VOBOC’s mission is to equip, engage and empower Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer patients to improve their cancer experiences and health outcomes.
We do this by addressing the needs of new cancer patients by providing their health care teams with Vo-Pak backpacks to give to their AYAs beginning cancer treatment. Vo-Paks are filled with practical items for a hospital stay and include free tools and resources to help in navigating the cancer journey. VOBOC engages with patients by offering supportive services and acts as a connecting point with health care professionals to help address patient concerns. Addressing patient concerns, breaking isolation, and reducing distress improves patient experience and helps empower patients.
VOBOC shares its 20 year of experience focused exclusively on teens and young adults with cancer by providing leadership in raising public awareness regarding increasing occurrences of cancer within the normally robust AYA population and works with community to help support AYAs.
VOBOC's free services for AYA patients are offered in part through its unique membership as part of the McGill University AYA Oncology Interdisciplinary team within leading cancer treatment centres in Montreal.
About THE VOBOC FOUNDATION
VOBOC’s three free services:
1) Vo-Pak program
VOBOC delivers free backpacks to oncology units to give to their new cancer patients on their first day of treatment. A Vo-Pak is valued at $200. Any size donation towards the Vo-Pak Program will be gratefully put towards the creation of these essential backpacks.
Each Vo-Pak (venturing out pack) contains tools and resources to help patients navigate through the cancer treatment experience.
2) Granting of Special Requests
At the request from medical teams, VOBOC considers and grants Special Requests to patients in palliative care whose circumstances require VOBOC’s assistance in order to realize the request.
3) Education and Awareness
VOBOC supports and leads initiatives that raise awareness and public sensitivity to the increasing occurrence of cancers in adolescents and young adults.