May’s Newsletter

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Welcome to the Teen Cancer America May Newsletter! We’re thrilled to share what’s been happening with our partners, volunteers, and teens around the US. We couldn’t do all of this without you and our TCA Family.

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Left to Right: Baby Max Eck and Patrick's representation or what Cancer is to him.
Left to Right: Baby Max Eck and Patrick’s representation or what Cancer is to him.

Giving Up the (Cancer) Ghost

On Wednesday, February 8, Patrick Eck spoke at the Shire Pharmaceutical conference.

Patrick explained how cancer had affected him as a young person undergoing treatment, then as a person who had to deal with a wide variety of social and emotional trials as a young adult survivor. His hope was to help the audience  better understand and approach young people going through cancer.

We at Teen Cancer America are so proud of you, Patrick Eck. Congratulations on ‘Showing Cancer Who is Boss’ and welcoming your baby boy, Max! Giving Up the (Cancer) Ghost will be on our website in three parts.

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The University of Chicago Medicine Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

With the opening of the new TCA Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Lounge at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, new opportunities have been created: for finding support, expanding knowledge and building friendships.  In just a few short months, the TCA Lounge at Comer Children’s Hospital has become a space for adolescents and young adults to simply be themselves. Patients play video games, read books or magazines, watch movies or just hang out with others while waiting for an appointment or passing time before receiving lab results. Occasionally, AYAs will even venture down to the lounge while staying inpatient at the hospital.  Once a week, a program is held that ranges from discussion groups to workshops to wellness activities. These adolescents and young adults can engage in a discussion about issues of independence, learn about nutrition, and participate in yoga. Adolescents and young adults now have a place to call their own. - Sarah Sciortino, MSW, LSW, AYA Oncology Psychosocial Support Services Program Coordinator

“The AYA lounge is much more than a TV, Xbox, and a couch. The lounge is a sanctuary where this underrepresented group (AYAs) in the medical community can find support from peers that they can relate to. Those people have an immediate, deeper understanding with one another, which can be comforting in an otherwise paralyzing journey. We are given a safe space where we can be both vulnerable and transparent, while talking about the subjects that matter most to us. All of the above is made possible due to the vision and direction of Sarah.” - Michael, age 24

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Omni Cheer - Victory Team Apparel

Our partner, Omni Cheer has been serving cheerleaders for over 30 years, offering high-quality cheer merchandise from leading brands at value prices. Omni Cheer is thrilled to work with Teen Cancer America in an effort to support those affected by teenage cancer inside and outside of the cheerleading community. Omni Cheer is offering its customers the opportunity to donate to Teen Cancer America on all online orders and will be matching all donations made up to $10,000.

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Upcoming Events
May 4, 2017 Real Eats NY Launch Follow Us
May 21, 2017 Shop Theory Event in California Brentwood Location In Store Purchases
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May 22, 2017 Rock N’ Sports Auction Closes More Information
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December 5-7, 2017 AYA Global Congress – Atlanta More Information

To find out more about any of these events or Newsletter articles email us at info@teencanceramerica.org.

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