VICTORY TRIPS

Battling a disease like cancer is devastating and draining. A Victory Trip can help inspire hope, joy and a fresh start after fighting for your life.

“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. I was able to spend this time with my best friend who was with me through each step of the journey. While my cancer journey will always be a part of who I am, I finally felt that during this trip I was able to escape the pressures of my everyday life, look back on this experience, and move forward, opening a new chapter of my journey along the way by proposing to my fiancé.”

Caleb, Ireland 2019
testicular cancer

“This trip was truly about celebrating a victory from a long journey of battling the ruthless disease called cancer. It wasn’t just a Victory Trip for me though, it was a discovery of how this beautiful organization came around me to truly show me family. This trip is a representation of how people can come around you and love you even if you just barely know them. It represents true rest and healing and reminding us of the best is yet to be.”

Julie, Barbados 2019
breast cancer

“Every end has a new beginning and as we reach the end of this dreadful journey, my husband and I made a promised to make 2019 our Victory year! As we prepared for this trip, for the first time we felt an old warm familiar feeling — what it feels like to be normal, just a couple planning a beautiful vacation. 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!”

Marcela, Honduras 2019
leukemia

“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, Hawaii 2018
testicular cancer

“This trip was a reward for my bravery and patience dealing with cancer. 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 also able to visit her mother’s grave for the first time.”

Miranda, Japan 2019
Hodgkin’s lymphoma

What is a Victory Trip?

Victory Trips allow the recovering patient time to recuperate and reset while fulfilling a lifelong dream. Typically, trips are up to one week long and allow one companion of the recipient’s choice. All trips are approved on a case-by-case basis pending board approval.

Who is eligible?

  • Must be within the ages of 18 (diagnosed after 18th birthday) 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 our list of resources  that may be able to help.

How can I refer someone?

Before referring, please make sure the candidate meets the qualifications before reaching out. If they qualify, medical professionals, parents, spouses or anyone with a detailed knowledge of the candidate’s current medical condition may complete the referral form. Please note that we will need to contact your medical professionals to complete the process. Please email info@17strong.org for referral information.

*Due to COVID-19, we are currently not taking new applicants until further notice.

 

What can I do on a Victory Trip?

Ryan’s desire was for a trip to recover from trauma of fighting debilitating disease. Ideally, it should be something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, whether it’s a trip or experience. We will do our best to make it happen. Scroll down to view some of the past Victory Trips!

Although Ryan was denied a trip, he was lucky enough to meet one of his favorite baseball players, Justin Turner, while getting treated at UCLA.

“It shouldn’t matter how old you are, if you go through treatments you deserve a trip!”

-Ryan Teixeira

Fulfilled Victory Trips

Mellissa

CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Mellissa | Caribbean Cruise 2017

Mellissa & her husband Ryan enjoyed a Victory Trip to St. Lucia in September of 2018. Mellissa, who beat breast cancer, says of her memorable trip.. “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!”

 

Fulfilled Victory Trips!

Ryan

ALASKAN CRUISE

Ryan | Alaskan Cruise 2017

Ryan, 36, and his new bride Jessie took a honeymoon trip after conquering testicular cancer. Ryan said, “Because of 17 Strong and Ryan’s dream, my wife and I were able to experience Alaska’s breathtaking beauty, spend much-needed, restful time together and celebrate recovery.” Ryan is now giving back in the medical field as a nurse. 

 

Jimmy

TOKYO, JAPAN

Jimmy | Tokyo, Japan 2017

Jimmy & his best friend Gil traveled to Tokyo, Japan. As an engineering student, he was intrigued by the unique architecture and had always wanted to visit the city. He waited for Christmas break in 2017. Fully recovered from his bout with colon cancer, he left for his first international trip, inspired by Ryan’s dream. “An incredible experience to celebrate a great victory!” 

Tobias

EUROPE

Tobias | Europe 2018

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma wasn’t the only health struggle Tobias recovered from. A work accident cost him his arm, but he conquered Lymphoma and was able to tour Europe with his wife Michelle in May of 2018. Tobias is from Grand Junction, Colorado. “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 good to get away.”

John

HAWAII

John | Hawaii 2018

26-year-old John & his wife Alex returned traveled to Hawaii, staying at the Disney Resort on Oahu. John overcame testicular cancer and began his Victory Trip on June 20, 2018. “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.” 

