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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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1 person found this review helpful

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is an unbelievable organization with an unbelievable staff of hard working and caring individuals committed to helping patients with little or no other choices. We recently started a relationship with Lazarex and it is our goal to help raise as much money as we can to assist in their goal of helping as many patients as possible. We have and still do work with many nonprofit organizations, but Lazarex stands above them all with their tireless work and dedication to their mission. I am extremely proud to be associated with the Lazarex Cancer Foundation!

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

Change nothing!

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2013

 
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The president and founder of Lazarex is my daughter and I could not be prouder of her and her dedicated staff for the services they provide their cancer clients and the the role they fill in assisting clients to find clinical trials. Lazarex is a unique Non Profit because of the aforementioned mission and it is a shame that it is not more widely known. and funded.

 
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The seeds for LAzarex were sown via our families effort to assist our son-in-law, Mike Miller, in his fight with pancreatic cancer. New medications were researched as were clinical trials to determine what was the best course of action for Mike. The plan that evolved did include both new medication and a clinical trial. Although Mike ultimately passed away the quality of his life was significantly improved and extended by one year through the program that evolved. This entire effort set the stage for Lazarex to be born as a non-profit company with exactly the same goals of financial assistance when needed, new medication research along with new clincal triials. Lazarex does bring"hope" to its clients and has grown to the point where it is assisting more and more clients to lead a better life. Your donation and /or becoming a volunteer will significantly helpLazarex in this effort.

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2012

 
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8 people found this review helpful

After being told that conventional medecine was no longer effective in treating his deadly cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma),my son Scott Zenaro became a client/patient of the Lazarex Cancer Foundation who provided clinical trial treatment and financial assistance some 3000 miles from his home, which included his residential expense as well as some urgent medical scans, for 18 months. Then when these treatments ceased to improve his condition, Lazarex flew him to the Philippines, paid for his residence,medecine,daily clinical treatment,all doctor and nurse care, all numerous medical tests and scans (MRI,PET,CT,X-ray) for almost another year. Lazarex enabled him to lead a dignified "normal" life for almost two and one half years. These costs probably reached upwards of $200,000. which is extraordinary and unprecedented by any non-profit cancer organization in the world. This is the reason that my wife and I and our family are devoting so much energy in raising much needed funds for Lazarex to continue their good works for other needy cancer patients.

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

the generosity and expertise of Lazarex with my son Scott and in the almost daiy contact with it's staff in our fundraising efforts.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with everyone at Lazarex for a few years now and am amazed at the pure love and dedication they have towards the people they are supporting who are going through very, very difficult times in their fight against cancer. I have the utmost respect for each individual at Lazarex and am honored to be a member of their team in the fight against cancer.

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

seeing the various patients they have helped financially, clinically, and emotionally through very difficult times.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

I have seen the great work being done by the people of Lazarex on a first hand basis. I have met some of the cancer patients they have assisted-- all of whom are overwhelmed by dealing with their illness and the financial burdens of treatment. Lazarex steps in to help with their financial burden and to assist in giving them the help they need to face their health issues with dignity and with hope. The staff and volunteers at Lazarex are truly dedicated to providing compassionate help to those suffering through cancer.

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

attending their events where they review their efforts and results and by participating in their fundraising efforts. I have also met some of their clients and seen the results of Lazarex efforts on behalf of their clients

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About every month

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2010-6-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

During events that I participated in I met several of the patients that Lazarex had assisted in housing and travel to clinical trials. They all said they would not be alive if it were not for Lazarex giving them financial help during the time they were in the trials.

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

Results listed in "your review" above

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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13 people found this review helpful

I have had the opportunity to meet and hear the life changing stories of patients that have benefitted from Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Seeing and hearing about the positive effects Lazarex has upon individuals and their families has been so inspiring and uplifting. Lazarex offers hope, dignity and precious time to end stage cancer patients. This is such a powerful gift to offer to somebody at the most difficult time of their life. Lazarex has inspired me to do whatever I can to assist them in continuing their noble cause. Keep going Lazarex....you guys are wonderful and help so many!

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

Seeing the profound effect the gift of additional time with family and loved ones has upon Lazarex Foundation recepients. The work Lazarex does inspires me to do more!

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

Lazarex runs a lean operation and is very essecient. I would not make any changes to the way their operation is run.

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

Seeing the effects the gift of additional quality time with family and friends has for end stage cancer patients

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

Enthuastic, hard working, dedicated and most of all fun to be around. You can see the staff and volunteers truely enjoy what they do!

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

Change the lives of many,many more deserving people! I think of the spouses and children that will have lifelong memories as a result of the extra quality time Lazarex provides end stage cancer patients.

Ways to make it better...

I could have done more to help Lazarex! I do what I can but wish I could do more!

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

I think meeting fundraising goals in these tough economic times is a challenge for Lazarex.

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

I will continue to help out and assist Lazarex in any way that I can! Lazarex has a very noble goal and truely adds to the lives of many cancer patients and their families during the most difficult time of their lives.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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12 people found this review helpful

I lost my mother to cancer. Se never was able to experience the joy of grandchildren. As a result, I am drawn to the work Lazarex does with late-stage cancer patients. Families and patients need hope, and the longer lifespans that Lazarex helps deliver give families meaningful hope. Even if the ultimate result is the same, the research that Lazarex supports helps future patients and families avoid desperate heartache.

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

events I have attended. Fulfilled hope is a beautiful thing.

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

working with its dedicated staff.

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

give more cancer patients hope and provide more patients for clinical trials.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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