Who is VOBOC?
VOBOC is a non-profit organization that helps adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients venture out beyond their cancer. For the past 15 years, VOBOC supports AYAs by providing tools and resources to help ease their cancer journey. We work with the medical teams of the McGill University affiliated teaching hospitals to help empower young patients throughout their cancer trajectory.
What does VOBOC do?
VOBOC’s mission is to improve the experiences and outcomes for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer. VOBOC is committed to offering resources and supportive care that is patient-centered and targeted to help improve the cancer experiences of AYAs.
VOBOC delivers backpacks to oncology units to be given to adolescent and young adult 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. Patients are invited to call us to redeem a $50 gift certificate which allows them to escape their cancer for a couple of hours at the movies, restaurant, shopping center or another destination that provides them pleasure.
Holiday Basket Program
VOBOC offers free holiday baskets to patients who are hospitalized during the holidays. The baskets, containing holiday goodies, are assembled by our volunteers and are delivered during Christmas week to the patients. The intent of the basket is simply to let patients know others are thinking of them during the holiday season and to bring a little cheer.
Education and Awareness
VOBOC supports and leads initiatives that raise awareness and public sensitivity regarding the needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer.
VOBOC put together an experiment:
In the streets of Montréal, a young adult shares his diagnosis with strangers.
What would you say to him?