This project supports 71 young people between 14 and 24 years old, who have lived with a cancer that has passed. The initiative "Young People in Contact" of the Colombian Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, aims to provide emotional support and psycho-education to young people in the treatment, through the activities and testimonies of other young cancer survivors, allowing them to share their experiences, resolve doubts, promote emotional expression, coping strategies and other important skills.
Cancer is one of the most shocking diseases, facing diagnosis and treatment is a difficult task to overcome especially when the affected is a young person between 14 and 24 years old. At this age one is fully aware of the seriousness of the situation, it is a moment in life when the possibility of getting sick does not pass through the mind; young people are very interested in their physical appearance and their group of friends, so physical changes affect them greatly.
Young people in contact intend to give comfort, support and hope from their own experiences with the disease. The survivors are an example and a living sample that you can fight and get ahead; they are the best incentive for a newly diagnosed young man and his family. The initiative motivates the service and promotes that those young people who were helped in their disease process, in the future can be support for those who come.
The long-term impact of this project will be reflected in the reduction of the psychological effects of cancer in young people (Anxiety and depression) and will favor a more positive way of tackling the disease and treatment, improving the prognosis of patients' lives. Patient-to-patient contact offers a great added value, which favors empathy, trust and the creation of a network of affective support.