS program and either live near, are being treated at, or have been treated at each participating medical center. We bring the adventure to you!
What does it cost? Nothing!
HIGH FIVES AND CANCER SUCK ALONE
What is it? At FIRST DECENTS, we believe that the right support team is critical to any adventure. With that in mind, we’ve decided to honor those who support our participants. Over the past 12 years, we’ve heard so many of you tell us that your caregiver would really benefit from an FD program as well. We agree! Everyone has a “rock” who was there for them in a time of need and we believe your “rock” could use a little adventure too!
Who is eligible? FD alum are given the opportunity to nominate their Rock to attend. Our pilot program for FDrock is full, but stay tuned for more rock programs in 2013.
What does it cost? FDrock programs are free to those who attend, but participants are responsible for their own travel costs to the program.
40 IS THE NEW 18-39
What is it? A cancer diagnosis during young adulthood comes with a specific set of challenges and obstacles, and young adults recognized as an underserved demographic, caught between pediatric and adult oncology. We’re dedicated to serving young adults (diagnosed between the ages of 18 – 39), however, we realize that 40 is the new 30, so we’re excited to now offer a program for fighters and survivors age 40 – 49! Similar to our FD1 program, participants will participate in a weeklong adventure that pushes their limits and introduces them to incredible people in some of the most beautiful places in the U.S.
Who is eligible? Young adult cancer fighters and survivors diagnosed after the age of 18 who have not yet attended an FD program.
What does it cost? FD 40+ programs are free to those who attend. This includes lodging, food, gear and instruction. Travel scholarships are available for those that qualify!