Empower the Future

Helping Teens with Cancer Feel Like Teens Again

Give young people like Shannon a stronger chance

Being a teen is hard enough. Most young people diagnosed with cancer won't have a dedicated place for their treatment in a hospital. Help us support Teen Cancer America to improve their quality of care.

Our Goal

Empower the Future with Teen Cancer America

We've supported Teen Cancer America since 2015 when we met TCA founder and rock icon Roger Daltrey of The Who. Together, we can raise critical awareness and substantial funding for TCA hospitals throughout our markets. Most importantly, we can transform lives and empower the future—improving the experience, outcomes and survival of teens and young adults with cancer by providing facilities and programs designed especially for them.

Every hour,

8 teens

are diagnosed

with cancer

We've provided more than

$3 million

for TCA programs

in the Southeast

We've worked with

5 hospitals

to add dedicated

teen cancer programs

Hear Their Stories

Shannon

Pains in her chest sent Shannon to the ER. She was misdiagnosed twice. On her third visit, doctors discovered a tumor the size of a grapefruit. She was 23. People she met through treatment were much older. She longed for someone to relate to. Then she found Teen Cancer America.

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I wasn't really in belief that I had cancer. I remember so vividly walking into the unit and just looking in the doors. Who'd think that there would be another person my age? It's the feeling that you're not alone. I want people to know the gravity of what Teen Cancer America can do.

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Nathan

Nathan never wanted his cancer diagnosis to define him; he wanted to graduate from high school on time with his peers. He met his goal, but always felt like "the kid with brain cancer." After being treated at a children's hospital, Nathan found friends he could relate to through Teen Cancer America.

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July 3rd, 2012, I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I would say I was lonely during my treatment and I never really knew there was something else out there until Teen Cancer America. Once I found Teen Cancer America is when my life changed. It's just given me this new inspiration to go on, you know.

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Lauren

Lauren was first diagnosed with cancer when she was just 17 months old. Throughout her life she's fought cancer again–a brain tumor at age 9 that came back when she was 13, and bone cancer at 14. She turned 15 during her last treatment and doctors declared Lauren cancer free.

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Being a teenager as everyone knows is really really hard. Spending your sophomore year of high school in the hospital really kind of makes that a lot more difficult The first time that I saw the teen cancer unit, it just felt right it felt like a place you'd go meet some friends.

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Explore the Impact

Find Out More About the Programs We Support

A dedicated teen cancer unit

In 2019, your donations helped us open the first dedicated cancer care unit for young people in the Carolinas—the Hawkins Family Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Center at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina.

Research for the future

In 2018, we partnered with the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill to enhance its existing Adolescent and Young Adult cancer program, expand research initiatives and help establish a dedicated space for specialized cancer support.

A guide for the journey

Your donations funded a dedicated patient navigator at Prisma Health Cancer Institute in Greenville, South Carolina, who helps young patients manage the challenges of a cancer diagnosis while they pursue and undergo treatment.

Comprehensive clinical care

Our partnership supports the enhancement and expansion of adolescent and young adult programs at Vanderbilt University's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Patient-centered, youth-focused

Your donations support the Duke Cancer Institute Teen and Young Adult Oncology program in Durham, North Carolina, by funding staffing, teen and young adult activities, and a patient-centered model of care.

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