What You Need to Know

Young  Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) was established in 2000 by Geoff Eaton after he conquered his first cancer challenge at the age of 22. Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) believes in helping young adults living with and beyond cancer.

Research has shown that young adults with cancer want to connect with other young adults with similar experiences due to feelings of isolation after diagnosis. YACC connects young adults with any type of cancer, at any stage, together.

YACC is focused on the promotion and evolution of its six primary programs to serve this young adult population: the online community (including their website and 24/7 peer support in private Facebook groups), Retreat Yourself, Retreat Yourself Adventure, Localife, the Big Cancer Hook-up, and the annual Survivor Conference.



Cancer can affect anyone; it could be one of your peers, a family member or a stranger on the street. Cancer is different when you’re a young adult yet few organizations exist across Canada to specifically support young adults with cancer. The AYA Hope Study (2012) found 75% of young adults affected by cancer reported needing, but not receiving, peer support.

The first stage of adult life is usually filled with university, starting a career, and celebrating your independence with your friends. Suddenly, when you are challenged by a cancer diagnosis it completely changes the way they live on a day-to-day basis and issues like your future, finances, and freedom take on a whole new meaning.

These different conferences, digital platforms and in person support programs help participants live and love life. They are all designed to help young adults looking for inspiration, information and support as they navigate the challenges cancer presents.

With more financial support YACC would be able to expand their ability to support the ones in need and make sure that they all have access to what they want the most, a connection with a peer who ‘gets it’.

“Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you get it. As I tackle chemo and more brain surgery I know YACC will have my back every step of the way. And as YACC helps me I’m excited to help them support more young adults like me.”
— Christopher Stewart, Scona Class of 2017

Metrics of Impact

  • $118 pays for a full day of expenses for YACC’s digital community, their website and private Facebook groups which gives young adults a 24/7 connection.

  • $1500 covers all costs for one young adult to attend “Retreat Yourself.”

  • $15,000 covers a full year of “Localife” which provides events in six cities across Canada giving local young adults social events to connect with their peers throughout the year.

  • $37,000 covers all expenses for YACC’s “Retreat Yourself Adventure” that gives 18 young adults the opportunity to climb a mountain while building a path forward after treatment ends.

  • $125,000 gives 100 young adults from coast to coast the “Survivor Conference” experience which is four days of workshops, speakers, inspiration and connection to help them make the best of the rest of their lives.

  • $400,000 gives the life-changing experience of YACC’s retreats and conferences to 267 young adults.