First Descents is a recognized leader in outdoor experiential programming. Medical centers and healthcare organizations nationwide are already working with First Descents (FD) to improve survivorship through adventure, physical activity, and … We've seen the healing power of adventure and community in action. First Descents is a charitable non-profit organization that gives a free outdoor adventure experience trip to young adults who are fighting cancer. for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. We know that our programs transform lives. He was introduced to the sport at age 9 during a family vacation, and it immediately became his passion. Who We Are. First Descents recognizes that it sits at the confluence of two industries that historically alienate underserved populations: outdoor recreation and the healthcare system. - Brad Ludden, First Descents Founder. By Yvonne Krumrey • May 19, 2020. Over the past two decades, First Descents has served over 10,000 participants.

Over 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year. Factors of economic resources, insurance status, language, and geographic location affect the access to medical treatment, availability of survivorship services, and health outcomes of young adult patients. Our participants experience free outdoor adventure … Professional kayaker Brad Ludden launched the First Descents program in 2011 at the ripe old age of 20. First Descents is on a mission to reach them all. Through outdoor adventures, skills development, and local adventure communities FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

Help Prescribe Adventure to young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions earlier in their treatment journey. First Descents is committed to curing young adults (aged 18-39) of the emotional effects of cancer and empowering them to regain control of their lives by experiencing whitewater kayaking and other challenging adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

Since its inception in 2001, Denver-based First Descents has helped more than 10,000 people who are impacted by diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis experience the outdoors through its adventure programs—from mountain climbing in Colorado to surfing in San Diego and more. While this is not the kick off to our 20th Anniversary we’d hoped for, our survivors have shown us the true power of resilience.

But it was his aunt’s breast cancer diagnosis when he was 12 that spurred the impetus of reaching out to those with cancer diagnoses.