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Supporting Young Adults with Cancer

ShalimarManuelShalimar (Shali) Manuel, was just 20 when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1999. “Your 20s should be a time of excitement, meeting new friends, and enjoying life,” said Shali. “It’s a time of transition - moving away from home, beginning university, starting a new relationship, buying a first home. This can be both stressful and exciting, but a cancer diagnosis changes everything.”

Shali’s cancer experience prompted her to become involved as a volunteer with Young Adult Cancer Canada (originally RealTime Cancer), an organization established in 2000 to provide support and information to people like Shali and the 7,000 young Canadians (15-35 years) who face a cancer diagnosis each year.

The organization began as an online peer support community for young adults and has since evolved to include a variety of programs and resources: Retreat Yourself and Retreat Yourself Adventure; the annual Survivor Conference; Goaltender; Localife; Touch Yourself, Trust Yourself; and We Get It. 

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