Melissa’s Living Legacy Foundation: Teens Living with Cancer (TLC)
Teens Living with Cancer (TLC) is a project of the Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens live with cancer through resources, support, and advocacy. Inspired by a teen named Melissa Marie Sengbusch, the efforts of Melissa’s Living Legacy Foundation are dedicated to the approximately 15,000 teens undergoing treatment in the United States for cancer each year.
The Rochester-area-based Teens Living with Cancer program hosts regular activities and programs for teens to help guide them through the challenges of cancer. It also hosts a parent-networking group to help provide parents with support and resources to navigate their teen’s experience. Hospital visits by the program coordinator are regularly available, and usually serve as a newly diagnosed teen’s first introduction to the program. In addition to the services provided to teens and families, TLC offers community outreach programs to help educate schools, agencies and service providers on the unique issues teens with cancer face.
On Saturday, October 12th at 6 p.m. TLC will hold their 12th annual performance of Journeys: Finding Ourselves…Together. The event will also include a dinner and a silent auction. On Sunday, October 13th, the first annual Bandana Bolt 5K Race will take place, which will benefit the Rochester Teens Living with Cancer program.