What is 13thirty?
The Secret Sound
We sat in the middle of the lake, the water smooth as glass. The echo of Rick’s Mongolian flute playing the Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts, reverberated against the hills and in our hearts. In the quiet stillness, I read aloud a poem by Kabir. If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth Listen to the secret sound, The real sound Which is inside of you. As the night […]
The Paradox of Cancer
Funny how people find themselves together. Families are tied together by birth. Neighbors become neighbors by virtue of geographic proximity. Business relationships are born of mutual economic gain. But sometimes, the vagaries of life conspire and cast together people whose paths may never have crossed otherwise. This happens often in my world and when it does, I’m always struck by how the universe works. Last night, at the first […]
How It All Began
Whether you are new to 13thirty Cancer Connect, or have been part of the community for a while now, get a new perspective and learn about its start and what we do for the community as a whole. In this podcast segment of EdStories, hosted by Michael Zaffuts, Lauren Spiker (Founder and Director of 13thirty), talks about what 13thirty can offer to the community. Hear about what events are coming up, the […]
Grand Opening of new Rochester Center
Welcome to 13thirty Cancer Connect where teens and now, young adults with cancer ages 13-30 find a new peer community of others with shared experience, others who understand what it’s like to be an adolescent or young adult (AYA) with cancer. This past year was one of big changes – new name, new logo, new national office and Rochester Center! We’re still based in Rochester, NY at the Al Sigl […]
What is AYA Cancer?
Each year in the United States approximately 82,000 adolescent and young adults (AYAs) put their dreams on hold while enduring debilitating treatment for cancer in a healthcare environment that does not adequately address their unique and difficult challenges. Learn More
Help make a difference! Go Bald for Bucks by shaving your head or donating a minimum of 8" of long hair. Learn more here.
13thirty was inspired by a teen named Melissa who knew how to live - even with cancer. Learn More
If you have learned anything from me through all of this, do something with it to make a difference – to make things better.