About Us

Today, seven teenagers in the UK will hear the words ‘you have cancer’. Seven more will hear them tomorrow and seven more the day after that.

At a time of fear, isolation and loneliness, we bring 13-24 year olds who have been diagnosed with cancer, together.

Through workshops, activity days and residential stays, Teens Unite provides the ongoing social, emotional and physical support needed by these young people, which medical experts can’t.

We support young people from diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and into remission. We understand that cancer doesn’t stop when treatment stops; the effects of a cancer diagnosis can be long-lasting and often life changing.

The young people we support often say that being classified as ‘in remission’, is almost as daunting as being diagnosed. As the focus on becoming fit, well and ‘cancer free’ is replaced by the question ‘what next?’, it is difficult to simply return to life before cancer, but Teens Unite puts the stepping stones in place to rebuild a life beyond illness.

We enable young people, whose lives have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis, to socialise with others their age in a similar situation, so they can support and encourage each other, share their hopes, fears and experiences and live the fullest life possible.

We understand that cancer doesn’t just effect the person diagnosed, but those closest to them, which is why we offer support to family members too. Our siblings days, along with our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, provide opportunities to meet other families in a similar situation.

Our Story

Founders of Teens Unite, Debbie Pezzani and Karen Millen OBE, share a passion for supporting young people diagnosed with cancer after volunteering their time in hospital wards and spending hours with teenage cancer patients. They held their hands through treatment, recovery and hospital appointments and shared the highs and lows with those closest to them.

Debbie and Karen witnessed cancer steal the confidence, self-esteem, friendships and hope of these young people and saw the illness deprive them of the best years of their life.

They realised that outside of medical staff treating the illness, there was little support available to these young people who were absent from school, college or university to undergo treatment and they were rapidly becoming isolated and alone with little hope or aspiration for the future.

In 2007, Teens Unite was born after Debbie and Karen vowed to unite these young people and rebuild their lives from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

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