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.
Your support can help young adults dealing with cancer in 2014, young adults like Gerrad.
After having a seizure, Gerrad was diagnosed with oligodendroglioma, a form of brain cancer, in January 2011. Even though he knew the placement of his tumour could affect his mood and personality, Gerrad says he fell into a deep depression following his diagnosis.
During treatment, Gerrad tried to get back to “normal.” He felt awful, but looked fine, and the more he tried to fit in, the more alienated he felt from others. Gerrad found YACC while researching brain tumours in Canada; he came across a profile of another survivor whose story was similar to his. Gerrad has since attended Retreat Yourself East 2012 and Survivor Conference 2012 where he was able to connect with other young adult cancer survivors who “get it.”
“Cancer has given me the strength and the focus to live deliberately, find my Zen, and to live a better life. I am happy that I am able to get more out of it than what it took away from me,” said Gerrad.
Won’t you give one last gift this year, to help young adults with cancer find their strength, focus and live a better life in 2014?
Thank you for your continued support.
Live life. Love life.