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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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
- U.S. Citizens only
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!”
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.”
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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