National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week®

12th Annual National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

April 7-13, 2014

Gloria Borges and Heinz-Josef Lenz

Meet Gloria Borges.  Gloria is a young adult colon cancer survivor and our featured Advocate In Action® for National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week 2013.  At the age of 28 doctors found a tumor in her colon and was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.

With her doctor, Heinz-Joesf Lenz, MD (shown above), they have launched The Wunder Project.  The goal of The Wunder Project is to raise $250 million dollars to find the cure for colon cancer, and set the blueprint to help find the cure for other cancers.

Gloria blogs at WunderGlo.com.

More Video Links From Vital Options and the National Cancer Institute:

Voices of the Young Adult Cancer Movement

Do You Know? A PSA For National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

Check Yourself!: A PSA For National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

Derailment: When a Young Adult Gets Cancer

Cancer Research Now: Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers

In Their Own Words: After a Diagnosis, Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Cancer Research Now: Fertility Issues for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

11th Annual National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week®, April 1-7, 2013

One would think it rare enough for a young adult to be diagnosed with cancer, but according to the NCI, cancer incidence in young adults has increased more than any other age group!

Check out the UPDATED National Cancer Institute Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer Portal and a special issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin on Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer.

We encourage you to use the posted videos to help spread the word by distributing them through your own viral campaign, and to send the links to your local media for the week of April 1-7.

Contact us to find out more about young adults with cancer and how you can get involved with awareness efforts, learn more about other programs and initiatives of interest, find links to young adult resources, and view more video.

Click here to download the National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week® logo.

Get the facts!  NYACAW 2013 Young Adult Cancer Fact Sheet

Change your Facebook and Twitter profile pics for the week of April 1-7, 2013 to show your support of National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week!

About National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (NYACAW) takes place annually beginning on the first Monday in April for one week.  NYACAW was launched in 2003 by Vital Options International in recognition of its 20th anniversary and because 20 years later, there was still far too much to be done for this unique age group of cancer patients. Vital Options was originally founded in 1983 as the first organization for young adults with cancer.

Today, there are many young adult focused organizations and it is a mobilized and organized movement. Vital Options is a member of Critical Mass Young Adult Alliance and supports the efforts of its membership on behalf of advances in adolescent and young adult oncology.

Critical Mass Logo

What is Critical Mass?
Critical Mass is a coalition of organizations with the goal to improve the survival rates and quality of life for young adults with cancer between the ages of 15 and 40. The Alliance is committed to promoting research and the investigation of the problem, serving as a voice for the issue and promoting effective solutions.  Critical Mass was formed with the help of LIVESTRONG through 2014 with the knowledge that unity is strength and by working together awareness can be raised to effect positive change for young adults with cancer.

The NYACAW Logo

The logo for National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week® is inspired by a Celtic symbol known as the as “The Three Rays” or “The Three Bars”, representative oflight, inspiration, and wisdom, and relates to truth, earth, sea and air, body, mind and spirit.  The left ray symbolizes female forces, the right ray, male forces, and the center is the balance of nature.

Orange is considered to stimulate physical and mental activity, encouraging socialization and getting people thinking and talking.

Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future, stimulate mental processes, and encourage communication.

Deeper shades of blue symbolize wisdom and is the color of communication with others, increasing personal thought, insights, and understandings, to calm and aid intuition.

The three rays illuminate our message: 
Power · Strength · Knowledge

For Young Adult Resources, click here.

For more young adult video content, click here.

For past episodes of The Group Room Radio Show, click here.

To purchase a copy of, Cancer Talk: Voices of Hope and Endurance from “The Group Room,” the World’s Largest Cancer Support Group, click here.

Cancer Talk Book Cover

If your organization is not listed or a link is broken, please email Terry Wilcox:

twilcox {at} vitaloptions {dot} org

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (NYACAW) is a registered trademark of Vital Options.