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Core Programs

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).

Core Programs

Community Adventures

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

Community Adventures

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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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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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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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