Our spotlight non-profit this month is Spark The Way. This Tampa charity sees, serves, and supports young adults, age 18-39, and their families who are affected by cancer. They provide a community that walks alongside fighters, survivors, and caregivers by funding medical bills and living expenses, providing connections and emotional support from their care team, and raising awareness through outreach events. They are not just a resource, but a relationship.
Spark the Way began after founder, Madison Miller, was put into remission from lymphoma. She was diagnosed with cancer at 20 years old, and in that same month, also lost her Grandpa to the disease. Not soon after, her Grandma was diagnosed and is still fighting to this day. Her life was surrounded by cancer, but also by the community she found in her church. Her faith in Jesus and life-giving community was her strength in battle, and were also the parts of the story that gave her the ability to be victorious from the first day of diagnosis. Spark the Way ignites the same faith in the young adult generation that equips them to be fearless and Light-bearing in the face of darkness.
“Young adult” is not usually a thought that comes to mind when someone hears the word cancer, but the world needs to know that a diagnosis is spoken over the life of a young adult every 8 minutes. One of Spark the Way's biggest goals is to create awareness of the young adult cancer generation. They strive to have a presence at every event and festival they can find, as well as host their own night of awareness, the Ignite the Light Gala.
Ignite the Light Gala
Fri, April 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The 4th Annual Ignite the Light Gala is going to be an impactful, empowering night as they share their mission and vision for the young adult cancer community. Come out and enjoy great food and a fancy, fun evening!
To get some sneak previews of the Behind-the-Scenes of Spark the Way's ITL Gala, follow their Instagram or Facebook page.
• 72,000 adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer, that's one every eight minutes.
• 10,000 young adults die annually due to cancer, that's one every hour.
There are 1M young adult cancer survivors in the United States.
• Of the 14M cancer survivors in the United States, one in 5 is under 40.
• One in 100 US college students is a cancer survivor.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!