The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide services and support to young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our goal is to help these survivors and their families establish a “Will Win” attitude in their fight.
NCCF is committed to providing need-based financial support to young adult survivors who are pursuing higher education throughout their treatment and beyond. Furthermore, the Foundation promotes awareness and prevention of cancer within the young adult community.
NCCF is one of the only national organizations to provide direct financial assistance to young adults with cancer. We are an all-volunteer organization whose net donations go 100% to supporting our mission.
ABOUT THE YOUNG ADULT CANCER COMMUNITY
Young adults and adolescents continue to be challenged with countless issues specific to their demographic- delayed diagnosis, access to health insurance, access to clinical trials, fertility issues, employment concerns, and isolation-making them one of the most under-served populations of people affected by cancer. Consider the following:
- 70,000+ young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year
- A cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is nearly eight times more common than such a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life
- Cancer is the leading disease killer among 20-39 year-olds
- Survival rates for young adults have not increased since 1975 and in fact, the gap between the survival rates of young adults and those of cancer patients in other age groups is widening.