Cancer occurring between ages 15 and 30 is 2.7 times more likely than in the first 15 years of life. The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute will address the special needs of that group with the help of a $100,000 grant from the Chenevert Family Foundation.
The new Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program, which will primarily focus on young people between ages 15 and 22, will address the unique medical and psychosocial aspects of teenagers and young adults dealing with cancer. Young people with cancer often have fertility concerns and physical and psychological issues different from their peers.
“We started the Chenevert Family Foundation to make a difference by donating to causes that are important to us and our daughters, Lisa and Sophie,” Louis Chenevert explains. “We donate to medical and educational organizations, with our main focus being to help improve long-term outcome for young people and the next generation.”
“When we moved permanently to St. Petersburg in 2015, we had a chance to visit Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and were very impressed with what they are doing for their patients,” adds his wife Debbie. “We believe in supporting the community we live in.”
The Chenevert family also believes that the AYA program is important for those young patients who have had treatment for cancer and need additional treatment for the unique issues that were caused by receiving chemotherapy or radiation at their age.
“Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital recognizes the importance of offering customized care for specific patients,” says Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation executive vice president Jenine Rabin. “We are grateful to the Chenevert Family Foundation for providing this grant to allow us to tailor a program to meeting the unique social, biological, behavioral and cognitive needs that exist throughout a young adult’s cancer journey.”
Visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org/cancer to learn more about the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute.