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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Health Support

Mission: At Lazarex Cancer Foundation we improve the outcome of cancer care, giving hope, dignity and life to advanced stage cancer patients and the medically underserved by providing assistance with costs for FDA clinical trial participation, identification of clinical trial options, community outreach and education. We are a resource for cancer patients who've been told they have no other options and are seeking life through FDA clinical trial participation.

Results: Since Inception in 2006: Our founders cover our overhead costs annually so 100% of every additional dollar received from our donors goes directly to our patients. As of 12/31/15 - Dollars expended on program services: $8,852,818.19; Assisted patients from 4 to 83 years of age, all ethnic backgrounds, 49 states , 14 countries, with 147 different types of cancer on 900 different clinical trials; Provided community education, outreach and advocacy for 296,560 people; Provided over 1,560 patients with patient navigation and financial assistance for FDA clinical trial participation; Relationships with 39 of the 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers, 74 undesignated Cancer Centers, with 121 Clinical trial sites in total; Percentage of donations applied directly to program services: 85%

Target demographics: advanced stage cancer patients of all ages, from all walks of life, with all types of cancer.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year we directly provided 556 cancer patients with financial assistance for costs related to FDA clinical trial participation.

Geographic areas served: the USA

Programs: * financial assistance (directly reimbursed to the cancer patient) for out of pocket expenses associated with FDA clinical trial participation; *assistance with identifying clinical trial options; * community outreach and education.

Community Stories

174 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Debra98

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed in 2013 with an aggressive uterine cancer. Contacted Dana from Lazarex to find out if she knew of any clinical trials and ask her to find out what she could about my cancer. She was awesome and timely getting back to me. I didn't need any further services from Lazarex as I was completely covered by my insurance fortunately. But I tell everyone I can about this wonderful organization. I am an oncology nurse and am cancer free going on 3 years!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

After having donated to this organization, I was fortunate to get to know some of the people who make up the team who work so hard to make it happen. These people are truly dedicated to their cause and work tirelessly to bring so much aid to as many cancer sufferers as they can. They fill a gap in the fight against cancer that few groups try to tackle. The assistance they provide to the cancer patients that have run out of options, and to link them to companies running clinical trail, is a daunting challenge for anyone to take on. This is a worthy effort that, like many others, could use your help.
David King

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a continued donor to an organization that provides the needed funds that are not covered by medical insurance or the pharmaceutical companies. Without this organization, many people already suffering from the horrors of cancer, would not have the opportunity to participate in a possible life improving clinical trial

1 adelenader

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered and attended numerous events for Lazarex because I truly believe in what they do. They are such a unique foundation in that they guide their patients through the process from Step 1. You are not just a number when you call, they know all their clients (and their families) personally. It's such a comfort to know you have such a strong support system in the cancer fight. I will continue to be an advocate for Lazarex - it is a one of a kind organization run by one of a kind people!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I learned about Lazarex, I was immediately drawn to the organization because of their background and story. Their tenacity and passion for giving not only treatment, but hope to their patients is one of the most important things their organization does. The whole team at Lazarex is full of warmth and love. Lazarex is an invaluable organization that gives so much to those who need support in their time of need.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 08/15/2012

Thank you for sharing our passion with others. A big thank you for writing a review!!

1 Katie164

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Lazarex in the past. This is an amazing organization that prides itself in putting the needs of patients and their families first. I admire their philosophy. They give hope to people who still have so much they want to accomplish in their lives. As a daughter of a cancer warrior, Lazarex gave me hope. They gave my mom hope. I will be forever grateful to the women and men that make Lazarex possible to so many people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the only organization that has the patients voice! Taking care of late stage cancer patients get help in getting into a trial and staying in the trial is life changing! LCF does this and more

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Approximately 2 1/2 years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive Stage IV cancer. After two recurrences using chemotherapy and radiation treatments, I went to MD Anderson in the hopes of enrolling in an immunotherapy clinical trial. (I was unable to get into any trials at local hospitals.) I wasn't sure how I was going to afford the expense of traveling back and forth between Michigan and Texas every two weeks, but then I was referred to Lazarex. They specifically help patients who need to travel for clinical trials. Lazarex's assistance not only helped alleviate some of the financial burden, but also lessened the stress I was feeling. They have been so kind and easy to work with. I am very grateful that I have been given an opportunity to extend my life by being able to travel out of state to other hospitals that can help me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, on the day before my 69th birthday, my Arizona surgeon told me the results of my annual CT scans. My liposarcoma had recurred, and was inoperable and metastatic. I had shared my body with this very rare tumor since the original diagnosis in 2001.
The Arizona surgeon told me that the then current standard treatment involved a chemotherapy that was effective only 20-30% of the time. When I asked for a prognosis if the chemo failed, he told me, "Two years."

My husband and I went to M. D. Anderson in Houston to find out about potential clinical trials. I was quickly enrolled in a Phase I targeted therapy trial that required traveling between Phoenix and Houston every three weeks. The costs of air fare and hotel reservations were overwhelming. Fortunately, my husband discovered the Lazarex Foundation.

I applied for and was accepted into the program. Without Lazarex, I wouldn't have been able to participate in this life-saving trial.

Initially, the tumor shrank, but it began to grow after 13 months. I was transferred to an immunotherapy therapy trial in July, 2015. So far, it has kept the disease stable. And, Lazarex continues to assist me with costs.

Here I am, 30 months after I was given a two-year prognosis, alive, doing well, and feeling great. I live a normal life, except for trips to Houston.

Thank you, Lazarex for giving me two years (and counting) of happiness, fun, family and love. You are truly a blessing!

Judy Frank

1 Valerie87

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having to make a journey from Chicago to Houston every two weeks is a great financial burden. Lazarex was mentioned to me, by chance, on a shuttle journey between the hotel and M.D. Anderson for treatment for my metastatic Stage IV colon cancer.

After finding Lazarex online, we found the application process to be simple and straightforward, and all questions were answered with respect and very clearly.

Today we received our first reimbursement which will be used wisely to pay some of our travel expenses.

We are very grateful for this and will now be able to breathe a little easier and can continue with my treatment schedule with a sense of peace of mind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The past 5 years of cancer for my husband have been difficult. The past 2.5 years he has traveled 240 miles round trip every other week for treatment in a drug trial. Lazarex has been the one bright spot.