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Support RAI in the Fight Against Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer

The number of young adult cancer patients is growing at an alarming rate. While children and older adults are surviving longer than they have in the past, rates for young people between the ages of 15 and 40 have barely budged. In the 25 to 35 year-old age group, a recent analysis of National Cancer Institute statistics showed that survival rates have not increased since 1975.

Rise Above It (RAI) exists to help change this disturbing trend.

RAI is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaged the fight against Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) cancer. The strength in spirit of its founder, Colin O'Donoghue, guides RAI in its efforts. As a friend, teacher and coach, Colin deeply enriched the lives of others. After his cancer diagnosis, he demonstrated a true passion for the cause of beating cancer in young adults. His sincerity in helping those with cancer, and the transfer of his attitude together resulted in real opportunities for others. RAI continues this practice with the same enthusiasm and vigor Colin brought to every aspect of his life. Colin always believed that enjoying life and embracing a positive attitude were essential components of happiness. Using this principle as inspiration, RAI devises fun and positive events that raise money to accomplish its primary objective: to provide meaningful support to young cancer patients.

Additional fund-raising is achieved by sponsoring endurance athletes and through collaboration with partners in local communities. Using proceeds from events and funding from other sources, RAI provides consultation and financial grants to individuals and families with immediate needs in their fight against cancer. Through financial assistance and personal attention, RAI strives to instill a positive attitude within its recipients, thus allowing them to live each day with faith and a fighting spirit.

Mission
RAI creates an immediate positive impact in the lives of adolescents and young adults affected by cancer.

Charter Member of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance

1. Rise Above It (RAI) creates an immediate positive impact in the lives of adolescents and young adults affected by cancer.

2. RAI hosts fun and positive events to raise awareness and funding in the fight against adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer.

3. RAI provides critical survival support to AYA cancer patients and survivors.

4. RAI supports cancer research by encouraging involvement in clinical trials through education and accurate / timely access to information.