Australian Youth Against Cancer (AYAC) was established in 2010 and aims to raise money to be donated to organisations involved in the treatment, research and prevention of cancer.
The charity was founded by our President Chris Boyd who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at 20 years of age in 2009.
The AYAC’s connection with youth is an important aspect of our charity. Cancer is not a disease that just affects older Australians. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare article Young Australians: Their Health & Wellbeing 2007 reported that between 1993 and 2002, the annual cancer incidence rate increased by 10 per cent in the 12-24 year old category.
AYAC hopes to run major appeals to generate donations and focus our efforts on raising awareness of the incidence of cancer in young Australians.
Our first appeal will take place in late 2010 with two of our members, Chris Boyd and Ian Bacon, to kayak the Murray River, Australia’s longest river. Proceeds from this appeal will be donated to Lifehouse, Sydney’s new Cancer Centre, to go into the research, treatment and prevention of cancer.