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: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

i[2]y is an incredible organization that aims to provide support and resources to young people with cancer, who fall between the pediatric and "adult" demographics. in my opinion, this age group sees a significant deficit in resources, and i[2]y's mission is very important. especially for young adults who fall just above the "pediatric" window, the experience of treating and surviving cancer can be very isolating without the support that pediatrics provides. i[2]y does an extremely impressive job of filling this role.

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

helping my best friend to be more optimistic during her treatment and find comradeship and compassion in a way that my friends, i, and her family could not provide it.

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

change very little! i would reach out to the younger demographic (18-30 year olds) since i personally believe that this age group is gravely affected by their identification as a young person, but their lack of pediatric-type support.

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

the enthusiasm and willingness of the staff of i[2]y, as well as the passion and excitement that i[2]y was about to rise out of my peers.

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

extremely enthusiastic and passionate about the cause, and also willing to go far above any necessary or expected limits for any individual who reaches out to them.

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

help all young adults with cancer, and ultimately lead to less social isolation for such individuals. ultimately, similar organizations with the same objective could be founded for young adults with other rare disorders.

Ways to make it better...

i'd known about his organization sooner and could've started helping i[2]y years ago!

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

that there are many, many, many organizations that aim to help individuals with cancer, and it is difficult for i[2]y to be realized for its uniqueness and importance among the general public when compared to large foundations.

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

i[2]y is incredible and i will continue to support the cause and help out in anyway that i can!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I[2]y is a new and innovative cancer advocacy organization focusing on the missed age group, adolescents and young adults. They are one of the very few cancer organizations effectively utilizing the best of social media to end the isolation of their demographic and importantly encourage each person to join a creative social movement of self advocacy to redefine survivorship in terms of their quality of life and what improvements must be made.

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

Ending the social isolation of young adults effected by cancer and other life limiting conditions.

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

Swell

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

Ummmm ... go to Disney World Or maybe just meet more of the potential good they will do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to "I'm Too Young for This" a little over a year after I lost my husband to bone cancer. This organization is amazing. They have not only provided me with countless resources and information, they have also provided me with a support base and most importantly, amazing friendships. The benefit compilation CD produced my i2y, gave me a chance to share my husband's music with thousands of others. Although he lost his battle, his music will live on forever. My husband was truly an inspiration and now through i2y, I am able to carry on his fight and preserve his legacy. Thank you to everyone who is a part of i2y and has given me an opportunity to make a difference.

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

everyone who has been a part of it.

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

have more athletic events.

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

the people I have met.

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

positive, encouraging and great to work with.

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

impact thousands more that are isolated everyday by this horrible disease.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in NYC where the headquarters are based.

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

getting our name out there! Advertising.

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

this organization has the potential to be HUGE!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I found i2y not long after I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My doctor's blew me off because I had the "easy" cancer and because I was young. People don't die from thyroid cancer so why should I be upset? Except that I was an emotional mess and needed someone even remotely close to my age who had been through this cancer crap. I found it in i2y. Not only did they help me through cancer but they gave me a place to volunteer and give back. I have made the most amazing friends through i2y and it's a really great feeling to be able to give back and help someone else who is like I was - feeling alone and way too young to have cancer.

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

all the people who have joined the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

reach out to more providers.

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

the opportunities it has given me to give back to others and new friends that I have made.

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

funny, awesome, kind and encouraging!

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

take over the world - duh! Oh and help more young adults with cancer.

Ways to make it better...

MZ would come and visit me in Texas.

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

explosive growth and taking all of those people on Facebook and Twitter and making them productive members.

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

I love MZ!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

So many wonderful things to say about i2y - but there's no way I would be able to fit them all here! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, 2009 at the age of 33. I didn't fit in anywhere - except i2y. Matthew Zachary and i2y helped me through some tough times - and most importantly got me living life again. Connecting with young adult survivors, all the great events, and the support is unmatched in the cancer world. I am proud and honored to be a part of this organization. Stupid Cancer!

