Big Cancer Hook-up 2019 FAQs

Big Cancer Hook-up 2019 FAQs

With hundreds of participants, it can sometimes take Lesley a little while to get back to everyone with program-related questions. To make this easier, she has created a very extensive FAQ page that should be able to answer almost any questions you may have. If you cannot find the answer to your question there, shoot her an email (lesley@youngadultcancer.ca) and she’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

What is the Big Cancer Hook-up?
The Big Cancer Hook-up is an annual young adult cancer-focused talk show which is broadcasted across the country through Facebook. Young adults can also meet up in various “satellite cities” to watch the show together. The show features interviews with young adult cancer patients/survivors, health professionals, and sometimes supporters. It also has a mix of comedy, music, and information.

When is the Big Cancer Hook-up?
The show will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Time zones confuse me; how do I make sure I know when to tune in?
Here is a little “cheat sheet” which gives you the show time for each province:

Newfoundland: 8 p.m.

Atlantic: 7:30 p.m.

Eastern: 6:30 p.m.

Central: 5:30 p.m.

Mountain: 4:30 p.m.

Pacific: 3:30 p.m. 

Can I see old shows?
Of course! We have been broadcasting the Big Cancer Hook-up since 2013 and we have saved all our old shows. You can view them here.

How do I register?
Just visit our online registration page to register to watch the show from home or with a group. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email that will give you all the info you need to view the show from wherever you choose.

Where can I watch the Big Cancer Hook-up?
Anyone can watch the show from the comfort of their own home, as long as they have an Internet connection.

If you were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15-39 and are currently between 18-39, you can also join a group of other YACCers in the following satellite cities: St. John’s, Halifax, Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Prince George and Victoria. Attendees are invited to bring one supporter, also between the ages of 18-39 (like a sibling, best friend, spouse, etc.).

How do I find details on watching with a group?
When you register online you will be asked if you would like to register for a satellite city. Choose your city and you will be given the details (time, location, social activities, etc.) in your confirmation. We will also connect with you in the days leading up to the show to give you any last-minute details/reminders.

I don’t live in one of the satellite cities; can I host my own group viewing?
Sure! You can certainly get friends and family together to watch. It is a great way to introduce your friends and family to a side of your cancer experience they may not see regularly. Also, if you were interested in hosting an official satellite city on behalf of YACC, please connect with lesley@youngadultcancer.ca and she can help you with all of the planning.

I am joining a satellite city, but my parents still want to watch. Can they come with me?
No. To attend a satellite city viewing you must fit within our age criteria (18-39). However, you can bring a supporter, like a friend, sibling, partner, etc. Your parents, or others outside of the age range, can certainly watch from home, just get them to register online and we will send them all the information they need.

If I am watching from home, do I still need to register?
Yes. We want anyone who is watching the show to register with us in advance so we can communicate to you before the show to give you any final updates or reminders. Also, everyone who registers online will be entered to win a free trip to a YACC event (Retreat Yourself, Retreat Yourself Adventure, Survivor Conference)!

Free Trip?! What is it? Who qualifies? And how do I enter?
YACC will cover your travel to one of our upcoming events like Retreat Yourself, Retreat Yourself Adventure, or our annual Survivor Conference. To qualify to win the trip, you must fit within our standard criteria (young adult cancer patient/survivor, diagnosed between the ages of 15-39 and currently between 18-39). You must also fit within any program specific criteria that may be different from this. You can enter by registering for the Big Cancer Hook-up and by referring a friend. If you refer a friend and they list your name in their registration, your name will be entered again, giving you even more changes to win!

What happens if I am watching from home and the broadcast does not work?
Don’t worry, we have contingencies in place. We will email everyone in the days leading up to the event with plan B in the very unlikely event the broadcast does not work.

This will be my first time in a group of other young adult cancer patients/survivors, and I’m a little nervous.
You are not alone. For many, the Big Cancer Hook-up is the first time they will meet another young adult dealing with cancer, let alone a room full of them. While you may feel like you are the only one in the room that is a “newbie,” you won’t be. There are always first timers just like you, so you will not be alone. Also, we have local volunteers who are hosting each of the satellite cities. These individuals are alumni of our programs, but they themselves were at one time new. They have been where you are, and they will do everything they can to make you feel welcome and comfortable.

If I participate through a satellite city, will it involve a traditional support group session?
No. The Big Cancer Hook-up is designed to be a social event, not a support group. The event is designed to get young adults together and connect. Some of the conversations you have will involve cancer — it is the common link, afterall — however, it will not be the sole focus and there is no structure built around this. If you feel a little emotional watching the show, please know that it’s normal, especially for those who are connecting for the first time. Our volunteers are great; they can help or they can refer you to someone that can help you through it. 

I am attending a satellite city and I understand many of they provide food. I have some dietary restrictions/allergies, will this be a problem?
No. When you register you will be given a space where you can list any food restrictions/allergies you may have. Each leader of the satellite cities will be given this list and they can plan around it.

My questions is not listed above, who do I contact for more info?
No problem, just connect with Lesley Morrissey and she will help you out: lesley@youngadultcancer.ca.


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