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Perkatory (per-kah-tawr-e)

Brewing Tough Conversations to Help Each Other Face Cancer

Join the Elephants and Tea Herd and hear the stories of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer community with the digital series Perkatory: Brewing Tough Conversations to Help Each Other Face Cancer

The goal of Perkatory is to encourage individuals to use their voice, to learn more about a specific topic that might be difficult for some cancer patients to bring up themselves, and to bring each other out of ‘perkatory’ (a play on the word purgatory), to help live your best life.

We will host five Perkatory events in 2024! You will only have to register once to be able to attend all five events! 

2024 Perkatory Events and Topics:

February 8th from 7:00-8:30pm ET – Loneliness and Isolation
*Featured Nonprofit: b-Present

April 11th from 7:00-8:30pm ET – Things I Wish I Knew
*Featured Nonprofit: Worth the Wait

June 13th from 7:00-8:30pm ET – Dear Cancer
*Featured Nonprofit: The Ruth Cheatham Foundation

October 10th from 7:00-8:30pm ET – My New Perspective
*Featured Nonprofit: Connecting Champions

November 14th from 7:00-8:30pm ET – Scars
*Featured Nonprofit: Send It Foundation

Upcoming Events

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How Perkatory works:

  • Our Perkatory events are a chance to feature some of our writers and allow them to share their pieces about a certain topic aloud to an intimate audience of supporters and peers. 

  • Perkatory is a safe space; an occasion to hear touching and vulnerable stories and yet another opportunity to feel less alone in what you are going through. 

  • In addition to the featured authors, we highlight a different organization at each Perkatory event, allowing them the space to share about their organization’s mission and unique offerings. 

  • The evening closes with a Q&A session, where audience members are able to ask questions to our featured writers, and thoughtful discussions can take place surrounding the overarching theme.

Thank you to our 2024 Perkatory Sponsors: