Support Services

First Descents Weekend

2012 participants

Do something crazy! Surprise yourself, your friends and your family, by joining us for a weekend that could change your life!

First Descents and the Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute have partnered to present an epic two-day adventure weekend for cancer fighters and survivors. July 6th and 7th.

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to enable them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

Here are the Details

Participants will be picked up at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing (CHH) on Saturday morning. From there, you will head east to the beautiful Hood River area where we will spend the afternoon being introduced to white water. Sit on top kayaks and white-water rafting will be part of the weekend. The evening will be spent relaxing over a delicious dinner, while you connect with fellow survivors, First Descents and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute AYA Oncology Program staff. You'll be home in time for dinner on Sunday!


All young adult cancer fighters and survivors who have never experienced a First Descents program. Participants must be 18 years or older at the time camp begins.


Registration is required. Please contact The AYA Oncology Program Coordinator, Mindy Buchanan at or 503-494-0446 for more info or to register.

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