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VOBOC’s Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Program:
VOBOC is a not-for-profit charitable organization based in Montreal which provides ancillary oncology services to the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer population. (Canadian Charitable Federal number is: BN 86416 6533 RR0001)
VOBOC’s (Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer) mission is to provide newly diagnosed Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) oncology patients, aged 15 to 39 years of age with free diversions, resources and tools to help ease their cancer journey and to provide leadership in raising public awareness regarding increasing occurrences of cancer within the normally robust AYA population. VOBOC offers its free services to AYA patients through its unique membership as part of an oncology interdisciplinary team within leading cancer treatment centres.
VOBOC’s three free services
- Vo-Pak program: VOBOC delivers free backpacks to oncology units to give to their new cancer patients on their first day of treatment.Each Vo-Pak (venturing out pack) contains tools and resources to help patients navigate through the cancer treatment experience. Each Vo-Pak contains 1) Hospital comfort Kit 2) Venturing Out Kit 3) F.O.L. (Friends of Lara) Information Kit – contains medical information, resource tools and navigation tools.
- Granting of Special Requests: At the requests of medical teams, VOBOC considers and grants Special Requests to patients in palliative care whose circumstances require VOBOC’s assistance in order to realize the request.
- Education and Awareness: VOBOC supports and leads initiatives that raise awareness and public sensitivity to the increasing occurrence of cancers in adolescents and young adults.