First Descents (FD) is a leader in adventure-based healing. Through outdoor adventure, community building, and lifestyle development, FD improves long-term survivorship and quality of life for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. All services are fully-adaptive and free of charge.

Our Mission

First Descents provides free life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer.

Our Story

First Descents’ goal is to bring the healing power of adventure to young adults living with and surviving cancer.  Through destination week-long programs and local multi and single-day programs, First Descents empowers participants to adventure beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, and connect with others doing the same.

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