Dakota Fisher-Vance ’11, who was diagnosed at 22 with a rare colon cancer and a rare soft-tissue tumor thought to be an offshoot of the colon cancer, is among the young adults featured in “Strength in Numbers.”
The article profiles Fisher-Vance and others who have formed or joined groups for young adult survivors of cancer.
Fisher-Vance and fellow cancer survivor Cara Scharf recently founded the Young Adult Cancer Connection (YACC)
From the article:
Once opposed to having “cancer” friends, Fisher-Vance is not only happily inundated with them, she is dedicated to them.
A premed graduate from Bryn Mawr College, Fisher-Vance considers Philadelphia’s YACC a path to getting AYA-specific oncology education and training worked into medical school curriculums. She rounded up volunteers for CancerVention from premed programs. Her hope: that the “next generation of doctors will take this experience with them when they go to med school.”
For more about YACC, visit their website.