Are you a parent on a cancer journey?  Do you have kids who went through a cancer journey with one or both of their parents? Do you know a teen who wants to connect with other teens or young adults in a similar situation?   
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Introducing My Cancer Family: Friends Connect

We are so proud to bring to all teens and young adults across the US, a virtual teens connect group that is the brainchild of two teens who went through a cancer journey with their parents. 
In collaboration between My Cancer Family and CSCNYCT, we will be offering a virtual group for teens ages 14-18 who have a parent or primary caregiver diagnosed with cancer.  This networking group will meet twice monthly on Thursdays at 6:30pm, and will be facilitated by Olivia Edelman, Teen Life Coach.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact:
Jennifer Ricca, CTF Manager at or 914-644-8844 ext. 104  
(All participants will be required to complete a brief intake form before starting.)

To learn more about Cancer Support Community Greater NY & CT at Gilda’s Club, please visit: 
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Matthew Fussteig was 8 years old when his mom began a cancer journey. 
 Jaylan Fisch, Co-Founder Denise’s son was 7 when Denise was diagnosed, and today is 15 and on another cancer journey with his dad. 
 Together with former teacher and current Teen Life Coach, and daughter of two parents who lost their battles with Cancer, along with CSCNYCT, we are proud to invite your teens / young adults to join My Cancer Family: Friends Connect.
Matthew Fussteig:
“It's so important to find support when a parent is going through cancer. A family's whole life is turned upside down, and there's so much that is scary and unknown. When my mom was being treated for breast cancer, I didn't know anyone else in a similar situation. At school, I was the kid whose mom had cancer, and that was kind of stigmatizing and isolating. I wish that I had had a community of peers who could relate to what I was experiencing. I am so happy that I can offer this type of comfort, and share my own been-there-done-that wisdom with others. I look forward to connecting with other teens out there who are feeling alone and being a trusted peer who can really listen and understand.” 

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Jaylan Fisch:
“I wanted to start this group because as a kid who’s had both parents have cancer - it is a lot and I don’t know anyone like me.  I was young when my mom went through cancer.  I remember being scared and didn’t want to talk about it.  I had this idea when my dad was diagnosed almost two years ago.  It’s been harder to talk about because his treatment has been so hard.  I heard someone named Matthew wanted to start this group and it reminded me why I wanted to also. This group is a way of kids like me all meeting and connecting. It doesn't have to be related to talking about cancer but I think it’s important because a lot of kids may think they are alone but they aren't. I promise there are other kids who have gone through similar things to you and hopefully we can help each other.” 

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Olivia Edelman:
"Hi, my name is Olivia Edelman. I am a former teacher, a Teen Life Coach, and Teen Guru, dedicated to mentoring/helping teens through all obstacles and challenges that life brings. I lost both my parents from cancer so I know firsthand how difficult it is. I only wish I had a community like this group to join for support, and guidance, and to be surrounded by other teens who went through similar situations and "understand how I am feeling." This group will be a safe space for teens to come together to feel like they are not alone, to have hope, and to see firsthand that they will be okay. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and building a community."

Have you downloaded the My Cancer Family App?
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Please download the My Cancer Family App for FREE at the App STORE.  Please use it, test it, share it with your friends and family!
This is a beta version of the app and as we continue to learn from our users, we will iterate, and add more features along the way.  We would like to hear from you!
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We are sorry you may be on a journey yourself or with someone you love and we hope to make it easier for all of you.

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Stay Positive,  
Denise & the My Cancer Family family
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Cancer Sucks.  F*** Cancer. We Hate Cancer. We know this already.  We can’t change that for you. We CAN change your journey. We WILL make it easier and better.We are YOUR Cancer Family.