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Cancer in young adults (18-39 yrs) often necessitates aggressive treatments with debilitating side effects such as infertility and chronic disability. Despite compromising 10% of all new cancer diagnoses across Canada (approximately 7,500) these young adults remain isolated, vulnerable and poorly served.

Hope & Cope, Cedars CanSupport and VOBOC (Venturing out Beyond our Cancer) have taken the lead in offering exceptional support here in Montreal through quarterly retreats, exercise activity evenings at the JGH Hope & Cope Wellness Centre / Lou’s House, support groups at the Royal Victoria hospital, social outings and more. When asked to identify their biggest challenges, young adults clearly identified isolation, lack of information and access to resources as barriers to receiving the support they require.

Based on these results, Hope & Cope has been developing an innovative, interactive website called This site provides a comprehensive database with medical, legal, financial, psychological and life management resources, a Professional Q&A portal, and a virtual support community (private member messaging, blog, forum, and an event calendar).

CancerFightClub will be launched officially at a special event on May 5th, 2012. Please come out and show these young adults that they can, indeed, “Fight the Fright” that comes with a cancer diagnosis. By supporting CancerFightClub, you will help ensure that young adults here in Montreal and throughout Canada can access the resources that will help them navigate their way through the storm of cancer.


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