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July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

i2y is by far one of the most amazing groups I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. Its founder Matthew Zachary has done an amazing job in such a short period of time in making the world aware of us young adult cancer survivors, and the help that we need. If you know what is good for you, then you will learn more about i2y and help us spread the word. We cant do it without YOU!

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

every form. It grows exponentially every day.

Ways to make it better...

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

do everything I could to get more funds for the org. That would enable us to do more to spread the word and travel to major cities etc. Though this is being done now by MZ... and very well.

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

the interaction with all the members that I meet in person, via the internet etc. i2yers are all over the place!

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

amazing. Nothing but support and love flows through this org.

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

do amazing things!

Ways to make it better...

this org existed while I was going through my treatments.

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

getting donations. Its a tough time out there right now to get money!

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

I cant say anything negative about i2y. Its simply amazing!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

This organization has been an integral part of my cousin's battle against cancer. As a young woman battling this insidious disease, she has found immense support from other young people who are facing the same challenges. More than just support, her involvement with this group has energized her by giving her the ability to take *action*. Although there are many organizations that address cancer, I[2]y serves a vital role for a group that is often overlooked by other groups.

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

incredibly awesome!

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

provide vital support services & fund research that looks beyond the traditional focus on finding "a cure" and towards improving quality of life and survivorship for young cancer patients.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

i[2]y is an amazing organization that allows young adults with cancer to cope, laugh, and find a cure. Young adult cancer is rarely recognized, and it is about time that people like us young cancer survivors are challenged to get out into the world and show people that this does happen. We need to stop cancer from happening, and this is just one way to help young people realize that this CAN happen to them, and they need to protect themselves. Matthew Zachary is an amazing man who overcame obstacle after obstacle, and he is not ashamed to tell the world to give cancer the bird! As a young adult cancer survivor, I am so relieved that more people see this experience as I do: we should laugh in its face and rip it to shreds.

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

the way the world looks at cancer in young adults.

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

listening to other cancer survivors tell their stories and share what helped them cope.

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

amazing people who are not afraid to push the limit and tell the world about young adult cancer.

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

change the world and bring cancer to justice.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

My niece was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her 20's. For the last 3 years this group has been an incredible support to her. It is so important for survivors to connect with others walking in the same shoes!

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

Positive attitude in member

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to reach out to survivors and hire a grant writer to analyze funding opportunities

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

Seeing niece so excited and dedicated.

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

professional and enthusiastic

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

help more young people

Ways to make it better...

their were more funds available

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

funding

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

Work is very important

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

i[2]y is the most relevant resource for young adults with cancer, or those who know such survivors. I am 28 years old, and a 3 time survivor-diagnosed first at the age of 15, then 19, then 22. I found myself feeling isolated, fitting neither with the pediatric cancer mold nor the aging adult cancer population. In this age group, we have such different concerns: dating, sexuality, career, education, health insurance, and other social needs. i[2]y offers a supportive and irreverent, fun venue to network with others and access various resources.

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

my attitude, confidence and ability to speak of the needs of the young adult cancer population. I love sharing info with people I meet, knowing that it is truly an awesome org!

Ways to make it better...

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

want more people to know about it!

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

meeting other survivors who share similar needs.

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

just like me! They are such strong members of their community. We (young adult survivors) are business people, nurses, social workers, etc. And I'm applying to medical school!

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

end isolation in this community! I would love to see more retreats/meet-ups, etc. I would also like to see growth of local chapters all over the country (and internationally as well- we already have a group in Australia!).

Ways to make it better...

I could have met some of the other members of the group early on. Once we were able to meet in person, we had some amazing moments and progress was made.

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

financial. In a short time, and with VERY little (I think only one) paid staff, this org has made amazing progress... I think more could be done with additional funds.

