Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   113 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Cancer

Location: P.O. Box 741 Danville CA 94526 USA

Mission: Lazarex Cancer Foundation builds a bridge to hope, dignity and life for cancer patients and their families. We support all end stage cancer patients and the cancer community by providing assistance with costs for clinical trial participation, navigation through clinical trial options, community outreach and education. We are a resource for cancer patients who've been told they have no other options, but who are not yet done with their journey in life and refuse to give up now.
Results: Since Inception: Our founders cover our overhead costs annually so 100% of every additional dollar received from our donors goes directly to our patients. As of 12/31/12 Dollars expended on program services: $$3,633,303 Patients from 31 states and 6 countries with 64 different types of cancer. Patients ranging in age from 4 to 83 years, from all ethnic backgrounds on 95 different clinical trials. Provided patient advocacy for 1,977 patients. Provided 177 patients with financial assistance and 80,938 days of life through participation in FDA clinical trials AFTER our patients were told nothing else could be done. THIS EQUATES TO 222 YEARS!!! 2012 Statistics for Lazarex Cancer Foundation Percentage of donations applied directly to program services in 2012: 85% Volunteer hours: 9,078 valued at $416,316
Target demographics: late stage cancer patients of all ages, from all walks of life, with all types of cancer.
Geographic areas served: the USA
Programs: financial assistance (directly reimbursed to the cancer patient) for out of pocket expenses associated with clinical trial participation; assistance with identifying clinical trial options; community outreach and education.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been on the board of Lazarex Cancer Foundation for 6 years. Lazarex builds a bridge to hope for patients and their families. They are all about the patients. Research is great, but these patients do not have time for research. They need help now and that is what Lazarex does. They get to know the patients and family members. They work closely with the patients to understand their needs and more importantly they listen. Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a very unique foundation that deals with all types of cancers. There are no storage of patients. There are thousands of people out there that need the help of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

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

Expand the staff as everyone wears many hats.

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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1 person found this review helpful

As a board member I see what goes on behind the scenes. This non profit is not only fiscally responsible and upbove reproach, but everything done is for the benifit of patients. Every patient is treated with compassion and respect by the staff. The only thing limiting service to patients is the lack of funds. Please consider donating, and help Lazarex give patients HOPE, DIGNITY and LIFE.

Jerry Sappington

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2008

 
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I've volunteered and worked for many non-profits, and Lazarex is by far the best of the best! The staff, the patients, the volunteer base, and most of all the mission. They are a top notch foundation all around, and I am honored to be a part of it. "It's About Living!!"

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is extremely special and unique in so many ways. One being their mission, two being their amazing staff and volunteers, three being their VIP patients, four being their fabulous events, and the list goes on and on. I am very proud to be a part of the Lazarex Team, and I am very grateful for all that Lazarex does to support the Cancer community and Cancer patients who refuse to stop fighting!

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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1 person found this review helpful

It wasn't until I started working with Lazarex Cancer Foundation that I fully grasped and understood the importance of what they do, who they support, and how they support them. There are thousands of fabulous charities out there, many of which I continue to support, but Lazarex is extra special. Why? Because Lazarex is the only foundation that helps end-stage cancer patients, ANY cancer, ANY age, ANY race, ANY social status, ANYONE, when they have no other treatment options available to them and are relying on their last few drops of hope. I couldn't imagine being told that "there is nothing that can be done, and to start saying your goodbyes." This is everyone's worst nightmare for themselves, or even worse for their loved ones. And it is during this very sensitive and devastating time, that Lazarex comes to the rescue. Of course, they cannot save everyone, but they do their best to save as much time and memorable moments as possible for their cancer patients. To work for Lazarex and to actually meet the patients in person, to hear their stories, and to have them and their families thank us for supporting them, makes all the hard work worth it. And now, whenever I hear of someone with end-stage cancer, I am eager to tell them all about Lazarex and I encourage them to give us a call right away. It feels great to know there is still HOPE!! I have been so compelled by our patients that I even wrote a song for the foundation. I am currently working on recording it, and very excited to have it completed and presented. This is my small gift to all of our cancer patients. I know music is my medicine, so maybe it can help them as well.

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?

2012

 
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My husband Mike was the inspiration for this foundation. He was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer at 44 yrs. old and passed away when he was 46, leaving behind 3 young children and myself. Our experience with a clinical trial gave us hope and time that we would not have had. My awesome sister started Lazarex to help end stage patients and their families find and participate in clinical trials. As far as I know Lazarex is the only organization in the USA that does what they do. It has been a great blessing to be able to help others who are in a similar situation. Go Lazarex!!

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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Dear EMVG01 Thank you for your review and sharing some of your personal experience. Mike and you inspired us in so many ways. It's a wonderful legacy.

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1 person found this review helpful

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is an organization that is run by people who really care to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. It is because my personal experience fighting cancer with my husband that I can truly appreciate how very unique, important and needed the services of Lazarex truly are. Lazarex truly is about hope and life.

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

the lives of many of the patients and families that we have had the honor of serving. They are the true heroes here. They are the ones who are battling for their lives and the ones with the courage to participate in a clinical trial...hope and life!!

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

knowing that we have been able to help patients and families during such a difficult time in their lives to have a chance at more good times together...more birthdays, Holidays, vacations, seasons...time.

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

wonderful and have their hearts in the right places!!

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

Help lots more people!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I recently helped put on a golf tournament fundraiser for Lazarex.Everything was considered a huge success especially considering it was the first annual! Lazarex is such a special cause for all involved, espacially the family's of those in need of assistance!I can only hope that next years event can continue to build and help many more families. Cheers to Lazarex and continued success.

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

first annual golf tournament fundraising.

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

nothing but continue to raise awareness.

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

The non-compromised support for the cause!

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

Super people and full of energy.

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

Make many peoples lives alot better.

Ways to make it better...

Everyone understood how important this foundation is!

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

Competing with other great causes.

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

lazarex is an organization unique to most Cancer organizations in that we provide immediate help financially.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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