 

Jennifer

USA SOCCER GAME

Jen | USA Women's Soccer Game 2018

Jen received her Victory Trip after beating Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After meeting up with a friend in Utah, Jennifer attended a USA Soccer game in Salt Lake City on in June and received the VIP treatment including a full tour and on-field experience with the players! Jen eventually wants to pursue a career with USA Soccer!

Matt

HAWAII

Matt | Hawaii 2018

A three-time brain cancer survivor, Matt is 37 years old. His cancer was so rare that there isn’t even a name for it! Until this trip, Matt had never been in or even seen the ocean. In July of 2018, he and his brother Joshua celebrated victory with a Hawaiian Island Cruise, saying, “This is a trip of a life-time overcoming physical obstacles and to get away from hospital, tests and doctor appointments.” 

Alex

WASHINGTON D.C.

Alex | Washington D.C. 2018

At 24 years old, Alex & his mom took a trip to Washington D.C to celebrate victory over Lelomyosarcoma. “I was a young adult when I was diagnosed with cancer and for many foundations and organizations I was diagnosed too old to be eligible for a trip. 17 Strong has jumped in where others left off and granted me a trip to a destination that I have always wanted to visit!” 

Jenny

HAWAII

Jenny | Hawaii 2018

Jenny was accompanied by her boyfriend, Jonathan, to Honolulu. They celebrated her victory over Stage 3 Inflammatory breast cancer. We were overjoyed when Jenny announced that Jonathan proposed on the trip!! Jenny says, “This trip symbolizes my victory of overcoming breast cancer. For me, traveling teaches me about new ways of living that help enhance and inspire me to keep moving forward.” 

Kaya

THAILAND

Kaya | Thailand 2018

Kaya, 24, and her friend Amaya celebrated Kaya’s victory over Osteosarcoma in Thailand! Kaya said, “Sometimes I forget all of the experiences I went through with chemo, and having a trip that’s based on gifting me the journey to healing is pretty amazing. It is such an amazing gift and I’m so excited to go on this journey.” 

 

 

 

Miranda

TURKS & CAICOS, CARIBBEAN

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

Kay | Thailand 2018

Kay took her brother John to Thailand after battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “I don’t think I have come to terms, yet, with the idea that I have won my battle with cancer. The Victory Trip experience provided me with the incredible opportunity to finally celebrate my victory. It made it even more special that I could celebrate with my amazing brother, my best friend and an integral member of my support system.

Miranda

JAPAN

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

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

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

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

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

Adam | Italy 2019

Adam’s life-long dream was to visit the Ferrari track and museum in Italy with his dad. After battling Leukemia, he finally got the trip of his dreams. “This trip is like winning. It’s making an unrealistic dream possible. I’ve been given the opportunity to experience something I have imagined so vividly and actually share it with my dad who has been with me since the start of this madness.”

 

Gina

BAHAMAS

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

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.

 

Brooke

SAN DIEGO

Brooke | San Diego 2019

19-year-old Brooke from Arizona wanted to spend a relaxing Victory Trip in San Diego on the beach with her family after battling leukemia. “This trip made me feel like I was back to my normal life. I was extremely happy this whole trip especially because I was able to finally spend quality time with my family instead of talking to them on Facetime, or from a hospital bed.”

 

Ryan

BALI

Ryan | Bali 2019

Bali was Ryan’s top choice for his Victory Trip. From Nipomo, Ryan and wife Jillian adapted to the Bali culture after his battle with a cancerous sarcoma in his chest. “With my new 17 Strong family I was able to reflect on yet another serious time in my life. I was able to look my wife in the face and really tell her thank you. Victories are hard and take lots of work. They are earned!”

 

Aydde

THAILAND

Aydde | Thailand 2019

30-years-old from Santa Maria, Aydde is a lymphoma and thyroid cancer survivor. After a lot of thought, she chose Thailand for her trip and was joined by her fiancé Javier. “My Victory Trip was an incredible experience leading to a new chapter in my life. For once, I forgot about everything, even that I had cancer. The beauty of Thailand kept my mind busy enough.”

 

Leslie

PORTUGAL

Leslie | Portugal 2019

Leslie Hedges and her cousin/caregiver got to experience Portugal through wine, food and sightseeing. Leslie’s life changed after her battle with breast cancer. “This trip was more needed than I ever realized. I thought I was burnt out from work, but I wasn’t. My body, mind and spirit were exhausted from fighting for my life for the past two years.”

