Be Loud! Sophie Foundation

"...Be loud, And move with grace, Explode with light, Have no fear..." - Sophie Steiner

None of our work would be possible without the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.  Please take a moment to check out their work and learn how Sophie’s story and vision has inspired us to create and grow our AYA Program at UNC!

Be Loud! Sophie Foundation Mission

To support adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families at UNC Hospitals.

Be Loud! Sophie Foundation Goals

The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation is supporting two closely related efforts with the overall goal of enhancing the independence, dignity, and identity of adolescent and young adult cancer patients:

  • Address the unique needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients.  Cancer patients in this age group have unique needs and we want them to be treated as the emerging adults they are. The new AYA Program Director is spearheading this effort at UNC.
  • Support research efforts. The oncology world is becoming more focused on improving medical and psychosocial outcomes of adolescent and young adult cancer patents, and we are helping UNC build a research-based program that advances the national understanding of how best to meet the unique needs of patients in this diverse age group.

Be Loud! Sophie Foundation Outcomes

Through these efforts, adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families are receiving better care at UNC, and UNC is becoming a national leader in addressing the unique needs of this age group.

If you would like to stay informed about the progress of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, please join their (short and infrequent) newsletter, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.