YACCtivist: Alex Mandarino

YACCtivist: Alex Mandarino

“I was an active and bright-eyed kid before cancer. When I was diagnosed, I felt alone, lost, and disconnected from all of those around me.”

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YACCtivist: Andrea Whittle

“YACC has helped me tackle depression and isolation through workshops on how to thrive after diagnosis, and by connecting me to hundreds of young adults dealing with cancer across Canada.”

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YACCtivist: Ashley Morine

“My first interaction with YACC included spilling all of my fears on the Facebook group. The responses from YACCers — strangers to me at that point — brought more comfort than hearing ‘you’ll be OK’ from my mother.”

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YACCtivist: Dani Taylor

“I learned to navigate fertility preservation, surgeries, ostomies, and all the ins and outs of cancer treatment, but I wasn’t prepared for the confusing world of survivorship.”

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YACCtivist: Gabrielle Fecteau

“Cancer has been difficult, not only physically, but mentally. I have found myself surrounded by loving family and friends, but still feeling disconnected.”

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YACCtivist: Janelle Lamontagne

“I’m hopeful the medical community will join in the mission of ensuring that all young adults with cancer receive the psychosocial and emotional support they deserve.”

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YACCtivist: Jennifer Ryan

“I became a YACCtivist to reach more young adults dealing with a cancer diagnosis and let them know they do not have to feel isolated.”

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YACCtivist: Keri Blackwell-Kuhn

“To truly thrive through a diagnosis, you need connection; you need people who actually ‘get it.’ And that’s why I’ve signed on to be a YACCtivist.”

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