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MISSION | Why we're here
Young adults, aged 19-39, make up less than 10% of all cancer patients, but this age group is the least likely to survive. Several factors contribute to the low survival rate including delays in diagnosis, a shortage of age-tailored treatments, as well as lack of patient health insurance and financial resources.
Many non-profit organizations exist to provide support to younger and older cancer patients, neglecting the small population of young adults battling cancer on their own. Young adults are braving those formidable years as they enter adulthood, when most pursue education, start a career and possibly a family. Many young adults diagnosed with cancer go through it alone, without a spouse or the support of parents. Most do not yet have the financial freedom necessary to take the required time away from work, while juggling the financial obligations of cancer treatment, prescriptions, living expenses, and even college
As cancer patients, we cannot control the wind, but we have the power to adjust the sails. Just as a fly on the mast of a sailboat provides guidance on wind direction, the FLY Foundation aims to provide temporary assistance to help young adults navigate the choppy waters of cancer treatment in an effort to regain their health without experiencing the setback associated with amassing financial debt.
The FLY Foundation is a registered non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, providing support to young adults in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, aged 19-39, who have been diagnosed with cancer.