b-aware || b-there
Young adults diagnosed with cancer are required to press pause during such a pivotal time in their lives and often don’t receive consistent support from busy friends. Unfortunately, poor support can contribute to a negative response to treatment and overall worse health outcomes. Through two key programs, b-aware and b-there, we are providing the information and tools that empower the social support network to be present from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
What Is b-aware?
What is b-there?
Leading Cause of DeathCancer remains the #1 cause of disease-related death among young adults (AYAs) between the ages of 15-39.
Survival Rates Are Not ImprovingUnlike pediatric and older adult patients, AYAs with cancer have seen little improvement in survival rates since 1975.
Social and Emotional IssuesIsolation is the #1 psychosocial issue impacting AYAs with cancer. Social support and connection is vital for this age group.
Nonsupport Experience2 out of every 3 young adult cancer patients experienced nonsupport and recalled someone in their life they expected would provide support but never did. 
NEW STUDY on Barriers to Social Support
 Exploring the Barriers to Social Support Interactions: A Qualitative Study of Young Adult Cancer Patients and Young Adult Supporters, Colter D. Ray, Nicholas T. Iannarino, Ningyang Ocean Wang, Brianna M. Matias, Abby W. Westerman, & Julie N. Germann.
In this newly released study, b-present teams with researchers to explore the reasons young adults (ages 18–39) struggle or avoid providing support to young adult cancer patients, and the young adult cancer patients’ perceptions of why they have not received support.