TAY-BANDZ INC

Rating: 5 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: PO Box 20077 New York NY 10019 USA

Mission:
Target demographics: save the lives of children with cancer
Direct beneficiaries per year: research for pediatric cancer for funding grants
Programs: Fund raising events to raise awareness and fund pediatric cancer research

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Taylor Matthews started tay-bandz with two thoughts in mind. First, that it would all be worth it if we could save the life of even one child. The second was that someday no child would ever have to face cancer. She died waiting to get the drugs that might have saved her life.

Today the first goal has been achieved. Original research funded by Tay-bandz has saved numerous children whose prognosis was hopeless. Half a dozen kids are having birthdays instead of memorials.

The second goal is up to us. Even modest sums can feel like a tidal waive in the world of pediatric cancer research. These kids need a champion. Will you be there champion?

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

Attract more volunteers!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tay-bandz is an amazing nonprofit that truly focuses on much needed an severely underfunded research. Volunteering for them is an honor, and is a fulfilling activity. You know that you are actually moving the needle because the research they fund is getting tangible results. I would definitely recommend them to other volunteers!!!

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

Share the success of the research more widely

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

This organization truly makes a difference. The research they fund is innovative, proven, and gives hope to the future of cancer treatment. Further, their impact is demonstrated and transparent. Volunteering for this organization, you know you are really making a difference. Further, in doing so, you are honoring the dream of the amazing person who founded this organization. Thank you for the amazing experiences

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Years ago, a mother's greatest concern was getting an extra chaperone for sixth grade camp because her daughter sleep walked and she was worried she might wander at night. That child, Taylor, never made it to sixth grade camp. Instead, she and her family started their battle with Taylor's cancer. Unfortunately for all who had the privilege of knowing Taylor, she passed away about five years later. Taylor wasted no time during those five years. From her hospital bed she began fund raising to help raise money to research cures for pediatric cancers. Her family, especially her mother, have continued those efforts in the hope of helping other families avoid their tragedy. Taylor's mom and the rest of her family and board members give so much. This is a wonderful charity which finacially helps to fill the gap left by the government to help find innovative and effective cures for pediatric cancers.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tay-Bandz was started by my friend Taylor when we were so young that we did not honestly know what cancer meant. When I think of Taylor all I can remember is the everyday kid things we used to do. The truth is, Taylor was far from an everyday kid. Taylor was an extraordinary kid who had a dream and never quit. Being a part of Tay-Bandz allows me to keep living Taylor's dream and fighting for her cause. Year over year Tay-Bandz continues to out due itself with new ideas to raise money for pediatric cancer research and reach new audiences. The foundation has supporters who are as young as Taylor was when she was diagnosed and and people who have many more years of experience with the disease and the will to fight against it. Tay-Bandz will be a part of my life for many years to come and I look forward to fighting for Taylor's dream "one day, no child will have to live with cancer."

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tay-Bandz was founded by my best friend Taylor Matthews. Her greatest wish was that one day, no child would have to live with cancer. When Taylor created the foundation i thought it was great. On the day that Taylor died, i knew one of many ways to keep her dreams alive would be through Tay-Bandz. Since Tay-Bandz was created i have been a part of many different events and fundraisers. Pediatric cancer is a disease which not only effects the person who is diagnosed with it but if effects everyone around them. My friend taylor made it effect everyone in the most positive way cancer could effect a person. This organization continues to come up with innovative ideas for events and ways to spread the word throughout the united states about pediatric cancer so that it receives the attention in the medical world it so desperately needs. This organization is unlike any other nonprofit i have worked with. It takes the power of kids helping kids to an entirely new level. One day, i hope this foundation can help make Taylor's dream come true.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tay-bandz Inc is an amazing charity started by Taylor Matthews and her wonderful family. Tay-bandz is dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research and has made a difference in raising awareness of the lack of government funding for pediatric cancer research. The funds they have raised have helped in funding critical research.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

tay- bandz / kids curing cancer is truly an organization that has made and continues to makes a difference in a child's life...

tay-bandz / kids curing cancer is determined to fulfill its founder's dream, that 'Someday no child will ever have to face cancer' (Taylor Matthews- age 11).

Thank you to all tay-bandz supporters for their continuos generous donations!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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tay-bandz / kids curing cancer has already made the difference in the lives of three innocent children!!! Way to go tay-bandz!!!

