CancerCare is a 76-year-old national organization headquartered in New York City, providing free, professional support services to anyone impacted by cancer.” CancerCare’s Young Professionals Committee was formed in 2018 and is considered CancerCare’s junior board. We welcome professionals 40-years-old or younger in the tri-state area to engage and network with like-minded individuals dedicated to spreading awareness of CancerCare and advancing its mission.

The committee is currently composed of 18 members and is growing steadily. These emerging leaders represent a variety of career fields and companies including Colgate-Palmolive, KPMG, Flatiron Health, Bristol Myers Squibb, IBM and Bloomingdales. Our members are actively involved in fundraising as well as the design and implementation of specific initiatives all of which resonate among the group and reflect their shared interest in CancerCare.

All members are voting members and are encouraged to take on various leadership roles. The committee elects officers for the roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, which are limited to two-year terms. The committee meets regularly throughout the year. Additionally, subcommittees such as the Scholarship Subcommittee meet bi-monthly and a nominating committee meets as needed throughout the year.

The committee hosts a fundraiser every June. Please visit the Events tab for more information on our virtual event, "StandUp4CancerCare," on June 18.

CancerCare's Young Professionals Committee is excited to host its first virtual comedy fundraiser event, "StandUp4CancerCare" on Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Performances will be given by New York City-based comics Amy Veltman, Gianmarco Soresi, Joan Glackin and Amamah Sardar.

Tickets and donations will support the Young Professionals Committee Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to young adults attending college who have lost his/her parent to cancer in the last two years. Please join us for a fun night of laughter for a great cause.

Tickets are $20 per person (not per household) and can be purchased at

If you have additional questions, please contact Eunice E. Hong, Director of Philanthropy, at

CancerCare is grateful for the participation and leadership of the following committee members:

  • Seynabou Ba, Chair
  • Samantha McNeilly, Vice Chair
  • Anne Mock, Treasurer
  • Swati Shah, Secretary
  • Michael Baraldi
  • Olivia Colson
  • Max Damashek
  • Todd Feiler
  • Andrew Gilmore
  • Lauren Griggs
  • Simon Jewkes
  • Lesley Kamnitzer
  • Alexander Lavecchia
  • Allison Lau
  • Cynthia Luu
  • Marc Morales
  • Ellen Tripodi
  • Anne Wymard

For more information on joining the committee, please contact Eunice E. Hong, Director of Philanthropy, at

CancerCare's Young Professionals Committee is proud to announce its inaugural scholarship program, which will award five $2,500 grants to young adults who have lost a parent or guardian to cancer in the last two years.

The committee is delighted to announce the expansion of its scholarship scholarship criteria. In order to provide even more students the opportunity to receive our scholarship, below please find the expanded geographical parameters.

All applicants must be high school seniors entering college for the first time or current undergraduate college students in a community college, 4- or 6-year program. High school applicants must attend a school located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania. Undergraduate applicants must be from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania, but may attend college anywhere in the United States.

The application centers around a 500-word essay question asking students to share how the experience of losing a parent or guardian to cancer has impacted their lives, what they hope to accomplish by continuing their education and how this scholarship would help them meet their goals.

The scholarship is open for the remainder of 2020-2021 academic year and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The awards will also be announced on a rolling basis and disbursements will be made twice during the 2020-2021 academic year.

We encourage you to apply for the scholarship early as awards will be determined primarily on a first-come first-basis until the scholarship funds have been depleted.

For any questions on CancerCare’s YPC Scholarship, please email Eunice E. Hong, Director of Philanthropy, at

Read the Young Professionals Committee Scholarship press release on our website or view as a PDF.

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