 

Brittany

DISNEY CRUISE

Brittany | Disney Cruise 2019

This bubbly 27-year-old suffers from multiple gastrointestinal diseases. She was so excited to go with her parents on a Disney Cruise and get the luxury treatment. “They blew that horn to sail away, and I knew that the best week was starting. Knowing the trip was coming helped me get through some really tough stuff and now I use all of the pictures, videos and memories to remind me how good life is. This trip was everything and more.”

Nancy

ROME, ITALY

Nancy | Rome, Italy 2019

A UCLA nurse, 36-year-old Nancy Sanchez is a breast cancer survivor and wanted to go on a spiritual journey through Rome with her mom. “This trip meant so much to me because I was able to enjoy and celebrate victory with my mom, who also was so deserving of this trip. The highlight of this trip was the spiritual experience in the Vatican and seeing the Pope with my mom. Just thinking about it gives me chills.”

Laura

DISNEY WORLD

Laura | Disney World 2019

Laura, a 34-year-old breast cancer survivor and her husband are Disney fans and chose to get the full Disney World experience in Orlando, Florida. “There was a long time where I couldn’t leave for that long or even be around many people, stand that long, let alone walk that much. We FINALLY got to go on our honeymoon, celebrate all of our accomplishments in our relationship and how much we love each other.”

Jo’el

TULUM, MEXICO

Jo’el | Tulum, Mexico 2019

Jo’el and his wife celebrated his victory in the Mayan Ruins of Mexico after his fight with testicular cancer. “I was willing to fight cancer but was not ready to have my family, friends and community have sit ringside to the beating I was going to take. 17 Strong gave me a light that I could show my kids and all that helped me get through those dark times. To be able to share my Victory Trip with my wife after all that she helped me with was the perfect way to end our fight together!”

Andrew

DALLAS COWBOYS GAME

Andrew | Dallas Cowboys Game 2019

From Omaha, Nebraska, Andrew wanted to go to a Dallas Cowboys football game. The 21-year-old, leukemia survivor invited his dad on his dream vacation. “This meant the world and more to me to be able to have the opportunity to go on a trip like this with my biggest supporter. The highlight of the trip was going down on the field during the pregame warm-ups and getting to see all the players up close.”

 

Bradley

MALDIVES

Bradley | Maldives 2019

Bradley and his wife Stefani from Turlock, CA honeymooned in the Maldives after his fight with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They did it all, from parasailing to seeing sharks up close! “At a time when it felt like nothing was going right, 17 Strong gave me the opportunity to take the love of my life on a dream honeymoon, one that we would have never been able to take on our own, to paradise!

 

 

Zachary

HAWAII

Zachary | Hawaii 2019

19-year-old Zachary from Braceville, Illinois beat brain cancer and took a trip with his dad to Maui. “This was a perfect way to get my mind of what had happened but at the same time show me that I won my battle. The highlight of the trip was spending time with my dad and the nature around the island, so many things to see but the pictures don’t actually capture the experience.”

Whitney

HAWAII

Whitney | Hawaii 2019

Whitney and her daughter traveled to Hawaii after her fight with breast cancer. “As a single mom, being able to take my daughter who helped me with my recovery and through chemo and to close the door on cancer was so special. We celebrated the New Year in Hawaii, when it turned midnight we had a moment of fresh start. It was an amazing thing to let go of all the weight and heartaches that came with cancer.”

Julie

BARBADOS

Julie | Barbados 2019

Julie took her husband with her to Barbados after battling breast cancer. “This trip was truly about celebrating a victory from a long journey of battling the ruthless disease called cancer. This trip is a representation of how people can come around you and love you do you even if you just barely know them. It represents true rest and healing and reminding us of the best is yet to be.”

Kellen

DRIFTING SCHOOL & CONCERT

Kellen | Drifting School 2019

20-year-old, Kellen Franzen from Yankton, South Dakota overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He and his friend attended drifting school in the Bay Area. 

Daniel

HAWAII

Daniel | Hawaii 2020

Daniel and his girlfriend took a trip to Maui after he battled stage 4 head and neck cancer. “It meant the world to me to have anyone do something like that for me was highly appreciated and good for my mind and body to feel alive again. The highlight for us was the whales splashing and waving to us while we were on our Valentine’s dinner cruise, and it was amazing.”

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