…to the online home of Chasing Rainbows Young Adult Cancer Advocacy, an initiative developed by Pat Taylor with the mission of discovering and distributing multi-media support resources for young adults living with cancer, their family, friends, and the medical professionals who care for them.
“I became an advocate for young adults living with cancer in 1997, when my own daughter Sara was diagnosed at age 23. She dreamed of doing something about the lack of resources targeted at her age group…something to let others like her know that they weren’t alone. She agreed to have her 2.5-year struggle with cancer documented on film in Sara’s Story (Infinity Films, 2000) and also began work on a second documentary entitled Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living With Cancer.
Six years after Sara’s death in 2000, I completed Chasing Rainbows on her behalf and, since then, have worked to distribute it across Canada and throughout the world. On this journey, I have encountered many young adult cancer patients and survivors who are telling their own stories. They are making films, writing books, hosting radio shows, creating retreats and adventure programs designed specifically for their age group. I am impressed by their strength, passion and creativity, and I feel that the next step in fulfilling Sara’s dream is to broaden my focus so that it includes not only her projects but also a wide range of other resources in a variety of media. To signal this shift, I have developed a new platform: Chasing Rainbows Young Adult Cancer Advocacy. The goal, however, remains the same as it has always been: to help young adults speak up for themselves and support each other.”