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July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

As an 18-year-old high school graduate, I know for a fact that my second role, as cancer survivor, was a calling to give back and say "thank you" for being offered a second chance to live. It was with this that I become engulfed by "stupid cancer." This organization does wonderful things for cancer survivors, patients, and all those affected by the terrible disease. Their resource network extends far past that of any other charitable cancer organization that I have seen. They rarely ask for money, and when they do, it's only to support programs such as their Stupid Cancer Happy Hours and Stupid Cancer Radio Show. It is because of them that many AYA (adolescents and young adults) are finally learning about cancer and how it can affect them just as easily as their 85-year-old grandmother. Keep doing what you do, i[2]y!

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

just what this generation needs! Upbeat, caring and fun young adults who want to make a difference in the world of cancer!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I learned about I2Y only about 1 year ago and it has honestly changed my life. I am a 13 year cancer survivor- I was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia my senior year in high school in a small town in upstate NY. This organization is something brand new that fills a huge gap that is something that I never realized (at the time) I was missing. A safe place to be with people who looked like me rather than my mom or grandma who were interested in the same issues I was/am. This organization is making a difference in lives of current young cancer patients and survivors everyday by providing access to resources, education on how to get what they need and how to process what's happening to them and offering a safe environment to be themselves around other young survivors who are going through the same things and to GET BUSY LIVING TOGETHER. I only wish that this had been there when I was diagnosed and I see everyday the difference we make to other young survivors.

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

so many small and large ways. The impact that is has on indiviual survivors, including myself is awe inspriring.

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

continue in the efforts set forth. I think that they are on the right path.

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

my ability to affect change on both an personal and international level.

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

some of the most passionate and dedicated people i've ever met.

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

absolutely increase survival rates for young adults suffering from cancer which haven't changed in the last 30 years as well as make a positive lasting impact on the quality of their lives and the lives of their families and caregivers.

Ways to make it better...

we had more money to work with as I2y is not a fundraising organization- fundraising for them is merely a means to do what needs to be done.

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

lack of funding and corporate sponsorship.

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

STUPID CANCER! ROCK ON!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

I'm 38 years old and have had lymphoma 5 times now since the year 2000. I can't think of another organization that I want fighting for my rights to further research than the folks at i{2}y!!!

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

organizing the young folks to speak out for more research for young adults.

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

be completely inadequate compared to Matt Zachary and his tireless dedication to the team.

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

the exciting, "can do" spirit of all of its members. It's simply infectious.

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

Young, energenic and unwilling to settle for the status quo any longer.

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

gain a momentum that would shock the world, certainly on the level seen my The Lance Armstrong Foundation!

Ways to make it better...

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

This horrendous economy. They need funds to perfect their mission.

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

Remission is NOT a cure!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

There is not much worse than having to hear the words "you have cancer", especially being between the ages of 15-39. It is such an isolating feeling to be swept from college, dating, new jobs and be thrown into the cancer community. The isolation ended when I came across the I'm Too Young For This Foundation. It provided that connection between others my age who have/are going through cancer. It also allowed me to laugh and not be so serious when dealing with Stupid Cancer (hence the name). It meant so much to me that I eventually started to give back and become a member of the leadership council. Young adults are a unique age group to get cancer with a whole new host of issues that i[2]y is fighting to break the trend of low survivor rates.

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

making a difference to people i know going through active treatment.

Ways to make it better...

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

help people understand why Stupid Cancer is filling a much needed gap in the young adult cancer community.

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

feeling a part of something special that helps you relate to your cancer peers.

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

fellow survivors or those affected by young adult cancer whose passion was helping other young adults not feel alone.

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

build a great permanant staff that will help sustain the growth and development of i[2]y globally.

Ways to make it better...

it had the resources to start chapters in every major city and region.

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

continuing to get interested young adult leaders to make a difference in their cities/regions.

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

Stupid Cancer. Survivors Rule.

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2009

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July 2, 2009

Before I was officially diagnosed with osteosarcoma, in December 2005, I was sitting in the cafeteria at school with a friend, brainstorming causes for the random bump on my arm. My friend threw out the possibility that it might be cancer, which we both immediately eschewed, but we agreed (as ten-year-olds do) that cancer was the worst possible thing that could happen to a person. Fifteen years ago, even five years ago, it was. But that was before i2y came onto the scene, redefining the cancer experience in a way that loneliness and alienation became a thing of the past. My experience with i2y has been nothing but mind-blowing; for here is an organization, better yet - a network, of *real* patients and survivors who aren't trying to sugar coat the raw and humbling experience of cancer, but rather are facing it head on, together.

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

the turnout and vivacity of cancer survivors at their events

Ways to make it better...

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

hope to do as well as the current head.

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

working with real people who themselves understand from experience why they are doing what they do.

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

people just like us.

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

start to affect the cancer research agenda.

Ways to make it better...

I could have had access to it when I was a cancer patient!

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

the eventual overload of social media, survivors' eagerness to move on from cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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I can't say enough about this organization or it's founder. Matthew Zachary has created not only an advocacy group, not only a support network, not only an online all-things-cancer-for-young-people resource guide, but a place where patients and survivors can become whole again.

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

the effect it has had on my own life.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing.

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

meeting people who are like me...survivors.

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

kind, open, giving...

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

change the lives of so many young cancer patients...help advocate so that treatments were geared toward younger people...and survival rates would finally go up after 30 years of remaining stagnant.

Ways to make it better...

it had been around when I was first diagnosed.

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

lack of funds.

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

Matthew Zachary is my hero.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

I was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 31. Since my diagnosis and remission, I have been active in i[2]y, and I couldn't ask for a better organization to be a part of. Their members are all friendly and kind, giving advice and (when needed) a shoulder to cry on. Their work towards bettering the lives of those diagnosed with cancer as a young adult will certainly make a difference in the lives of those coming up behind people like me. I wouldn't be where I am in my remission without Matthew Zachary and his crew. I am so so so grateful to be considered a part of this organization. Thanks to them all for making my recovery a little easier.

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

CHANGE THE WORLD!!!!!

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July 2, 2009

I love this organization. Period. They are huge and raise a lot of money and awareness for young cancer patients and survivors. "Remission is not a cure." Despite being so big, they are totally down to earth and caring. I sent the founder Matthew Zachary and facebook message and got a reply in the same day. I don't get that from the more name brand cancer organizations.

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

their websites. They use facebook, twitter, and their main page to the fullest extent. The connect young individuals across the nation with each other and provide companionship and understanding.

Ways to make it better...

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

do exactly what Matthew Zachary told me.

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

They really care about the individual.

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

Friendly and responsive. They want to spread their message and help others, that is the only goal.

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

decrease cancer incidents in young adults and raise survival rates for the first time EVER.

Ways to make it better...

i never had cancer in the first place. NOT

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

getting people to care about young adults with cancer. We're not as cute as kids and don't have the money of middle aged folks.

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

They have helped me not feel so alone or ashamed over the side effects of a disease I have very little control of.

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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

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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