Support Services

First Descents Weekend

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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. June 27th and 28th, 2015

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 (diagnosed between 15-39) who have never experienced a First Descents program. Participants must be 18-39 years old at the time camp begins.


Registration is required. Please email  or call 503 494-8534 for more information or to register.

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First Descents Program Information

Survivor Portland – Young Adult Cancer Support Group

Join us at the Young Adult Support Group on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing in room 9050 on the 9th floor. Learn more

A Creative Writing Workshop for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Our creative writing workshop provides an opportunity to explore your cancer journey through writing. This ten-week workshop, led by an Amherst Writers & Artist trained facilitator, offers a safe and empowering environment that encourages health and healing. This is not a support group or a workshop where you will learn to write. This is a place where you can process your cancer experiences through creative writing prompts, exploring the meaning of your story as you put words to your unspoken thoughts. The workshop is open to any adolescent or young adult (age 15-39) with cancer in the community. No prior writing experience is necessary to join.

Workshops begin in the fall, winter and spring. Summer workshops are once a month during June, July and August. Check the flyer for details about our current writing workshop series or email  for more information or to register.

Download the workshop flyer