Our Birthday Bash is next week, and we need YOUR help! It’s no secret that the best thing about Cactus Cancer Society is you: the people who make up this incredible community. We see our birthday as a chance to celebrate all the people who write, doodle, create, hang, learn, and laugh along with us. And we can’t do that alone! Here’s what we are asking: 30 seconds to 1 minute of your time (maybe 5 minutes, very generously!) to contribute to our birthday video.Continue reading
Christina’s Corner: March 24, 2023
I spent a solid amount of time outdoors this week. I’ve been working towards tracking my time outside, not necessarily my time being active, and it’s been an absolute delight. The weather was warmer on the East coast: the sun was shining and even the rain wasn’t too harsh and pleasant enough to walk in with a raincoat. My body has needed some extra rest, but it’s been worth it. I hope that you’ve had the space to both enjoy what the outdoors has offered you this week and the time to give your body the rest it needs.Continue reading
Christina’s Corner: March 17, 2023
By the time I write this next week, it will be spring. True, it may not feel like spring for some, but it will be spring by the calendar and that will be good enough for me. Next week, spring, and in three months, summer. Near me, I’m seeing crocuses and daffodils spring up,and my favorite magnolia tree put forth soft pink petals. I’m taking the sweater off my tiny nine pound dog when she goes into the sunshine, and I even cracked a window this afternoon. Wild! I hear those of you in the south, or in more temperate climates, it doesn’t shift much for you. (Or, you know, climate change.) So don’t worry, these picks will greet you perfectly in time no matter what season it’s feeling like today.Continue reading
Book Club: The House in the Cerulean Sea, Chapters 3 – 4
Welcome to the comments and discussion of the Young Adult Cancer Book Club! We are reading The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. This week, we’re reading Chapters 3-4, Pages 33-69. Read our participants’ reactions in the comments section below!Continue reading
Fresh Ink: 2023
We are proud to share the work of our Cactus Cancer Society community writers here on our blog, including this piece, which is part of a series entitled Fresh Ink.Continue reading
Christina’s Corner: December 23, 2022
Christmas gets a lot of attention this time of year, in all its commercial glory. Loving Christmas isn’t a bad thing, but there are so many other celebrations this time of year that deserve observation and celebration. Sunday started the first night of Hannukah, and while it’s a relatively minor holiday in terms of theology, it’s one that I loved celebrating as a kid. Whether you are religious or not, I hope these suggestions remind you to embrace the small pleasures of the season: secular, religious, and cultural.Continue reading
Fresh Ink: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
In Unspoken Ink, one of our most popular programs here at Cactus Cancer Society, our participants write in response to prompts, ranging from pictures to quotes to poetry. We are proud to share the work of our writers here on our blog, including this piece, which is part of a series entitled Fresh Ink.Continue reading
Join the YA Cancer Gabfest Scavenger Hunt!
It was a fan favorite last year, so YA Cancer Gabfest is hosting another scavenger hunt this year! No matter where you call home, you can join this completely online scavenger hunt through the free app, Goosechase, brought to you by Cactus Cancer Society and Elephants and Tea!
Who: the young adult cancer community
When: Wednesday, November 30th @ 9:00am PT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET through Wednesday, December 7th @ 9:00am PT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET via Goosechase app.* (*US time zones…please confirm what time this means for where you live)
How does it work?
- First, download the free app, available for Apple and Android.
- Second, sign up for a free account!
- Third, find our game! You can search for “YA Cancer Gabfest 2022 Scavenger Hunt” or use the unique game code “8XB7MD.” Game Password: Gabster2022
- Fourth, complete missions, as many as you’d like or can, within the weeklong time period. Missions are scored individually with bonus points awarded for extra creativity!
We’ve got prizes for the top three scoring winners! (Please note that by participating in the GooseChase game, you agree to let Cactus Cancer Society/Elephants and Tea use anything you upload in the scavenger hunt on social media, our websites, as well as in the scavenger hunt winner announcements at YA Cancer Gabfest.) We’ll be announcing the champions at YA Cancer Gabfest’s After Hours session on Friday, Dec 9, so make sure you’re registered for YA Cancer Gabfest!
We can’t wait to see all your creativity shine through. Happy hunting!
Book Club: The Martian Chapters 16 – 17
Welcome to the comments and discussion of the Young Adult Cancer Book Club! We are reading The Martian by Andy Weir. This week, we’re reading Chapters 16-17, Pages 226 – 268. Read our participants’ reactions in the comments section below!Continue reading
Get Into The Mood… For Murder
Is it just me, or is it getting spooky around here? Our Murder Mystery Party is just a week away! But you don’t have to wait to summon up the spirit of ghosts, goblins, and murderers – here are three ways you can get prepare yourself for an epically scary party.Continue reading