SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Rochester-based organization that helps adolescents and young adults with cancer live their best lives has now opened a Syracuse-area location.

13Thirty Cancer Connect has been home to hundreds of teens and young adults with cancer since 2001.

An open house was held Thursday morning on 7th North Street in Liverpool. 

The organization was started by Executive Director Lauren Spiker, who lost her daughter, Melissa, to cancer at just 19-years-old.

The reason for the new locations was because a Syracuse teen named Charlie Pool who use to travel 95 miles with his mom to meet friends at the Rochester location.

“This is a place where cancer takes a back seat for our kids and they’re allowed to just be who they are and that’s vibrant and full of life and we think our center reflects that,” Spiker said.

13Thirty has pledged to make a difference for teens like Charlie in the Syracuse area with memorial donations given on his behalf.

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