Big Cancer Hook-up 2016 - Big Cancer Hook-up 2016

We’re gonna warm up the long, cold, Canadian winter by channelling Geoff’s inner Jimmy Fallon and “hooking up” with young adults affected by cancer through a YACC-only webcast showcasing your friends and their real-life cancer stories for the 3RD ANNUAL BIG CANCER HOOK-UP!


(Airing 6:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 27)

Who should attend?

This event is designed to show young adults affected by cancer they're not alone. We anticipate hundreds of young adult cancer patients, survivors, supporters, and caregivers to tune in for another awesome event! We'll broadcast live to a computer/laptop/tablet/cell phone near you, and anyone diagnosed between the ages of 15-39 and currently between 18-39 is invited to participate in a local meet up in one of our host cities!

How to "Hook-up"

Just like last year, we're going to live tweet the event. Whether you're attending a live event, or watching at home, make sure to answer questions and leave comments on Twitter with #YACChookup16!


Emily Ager
Emily was 20-years-old when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The Sarnia, ON native says she has made life-long connections that help her deal with cancer as a young adult through YACC’s face-to-face programs such as Retreat Yourself and Survivor Conference. Now 14 months into remission, Emily is ready to connect with even more YACCers digitally. Read more!

Julie Michaud
Julie was a new wife and mother at the age of 29 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Living in rural Nova Scotia, Michaud didn’t know any other young people dealing with cancer treatment and raising a newborn—until she heard about Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). She got in touch with us in 2011, came to Retreat Yourself in Rocky Harbour, and has remained an active and valuable member of the YACC survivor community ever since through the good times—like welcoming two more children despite treatment risks—and the challenging times—like being rediagnosed with metastatic cancer in 2015. Read more!

Matt Ralph
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL’s Matt was 22 when he was first diagnosed with ganglioglioma. A recurrence six years later and the time required to deal with all that means has left him feeling isolated from his peers as he is still working on higher education while his friends are getting married and starting families.  Matt is now in remission and has follow-up appointments every three months. Read more!

Justin Tobin
Justin was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma a couple of years ago at 28.  His cancer has metastasized to his lungs, and his is currently preparing for surgery which should “cut it out.” Before cancer, Justin was building a career in St. John’s, NL as a freelance filmmaker and says one of his biggest challenges of dealing with cancer as a young adult is making ends meet since he didn’t have health insurance prior to his diagnosis, and there are a lot of costs associated with cancer most people don’t think about. Read more!