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19 things you didn’t know about my time in ICU

19 things you didn’t know about my time in ICU

I played Risk the night before I went to hospital with a fever and an unknown infection in my Hickman catheter. And I won! I took over the world the night before my whole world changed forever. The last memory I have before life-support was begging for more pain-killers. That was five days before I…

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We’re one month away from the 18th Annual Climb!

We’re one month away from the 18th Annual Climb!

We’ve had another tough run at YACC this year, losing amazing people in our community like Justin, Megan, Stephenie, Jody, and others. I’m climbing in memory of them, and to give YACC more resources to help their cancer brothers and sisters.

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Treason: “He’s a crook” (Part 2)

Treason: “He’s a crook” (Part 2)

Despite the goodwill of charitable supporters and the belief that “it’s a great cause,” the trust and belief we charities are afforded on the revenue side is sharply contrasted with the treasonous accusations levied on the expense side of our organizations.

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Trust: “It’s a great cause” (Part 1)

Trust: “It’s a great cause” (Part 1)

We are excited to share our annual report for our 2015-16 year. It was a year of continued impact on young adults facing the end of their lives just as they’re starting. It was a year of pressure and intensity. It was a year we finished stronger than we started.

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We failed.

We failed.

Failing to provide Stephenie with the connection she craves is our failure. This is not cancer’s doing; she had time when she was well, we didn’t have a program with spots available for her during that time. That stings in a way we haven’t felt before.

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I was a miracle and a mess.

I was a miracle and a mess.

“My first Climb wasn’t a climb, it was a five-step walk from my hospital bed to a couch in the family room.”

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Choked to death: A personal perspective on dying

Choked to death: A personal perspective on dying

Since my childhood I’ve had a curiosity about death. What happens when we die? Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about it? My personal views on life after death continue to evolve. I’ve come to the firm conclusion that we don’t talk about death because we don’t know the answer to the first question and that…

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Half way is 30%?

Half way is 30%?

YACC’s fund development model sees more than 70 per cent of our revenue generated in the last two quarters. Our biggest mountains are ahead of us.

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Seven times down, eight times up

Seven times down, eight times up

Is there a more important trait than perseverance? I’m not going to make my case right now, but count me as a massive fan of perseverance!

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YACC values commitment

YACC values commitment

At our monthly team meetings, one of our crew members discusses one of our five values: strength, courage, commitment, heart, and trail-blazing. This is Geoff’s reflection from this month’s meeting.

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Why I Climb (and why you

Why I Climb (and why you

We are climbing for YACCers like Jody and the 49,000 other young adults dealing with cancer who don’t know the power YACC—yet. Fundraising events like the Climb power YACC’s programs; there is no connection, no transformation without them. And we’d love to have you join us.

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If it was easy, everyone would be doing it

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it

Geoff explains how tougher economic times and our deficit from the last fiscal year will make 2015-16 an extra challenging year for YACC, but we’ve still got your back.

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#BeCauseYACC: Let’s gaze into my crystal ball

#BeCauseYACC: Let’s gaze into my crystal ball

We’ve covered YACC 1.0 and 2.0, and now we’re ready to get into YACC 3.0. Despite our success to date, our revenue per diagnosis is 5-10 times lower than other groups in the Canadian cancer community. We’ve done a lot, but we need a lot of help to be able to do a lot more….

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#BeCauseYACC: The new wave of support programs

#BeCauseYACC: The new wave of support programs

The web is most often the first point of contact, and the next step in connecting with our community used to be a four-day retreat, adventure, or conference. It is a huge leap with a ton of risks, and it’s a wonder anyone comes!

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#BeCauseYACC: The start of YACC 2.0

#BeCauseYACC: The start of YACC 2.0

The first five years of YACC—YACC 1.0—can be summed in three words: start, focus, do.

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