"Incredible...so moving...I felt like I knew the people by the end." - Andrea Lee, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern Medicine
Lindsey was 22 when her boyfriend left after she decided to get a mastectomy following her breast surgery. Lizzy and Justin dreamed of starting their own family after getting married, but thyroid cancer treatment put an end to those plans. Join these three on their journey with other young adult cancer survivors into the wilderness of Utah and Wyoming, and into the wilderness of themselves, where they seek to learn ways to give back their hearts to themselves, to the strangers who have loved them.
After several years in the making, we are incredibly excited to share a 50-minute short documentary film, To the Stranger Who Has Loved You, which closely follows young adult survivors Lindsey and Lizzie, and Lizzie's husband Justin, as they grapple in their own ways with all of the "usual suspect" issues that young adults and caregivers with cancer can face - loss of identity, goal interference, body betrayal, pain, treatment-related side effects and hassles, relationship discord, depression, anxiety, fear, and the list goes on. And all of that on top of all of the other “regular stuff” that comes with being a young adult. Each of them chose to go on a True North Trek where they would have opportunities to connect with nature, connect with peers, and connect with themselves through mindfulness meditation and yoga.
Stand in the hiking boots of young adults affected by cancer and the different ways it has changed their lives. Hike and paddle alongside them as they enter the wilderness of their lives following cancer treatment. And know the power of finding and being found as a young adult or caregiver affected by cancer on a True North Trek.
Watch the trailer and select shorts to learn more about the film.
Beautiful, artistic, honest and poignant...I have a new appreciation for the unique challenges faced by young adult cancer survivors, specifically as they relate to isolation and identity." - Kimberly Webster, MA, Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Outstanding! You really come away with a sense of how the treks help them deal with what life has given them." - Ann Shirk, Foglia Family Foundation
Fantastic, powerful work!" - Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Host a Screening
If your cancer support center, hospital, program, college or university would be interested in hosting a free virtual or in-person screening of this film, please contact David Victorson to receive our film kit and get more information.