February Newsletter 2017

February 16, 2017


Trips and Treks Issue!

Many of us are snowed in this February, so it’s fun to think of travel. This edition of our newsletter focuses on trips and treks for cancer survivors of all ages. Hope you find something that works for you. Bon voyage!


River Discovery

River Discovery’s unique adventure programs offer youth, teens, and adults a life-changing experience in the great outdoors. Adventures range from 1-day to 6-day river adventures, paddle board sessions, and survivor and co-survivor retreats. Programs often include hiking, swimming, rafting, paddle boarding, and kayaking that strengthen the mind, body and spirit.  Activities can be customized to accommodate any fitness level or limitations. Click here for more information.


First Descents

First Descents provides young adult cancer survivors (age 18–39) with multi-day adventure programs centered around whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, or surfing. You’ll be pushed beyond your limits, meet some of the most inspiring people and experience some of the most stunningly beautiful settings in the country. They ask that you cover your own cost of travel, but if you’re not able, travel scholarships are available based on need. All food, lodging, instruction, gear and activities during the week are included. More info at


Athletes for Cancer

This organization focuses on renewing, rebuilding, and restarting lives after cancer through outdoor adventures for adults who were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 18–39. Surf camps are in Maui and snow camps are near Portland, Oregon. All costs are free except travel, and some travel scholarships are available. More info available at


True North Treks

True North Treks takes groups of teens, young adults, and caregivers from across the United States on free backpacking and canoeing treks in beautiful wilderness destinations where they can connect with nature (after going through something as unnatural as cancer treatment), connect with peers who have been through something similar, and connect with themselves through training and practice in mindfulness meditation and yoga. Click here for more information.


The Wilderness Program (WP) at Cancer and Wellness Center (CWC)

WP encourages young adult survivors (20 to 40) to step out into the wilderness and challenge themselves while allowing nature to help heal. New friendships will be made while learning to appreciate the peacefulness of the great outdoors. Click here for more information.

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