About YASU

Our Mission

YASU helps young adult cancer survivors and caregivers/co-survivors cope and thrive by providing emotional, social, and financial support; the comprehensive care model that enhances their quality of life.

A Message From Our Founder

Being blindsided by Leukemia is NEVER something you imagine happening to you, especially as your junior year in college and 20th birthday are approaching. In 2005, my life changed forever because this was me, and I quickly found my purpose in life…As a young adult (YA) cancer survivor with a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree, I facilitated my first YA cancer support group in 2012. The support I was offering extended to also providing uplifting social outings and activities, and financial assistance. This comprehensive care model was working, but there was so much more to do. So many more to support…YASU launched on March 1, 2020. Covid-19 shut the world down a couple weeks later.Regardless of hearing the words, “You have Leukemia and chemo starts in 2 days” to immediately pivoting the program support to a virtual platform due to a pandemic, I am amazed at how much we overcome and personally grow when “choices” are removed from the equation.At YASU, we are a community. We are family. And, I invite you to explore our website, visit our Instagram page, reach out if you have questions, share YASU with others you know who may need us. Our programs are created with the intent of enhancing quality of lives from feeling heard, understood, and connected.I am one of the most driven, passionate, and supportive ambassadors for the young adult cancer population, which you’ll quickly learn when meeting me. I personally and wholeheartedly appreciate you for taking the time to read a snapshot of YASU’s history. I’m available for speaking engagements, presentations, and collaborating!