About

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a sense of Escape for LGBTQIA+ Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to cultivate a space for adolescent and young adult cancer patients to feel represented and to highlight LGBTQIA+ voices.

Working toward a better and inclusive tomorrow in cancer care.

We are a grassroots organization learning and working to best serve adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Our goal is to provide equitable resources and support to those most overlooked in cancer care. We exist to highlight the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, plus (LGBTQIA+) folx and cultivate an environment that is safe for self expression within the cancer community. 

 

Escape currently offers:

  • A platform for LGBTQIA+ Cancer and Health organizations to share about their work.

  • A blog for LGBTQIA+ folx to share their experiences as patients, survivors, and caregivers.

  • A secret support group for LGBTQIA+ cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers on Facebook (not searchable to reduce the risk of being outed).

  • Zoom events to connect the community globally.

  • Information on cancer patient care for Transgender and LGBQIA+ folx.

  • Information on how to advocate for yourself as an LGBTQIA+ cancer patient.

Future offerings:

  • A database outlining all affirming Oncology physicians and cancer related physicians. 

  • LGBTQIA+ sensitivity training for medical professionals, with a primary focus on Hematology/Oncology staff.

  • A podcast with interviews of medical professionals, non-profit professionals, LGBTQIA+ activists, and community members.

  • In-person support groups for LGBTQIA+ cancer patients.

  • An app specifically for the LGBTQIA+ cancer community to connect.

  • Policy proposal that requires insurance companies to cover critical cancer testing for transgender patients.

  • A camp for LGBTQIA+ cancer patients and survivors.

  • An LGBTQIA+ healthcare conference.

We Need Your Support Today!