Our mission is to help adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients, survivors and caregivers know they are not alone in their fight with cancer. The Elephant in the room is cancer. Tea is the relief conversation provides.
We are the only magazine written for and by the AYA cancer community telling their story in their own words.
Elephants and Tea is the nonprofit media company of the Steven G. Cancer Foundation
Our mission is to build community and support for the AYA cancer community through wellness, storytelling, education, and research.
To support AYAs facing cancer through community building and survivorship support with Elephants and Tea and our wellness programs.
To fund research to cure cancer through the Harry and Angie Giallourakis AYA Cancer Research Fund.
Why We Do What We Do
Angie and Harry Giallourakis founded The Steven G. AYA Cancer Research Fund (now the Steven G. Cancer Foundation) 14 years ago in honor of their youngest son Steven who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 years. Steven is the inspiration behind the SGCF mission.
Steven is now a four-time cancer survivor. He beat four different cancers: At age 15 (stage 4 osteosarcoma), at 18 years (secondary AML) and most recently at age 29 years (pleomorphic sarcoma and renal cell carcinoma).
As a family, the Giallourakis’ have witnessed the triumphs and tribulations Steven has gone through as a patient and survivor. The family is very aware that Steven’s health is but one example of the suffering that takes place when an adolescent or young adult is diagnosed with cancer.
SGCF believes cancer survivorship and quality of life go hand in hand. Our programs reflect that. We strive to support and create resources in the areas of wellness, social support, education and research.
The next stage in evolution for SGCF is Elephants and Tea, our nonprofit media company brand dedicated to the AYA cancer community. Elephants and Tea was created by Angie and Nick Giallourakis, one of Steven’s older brothers, who is now the Executive Director of the organization.
To learn more about the Steven G. Cancer Foundation and our programs click here.