Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, First Descents (FD) is a leader in adventure-based healing. Through outdoor adventure, community building, and skills development, FD improves health outcomes and quality of life for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. All services are fully-adaptive and free of charge. A Guidestar Platinum-ranked nonprofit, First Descents has been recognized on CNN Heroes and Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work.

During its 20-year history, First Descents has served nearly 10,000 young adult survivors at over 1,000 programs nationwide. Furthermore, FD has established relationships with more than 450 medical centers nationwide to effectively reach patients closer to the time of diagnosis. Beginning in 2020, FD expanded programming to serve healthcare professionals on the frontlines of COVID-19.