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

everything!

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

so amazingly dedicated to i2y.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

When I was diagnosed--at 23--there was no such thing as I'm Too Young for This and boy could I have used it, especially now that I have seen the organization in full swing--and witnessed first hand the comfort, support and, yes, even joy, that it brings to cancer patients and survivors. I spoke at a recent event and stayed to listen to the other presenters and I actually learned a TON of useful information. I am an 8-year survivor and I thought I knew all there was to know. I was wrong. I am so grateful to I2y for existing and doing what they do for so many patients like me (and including me). Oh, and they got the Bare Naked Ladies to perform at a cancer event--hands down the coolest thing I've ever seen.

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

they manage to have a lot of fun despite the serious topic.

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2009-6-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

i[2]y is and has been instrumental in getting the word out about young adult cancer. Being involved with non-profits for the past few years I understand the daunting task it can be to establish yourself as legit organization - this organization has gone above and beyond in this regard and is by far the best resource for any young adult cancer survivor looking for support! I tip my hat to Matthew, his staff and all of the other thousands of volunteers that support this organization with a mission to end the isolation for young adults facing cancer!

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

that it unites the growing family of young adult cancer survivors as 1. Together, we will make a huge footprint for all young adult cancer survivors!

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2009-7-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma in January 2008. I was 32 at the time and by far the youngest patient in my treatment center. The two support offered to me consisted of men and women in their 50's and 60's and I longed for the support of my peers. It was when I attended I2Y's OMG Summit for Young Adults With Cancer, that I realized there were other people like me out there and I was finally able to feel at peace with what I was going through. I2Y has enabled me to get through my cancer crapness and get busy living. It is a pleasure to volunteer for this organization, in the hopes that I can provide the support I didn't receive to someone who needs it.

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

the number of young adult patients and survivors who have thanked I2Y for giving them hope and inpiration

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

take out an advertisment during the Super Bowl so 80+ million people would be aware of what a valuble resource to the cancer community I2Y is.

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

how they have empowered me to get through my cancer ordeal and get busy living!

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

the most amazing, genuine and nicest people ever

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

save the world. Oh and take out that Super Bowl Ad I mentioned earlier.

Ways to make it better...

I had found I2Y earlier in my cancer journey

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

raising enough awareness to reach out to all young adult patients and survivors and in turn raising enough money to do so.

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

My doctors may have made me better but I2Y saved my life

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I volunteered as the Chair for the Young Adult Leadership Council, which I believe is one of the most valuable assets of i2y. This organization has been able to mobilize young adults who have been affected by cancer in any way and take ownership of making change. i2y represents the anti-non-profit because it does everything that a traditional non-profit does. There is no doubt that i2y has been able to make change and through continued collaboration with great organizations and support from i2yers everywhere, i2y will continue to do great things.

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

the continued growing support from volunteers everywhere.

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

ensure that every voice was heard.

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

To make i2y your own.

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

Amazing and Funny!

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

Contribute to the growing advocacy, research, and education of young adult cancer.

Ways to make it better...

could reach every single cancer patient.

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

creating awareness about young adult cancers.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I came across i2y earlier this year and now can't imagine life without them. They have given me a sense of belonging when I had gone so long without that feeling. As a young adult cancer survivor it is so nice to know there are other people my own age that I can talk to and without even talking about it, I know they have gone through the same things I have. I think in today's age they take the right angle for social networking and using the best tools to get information out while making it fun and age appropriate. i2y, YOU ROCK!

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

my own personal experience of meeting fellow survivors that without i2y I'd have never known existed.

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

not be very good at it, lol. Running an organization isn't really my best skill.

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

the comradeship between everyone involved. They always make me feel like part of the group.

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

always helpful and upbeat.

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

rule the wold!

Ways to make it better...

honestly can't think of anything that would have made it better.

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

continuing to get the word out there that it exists and how much good it can do.

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

this organization is pretty awesome.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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