First Descents

Week 18: First Decents

Hi GIVE52'ers! This week's organization is an exciting one. First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience. Each adventure is "designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same".

I met Brad Ludden a few years ago and was blown away immediately by him and this organization. They take young adults fighting cancer to do things that most people may never attempt in their lifetime. Participants engage in legitimate outdoor challenges to push their limits and face their fears, and by doing so, they are able to regain the confidence and self-efficacy that can sometimes be lost to cancer.

"First Descents places an emphasis on each individual’s experience and provides the right support for every participant to achieve their goals for the week. The experience is designed to allow healing to happen naturally and organically – no forced conversations and no structured group sessions or therapy."

Programs are available to young adults with cancer regardless of their financial means. All meals, accommodations and program activities are provided free of charge, including travel scholarships, when needed. This week, let's support some incredible adventures.

It is my honor this week to introduce you to this awesome organization.

First Descents has inspired me with their amazing slogan: "Out Living It". I aim to go out and live every juicy moment and I hope you will too.

Here's to adventure. Hope you're out living it!
All the best,