Stupid Cancer

Rating: 4.94 stars   110 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Health, Cancer

Location: 40 Worth Street Suite 808 New York NY 10013 USA

Mission: Empower young adults affected by cancer by (1) building community, (2) improving quality of life and (3) providing meaningful survivorship

2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My battle has been long, and overwhelming at times. I thought I was the only one. Lonely and depressed, I searched the web for some insight on how to deal with these feelings, not so much the chemo and its impressive side effects. When I found i [2] y, it was because I searched the words stupid and cancer. How excited I was to find them. Through their continued will and determination, I myself joined in the only way I knew I could. By letting others who wanted to help me do so, I was able to join with them and be able to advocate for "stupid cancer" as well as my specific rare type of Ovarian cancer. To be in your 20's, and noone else around to relate to, I'm too Young For This was what I needed. Because of them, I may have found my new calling :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

starting the healing process...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to advocate for others like me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

online only, but very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

find a cure I'm sure.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to fly to New York and meet everyone.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The first four months of my treatment I was in a room full of old people every 3 weeks feeling like there were no other young people with cancer near me. I finally found i[2]Y and realized there was a whole network of young people I could connect with. I listened to the Stupid Cancer show and learned things about my disease and how to help myself. I even got one on one support from the founder himself. I'm now in remission, have 6 more treatments to go, and I'm on facebook and i[2]Y almost every day talking to other people who've had cancer, supporting them and myself. I'm now an activist for young adult cancer, hope to be an ambassador someday, and feel I have a true purpose in life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I can easily be involved in helping other young adults with cancer in so many ways.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome. Mathew Zachary (the founder) is a joy to speak to, obviously truly cares about us in-betweeners, and has great ideas for improving the lives of young adults with cancer.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a huge party for every young adult with cancer in the U.S.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

I have worked in collaboration with Matthew Zachary and I2Y for the past 3 years. They are a very dedicated and professional group of people. They are a much needed organization dedicated to assisting young adults affected by cancer.They have been a great resource for patients in this population that we come in contact with. They have been very helpful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their help with patients

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working together to help cancer patients

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and dedicated to their cause

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

conquer the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

I2y led by Matthew Zachary filled a void for young adult cancer patients and survivors. Long overdue, i2y raises awareness, conducts a weekly radio show and is a treasure trove of information for young adults affected by cancer. One of the more recent highlights was the cancer summit for young adults, which had amazing speakers and excellent breakaway groups/workshops. With a heart of gold, tremendous energy and an internal drive that won't quit or slow down Matthew is the man!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending their events and meeting other survivors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not do anything differentaside from trying to raise awareness and "touch" more people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The services they provide are unlike other nonprofit, i2y is unique.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Totally amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save lives.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known about i2y when I was having chemo.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Awareness.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

I have deep respect and admiration for Matthew and his entire organization! Something long over due to reach out to young survivors to show them they are not alone. Matthew you had done an amazing job! Be well an dcontinue the great work! Ron Bye

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

This is the most innovative cancer advocacy group I've encountered. Focusing on young adult cancer survivors, they've amassed a passionate group of survivors and volunteers whose mission is to raise awareness of survivorship issues facing the young adult cancer community. Matt Zachary, Kate Goldberger and the rest of the team are creative, energetic leaders. Definitely at the top of their game!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their membership involvement and growth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep doing what they're doing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the leadership and members. They're great people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding, kind, motivated individuals who take the time to cultivate personal relationships.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

generate awareness of clinical trials, early diagnosis, and education re: young adult cancer patients and survivors.

Ways to make it better...

I[2]Y just needs (as do all advocacy groups) more resources and a more stable source of funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are cutting edge. I like that!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization that does everything it can to service a somewhat neglected population in the cancer world - adolescents and young adults. It speaks their language and hosts appropriate events to support, educate and advocate for its constituency. It's motto - "Stupid Cancer" says it all!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the camraderie and mutual support of its members.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

I'm Too Young FOr This is a hip, "tell-it-like-it-is", comprehensive resource for young adults with cancer. I refer my clients to i2y regularly for information and resources that will facilitate their experience and help them to not feel so isolated from diagnosis through survivorship. The Stupid Cancer Show puts a voice to the experience of living with cancer at a time when you least expect to be focusing on your health. The energy behind this peer driven network is empowering and helpful to so many young people throughout the country!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Empowering young adults with cancer to become their own best advocate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

The resources on the website were categorized by type.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I2Y is an invaluable source for young adults touched by Cancer. Whether you need information specific to being young and facing Cancer, or you need a distraction from the pressure, I2Y significantly improves your experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Cancer community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope Matt Zachary was by my side.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how welcoming they are and how much they genuinely intend to make a difference for every young adult diagnosed with Cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspirational, determined, very welcoming!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the Cancer experience for young adults across the USA and beyond!

Ways to make it better...

I2Y was in Australia (where I'm from) when I was diagnosed with Cancer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money. Isn't it always?

One thing I'd also say is that...

Matt Z is an amazing guy - we need more like him!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

i2y is an incredible force in the Young Adult Cancer world! As many of us know Young Adults are often left behind and misunderstood when they are diagnosed with cancer. I wish that something like this had been around when I was diagnosed in 2004 at age 20 with Level 3A Malignant Melanoma. I2Y gives young adults the forum to meet others in similar situations, vent about what they are going through and get out and have fun (as I like to say, "Laugh in Cancer's Face"). It's time to throw out the isolation of being under 40 with Cancer and bring in the power of being surrounded with others that understand and support you! It is sometimes hard to get yourself out there and talk to others about your experience and the great thing about i2y is that it's okay to feel that way because there is always something going on and when you are ready to get out and mingle i2y is there with open arms!!! If you haven't checked out i2y yet it's time to get involved!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that young adult cancer survivors begin to use their voice and come together to raise awareness when people involved in i2y get together! It is especially great to see so many people so passionate not just about their own experience but others too

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

quit teaching, hire Matthew and visit every Hospital in every city, even the ones with a population of 20 and spread the word about i2y so that young adults everywhere know that they don't have to fight the fight alone!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ARE the MOST AWESOME people ever! i2y is made of the most driven, brave and supportive people you will ever meet!

Ways to make it better...

it had been around when I was first diagnosed and also if I'd had more time to dedicate!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

awareness for the cause and getting people interested! Time to go Viral!!!!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Cancer Sucks But Living With It Doesn't Have to!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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