RTA is an educational and leadership development program for young adult survivors of cancer in their teens, twenties, and thirties. RTA aims to help survivors learn how to manage their follow-up care and deal with issues unique to them. It also aims to engage survivors as advocates — for themselves and other fellow survivors — to raise awareness and action around shared interests and challenges faced by their growing community. RTA workshops and conferences are conducted in partnership with community and national cancer organizations, hospitals, long-term follow-up clinics, and other health-related groups.
Research indicates that as many as two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors are likely to experience one “late effect” or health complication from having had cancer or treatment. Some may also face challenges related to their diagnosis and treatment that affect school, work, health insurance, relationships, etc. RTA will inspire and empower survivors to take action, equip them with the necessary tools to deal with such issues and know where to find help.
Survivors participating in Rise To Action also have the opportunity to learn about local resources and to connect with other survivors in their community. For detailed evaluation data about the outcomes of RTA, please visit here.
For more information about RTA, email Jess at JReamy@childrenscause.org.