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Our Mission & Vision

Cactus Cancer Society’s mission is to 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. Our vision is to end isolation among young adults facing cancer.

Our Programs

Bringing together young adult cancer survivors and caregivers each month in an informal video hangout where you can chat about anything you’d like.
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Looking to read a good book (cancer or not cancer related) and connect with other young adult cancer survivors and caregivers at the same time?
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Designed to take you on a journey through your cancer diagnosis and into your survivorship with a small group of your young adult cancer patient/survivor peers.
Each Art Workshop is designed to teach you the basics of an art form such as sketching, comics, painting, jewelry making, crafting, and more.
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Together, 25 young adults facing cancer, go through a 6-week (with a bonus in week 7), online program experience where you’ll hit the highlights of our workshops!
This workshop, designed for social workers and nurses, addresses compassion fatigue, burnout, and developing a plan of self-care.
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Join Jean Rowe, LCSW, Certified Journal Therapist, in this journal drop-in designed to help you tune in and reset during a chaotic time.
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In this guys-only program, we’ll shoot the breeze with men of all young adult cancer experiences. Nothing is off the table.
Sign up to receive a journal prompt weekly, straight to your inbox. Take part in some stress free, prompted journaling.
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This 6-week program will normalize grief and help you tune-in and connect to your body, mind, and soul through yoga, breathwork, meditation, and other contemplative practices.
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Join us for a fun, online evening of games! Do you like games? Are you a young adult cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver?
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Check out this blog initiative: Write Now with Jean Rowe! Each month, come on over to Young Adult Voices and read everything Jean Rowe, LCSW, Certified Journal Therapist, has to say!

Our Impact

At Cactus Cancer Society, we provide support and resources to young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in the form of wellness resources, lifestyle encouragement, and peer support community. Our programs are all online and designed to fit the needs of young adults facing cancer, no matter where or who you are.


We recently looked at the anonymous pre- and post-survey results from our Art Workshops, yoga workshop, journaling and creative writing workshops, Oodles of Thoughts workshops, and 7-week Survivorship Series. We found that participants experienced a statistically significant reduction in anxiety, depression, loneliness, and psychological distress after joining our programs.

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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.

Cactus Cancer Society programs are the fastest and easiest way to connect with other young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.


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