I am so proud to be a board member of this organization. I know that one day Taylor's dream will come true where "NO child will ever have to face cancer" because of the commitment and devotion to tay-bandz of all the people involved here...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

tay-bandz,inc / kids curing cancer raises awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research. Every Dollar received by this organization benefits directly pediatric cancer research. There is no overhead expense as the organization is run purely by volunteers. tay-bandz is all about kids helping kids so that: 'someday no child will ever have to face cancer' (Taylor Matthews 1991 - 2008).

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

One summer day back in the year 2003 a beautiful, courageous and determined young girl named Taylor Matthews founded her own non profit organization called tay-bandz... Earlier that spring Taylor was diagnosed with cancer and shortly after learning how little (close to nothing!) governmental funding is available for pediatric cancer research, she decided to take this matter into her own 11 years YOUNG hands. She started to raise pediatric cancer awareness and funds to benefit pediatric research first in her "own back yard", among her small community members (in Edgemont, NY where she lived) She was selling her own line of products that included: hair bands, key chains, belts, bracelets and THEN took IT nation wide.... !!! Taylor's organization has raised over ONE MILLION Dollars since the year 2003, of which every Dollar funds pediatric cancer research with a minimal expenses of running her organization. Everyone involved in funding for pediatric cancer research thru tay-bandz is a volunteer, and this is the reason why I will always support Taylor's non profit organization "tay-bandz"... at least I know where my money is going... If you are reading this review PLEASE help Taylor's wish come true that "someday no child will ever have to face cancer" www.taybandz.org www.taybandz@gmail.com Thank you!

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

making a difference .... Taylor's organization tay-bandz sponsors a solid tumor research lab at NY Columbia Presbyterian Children's Hospital

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

that they raise funds and 99% of it goes directly to the pediatric cancer research

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

dedicated and determined to make Taylor's wish come true that "someday no child will ever have to face cancer"

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

save a child's precious LIFE...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tay-bandz is an amazing organization that helps fight pediatric cancer. From adults to children everyone can participate at some level to raise awareness and funds for this very important and worthwhile cause. There are many opportunities to be a volunteer, a donor,, help spread awareness and help families in need. I am blessed to have known Taylor personally and know the tireless efforts her whole family has made to help eradicate pediatric cancer!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tay-bandz and the Matthews family define what philanthropy is all about. Taylor Matthews started the foundation while being treated for cancer and her family has continued her mission, determined to be guided by helping others not by grieving.
This is a well-run organization that gives all the money it raises to cutting-edge research to help kids today. The passion is infinite. Tay-bandz is a personal inspiration and will make the difference in curing pediatric cancer.

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

Give it more money.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Tay-bandz is deeply committed to raising awareness of and funding for pediatric cancer research. Pediatric cancers are poorly understood and poorly funded. The foundation seeks to fund cutting-edge protocols that will make a difference in patients' lives today.
It is an honor to serve on this passionate board. It was founded by an 11-year-old who sought to change the world while fighting her own battle against cancer. Her spirit and courage were infectious and the foundation survives her and honors her everyday. Nothing could be more important than the health and well-being of our children.

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

give it millions every year.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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tay-bandz started out at the kitchen table of a beautiful 11-year-old recently diagnosed with cancer. Taylor fought her disease with bravery and dignity while also fighting the indignity of inadequate funding and research for pediatric cancer in the world's most advanced nation. When Taylor died, the foundation had already raised $750,000 through the determination of Taylor and legions of kids supporting her and the mission. tay-bandz has maintained its kitchen table sensibility with dedicated volunteers and almost no overhead. The foundation funds cutting-edge research aimed at personalized treatments for kids at every stage of their disease. tay-bandz understands that kids are not just small adults; they need a different kind of care. That care is underfunded and under-recognized.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Tireless campaigning of tay-bandz continues to make a difference in the lives of children so that Taylor's wish that no other child suffer again can come true. They are are focused and genuine organization that raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research with the highest integrity.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Through the inspired leadership of Sue Matthews, who lost her daughter Taylor to pediatric
cancer, great progress is being made to help children, and their loved ones, lead the fight
against pediatric cancer. Sue Matthews has emerged as an advocate for pediatric cancer awareness and has expanded the programs of tay-bandz to a national level, with significant fund raising efforts being targeted for medical research at leading medical centers. Join as a volunteer, a donor,, or to just learn more, visit the website at www.taybandz.org. Parents struggling with the needs of a sick child will thank you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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