What Is Cactus Cancer Society?

Cactus Cancer Society’s mission, formerly Lacuna Loft, is to provide a safe space where young adults facing cancer can breathe easier knowing that there are others 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.

We challenge traditional ways of delivering cancer survivorship support for young adults by providing access to support and community virtually – no matter who they are or where they are. As the first virtual cancer support community for young adults, we help others feel less isolated, more connected, and more capable of using their story and their voice.

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

Our Mission

Cactus Cancer Society, formerly Lacuna Loft, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that encourages, empowers, and connects young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers around the world, 24/7. Cactus Cancer Society provides online wellness support programs and resources, lifestyle encouragement, and a peer support community that young adults need to overcome their challenging health and life circumstances, and thrive.

Cactus Cancer Society is the leader in online wellness support programs and resources for young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers, enabling them to have the age-appropriate support they deserve through a medium that fits their lifestyle. We’ve brought survivorship support online, expanding digital health like never before.

Want to help? Questions? Comments? Email us at info@cactuscancer.org.

Unique Challenges for Young Adults + How Cactus Cancer Society Helps

In the cancer world, young adults are those people aged 18-39. This group experiences a variety of different challenges compared to other age groups…young adults are just establishing careers and families, they are just becoming independent, and they are among a peer group who most likely hasn’t experienced anything like what they are going through. At Cactus Cancer Society we provide 20/30 somethings with cancer and their caregivers, the tools they need to adapt their once bustling lifestyle to fit their new challenges.

At Cactus Cancer Society, we provide support and resources to young adults dealing with cancer as patients, survivors, or 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. When you’re feeling isolated and alone, head on over to our Young Adult Voices program where you can find stories and interviews from young adults, just like you, dealing with cancer. When you’re feeling like expressing yourself through writing or art, head on over to our Programs page to check out our opportunities for creative writing, journaling, art, and more. And so much more!

Young Adult Cancer Resources…No Matter Where You Are.

Why the change to Cactus Cancer Society?

Our new logo includes the imagery of the terrarium, which provides its own ecosystem that the organisms inside can rely upon.  It shows the imagery of the cactus, one of resilience and fortitude.   They thrive in the desert, the most unlikely of places, and the harshest of environments.  The word, ‘society,’ demonstrates an established space

At the Cactus Cancer Society, young adults facing cancer can breathe easier within our virtual walls knowing that there are others here who understand what they are facing. These young adults are tough, they are strong, adaptive, and resilient.   They thrive in unlikely conditions.  And we are a society, a community that comes together to provide support for those facing cancer.

The Cactus Cancer Society’s new logo and visual identity are inspired by the core principle and spirit of being a pioneer in the young adult cancer survivorship space – the first to offer an online, interactive escape from the harsh realities of cancer, and an opportunity to cope through creativity and expression, where young adults facing cancer can get the support they need, no matter who they are or where they are.

Coming up with our new look and name hasn’t been easy. We spent 9 months asking questions and listening to our community. We hosted a large survey, had discussions with key members of the community individually, held small creative focus groups, and took the time to really learn what it is about our work that most stands out to to the most important among us, the young adults facing cancer whom we serve.

Staff

Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Chief Program Officer

Chief Operations Officer

Guest Faculty

Guest Faculty