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With 2013 coming to an end, we hope the holiday season was everything you could wish for and you are excited about everything to come in the new year. We are excited about having an opportunity to help even more of the 7,000 young adults who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

We hope you enjoy the next two weeks with your loved ones as we will with ours, and we look forward to hitting the ground running in the new year!

When people come face to face with the reality of cancer, it almost always makes them appreciate everything in day-to-day life just a little bit more. For Colin Anderson, he realized it was the little things he was never going to look at quite the same way again after being diagnosed with germinoma.

Heather was diagnosed with cervical cancer a week before Christmas in 2008. This year, she’s making an effort to celebrate December instead of letting that day control her.

Five years ago today, Heather was diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was 27-years-old. Heather was a new mom–her daughter was four-and-a-half-months old. Heather spent her 28th birthday touring the Saskatoon Cancer Centre.

We are pumped to offer a 2014 YACC calendar that you can hang on your very own wall! Each month features some of our amazing survivors, and we have included all our program dates so you can make sure to plan around Retreat Yourself, Retreat Yourself Adventure, and the Survivor Conference.

Ashley Rose has decided to step down from her post as one half of the Localife Edmonton team, and since each city has two leaders, we are looking for someone to pair up with Dan Nielsen to plan fun, activity-based social outings in the Edmonton area.

As we continue to come down from the high that was the first ever Big Cancer Hook-up we want to send a huge shout out to our local partners!

We have narrowed down the dates and locations for our 2014 program calendar, and we wanted you to be among the first to know about them! Have a look, check your calendars, and start counting down the days! We can’t wait to see you!

Shannon was a young adult with cancer, and a huge Madonna fan. His illness caused him to miss the 2013 Madonnarama in St. John’s, NL, so his friends and family celebrated his life with their own event after his funeral.