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Open the door to change.

It's hard sometimes being a teen. It's harder still when you're a teen diagnosed with cancer: too old for the children's hospital, too young for adult treatment facilities. That's why First Citizens Bank is proud to support Teen Cancer America in creating spaces where teens fighting cancer can feel like they belong. Because they do. And you can help us. Donate online or bring your spare change into one of our branches and help us open the door to better cancer care and brighter futures.

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'Let My Love Open the Door' by Roger Daltry Teen Cancer America charity track on iTunes store

Purchase "Let My Love Open The Door" by Roger Daltrey

Proceeds will benefit Teen Cancer America.

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Where a teen can be a teen

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One young American is diagnosed with cancer every hour.
  • Graphic highlighting the lack of progress for teen cancer in the last 30 years and commitment for 50 new centers in next decade
  • Graphic highlighting the lack of progress for teen cancer in the last 30 years and commitment for 50 new centers in next decade
  • Graphic highlighting the lack of progress for teen cancer in the last 30 years and commitment for 50 new centers in next decade

Hear their Stories

Almost 11,000 teens are diagnosed with cancer every year. That's over 30 a day. These are just some of their stories.
Watch Julia's Story
Julia S.
North Carolina
"You can either give up, or you can fight back as hard as possible.
Julia F.
South Carolina
"There's a lot of things that have helped me get through this. My family and my friends and, well, God.
Watch Julia's Story
Watch Ben's Story
Ben
Virginia
"I think it's a huge part of my identity because my life changed so dramatically.
Sarah
Georgia
"I don't know how to fit being a cancer survivor into my social life.
Watch Sarah's Story
Watch Natalie's Story
Natalie
Tennessee
"I had to hang out in the children's hospital with my little friends on tricycles.

Our Goal


Family is important. We've known that for over 100 years at First Citizens, one of the largest family-controlled banks in the country. To us, life isn't all about making money. Sometimes it's more about making a difference.

You see, every day more than 30 young adults are diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, teenagers are a marginalized age group, having no place dedicated to their specific needs in a hospital. So we're supporting hospitals that pledge to work with Teen Cancer America to build dedicated Teen Cancer spaces. These teens can finally feel like teens again, despite facing the biggest challenge of their lives. With your help, we'll open the door to better cancer care.
Treatment for certain teenage cancers hasn't improved in 30 years. That's unacceptable.


Graphic highlighting the lack of progress for teen cancer in the last 30 years and commitment for 50 new centers in next decade

With over 50 cancer centers planned for the next decade, we'll address this problem head on.

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