Stupid Cancer’s Pushing Past Cancer: Stronger Together

Interested in a one-day survivorship conference, offered online and *this* weekend?  Stupid Cancer, UC Davis Health, and UCLA Health have you covered!  They’ve partnered on a free, one-day virtual event for the AYA cancer community.  Join in on Saturday, December 5, 2020 for important information and plenty of opportunities to chat and connect with your peers.

After a long and difficult year, it’s more important than ever to gather our adolescent and young adult cancer community together.

Learn more and register here!

Black Lives Matter

Lacuna Loft has waited to offer our own words over the past week.  As an organization led by a white woman, I have spent this time listening, learning, and unlearning so much about how I was brought up, how the world actually works, and how myself and Lacuna Loft fit into that complicated puzzle.

The fact of the matter is though, that Lacuna Loft must announce where we stand, how we feel, as an organization, in this tumultuous time.

Black Lives Matter.

Our virtual doors have always been open to anyone facing cancer as a young adult.  For the past 5 years, young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers have spent time in our virtual rooms connecting with one another, validating one another’s experiences, and showing up for each other when other survivors present were at their lowest points experiencing cancer and working hard at survivorship.  In our programs, people share their words and their experiences with courage and vulnerability.  Together, we have left space for strong words and strong circumstances with grace, offering love at each point along the way.

But today, that is not enough.  Today and every day from now on, Lacuna Loft recognizes that Black Lives have been left out of conversations around health, housing, fair and just treatment with police, and more.  Lacuna Loft and I will continue to listen, seek to provide support in an anti-racist way, continue to include young adult cancer survivors of color in our conversations, and we will collectively continue to learn and unlearn.

Lacuna Loft stands with Black Lives.  Black Lives Matter.

  • Mallory Casperson, CEO + Founder


Dear Cancer Letter Campaign

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Elephants and Tea has started their first annual “Dear Cancer” campaign!  They are currently taking submissions for their December magazine issue that will be all letters to cancer.

They want people to speak from their heart and be completely honest in their writing.  They expect these letters to be raw and emotional so do not feel that anything needs to be sugar-coated.  Their goal is to post a letter every day in December on their website and the best of the best will be featured in their December magazine (both print and digital versions).

The deadline is Friday, October 18th!

You can learn more and submit your letter here!