First Descents is a non-profit focusing on adventure-based healing through outdoor adventures, community building, and skill development for young adults impacted by cancer.
Currently, 70,000 young adults, ages 18-39, are diagnosed annually disrupting normative milestones of adulthood leading to heightened levels of psychosocial distress including depression, anxiety and alienation. First Descents helps those young adults coping with cancer find a community of people who are also impacted that can help one another while also achieving physical goals they never thought possible after they were diagnosed. They address what the National Cancer Institute identifies as a major determinant of long term survivorship health: ongoing psychosocial supportive care.
BasePoint Foundation partnered with First Descents to underwrite adventure programs for young adult cancer survivors living in Westchester, as well as the broader tri-state area estimated to enable 20 young adults to experience adventures in 2019. BasePoint Foundation staff will also volunteer at First Descents programs and support regional events.
“Partnering with The BasePoint Foundation was critical for extending our reach throughout New York. Their support of our Prescribe Adventure initiative has allowed us to partner with huge medical institutions to reach their patients sooner and get them to a life-changing First Descents program earlier in their treatment journey. The community they are helping to build is incredibly impactful.” – First Descents
About First Descents
Headquartered in Denver, First Descents will provide more than 1,500 experiences across over 150 adventure programs nationwide in 2019. All services are fully-adaptive and free of charge. A Guidestar Platinum-ranked nonprofit, First Descents has been recognized on CNN Heroes and Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work.