CancerCare is a 77-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 16 members and is growing steadily. These emerging leaders represent diverse disciplines across sectors including Amazon, BMS, IMB, Guidemark Health, Planned Parenthood and Point 72 Asset Management. Together, we work in partnership with key stakeholders, internally and externally, to expand outreach, raise funds and realize strategic initiatives that support young adults impacted by cancer and also advance CancerCare’s mission.

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 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 ehong@cancercare.org.

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

Samantha Sayers, Chair
Allison Lau, Vice Chair
Cynthia Luu, Secretary
Amandi Clarke
Olivia Colson
Max Damashek
Todd Feiler
Andrew Gilmore
Lauren Griggs
Simon Jewkes
Lesley Kamnitzer
Alexander Lavecchia
Christine Megalla
Marc Morales
Swati Patel
Megan Whitman
Anne Wymard

In Memory Of
Seynabou Ba, former Chair

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

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.

The program, now in its second year, awards one-time $2,500 scholarships to young adults who have lost a parent or guardian to cancer in the last two years.

Applicants must be high school seniors entering college or students currently enrolled in a 4 or 6 year program at an accredited college or university. Although scholarship recipients can attend college anywhere in the United States, their home residence must be New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania.

The application centers around simple background information, one recommendation letter and a short 500 word essay. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awards are given during the Fall and Spring semesters each year. We encourage you to apply!

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

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

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