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Media Release from CanTeen

CanTeen has released the following media release about their win at the Australian Web Awards. 

CanTeen wins national website award

Australia, 15 November 2010 – CanTeen has taken a top gong at the 2010 Australian Web Awards for its Now What website designed to inform, connect and support young people dealing with cancer.

CanTeen, the Australian organisation supporting young people living with cancer, was the national winner in the Not-for-Profit category and was selected from more than 300 entries. The Awards, held on 6 November 2010 in Perth, are run by the Australian Web Industry Association and recognise best web practices. Key criteria for the Not-for-Profit category included user experience, development, design, content, functionality, credibility and accessibility.

The Now What website (www.nowwhat.org.au) is a unique online support service for 12 to 24 year olds who have cancer, have a family member with cancer, or a family member who has died from cancer.

It aims to provide a supportive and informative online community where young people living with cancer can learn about different cancer types and ways to cope with their experience. They can read stories on other young people in similar situations and connect with peers in online forums so they don’t feel alone on their cancer journey.

Now Whatwas created in response to research conducted by CanTeen that identified a gap in the needs of young people in getting access to relevant information. Research shows such access is crucial in helping young people cope better mentally and emotionally with their cancer experience.

The Now What site was tailored to meet the three key needs of young people impacted by cancer: age-appropriate information, a place to express and cope with their feelings, and a space to connect with others who understand what they’re going through.

Ali, 19, states: "Mum, cancer, died. Three crazy words a young girl never wants to hear. The Now What website is so valuable because it’s a safe place for me to share my feelings, and

the information is trustworthy and reliable. I really like the forums and blogs because they allow me to interact and swap stories with other young people in similar situations.

The best thing about Now What is the feedback and information from respected experts and other people my age going through the same thing.”

Andrew Young, CEO of CanTeen, said there was no other website in the country that provided the level of information and support found on Now What.

Now What was developed by young people, for young people, with input from respected experts in cancer treatment and mental health care. The site is an easy to understand, interactive, comprehensive and compassionate guide that can be easily accessed online at no cost,” he said.

“The Award win is another indication that Now What is on track to meeting its full potential as a valuable online support service for young Australians affected by cancer.”

Now What is also a helpful site for health professionals who can order resources for young people with cancer in their care and gain valuable insights into 12-24 year olds going through a cancer experience.