“It shouldn’t matter how old you are, if you go through treatments, like I did, you deserve a trip!”
About Victory Trips
Victory Trips allow the recovering patient time to recuperate and reset while fulfilling a lifelong dream. A candidate may be referred by medical professionals, social workers or anyone with knowledge of the candidate’s current medical condition. Trips are approved on a case-by-case basis pending board approval.
- Must be within the ages of 18 to 40 (diagnosed before 40th birthday)
- Must have battled a life-threatening illness and have completed treatment (cancer-free)
- Must be cleared by your doctor to travel
- Cannot have had trip/experience from another organization
If you don’t qualify for 17 Strong, please see this list of other organizations that may be able to help.
Medical professionals, parents, spouses or anyone with a detailed knowledge of the candidate’s current medical condition may refer. Please have your medical professional contact 17 Strong at email@example.com for a potential Victory Trip.
What You Can Do on a Victory Trip
Ryan’s desire was for a trip to recover from trauma of fighting debilitating disease. A Victory Trip could potentially be a trip or experience. Scroll down to view some of the past Victory Trips!
Fulfilled Victory Trips!
Mellissa | Caribbean Cruise 2017
Fulfilled Victory Trips!
Ryan | Alaskan Cruise 2017
Jimmy | Tokyo, Japan 2017
Tobias | Europe 2018
John | Hawaii 2018
Jen | USA Women's Soccer Game 2018
Matt | Hawaii 2018
Alex | Washington D.C. 2018
Jenny | Hawaii 2018
Kaya | Thailand 2018
Miranda | Turks & Caicos 2018
Miranda was accompanied by her friend and roommate Sabrina to Turks and Caicos. In March of 2018, Miranda was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. Miranda said, “My Victory Trip marks a new beginning. While this trauma will never escape me, I can use this new start to celebrate all I have accomplished, including my survival. This trip means I can start taking my life back and honor who I have become!”
Kay | Thailand 2018
Miranda | Japan 2019
Miranda and her grandmother Hatsue took a trip to Japan to celebrate her victory over Hodgkin’s Lymphoma! “My grandma was able to reconnect with her family after 30 years and my mother and I were able to meet some of our family for the first time. I visited the home that my grandma grew up in and my grandma was able to visit her mother’s grave for the first time.”
Caleb | Ireland 2019
Caleb and his fiancé Destiny took a trip to Ireland to celebrate his victory over testicular cancer. While on the trip, Caleb proposed to Destiny in front of a waterfall (her dream proposal)! “This trip gave me the opportunity to take a breather – to reflect on all that I’ve been through, how I have been impacted, and how my life has changed since my diagnosis. Not only that, but I was able to spend this time with my best friend who was with me through each step of the journey.”
Marcela | Honduras 2019
Marcela and her husband Salvador traveled to Roatan, Honduras after her battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The highlight of her trip was scuba diving. “For the first time in awhile we were being asking how we met, where are we from, instead of how did that last treatment go. It reminded us there is more to come in this Victory Year and more to come in my life!”
Soncharay | Caribbean 2019
Soncharay and her husband traveled to St. Lucia in the Caribbean after her fight with breast cancer! “This trip was an amazing experience that has opened up a new world for me. My husband and I were able to rekindle some romance after being so busy battling cancer. This trip was so tranquil, the people on the island were so friendly and the resort perfect.”
Ramona | Hawaii 2019
Ramona traveled with her husband and two children to the Disney Resort in Hawaii after battling cancer twice. She climbed to the top of Diamond Head Trail carrying her son! “It was a bittersweet victory because I was unable to complete this journey when I was 17. A week later after my family trip to Oahu I was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood Sarcoma that was similar to Ryan’s. I will always be grateful for you! The Victory Trip completed my journey.”
Adam | Italy 2019
Gina | Bahamas 2019
Gina, her husband and daughter visited Atlantis in the Bahamas after fighting breast cancer! “This trip meant so much to me, finding words are difficult. I think of it as more than a trip, it is a reintroduction to life. It is wonderful motivation to put the worries and pain behind you and focus on a new positive adventure going forward. When it all finally came down to the trip, it all lived up to my expectations and then some!”
Maria | Caribbean Disney Cruise 2019
Maria and her son Christian went on a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean to celebrate her victory over ovarion cancer. “My son and I were able to visit three different countries in 7 days which to me was a unique experience. This trip was blessing for us, we were able to spend quality time that was lost during this past year.”
“This was my first true international trip, so naturally I chose to go big. It was a great way for me to test myself after going through so much. It was confirmation that I was back to full health again. An incredible experience to celebrate a great victory!” – Jimmy
“What 17 strong did for me meant a lot, the timing couldn’t be better after battling cancer and losing my left arm. It felt really really good to get away and try to forget all the issues going on back home.” – Tobias
“Because of 17 Strong and Ryan Teixeira’s dream, my wife and I were able to experience Alaska’s breathtaking beauty, spend much-needed restful time together, and celebrate recovery.” – Ryan
“I think everyone going through cancer should get an opportunity like this. This trip was in the top five best things I have experienced in my life!” – Mellissa
“This trip felt like closing the door on a long and difficult fight. Our lives were put on hold, this trip was the end of that. It gave us a chance to finally take a breath and get back to normal.” – John
“I think everyone going through cancer should get an opportunity like this. This trip was in the top five best things i have experienced in my life!” – Mellissa
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Along Comes Hope
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