Our Mission

Supporting Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients and Their Families at UNC Hospitals

In partnership with UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center the Foundation established UNC’s AYA Program in 2015 as one of the first in the country with this focus.

Niklaus & Lucy Steiner, Lauren Lux

Our Story

The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation was founded by the Steiner family to honor their daughter Sophie and to support the unique needs of adolescent and young adults (AYAs) facing cancer.

We want to help them maintain their dignity, identity and independence in the face of this overwhelming illness.

The Program

Cancer Program

The UNC AYA Cancer Program Team provides unprecedented support to 13- to 39-year-olds at UNC living with cancer, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive AYA programs in the country.

Join Us

Upcoming Events

Be Loud! ’23 Returns August 26 at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro

Join us for 10th and final Be Loud annual concert (for the foreseeable future) on August 26th. As with our last two shows, we’ve asked some of our favorite local musicians to cover truly influential acts of the 1980’s. This year we have our old friends Preeesh! taking on Echo & The Bunnymen before The Maxell 90 does a tribute to the one and only R.E.M.

We are so pleased to announce the Be Loud! Center for Young Adult Cancer Care will open this summer at UNC Hospitals.

The center will feature seven outpatient infusion chairs in a beautiful environment with natural elements, including expansive windows that allow the sunshine to pour in. We will host an Open House for this unique space on August 27 from 2-4pm. We welcome you to join us. Please email us to RSVP and for details.

Be Loud! has given us our north star – Sophie’s voice and legacy. Sophie reminds us to focus on the experiences and perspectives of the young people we serve, to learn from each individual, and to take what we’ve learned and use it to make things better for the next patient.

– Lauren Lux, UNC AYA Program Director