Social Support and Education

Social support for families and patients affected by AYA cancer

It is common for AYA Cancer patients to feel confused and/or isolated after being diagnosed with this horrible disease. They are confused over the medical aspects of cancer, whether or not they have insurance coverage, and whether or not they can maintain their current status as a student or a working person.

Isolation is caused when friends are no longer coming around and leaving the cancer patient to stand alone. Young adults find themselves wondering whether they can continue to attend college, work, maintain a relationship and/or care for their children.

A diagnosis of cancer can create huge obstacles to all aspects of the AYA’s life. Therefore our Social Support programs seek to encourage participation in conferences geared towards AYA Cancer Patients and their families. It is our hope that the knowledge and social support they receive at these conferences will help alleviate some of their concerns and increase socialization.

We support AYA cancer patients in the following social support ways:

  • Give scholarships to NE Ohio YA Cancer Patients to attend the annual Stupid Cancer CancerCon Conference, which brings young adults with cancer from all all over the world to unite, learn and share with one another.
  • We support the NE Ohio Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Meredith Cowden Foundation for Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) information for cancer patients and survivors.
  • We provide financial support to AYA cancer patients participating in a Clinical Trials.

To learn more about our social support and education programs or to contribute to our efforts, please contact our Executive Director Nick Giallourakis at for more information or visit our donation page by clicking here to give towards social support!