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Initiative launched for young adult cancer patients

A new initiative to give young adult cancer patients a well-deserved weekend retreat is being launched Thursday morning.

Kids Cancer Care is partnering up with Strive and Thrive to provide patients with supportive programming, including a trip to Camp Kindle, which specializes in providing an environment designed for those with the disease.

Survivor and Strive and Thrive Founder Mike Lang tells City News it’s critical for those dealing with cancer to interact with others who know the fight.

“It’s really just providing a space and creating an environment where people can get together and learn from each other’s stories and to build these friendships and really minimize the main issue for young adults which is social isolation,” he said.

The program’s goal is to improve cancer survival rates in the young adults margin.

Lang added when he was going through treatments, he realized how difficult it was to connect with other people, especially those his age.

“One of the best things that ever happened to me was to meet another young adult who had also had cancer and be able to talk with them and that’s really what I think this weekend retreat’s about, it’s what all of our programs are about,” he said.

Anyone looking for information should go to the Kids Cancer Care website.