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

This org has done more with little time and resources than I have ever seen done with any org (and I have worked and volunteered with MANY). If given additional assistance, the sky is the limit with the progress that could be made.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

I became a part of the I'm Too Young for This Cancer Foundation approximately a year and a half ago. I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at the age of 26, five years ago. Until I became aware of I2Y, I had not met a young adult cancer survivor face to face. I had found some online, but never right in front of me. Through I2Y I feel like I am part of a growing community trying to spread the word that Cancer DOES happen to young people! That it does happen and it sucks, but we are here together. I have become very involved on a local level trying to spread the word in my community. Not only has it given me a sense of purpose in the aftermath of cancer, but it has been a wonderful support for my husband as well which I am so grateful for.

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

the way it creates a sense of belonging and community.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to work hard at trying to spread awareness and build on what has already begun.

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

meeting others like me who can relate on similar issues and decrease isolation!

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

amazing! They are totally helpful and welcoming.

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

reach young survivors world wide, and create a network where they can decrease teir isolation that cancer creates.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had the funds to bring together it's members world wide.

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

the lack of funding in this challenged economy.

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

I don't think I'd be the same person today if I had not become a part of I2Y.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

My Sister has become involved in i2y after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and it has helped her tremendously with a solid support network. I hope they are able to continue their great work!

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

the outlook and attitude of my sister

Ways to make it better...

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

try to raise more money to keep the org going

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

my sisters smile

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

wonderful people

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

Help more young adults to deal with the pain of diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

Ways to make it better...

Funding

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

Continued funding. Cancer is not going away...

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

There are not enough good things to say about a program that helps people who truly need help. The exposure to mortality at such a young age is sometimes too much for a young adult to handle. i2y makes a terrible situation a little easier.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

I2Y is a fantastic organization! Not only do they have an amazing website full of information and resources available for young adults facing cancer, but they have a weekly online radio show addressing all of the key issues of this patient population. This should definitely be the first online stop for a newly diagnosed young adult. The message of I2Y and Stupid Cancer resonates around the world through local community events hosted by and attended by young adult cancer patients and survivors. This organization provides support for a demographic that is often overlooked in a cool hip way that makes young adults excited about participating. I cannot say enough wonderful things about I2Y!

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

change the way young adult cancer patients are perceived and treated. We need more awareness about cancer, as well as clinical trials and research devoted to this patient population.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

As luck would have it, I found i[2]y while watching A Side Order of Life on Lifetime Television. I was plopped on my couch, 9-months post cancer diagnosis at the age of 28 feeling like nobody understood. My only shot at any type of contact with "someone like me" was watching Vivy, a young adult character on the show with cancer, and pretending she was my friend. Pathetic. Little did I know that Vivy's adventures that evening would send her to Stupid Cancer Happy Hour hosted by I'm Too Young For This! I was intrigued. Does this really exist? Can I get a Stupid Cancer T-shirt? Is Matthew Zachary real? A few taps of the keys into Google and I had my answer: IT WAS REAL! I poured over the website and without hesitation applied to be a member of the YALC. Since that fateful click of the remote, I have hosted 11 Stupid Cancer Happy Hour's in San Francisco. I have met dozens of survivors just like myself. Being a part of i[2]y and the YALC not only makes me feel that I belong and that I am included, it allows me the opportunity to give other survivors a moment like the one I just described. Telling a survivor that we have Stupid Cancer Happy Hour on a regular basis, we have a radio show every week, and we are an entire organization dedicated to young adult survivors; and watching their face as they realize that we get it and that they belong here is priceless. Because I know exactly how they feel.

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

Improve the quality of life of EVERY young adult survivor on this planet. They could seriously save thousands upon thousands of lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 29, 2009

I2Y is a driving force in our generation for young adult cancer awareness. I am impressed with their high professional and ethical standards-- and their ability to hold large companies and organizations responsible. I2Y provides a much critical eye and platform for activism in our generation. In addition, they fill a niche that was completely ignored before. They are doing amazing things for the young adult survivor group.

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

their ability to bring the community together (online and offline) to promote awareness and change

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

outgoing, professional, dynamic, passionate

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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