Elephants and Tea hosts a weekly happy hour online. We use this time to come together on Zoom to hang out with our peers from the AYA Cancer community.
While the elephant in the room is cancer, we may occasionally address “that elephant” head-on, but often we talk about everything under the sun EXCEPT cancer. Join our two-hour virtual weekly hang outs to laugh, cry, eat, listen, or just simply enjoy the company of others who “get it”.
One thing is for sure, whether your beverage of choice is tea, water, milk, juice, coffee, chai, boba, or something more adult, you will definitely feel the relief the conversations bring! This social group of friends knows what it’s like to face cancer and we’re here to do it together.
Everyone in the AYA cancer community is welcome to attend as they are, from whatever stage of the process they are in and from wherever they are! We start at 5:30 pm Eastern Time (US) and continue for two hours. All are welcome to come and go as they are able.
This group of people from primarily the United States and Canada started meeting weekly for only an hour on Friday evenings and quickly became a chosen family for many.
Can’t sleep because of your treatments? Stuck in the hospital? Exhausted and don’t want to talk but don’t want to be alone either? Join us anyway!
Liz Hiles is a bladder cancer survivor and urostomate living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a Contributor & Moderator with Health Union, a Freelance Writer for the West River Eagle, and, of course, the Happy Hour Coordinator for Elephants & Tea. Liz takes on Happy Hours with over 30 years of facilitating various groups and over 5 years of explicitly leading cancer and ostomy groups. Her goal for each and every Happy Hour is to provide a safe, welcoming virtual space for everyone to join in the conversations to be distracted, entertained, and supported in a relaxed, social virtual environment.
Kayla Fulginiti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Senior Director at Elephants and Tea. She has always pursued her passion to improve the quality of life of AYA patients through multiple roles, including over 10 years in hospital pediatric oncology, co-chairing an AYA Task Force responsible for assessing and raising awareness about AYA needs through community engagement, and serving on advisory boards for various nonprofit organizations. Kayla has been involved in the nonprofit space for over 7 years, having multiple roles such as Program Manager and Program Director within the youth suicide prevention community and AYA cancer community. Kayla lives with her husband, son, and their boxer rescue – Blue Cheese – in Denver, Colorado. She adamantly believes Taco Tuesday should be Taco Every Day, will always choose Summer over Winter, and is still on the hunt for the best gluten free donut.