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  • We Are First Descents

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    Over 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year. First Descents is on a mission to reach them all.

    First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (age 18-39) impacted by cancer empowering them to surf, climb, and kayak beyond their diagnosis and connect with others doing the same. Show less
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    This Playlist features some of our favorite campers sharing their stories about their journey, their FD experiences, and how camp affected their lives after cancer.
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    • Up From Rockbottom - Dylan "Jeter" Slattery's Story - Duration: 6 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 1,194 views
      Diagnosed with Melanoma at the age of 22, Dylan "Jeter" Slattery was given a 15% chance of survival. Over the next fews years, he endured chemo, radiation, and an intense experimental treatment. Af...
    • 2018 First Descents Program Highlights - Duration: 3 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 1,277 views
      2018 was a banner year for First Descents! We provided over 1,300 experiences across more than 120+ programs for the young adult cancer community. With over 16 Local Adventure Communities and 180+ ...
    • Out Living Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Duration: 3 minutes, 40 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 349 views
      In August 2018, First Descents hosted 14 young adults living with multiple sclerosis for a week of whitewater kayaking in Tarkio, Montana. First Descents partnered with National MS Society and CanD...
    • Meet Nader "Mogul" Jamal - Duration: 94 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 242 views
      First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer. We sat down with First Descents Alumni Nader "Mogul" Jamal to talk about his First Descent...
    • Meet Sarah "Sweet Peach" Steer - Duration: 112 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 325 views
      First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer. We sat down with First Descents Alumni Sarah "Peaches" Steer to talk about her experience ...
    • First Descents Local Adventure Communities - Duration: 2 minutes, 14 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 711 views
      First Descents Tributaries provide ongoing adventures and community for young adults impacted by cancer. First Descents currently offers local adventure programming in most major cities around the ...
    • True North - Duration: 6 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,375 views
      Five years after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Carlos "Toro" Villatoro went on a weeklong whitewater kayaking adventure in Jackson, WY and found his true north. This is his story.
    • The First Descents Ripple Effect - Duration: 6 minutes, 57 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 474 views
      First Descents does not just impact our participants but also our participant's children, spouses, parents, and friends. The healing power of adventure is felt by many and the out living it mantra ...
    • 48 Hours - Duration: 6 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,517 views
      First Descents empowers young adults impacted by cancer to Adventure On in their everyday lives. Andrea "Slipstitch" Erion is a member of our thriving Orlando local adventure community, and she sh...
    • First Descents Alum Profile - Bryan "This Guy" Pandorf - Duration: 3 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 485 views
      First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures to young adults (18-39) impacted by cancer. Week-long surfing, climbing and whitewater kayaking programs are provided free of charge to firs...
    • Why First Descents- Video - Duration: 2 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 458 views
      The First Descents community is made up of a collection of thousands of participants, donors, supporters, and volunteers- the power of a First Descents experience is felt by all involved and the ri...
    • First Descents Alum Profile - Conor "Prez" Hall - Duration: 3 minutes, 12 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 386 views
      First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures to young adults (18-39) impacted by cancer. Week-long surfing, climbing and whitewater kayaking programs are provided free of charge to firs...
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