Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) was established in 2000 by Geoff Eaton after his first cancer challenge. Geoff’s vision focused on educating and supporting young adults.
YACC is Canada’s leading registered charity focused on providing information and support for young adult cancer survivors throughout the country. We know life is different when you’re a young adult—that means cancer is, too. We try to bring young adult cancer survivors together through our programs so they can work through issues such as relationships, finances, fertility, and education with others who “get it,” and make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.
To empower young adults diagnosed with cancer to live and love life.
To build a community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills, and opportunity.
7,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in Canada each year. Young adults with cancer need and deserve an organization wholly focused on providing customized support programs to help them deal with their cancer experience. Given there was not one organization in Canada with this as its focus the vision was obvious; Young Adult Cancer Canada had to be that national cancer organization providing resources for young adults looking for inspiration, information and support.
YACC’s first face-to-face program was Retreat Yourself 2005 in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a result of Retreat Yourself promotion, Young Adult Cancer Canada now maintains relationships with cancer partners in every Canadian province and the Retreat Yourself program remains an annual event with participation from patients, survivors and supporters from all regions of Canada.
YACC is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, with a team of 11 based in St. John’s, Halifax, and Calgary.