“Ally’s dream was to help others; our pursuit is to make it a reality” Katy Strong
Shining a Light on Young Warriors
The work of the Allyson Whitney Foundation is to continue Ally’s wishes and her aspiration to show that cancer can happen at any moment, to anyone. Our vision is to shine a spotlight on young adults with their unique genetically different cancers. We want awareness that ‘rare’ is a word used often when faced with a cancer diagnosis as a young adult. We want realization that young adults are in a precarious spot facing cancer and infertility issues. Lastly, there are very few resources, funding or facilities directed for young adults.
In Loving Memory of Allyson Whitney
The Allyson Whitney Foundation was founded in love, in March 2012. In memory of beautiful Allyson Whitney Strong, 25 years young. She taught us the value of gratitude and hope. Her words still impact our lives, ” At night, I try and think of at least three things I’m grateful for that day- and I truly think that it helps, when I wake up, I wake up and smile and say thank you, thank you for another day.”
Today as a 501c3 volunteer charity organization, our goal is lend a hand to as many young adult patients (16-36) as we can.
Each year, over 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer.
Data from NHI
Evidence suggests young adults get entirely different cancer than other age groups, with unique & biological features.
Data from NHI
Young adults have delayed cancer diagnosis, and survival rates have not improved in over 20 years.
Data from SHEER 2005
Recognizing the Global Impact of Cancer
Our logo is a sphere, which represents that rare cancer is a global issue with no outline and no boundaries to seeking hope. The multi-color bands are symbolic of different cancers. The intertwining colors demonstrate that we are banding together to help patients. Friends of the foundation have shared with us that the bands look like paths, as having cancer is a journey.
Our belief is ALL cancers matter, no matter how small a population it affects.
Most importantly, “No Life Should be Interrupted by Cancer.”
The Allyson Whitney Logo is Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Easing the Burden of a Life Interrupted
“Life Interrupted Grants™” are provided by the Allyson Whitney Foundation to U.S. citizens between the ages of 16 and 36 years of age, who are currently undergoing treatment or recently finished protocol. Grants help cover unanticipated expenses including gas, tolls, transportation, hotels, rent, medical expenses, fertility options, integrative therapies, and wigs.