The AYA Program Team expresses sincere thanks to our sponsors and collaborators who continue to make our work possible. These organizations are dedicated to progress in AYA clinical care, research and awareness.
The Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance
The AYA Program welcomed its first patients in January 2013 after receiving a generous gift from the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance. Reid, the namesake of the alliance and our program, was diagnosed with cancer weeks before his high school graduation and passed away two years later at the age of 20 in 2005. Inspired by his spirit and courage his family and friends have dedicated their energy and efforts to helping young adult cancer patients and survivors. The alliance is committed to advocacy, research and awareness of individuals affected by AYA cancers.
At the 2nd annual Reid R. Sacco AYA Program Lecture Dr. Parsons and Reid’s brother Weston Sacco remembered Reid and shared how the Alliance began.
The Jen Di Reeno Foundation
Contributions received from the Jen Di Reeno Foundation helped establish an online platform from which the AYA Program shares AYA related news and events. As an AYA cancer patient, Jen found it difficult to navigate her way through both pediatric and adult cancer treatment. The Di Reeno Foundation was created in Jen’s memory to support teens and young adults in healing from the effects of cancer by providing safe places to congregate and encourage one another. In addition to helping the AYA Program launch our online space, the foundation created dedicated physical space, Jen’s Lounge and Jen’s Room within Tufts Medical Center to help AYA patients feel more comfortable during their time spent here. While no longer in operation, the foundation has left an indelible mark on AYA care within Tufts Medical Centre for which we are all grateful.
Watch this short video to learn more about Jen:
An educational initiative, in collaboration with 15-40 Connection, has begun with the goal of reaching both the AYA general public and healthcare providers. 15-40 Connection is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about early detection of cancer in adolescents and young adults. They are motivated by the fact that delayed diagnosis is a major culprit to the lack of improvement in young adult cancer survival rates.