Resources for Young Adults

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 02/2018

This section offers various resources for young adults with cancer, including websites and educational scholarships. Find more resources for teens with cancer.


3 Little Birds 4 Life is a nonprofit organization that supports people with cancer between age 18 and 40.

CancerCare is a nonprofit organization that provides free professional counseling and educational programs to anyone affected by cancer, including young adults.

Cancer Support Community offers support and counseling for people with cancer and their families.

CureSearch for Children's Cancer funds and supports cancer research for kids and teens and provides information and resources to anyone affected by children's cancer.

Hope for Young Adults with Cancer provides financial assistance and regular social meetups for young adults with cancer.

LIVESTRONG provides resources on cancer diagnosis and treatment for young adults, including one-on-one support.

Look Good...Feel Better strives to improve quality of life and self-esteem for people undergoing cancer treatment by providing beauty sessions in group and individual settings.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship advocates for quality cancer care and provides resources to cancer survivors who are interested in advocacy.

Nikolas Ritschel Foundation is a support and information website for young adults aged 18 to 24 living with cancer. provides reliable information on preserving fertility before and after cancer treatment.

Stupid Cancer provides information and support for young adults with cancer.

SuperSibs is dedicated to supporting siblings of children with cancer through scholarships, an ambassador program, and a comfort and care program. The program is run by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS) provides emotional, financial, and educational support to children with cancer, their families, and survivors.

The Samfund provides financial assistance and free online support and education for young adults with cancer.

The Ulman Foundation helps empower young adult survivors by connecting them with other survivors.

Vital Options is a nonprofit organization that brings together cancer advocates from around the world.

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is an organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections, and outreach so women feel supported, empowered, and hopeful.

Camps and Retreats

Whether it is a summer camp, a week-long retreat, or a weekend gathering, children, adults, and families can come together to experience new adventures, find support, and learn something new about themselves. Find a camp or retreat for you and your family.


Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

This list contains links to educational scholarships and financial aid resources for young adult cancer survivors. Some of the organizations above may also offer scholarships. For the most current information, please contact the organization sponsoring the scholarship for additional details.

American Cancer Society: Some regional divisions of the ACS offer scholarships for childhood cancer survivors. Contact the ACS to learn about the programs available in your state.

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation

Cancer for College

Cancer Survivor's Fund

FinAid: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation: For leukemia and lymphoma survivors and their family members.

Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship: For leukemia and lymphoma survivors and their family members.

The Patient Advocate Foundation's Scholarships

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Scholarship Program: For brain tumor survivors

The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation: For residents of Colorado and Montana

The Ulman Foundation National College Scholarship Program

If your organization offers scholarships for teens or young adults with cancer, and it is not listed here, please call 888-651-3038 or e-mail