In a few short months, Team Odopod will wake up in the middle of the night. We will lace up sneakers and slap the sleep from our eyes in the dark. At 5am we will run. And we will keep running, relay-style, from San Francisco on up to Napa Valley for 200 miles. Dear God, why?! We love a good run, true, especially to wine country. But that’s not why we’re doing this.
We’re running to tell cancer what’s up. And we’re raising $12,000 to benefit Stupid Cancer.
So...what’s Stupid Cancer? And why should you care?
Stupid Cancer is an organization that empowers those affected by young adult cancer (ages 15-39) through advocacy, research, and outreach. The largest nonprofit of its kind, it supports a global network of patients, survivors, caregivers, providers, and advocates. Right on.
The young adult cancer community faces its own set of obstacles and deserves treatments, resources and directives tailored to its unique needs.
Here are ten things you probably didn’t know about young adult cancer. Consider donating a dollar (or $10?) for every new thing you learn.
1. 72,000 cases of young adult cancer are diagnosed every year.
That’s one every eight minutes. And that’s bullsh*t.
2. Cancer is the #1 disease killer in young adults.
Over the past 30 years, cancer incidence in young adults has increased more than in any other age group.
3. Traditional cancer research (while great) tends to neglect young adults.
Cancer in young adults has been studied far less than in older populations. Their needs are not well understood, in part due inadequate health coverage and lack of clinical trials.
4. Young adults have needs specific to their age group — things like dating, relationships, and fertility.
Not to mention education, parenting, insurance, financial assistance, career planning, and age-appropriate peer support. Quality of life matters as much as quality of care.
5. Social isolation is the #1 issue faced by young adults with cancer.
That hurts. Fortunately, Stupid Cancer works to ensure that no survivor is alone. It has launched the leading online young adult resource community, and it helps connect young adults with regional programs and community forums.
6. Young adults get different types of cancers than other age groups.
They’re more likely than both children and 40+ adults to be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma, and thyroid cancer, among others. They need treatment and care specific to their age.
7. One in five cancer survivors in the US is under 40.
There are over 420,000 long-term childhood cancer survivors in the US.
8. Delayed cancer diagnosis is now disproportionately higher in young adults than other age groups. Eff that!
This is another reason we’re partnering with Stupid Cancer. Its alliances with national public health institutions and young adult organizations focus on age-appropriate advocacy and support.
9. Cancer in young adults tends to present itself differently than in other age groups.
That may due to the unique biology of this age group and the role hormonal differences play in tumor development. We’ve got a lot more to learn.
10. 10,000 young adults die annually due to cancer.
LET’S CHANGE THAT!
We want to fight young adult cancer and support young adults with cancer, with your help. The Ragnar Relay takes place on November 3-4, and we want to raise at least $12,000 before then. You can donate here.
For ten years, Stupid Cancer has raised more than $5 million to fight cancer in young adults, with 82% of every dollar going directly to their innovative, evidence-based programs and services.
From all of us at Odopod, thank you. Now let’s show cancer who’s boss.