The Teens Unite Activity Stay will give teenagers and young adult with cancer the opportunity to spend a week away from home in a positive environment, and get involved in challenges surround by people that understand their situation. The Activity Stay provides the young people with a chance to spend valuable time with others their age and in similar situations. Strong friendships are formed and lifelong memories are made, showing the young people they do not have to face their fight alone
Over 2,280 teenagers and young people every year will hear the devastating words 'You have cancer'. The positive news is that 80% now survive for five years or more. A cancer diagnosis is always life-changing, but especially so when you are a teenager fighting for your life with dreams on hold, at at time when you are working out who you are and what you want to do with your life. The impacts are wide-spread and long-lasting, on self-esteem, confidence, education and friendships.
The Teens Unite Activity Stay provides teenagers and young people with the time and space to forget about their cancer journey and just be teenagers, surrounded by people by people that understand. During the stay teenagers will be motivated and positively challenged. They have the opportunity to meet other young people in a similar situation and build peer-support relationships that can last a life-time. Taking part in the activities builds their self-esteem and confidence.
All the teens that have attended previous Activity Stays have said that the benefits of spending a prolonged length of time surrounded by others who understand what they are going through has meant that life-long friendships were built and hope and resilience restored. The insecurities and feelings of isolation were reduced and they saw that they were not along in their battle, preventing a possible slip into depression and other mental health issues.