Teen Cancer America Highlights Young Adult Cancer Week




“Dumb Things People Say”

Addressed Each Day, April 6 to April 10

LOS ANGELES (April 6-10) – As part of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week (April 6-10), Teen Cancer America (TCA) announced beginning Monday April 6, for five consecutive days, the national non-profit organization and its partners will highlighting “dumb” comments that people say to young people facing cancer.

Founded by rock icons, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, TCA supports specialized programs and facilities, treatment and age-specific services that are proven to improve outcomes and survivorship for AYA’s fighting cancer. The Los Angeles-based organization is joined in their AYA Cancer Awareness Week efforts by the Ulman Foundation, The Samfund, Stupid Cancer, Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition, Lacuna Loft, Expect Miracles Foundation, Young Survival Coalition, Send it Foundation, First Descents, Elephants and Tea, Epic Experience, Dear Jack Foundation, True North Treks, all of which are focused on the needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients.

TCA will provide specific information each day next week to partnered charities, ambassadors, and hospitals across the U.S., as well as through its own social channels, in order to increase awareness. Please share this information utilizing the hashtgs #AYAware, #AYACancer, #AYAWeek #dumbthingspeoplesay, and #ayacsm on Twitter and Instagram.

 “One of the best things about working with young people is they don’t hold back. They tell it like it is! AYA awareness week is no exception,” says Executive Director of Teen Cancer America, Simon Davies. “We get to hear their take on what it’s like to hear hurtful and non-educated comments related to cancer. This is a rare insight into their world and an opportunity for them to educate all of us. It’s a privilege to be partnering with these exceptional organizations who do such incredible work in this space.”

The schedule of information throughout AYA Cancer Awareness Week will highlight dumb things people say to AYA cancer patients:

Day 1: “Don’t worry it’s probably nothing”
Day 2: “Wow, you still deal with side effects? I thought your cancer was gone now.”
Day 3: “You shouldn’t worry until there is something to worry about.”

Day 4: “Wow, you don’t look like you have cancer. You look good.”

Day 5: “I know someone who had that type of cancer, it really didn’t seem like a big deal.”

To find out more about Teen Cancer America and its AYA Cancer Awareness Week campaign,  please visit www.TeenCancerAmerica.org.

About Teen Cancer America

Every hour, another 13 to 39-year-old is diagnosed with cancer in America. Teen Cancer America transforms the lives for this underserved patient population by working with our country’s leading cancer treatment and research centers. They create specialized clinical care programs, offer therapeutic experiences and provide access to individualized support and resources. This completely unique organization works with the leading healthcare institutions to build state-of-the-art Adolescent and Young Adult “Social Zones” for both in-patient and out-patient treatment settings. The work of Teen Cancer America has impacted over 28,200 young people and their families nationwide during the last seven years. For more information, contact Michelle Aland michelle@teencanceramerica.org or visit www.teencanceramerica.org.  

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