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Multi-Day Programs

Multi-Day and Week-Long Programs are available to frontline healthcare workers and young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer or multiple sclerosis after the age of 15. Due to the pandemic, FD is only offering Multi-Day programs at this time. Week-Long Programs are temporarily on hold.

Multi-Day 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

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program. Due to the pandemic, International Programs are temporarily on hold.

International Programs

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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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Southeast Region, Oncology

August 20, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Take advantage of the summer sun and join us for an incredible few days of whitewater kayaking in Bryson City, NC! Spend your days kayaking with the beloved guides at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and kick back in the evenings to enjoy some amazing food and time with new friends.…

Eligibility: Open to Southeast Region - Oncology
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Northeast Region, Oncology

July 17, 2021 - July 22, 2021

Take some time to adventure and get to know your FD community on this action-packed kayaking program with First Descents! Get out, enjoy some water time, and spend a few days kayaking and soaking in the beautiful Berkshires. Zoar Outdoor will be hosting us for a whitewater kayaking adventure on…

Eligibility: Open to Northeast Region - Oncology
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Multiple Sclerosis

Northeast Region, MS

July 23, 2021 - July 25, 2021

Join us on this epic whitewater kayaking program in the beautiful Berkshires! Take a break, enjoy some water time, and soak up the scenic surroundings from your kayak cruising down Massachusetts' Deerfield River. Zoar Outdoor will be hosting us for this rad adventure in the summer sun, and we will…

Eligibility: Open to Northeast Region - Multiple Sclerosis
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