Welcome to the Teen Cancer America January Newsletter and Happy New Year! We are celebrating 5 years of transforming cancer care for young people and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to everyone for your support and for joining our TCA family!
Roger’s Support of the 2nd Global Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Congress hosted by Teen Cancer America
Teen Cancer America co-founder, Roger Daltrey recorded an inspirational message for the delegates attending the Global Accord Cancer Congress featured in the story below. Roger reiterates our message that teens need each other, especially during the difficult time of facing cancer. Watch his video message now!
2nd Global Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Congress
Delegates listening to the keynote speaker, Joe Simone
The youth panel discussed advocacy & expectations of the AYA cancer health system
400 delegates from 23 countries and representing 125 hospitals converged on Atlanta for our Global Adolescent and Young adult Cancer Congress – the first time it has ever been held in the USA!
World class speakers such as Drs Joe Simone, Archie Bleyer and Stuart Siegel, covering a diverse range of topics from the latest scientific research to helping young cancer patients deal with sexuality and relationships after treatment, delivered high calibre presentations throughout the three day meeting. Young people with cancer were also an integral part of the meeting, co-chairing sessions and sharing their personal experiences with a professional audience that included doctors, scientists, nurses, psychologists, and other allied health professionals.
Sponsored by philanthropy, academia, and commercial partners; delegates were able to wander through a beautifully designed exhibit space that included 170 abstract posters submitted and exhibitions of best practice and innovation. CNN and a number of health journals have covered the event and the delegate feedback has been extraordinary! The message throughout was that adolescent and young adult oncology is an important and growing specialty that requires focused investment to improve outcomes and survival.
Teen Cancer Awareness Week
Watch out for new posts during Teen Cancer Awareness Week in the third week of January
The third week of January has been designated Teen Cancer Awareness Week by Congress. It’s a time to promote recognition for the unique medical and social needs of teens and young adults with cancer. So please join us in support of Teen Cancer Awareness Week ! We are centering our fight for teen spaces, teams of dedicated health professionals, age appropriate treatment, and research that focuses on the cancers that affect teens and young adults. #TYACancer
The Miracle Girl, Emma Romanelli
Young Emma Romanelli enjoying life to the fullest
Some of the Little m collection available now
The doctors called her The Miracle Girl. When Emma was 19 years old she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and was told she would likely not live beyond the end of that week. That day was over 20 years ago and although Emma has lived a much longer life than expected, it hasn’t been easy. The degenerative damage to her endocrine and neurological systems continues to increase which has caused her physically mobile moments in the day to be fewer and far between. As an outlet Emma now creates jewelry for her Little m collection (purchase here) and is selling it to raise money for Teen Cancer America.
Thank you for your amazing support Emma!
RealsEats Teams Up With Roswell Park Hospital in Buffalo, NY
RealEats set up an incredible event with Roswell Park Hospital where guest chefs, adolescent and young adult patients, and survivors teamed up to create tasty, healthy dishes. Not only did the participants receive a lesson in cooking, but they also got some tips on shopping for fresh produce! Keep up the great work RealEats!
Bowling Fundraiser to Support Teen Cancer America!
Survivors Hannah and Raeanna with Raeanna’s sister in sporting TCA shirts
PMR Charity Organizers at the bowling event
PMR Charities has proven to be a long time friend to Teen Cancer America. The organization is made up of members of the Pharmaceutical Market Research Group and the mission is to use their collective resources to raise funds for good causes, specific to healthcare. At this year’s 4th annual bowling event they did just that and even raised $9,117.90! Amazing job PMR Charities!