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Our Mission & Vision

We provide a safe space where young adults (ages 18-45) facing cancer can connect, cope, and thrive with one another in an online community through creativity and expression. We want to end isolation for young adults facing cancer.


Start a DIY fundraiser in support of Cactus Cancer Society’s programs for young adults facing cancer. Choose your own adventure – doodle, dance, write, play, paint, meditate, sew, or build…all in the name of ending isolation among young adults facing cancer! You might practice for 26 days straight, finish a project in 26 hours, or try 26 different crafts. Whatever your challenge looks like, rally your network’s support for the AYA community while you flex your creative muscles.

Our Programs


Start a creative marathon in support of Cactus Cancer Society’s programs for young adults facing cancer and engage your community for your DIY fundraiser.

Story Mapping

Combine the power of storytelling with the art of graphic representation and you've got Story Mapping, a workshop about empowering young adults at any stage of their cancer experience to find their voice, tell their story and thrive.

Creative Coping Series

A cohort of young adults facing cancer attend a multi-week series of online creative coping workshops together!


Join Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C, CJT for a journaling workshop to explore ideas of choosing to live with humor, forgiveness, gratitude, and self-love.

YA Cancer Gabfest

Each December, join us for a week of interactive survivorship crash courses for facing cancer.

Begin Again

Start fresh on the first Monday of each month setting intentions and learning tools that bring presence and peace.

90 Minute Reset

In the chaos of everyday life, we invite you to spend 90 minutes in a journaling workshop.

Builders Workshop

Build your lego creations while hanging out with other young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

Ask A Cactus

Get to know the experts in our community as they answer your questions on the young adult cancer survivorship experience!

Our Impact

We provide support and resources to young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers via online wellness resources, lifestyle encouragement, and peer support community. 

Participants experience a statistically significant reduction in anxiety, depression, loneliness, and psychological distress after joining our programs.

Are you feeling prickly?

Why a cactus society? Like the cactus in our name, the young adults who seek our community are tough; they are strong, adaptive, and resilient.  They thrive in unlikely conditions and with this fortitude comes resilience.

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About Us

We provide a safe space where young adults facing cancer can breathe easier knowing that there are others here who understand what they are facing. Our community offers an escape from the harsh realities of cancer, and an opportunity to cope through creativity and expression, and continue to grow and thrive.


Be there for that next young adult who is facing cancer and looking for someone who understands.  Show them they are not alone.