Young adults have very specific concerns when they are diagnosed with cancer. Connecting and sharing with other young adults with cancer can be an important part of the healing process. The Cancer Wellness Center offers individual counseling for young adults (ages 20 to 40), as well as a twice-monthly Young Adult Support Group where participants can share experiences and receive support.
Wilderness Program is another unique young-adult option involving day-long hiking and weekend backpacking trips. These free outings provide younger cancer survivors and caretakers with the opportunity to experience the meaning, healing effects and impact of engaging in outdoor activities/settings over a prolonged period of time and address the specific needs of young adults in a restorative environment.
The program has been created for young adults, which we define as 20-40 years old. However, if you are outside of this age group and would like to be included in trips please don’t hesitate to contact us to see if our programs may be appropriate for you.
This program is free of charge thanks to The Lisa Klitzky Foundation.
Dr. Byer is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical associate at the Northbrook office. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. Byer specializes in working with young adults but also works with individuals, couples, and families. His professional interests include phenomenological approaches to treatment, wilderness therapy, and gelotology (the study of laughter).
"Backpacking in the wilderness allows us to reflect on significant meanings and consequences in life - when we're stripped of our everyday resources, we begin to discover what's truly important to us. I couldn't think of a better environment for young adult cancer survivors to feel revitalized."
- Dr. Byer
Thursday, July 26 - Sunday, July 29, 2018
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Thursday, August 10 - Sunday, August 13, 2017
Newport State Park, Wisconsin