"I felt frustrated with the scars cancer had left on me that affect my ability to feel strong. But on the trek I came to just accept this challenge and recognize it as part of me." - Ashley
We regularly evaluate the benefits of our treks by administering pre and post trek surveys with all of our participants.
Over the past decade, we have consistently seen significant improvements in:
1) Increased appreciation for nature and feeling greater self-efficacy in the outdoors
2) Increased feelings of connection with other young adult survivors or caregivers
3) Increased knowledge and self-efficacy of mindful awareness practices and engagement in other positive health behaviors after returning home.
We also administer short forms from the NIH Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) and have consistently seen clinically significant improvements in:
1) Decreased symptoms of depression
2) Decreased symptoms of anxiety
3) Decreased symptoms of sleep disturbance