On the COVID-19 Vaccine:
We joined a broad spectrum of organizations representing laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; other health care professionals; patients with cancer; and patient advocates in sending a letter to the Biden administration and other public health officials that highlights the importance of prioritizing patients with active cancer and survivors of cancer when administering COVID-19 vaccines.
Read the full letter here.
NJ Transit VAXRIDE:
NJ Transit has just launched an initiative called VAXRIDE to help New Jersey residents get vaccinated by offering complimentary rides to and from vaccination sites. Novartis is proud to be the lead sponsor of the initiative.
To the Stupid Cancer community:
The outbreak of COVID-19 has proven to be a stressful time for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions as most of you already know. Stupid Cancer recognizes the immense stress this adds to the AYA community and would like to share some coping mechanisms we have available to you through our programs and partners.
Here are a few things the CDC recommends you can do to support yourself in these trying times:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Stupid Cancer has virtual resources for you to explore while we practice social distancing:
Time: Wednesday, May 19 at 3:00 pm ET
Adolescent and young adult cancer patients face unique challenges when approaching new transitions in life - from starting high school to getting married - and as they move through the healthcare system have additional concerns to consider. Join Dr. Karen Winkfield, Dr. Tiffany Avery, and Dr. Zanetta Lamar of the 3 Black Docs podcast for this open and informative talk about how to best advocate for yourself as an AYA in the face of health disparities and how we can move towards dismantling inequities in healthcare.
To view all past webinars click here.
We know everyone is isolated and could use some human interaction, join a Stupid Cancer Digital Meetup! They are a chance to have fun and connect with your peers from the comfort of your own home! Digital Meetups happen every Monday night at 9 pm EST and Thursday night at 8 pm EST on your laptop or phone! For more information click here. Stupid Cancer can also help you organize your own Digital Meetup, reach out to Avni at email@example.com to find out how, or if you have any questions!
Stupid Cancer Stories:
We are not unaware of the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on day to day social interactions. We know social distancing and isolation are things that the AYA community are no stranger to. We hope that Stupid Cancer Stories can be an outlet for you to not only read about your fellow AYA community member's experiences, but you can also share your story. Sharing your story can have significant psychological and physical health benefits that can be crucial at this time. It can be healing and finding your voice can be empowering. It can help you connect with others, and motivate the AYA community. If you’d like to add your story to the Stupid Cancer Story Library, click here to upload your video or blog post.
A New Website Offers Support for Adolescent and Young Adults With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic - A Conversation with Archie Bleyer, MD. Read now.
Finding credible resources and information for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors during the COVID-19 crisis can be difficult. This website provides a listing of resources and programs for patients and survivors and disease specific recommendations for healthcare professionals through a collaboration of leading patient advocacy groups and oncologists specializing in adolescent and young adults affected by cancer. Click here.