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13Thirty Cancer Connect

Logo 13Thirty Cancer Connect, text: Teens and Young Adults Get it Together. Photo of three people standing by a wall of photos. Logo The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation, photo of four people on a couch with a check.
Pictured standing in top photo next to photo of Hannah Metzler (L-R) are Nancy and Mike Metzler, 13thirty parents, and Rich Yarmel, Secretary, The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation. Bottom photo (L-R) are Rich Yarmel, Secretary, The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation, Lauren Spiker, Founder and Executive Director of 13thirty Cancer Connect, and 13thirty parents, Mike and Nancy Metzler.

A grant was presented to 13thirty Cancer Connect to support their mission to help adolescents and young adults (AYAs) impacted by cancer live their very best lives – today!

Since 2001, 13thirty has concentrated their efforts and resources on a targeted national problem that affects 89,500 young people in the U.S. each year.

13thirty offers a variety of peer programs for their members in three main categories: arts, wellness, and just-for-fun social gatherings. These resources help AYAs enhance their coping skills and self-esteem by building satisfying peer connections, learning to self-advocate, and developing effective self-management tools for long-term health.

13thirty provides a comprehensive continuum of support (from diagnosis and treatment to healthy survivorship or if necessary, end-of-life), so AYAs with cancer successfully transition through each state of their cancer experience – they’re there through it all.

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