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.

Due to the pandemic, CancerCare has suspended in-person events for the safety of staff, clients, and supporters.

Past Events

Funds were recently raised for the YPC Scholarship Program through the CancerCare Movement Hour. Participants committed to one continuous hour of physical activity in support of a great cause. 100% of the monies raised supported scholarships for young adults currently enrolled in college who have recently lost a parent or guardian to cancer.

CancerCare's Young Professionals Committee hosted its first virtual comedy fundraiser event, "StandUp4CancerCare" on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Performances were given by New York City-based comics Amy Veltman, Gianmarco Soresi, Joan Glackin and Amamah Sardar.

Tickets purchased and donations supported 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.

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:

Samantha Sayers, Chair
Allison Lau, Vice Chair
Cynthia Luu, Secretary
Seynabou Ba, former Chair
Olivia Colson
Max Damashek
Todd Feiler
Andrew Gilmore
Lauren Griggs
Simon Jewkes
Lesley Kamnitzer
Alexander Lavecchia
Anne Glackin (née Mock)
Marc Morales
Swati Patel
Anne Wymard

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

CancerCare's Young Professionals Committee scholarship program awards $2,500 grants to young adults who have lost a parent or guardian to cancer in the last two years.

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.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The awards are also announced on a rolling basis and disbursements are made during the fall and spring semesters.

We encourage you to apply for the scholarship early as awards will be determined primarily on a first-come, first-served 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.

The YPC Scholarship is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year! View the application to apply for the Fall 2021 semester. Applications are reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-served basis.

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