We’re here to help them find a brighter path, to share stories of hope and determination in a group setting.
Northfield, IL (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
Approximately 70,000 teens and young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health.
Now there is a new organization which serves the emotional needs of teens and young adults with cancer, The Becca Foundation. By teaching them how to connect and communicate with their peers, the foundation is able to provide a medium for support and communication for teens and young adults. The Foundation website iamacancerkiller.org has a “Support Group” icon article titled Starting a Teen and Young Adult Support Group. This article provides a pathway for emotional support aimed at overcoming loneliness and the challenges of cancer.
The Becca Foundation is named after Rebecca “Becca” Kesselman, who succumbed to brain cancer at age 18 in 1990. Prior to her death, and finding no one her own age with cancer to talk to, Becca started her own support group in Southern California. The Starting a Teen and Young Adult Support Group article is her step-by-step approach to helping young people share the pain, anger and frustration of having cancer; support groups are safe havens.
According to Becca’s Support Group participants, the group accomplishes:
- Sharing triumphs and struggles
- Helps overcoming the challenges of growing up while experiencing the isolation and fears of anyone who lives with the diagnosis of cancer
- Providing a place where you can be yourself and talk to people who understand
- Providing a place to get together and speak candidly to “our” peers, who are not judgmental
- Providing a place to make new friends and share experiences of hope, strength and courage
“Adolescents and young adults with cancer walk a lonely road,” says Mickey Kesselman, founder and president of The Becca Foundation. “We’re here to help them find a brighter path, to share stories of hope and determination in a group setting.”
About The Becca Foundation:
The Becca Foundation is an (applied for) 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. For more information regarding The Becca Foundation, its mission or with questions, please contact Mickey Kesselman at mickey(at)iamacancerkiller(dot)org. The Becca Foundation also has a Facebook cause page and a Twitter account to connect those affected by cancer.