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
Results: Time Magazine Best 50 Website FOX News Top 10 Healthcare Blog Stay Classy Award, Most Innovative Use Of Social Media Largest support community for the young adult cancer movement
Target demographics: Young adults, 18-39 and anyone who cares about supporting cancer patients in their late teens, 20s and 30s.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250,000
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
Programs: OMG! Cancer Summit, The Stupid Cancer Forums, The Stupid Cancer Show, Stupid Cancer Boot Camps, Meetups, online social networking, content curation and aggregation + public awareness efforts.
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 :)

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

 
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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.

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

 
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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!!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I[2]Y has been a big help for me. After being diagnosed and treated, finding a support group to help me had been difficult. I tried the standard ones, but they did not fit me. I heard about I[2]Y from a coworker and went to a movie night. Then a happy hour. Then a conference. I have met some wonderful and supportive people. I have made great friendships and I know where I can turn to talk about the hardships and fears that I am going through. They have helped me overcome some of my fears and put me in touch with others who I can talk about my experiences with.

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

Helping to match others up going through survivor issues with other survivors who have been there done that.

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

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

How non judgmental they are. No one tries to one up another or have a 'worse' experience. Everyone is accepted.

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

Help extend the life expectancy for cancer patients in the 18 to 40 year range.

Ways to make it better...

More people knew about I[2]Y to help out, volunteer and spread the news about young adults with cancer.

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?

2009-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I only wish this organization had more mula to battle the cancer world. I would've tried selling my cancerous lymphs up on the inet if I knew that the extra change could actually change how many people know about i[2]y!!!! I freakin love you guys. Love a stupid cancer fan.

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

EVERY FACET OF OUR STUPID CANCER COMMUNITY!!!!

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

Ways to make it better...

I HAD A STUPID CANCER TUDE' LONG AGO.

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?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

A place where you can let your hair down; when you don't have much hair. Patient to patient means truth and honesty. Thank you.

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

Helping feel better during treatment and into survivorship.

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

Stay the course.

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

Real honest people.

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

Survivors.

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

Change the cancer experience for the better.

Ways to make it better...

Even more people would suppor the cause.

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

Too many people get cancer.

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

Come join us.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Since the time I first met founder Matthew Zachary, I have been impressed with all that he and his organization have been able to do for young adults who are living with cancer. The organization is part advocacy (more advocacy), part support group, part entertainment. They manage to educate you, entertain you and make you feel connected all at the same time.

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

the number of young adults on their mailing list - 50,000

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

hire Matthew Zachary to run this organization. =) He is doing an amazing job!

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

the fun and lighthearted approach they take to a serious subject, while not ever cheapening the importance of what needs to be done.

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

all just like me and so very fun to be around.

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

reach out to even more young adults who "shouldn't get cancer" and help them feel less alone. Spread their message around the world even more than they are now. Provide more specialized services for YA issues.

Ways to make it better...

I could interact with the wonderful people in this organization more often.

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

lack of attention to young adult oncology in general, and the fact that survival rates for the 15-40 crowd haven't improved in 30 years - but that is why they exist.

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

this organization is deserving of your recognition and funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a 21 year old cancer survivor and advocate. Although it has been over 15 years since I was diagnosed, I am still learning how to cope with cancer in my life. This organization helped me to realize what it means to be a survivor. It gave me the power and the opportunity to express my feelings to others who, for a change, know how I feel. Since becoming a member and doing my part to expand the organization, I have seen first-hand that this simple social interaction is the best "social medicine" for cancer survivors.

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

the faces of survivors who attend its events. That look of relief, of comfort and of relaxation that one is among friends who can understand and relate to one's experiences.

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

it's energy. I2Y is less about touching stories and somber tones and more about loud and obnoxious outbursts. This organization gives survivors a chance to yell and scream their frustration with cancer in a healthy way.

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

the right people for the job. The I2Y staff makes survivors feel like a family.

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

reach out to the 1000s of other survivors stuck in isolation; those who don't know there are others of their kind out there and don't realize that survivorship can be more empowering than depressing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I2Y is a great group to be involved in and is a great way to meet people who are going through the simalar events as yourself.

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

Ability to open your mind to and meet people who are going through the same thing as yourself.

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

This a fun group and also helps you get through your everyday of dealing with cancer

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

They were all very positive and a lot of fun to be around

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

Help people with their everyday lives and create more events to have people live a great/fun life

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

This website has been so powerful for me in my time of need. Just the fact that it exists gave me hope when even my optimistic oncologist wasn't able to. It moved me in such a way that I now feel compelled to get the word out in my own area about this organization and what it can do for others who felt alone and "too young" to be afraid for their lives.

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

my own life only so far. I look forward to helping the organization have a broader impact in my city.

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

goodness I have no idea! Once I was in touch with the people already entrenched in the organization, the process is great!

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

The willingness and enthusiasm of the organization to help me start small and get off the ground.

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

Varied in their experiences. Perfect for an organization such as this who seems to wish to help the entire population rather than just a specific type of cancer.

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

Produce public service announcements during key television viewing times such as the superbowl to promote the cause, or employ lobbyists....

Ways to make it better...

it had been easier to find ways to contact the people I need to talk to to get involved.

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

the population's ignorance to the need for more research and progress in the area of young adult cancers of all kinds.

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

I hope this organization really gets the opportunity to take off in a big way. It needs to be as recognizable as the breast cancer ribbon or the Livestrong bracelet. There are so many of us who need it, and so many who need to know it is out there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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