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July 7, 2009

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July 7, 2009

I am a volunteer who originally learned about i2y as a job applicant. Thank G-d I have never had to deal with cancer but I have been so impressed with the organization and its leaders that I am doing all I can to strengthen i2y's ability to help as many survivors as possible. I am so impressed with the work i2y does and the commitment of its leaders.

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

incredible. They work tirelessly to improve the lives of others and are committed beyond belief. They are a group of bright, energetic and loving people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 7, 2009

I am honored to be part of such an amazing organization that is edgy and determined to fight against cancer and bring attention to the young adult cancer cause. This organization is full of determined young cancer patient survivors, caregivers, health professionals and advocates fighting for the same cause. I only hope that i2y is recognized for its achievements that have been made both locally and nationally.

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

the determination and organization of its members across the nation.

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

only hope to continue its success.

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

meeting and working with some of the most amazing young people.

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

funny, kind, open, honest, and edgy.

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

connect thousands of more young adults with cancer and bring attention to the young adult cancer gap across the nation and the world.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about i2y and joined our cause.

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

getting enough resources to this group.

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

lets all fight to get rid of "stupid cancer."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 7, 2009

I joined i[2]y in the early stages, early 2007. I had just left my last treatment in Florida, moved to Ohio and wanted to find others, my age, who had gone through what my wife and I had both experienced in my fight against a rare form of testicular cancer. The vigor that I found from meeting Matthew Zachary and the rest of i[2]y was contageous. I soon went from looking for others like me, to helping organize events locally. I then took over as Regional Director where we pushed our chapter development in to new communities. Watching other survivors interact with survivors and those going through cancer now was invigorating and just made me want to work that much harder to help this total grassroots effort keep its momentum and become the permier website for young adults. Every day they reach a new milestone. 'Stupid Cancer' has become entrenched in the cancer community! We live, breathe and sleep it! i[2]y showed us how to live with it and get on with our lives!

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

the large crowds that now attend our events nationally.

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

make sure Matt's dreams were fulfilled!

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

the new friends and companions I have made along the way.

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

go getters!

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

Bring awareness to the more than 70,000 young adults each year who are diagnosed. We could also educate doctors to start diagnosing cancer at earlier stages.

Ways to make it better...

media and celebrities got behind our cause.

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

getting doctors, social workers and nurses to share our information early on in the process.

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

we will see this through and bring education to the medical side of this equation!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 7, 2009

I came across I2Y about 2 years ago when I came across a link. I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005 and had been trying to find an organization that dealt with young adults going through a cancer diagnosis. Thank God I came across this organization. The founder, Matthew Zachary, has such a passion for young adult cancer advocacy and it totally shows. Everyone that I have met through this organization has been such a Godsend and has showed me that even though we are dealt a horrible life card, it won't take us down! Stupid Cancer!!!

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

not only my life, but in the others that I have met. I am very proud to wear my Stupid Cancer shirt and I love spreading the word about Stupid Cancer!

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

not change a thing! :) Matthew is doing a hell of a job!!

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

the people I have met and the friendships I have formed.

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

open, honest, kind, caring, awesome, strong, passionate, amazing...etc etc etc

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

Go more international and advertise more! Maybe one day we will be bigger than the ACS!!

Ways to make it better...

there are really no bad points, except for the fact that we could use more funding.

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

probably funding.

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

STUPID CANCER!! SURVIVORS RULE!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 7, 2009

Ever since I have started volunteering for i[2]y there has been an overwhelming amount of support in my area. The local hospital, survivors, local foundations, and community can't wait to help our chapter. There are so many people out there that feel that young adult cancer patients and survivors are being under served, but i[2]y helps people. Not only has the organization helped so many people, but the leadership is outstanding. When I was planning my trip to New York I simply wanted to visit the i[2]y office, but Matthew Zachary wanted me to visit and stay for the Stupid Cancer Show as well. Matthew Zachary and Jack Bouffard are most down to earth and kind people I have ever met. When I met them I knew that I was with an organization that truly cared. From then on I knew I wanted to be more involved with i[2]y. I love working for this organization and I can't wait to set up more events in the future.

