For Children and Young Adults

Livestrong – We Can Help Young Adults

Planet Cancer is an online community of young adults with cancer (you know, that age between “pediatric” and “geriatric,” where no one knows whether to give you a lollipop or have a serious talk about your fiber intake). It’s a place to share insights, explore your fears, laugh, or even give “the finger” to cancer with others who just plain get it. We don’t deny the dark side of illness and death here. But we also firmly believe that laughter and light can turn up in the strangest places.

Believe in Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation
Believe in Tomorrow provides a variety of programs and services to children with life-threatening illnesses, including hands-on adventures and retreat housing in various locations throughout the United States, free of charge.

Lighthouse Family Retreat
This organization provides a seaside family retreat for children with cancer and their families at no charge.

Make-a-Wish Foundation
The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children, 18 and under, with life-threatening medical conditions. RIS also has a listing of a  number of other wish fulfillment organizations that you may want to explore.

Marty Lyons Foundation

(212) 977-9474
This foundation provides wishes to children ages 3-17 who have been diagnosed with terminal or chronic life-threatening illnesses.

Memories of Love
The Memories of Love vacation is provided to parents who are living with a life-threatening medical condition. The focus is on helping them create joyful family memories for themselves and their children. The vacation includes six days in Orlando, plus tickets to local theme parks, food vouchers, and $200 for any out-of-pocket expenses.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
888-393-FUND (3863)
A leading voice in the young adult cancer movement, this group works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect, and empower young adult cancer survivors.

Kids Konnected
27071 Cabot Road, Suite 102
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Founded under the premise that when a parent gets cancer, the entire family is affected. Children facing the same fears and sharing similar experiences can be helped by others in a similar situation. Resources offered include: quarterly newsletters, support groups, children’s camps, online chat rooms, and other events.