Each year over 7,600 young adults (between the ages of 15 and 39) are diagnosed with cancer in Canada. That’s 7,600 lives being impacted and affected by a new diagnosis and the many life changes that will come along with it in regards to careers, school, friends and their own body. However, for many of these individuals, a new cancer diagnosis will not be their only challenge. Mental health challenges, such as loneliness, isolation and depression, and others are on the rise amongst young adults with cancer. While these individuals will have access to amazing health care, many will be unable to access adequate social support or care to meet their needs. This is a problem.
Pain to Purpose
“When you are experiencing a challenge it can be easy to become bitter, but on the other side of that bitterness is the power to use your pain for a purpose and that is what I strive to do through Take Care.”
— Chelsea Campbell, Founder
This is the problem that Chelsea Campbell, Founder of Take Care, ran into after her experience with thyroid cancer at 19-years-old back in 2016. She didn’t want others to experience what she did, so she started thinking about how she could make a difference for others in a similar situation. After researching this issue more thoroughly, she came to the realization that social support for young adults with cancer and young adult cancer survivors does exist, but individuals are unaware of it, are unable to physically access it, or it is not actually catered to the needs of young adults specifically. That is when she decided to create Take Care.
Take Care focuses on advocating for social care for young adults with cancer and young adult cancer survivors, bridging the gap between existing programs, resources and supports and young adults who need them, and addressing any areas that need attention or change. Take Care strives to provide more meaningful connection and support to young adults with cancer and young adult cancer survivors to improve one’s well-being.