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

my community.We held our first i[2]y event (Stupid Cancer Ice Cream Social)at the end of the semester.It was tricky because it was of the time, but we had huge crowd!The ice cream shop said we were the largest event since Children's Miracle Network!

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

informing my peers about cancer awareness for our age group.

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

amazing! I love the people that I have been working with.

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

take over the world!i[2]y would be able to help so many people with that money. i[2]y would be able to send more literature to hospitals/clinics and create events for young adults survivors all over.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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July 7, 2009

When I was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 34 I felt alone and terrified. I2Y fills a much needed gap in the young adult cancer community and their unique approach empowers young adult survivors. I2Y will only continue to touch many more lives! Thank you!!

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

Everyone is honest and very real!

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

Passionate, dedicated and willing to help. I love you guys!

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

Become THE premier cancer advocacy organization so that no young adult ever has to feel alone in their journey.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 6, 2009

I have volunteered for I2Y for over a year and helped organize several happy hours. Those events are such a great way for young adult survivors to meet with others who have had similar experiences. Once we planned a happy hour to coincide with an out of town I2yer's visit for his yearly check up at MD Anderson. I think he was happy to get out of the hotel room and just relax with folks his own age. He even got a job lead from another young survivor. That's what I2Y is really all about for me: survivors connecting with other survivors.

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

finally move the needle on the survival rate of young adult cancer patients. It hasn't changed in 25 years, but with awareness and advocacy I think I2Y could help change that.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 6, 2009

When I was diagnosed with cancer at 27, I found myself thrust into a world of confusing terms, life-altering decisions, strange side effects, and profound loneliness. Through I2Y and their social networking capabilities, I've been able to connect with other survivors who, through shared experiences, provide an immediate comfort in my life. I know I am not alone. Because of my connections with I2Y, I am living every day with a sense of purpose.

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

the way of social networking. Great job bringing young adult survivors together both in cyberspace and the real world.

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

the lifelong connections I have made as a result of their resources.

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

friendly and welcoming. Survivorship is a club that no one asks to be in, but once you are there, with I2Y you are never left out in the cold.

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

launch a huge public relations campaign to bring attention to the AYA cancer cause and demand improvements in care for this demographic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 6, 2009

As a young adult with cancer, it's a pretty scary world. Your doctors don't know how to handle you, your friends don't know what to say to you, your family treats you like you're 5 again... i2y was an organization that gave me hope again! Through their online database of young adult oriented resources, I was able to find a social community that understood what I was going through. I was able to find an AWESOME camp for AYA survivors and made some life-long friends as a result. i2y has been able to teach me that cancer isn't a sentence, it's just a word! I2Y AND MATT ZACHARY ROCKS!

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

bonding the young adult cancer community through social networking and providing many different resources for survivorship.

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

the life long friends I've made through the process

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

make a huge impact to the young adult cancer community, who is entirely overlooked in the cancer picture. i2y could help push AYA survivorship in the mainstream cancer world!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I scoured the internet to find support that was targeted at my age group. But as a twenty-one year old, I found nothing. However, I continued to search the web, and after a few months I found the I2Y website. I wondered then why I hadn't found it when I first looked, and several years later when I met Matt Zachary, founder if I2Y, I learned that the I2Y website had not been up and running when I was first diagnosed, because of this I can see the huge impact I2Y has made. The organization provided me with a massive amount of resources that were easy to navigate, from scholarships to young adult cancer retreats. I2Y isn't just a web site, it is a movement of young adult cancer survivors who are uniting in an effort to get the attention this under served and essentially ignored population needs to improve survival rates and quality of life. For me, I2Y has been a valuable resource for information and support, and I have watched as it has grown to create a global community of YA cancer survivors who are unified for a common goal. Matt Zachary has given a voice to the 70,000 young adults who become cancer survivors each year- a group that did not have a voice until I2Y was created.

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

newly diagnosed patients who do not experience the isolation that existed before I2Y was created.

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

the sense of community and easy access to other survivors and resources that are so accessible and easy to navigate.

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

passionate and young; they understood the YA survivor perspective and were empathetic to the feelings of each survivor

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

help even more people by providing the support and research needed to close the gap in care provided to YA survivors.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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