Adolescents and Young Adults Foundation
AYA Foundation San Antonio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization based in San Antonio, Texas. We are a diverse group of physicians, other medical professionals, students, and public advocates working to empower Adolescents & Young Adults to fight Cancer.
"AYA Foundation has helped me lift a huge weight off my shoulders by providing financial relief. Prior to my diagnosis I was working and attending school which helped pay for my living expenses. However, I had to quit my job and medically withdraw from college spring of my junior year. I’m still unemployed and have had a tough time getting approved for SSI. With all my medical expenses and only my mom’s income, it has been hard for my family to make ends meet. The AYA Foundation was gracious enough to help pay one of the utility bills that we were 2 months behind on. I am very thankful that the AYA Cancer Foundation and people like Dr. Estrada and his team exist. Through them, I was able to receive the help I needed."
"My name is Maya Linville, and I'm a 16 year old cancer patient. I was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and fortunately, had enough time before starting treatment to undergo an egg retrieval! Not only that, but due to the AYA, the grant helped alleviate the additional financial stress on my family.
With the diagnosis alone, I already felt sick and extremely anxious. Learning that infertility was a possibility with chemotherapy treatment just added to the building sense of worry, defeat, and fearfulness. I didn't want to lose the choice to have children, especially at such a young age.
Learning that organizations based in San Antonio could offer medical and financial support was extremely relieving. The news gave me hope and helped quench some of the panic. That is why I wanted to write to you and the AYA organization to express my unending gratitude. Thank you so much for the dedication of you and your team!! The AYA's mission towards protecting the fertility of recently diagnosed young adults is exceedingly important.