Did you know that there are 72,000 cancer diagnoses each year in the young adult generation- that’s one every 8 minutes. Each year, 10,000 young adults die from cancer- that’s 1 every hour. If you visit a US college campus, one out of every 100 students you meet will be a cancer survivor. It has become the number one disease killer among young adults- delayed cancer diagnosis is now disproportionately higher. This neglected gap needs a community and a voice.
Spark the Way is a 501(c)(3) that exists to lead young adults into a light-bearing and fearless fight against cancer. Our mission is made complete through our efforts to raise awareness, provide support and unite a community of young adult fighters, survivors, and caregivers. The result of our initiatives and programs create hope and strength for a neglected young adult generation as we continually believe in their ability to claim victory in the discovery of courage the day of diagnosis.
Awareness: “Young adult” is usually not a thought that comes to mind when someone hears the word cancer, but the world needs to know that a diagnosis is spoken over the life of a young adult every 8 minutes. We strive to have a presence at every event and fair we can find. We host an annual Ignite the Light Gala. We partner with hospitals and cancer organizations. We will get this message global!
Community: We believe in strength in numbers. Proverbs 27:17 says "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend". As a community, Spark the Way doesn't just claim it, but we live it. Check out our Connect page to see how you can be apart of our mission or nominate someone who needs a little spark in their life. Through our various missions and programs, we're committed to our army. The power of a community like this is enough to extinguish the darkness that walks hand in hand with cancer.
Support: We believe in the spark. A small, but powerful glimpse of light and encouragement that can ignite the brightest blazes, even in the darkest of days and toughest of battles. We bring the spark- we are the spark!
We believe in the Bible and in the name of Jesus. John 1 says that God created everything through Jesus and that he gave life to everything that was created. Jesus' life brought light to everyone. "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1:5 Cancer can never extinguish it. Jesus lights the path ahead so we know how to live in all circumstances, including cancer. We do know that not all will agree and believe the same, and we don't expect them too, but everyone does agree that support and encouragement is needed through difficult times and that's why we're here. Our differences will never overpower the love of our community- they'll never stop Spark the Way from serving and sparking. Same beliefs or different, we respect, we love, we serve, we spark!