First Descents

About First Descents

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

During the First Descents experience, young adult survivors and fighters are empowered through conquering legitimate outdoor challenges to push their limits and face their fears, and by doing so, they are able to regain the confidence and self-efficacy lost to cancer. First Descents places an emphasis on each individual’s experience and provides the right support for every participant to achieve their goals for the week. The experience is designed to allow healing to happen naturally and organically – no forced conversations and no structured group sessions or therapy.

Each program is limited to 15 participants, ensuring individualized care, medical attention and an intimate experience with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are available to young adults with cancer regardless of their financial means. All meals, accommodations and program activities are provided free of charge, including travel scholarships, when needed.

Open Positions at First Descents

Development Officer

First Descents (FD) is seeking a highly organized, self-motivated and passionate fundraising professional to manage and expand FD’s foundation relationships, while managing a portfolio of major donors. You will be responsible for the overall relationship management of more than fifty foundation accounts and will oversee the identification of new grant-making prospects. Furthermore, the Development Officer will drive moves-management and retention across a portfolio of 100 individual major don...

Program Coordinator

First Descents (FD) is seeking a Programs Coordinator to support the roll-out and growth of our programs for young adults living with cancer. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized, as well as creative, fun and adventurous. As a key point of contact with our participants and the young adult cancer community, it is imperative the Program Coordinator embodies the FD culture and is passionate about the mission of First Descents.
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