The Foundation

When we step beyond the borders of our disease, we see that struggle is universal and new adventures are possible.

Our vision is to ignite possibility, purpose, and connection in the lives of men and women who have experienced cancer.

Our mission is to heal the emotional scars of cancer through programs that combine volunteering, meaningful travel, and activities designed to help participants reframe adversity and redefine what’s possible.

Our Innovative Model

Since our first two-week volunteer trip to India in 2013, we have continued to dream audaciously about using Our Programs to transform the lives of people who have experienced cancer. With three successful programs completed in India, it’s now time to expand. In November 2015, we’re launching our first program in Cape Town, South Africa. Then, in 2016, we plan to return to India and Africa as well as expand to South America and launch FCAF Odyssey – a one week domestic program that will make a fresh chapter more accessible to people who can’t travel overseas.

We’re changing the paradigm for cancer support while building a better world. Our programs:

  • Empower patients. Cancer can strip us of our sense of purpose and place in the world. We empower people who have experienced cancer to believe that a new adventure, a new volunteer opportunity, or a new friendship is possible and then give them the tools to make this a reality.
  • Build meaningful connections. We believe that lasting friendships are built on shared experiences as well as shared values and interests. By offering programs that serve people from across the cancer community and providing experiences that are about so much more than the disease, we enrich the lives of our participants and help them build a lasting community of support.
  • Remind us that struggle is universal. Whether volunteering with disabled women at Mother Teresa’s in India or chopping vegetables in a community kitchen alongside men and women in a substance abuse recovery program, our participants see examples of resilience and joy amidst struggle. They have the opportunity to reframe adversity and feel less alone as they navigate life beyond a cancer diagnosis.
  • Expand the story beyond cancer. By propelling people out of the environment where they have constant reminders of being sick and introducing them to new cities and cultures, participants gain confidence, experience once-in-a-lifetime memories, and see themselves and the world through fresh eyes. This expansiveness leads to increased well-being and the ability to find peace amidst the uncertainties of living with and beyond cancer.

 

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The Need For Our Work

According to the American Cancer Society, there are now more than 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number is expected to grow to nearly 19 million by 2024. (American Cancer Society).

There is a vacuum of support when it comes to helping people redefine their lives after a cancer diagnosis. Many struggle with feelings of depression, isolation, fear of recurrence, survivor guilt, anger, broken relationships, and difficulty with re-entering their “normal lives”. Often these byproducts of the cancer experience go untreated and impact the mental and physical health of patients and their ability to integrate back into their families and communities. By using volunteering and travel as a healing mechanism and providing tangible tools for expanding the story beyond cancer, we give people who have experienced cancer a meaningful way to start fresh.

Founder Terri Wingham talks to Stanford’s Medicine X About Survivorship & FCAF 

Terri Wingham from Stanford Anesthesia on Vimeo.

Sign Up For the FCAF Tribe

If you have been impacted by cancer and want to learn more about our programs, please visit our Become A Participant page.

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Transform Lives With Your Donation

Whether you’ve personally experienced cancer, lost someone to cancer, or want to be part of an innovative solution for healing, your donation will change lives. Join us in shedding light on the emotional and psychological aspects of the disease while we build bridges that help patients redefine their lives.

With the support of our donors, we have successfully completed three International Programs in New Delhi, India as well as piloted a 2-day North American program in Los Angeles. In 2015, we will return to India, pilot our first program in South Africa and begin to develop a week-long domestic program that will be more accessible to people living with advanced disease. To learn more about corporate partnership opportunities,please visit our Become A Sponsor page

 DONATE IN US DOLLARS

Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a non profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please note that for US Donors, Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, or a variation of SEE will show up on your credit card statement. Your donation is tax deductible in the United States and all donations over $100 will receive a thank you letter with a tax receipt.

Please make checks payable to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs and include “Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation” or “FCAF” in the memo line. Checks can then be mailed to 23532 Calabasas Road, Suite A, Calabasas, CA, 91302, USA.

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 DONATE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS

Canadian Donors can make cheques payable to Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation and mail them to 3605 Bluebonnet Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4C9. FCAF is a federally registered Canadian non profit but has not yet received Registered Charity status in Canada, so tax receipts cannot be issued at this time.

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