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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

I have worked in collaboration with Matthew Zachary and I2Y for the past 3 years. They are a very dedicated and professional group of people. They are a much needed organization dedicated to assisting young adults affected by cancer.They have been a great resource for patients in this population that we come in contact with. They have been very helpful.

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

their help with patients

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

working together to help cancer patients

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

extremely helpful and dedicated to their cause

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

conquer the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

This is the most innovative cancer advocacy group I've encountered. Focusing on young adult cancer survivors, they've amassed a passionate group of survivors and volunteers whose mission is to raise awareness of survivorship issues facing the young adult cancer community. Matt Zachary, Kate Goldberger and the rest of the team are creative, energetic leaders. Definitely at the top of their game!

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

their membership involvement and growth.

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

keep doing what they're doing!

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

getting to know the leadership and members. They're great people.

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

outstanding, kind, motivated individuals who take the time to cultivate personal relationships.

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

generate awareness of clinical trials, early diagnosis, and education re: young adult cancer patients and survivors.

Ways to make it better...

I[2]Y just needs (as do all advocacy groups) more resources and a more stable source of funding.

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

fundraising.

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

they are cutting edge. I like that!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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19 people found this review helpful

I'm Too Young FOr This is a hip, "tell-it-like-it-is", comprehensive resource for young adults with cancer. I refer my clients to i2y regularly for information and resources that will facilitate their experience and help them to not feel so isolated from diagnosis through survivorship. The Stupid Cancer Show puts a voice to the experience of living with cancer at a time when you least expect to be focusing on your health. The energy behind this peer driven network is empowering and helpful to so many young people throughout the country!

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

Empowering young adults with cancer to become their own best advocate.

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

Ways to make it better...

The resources on the website were categorized by type.

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?

2009-5-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

MZ and his board have done an amazing job of reaching out to Young Adults batting cancer. They do it with creativity and that needed spark that so many of us young people need. He has created a movement and it will not be stopped. Kudos to him for creating a much needed space for young cancer patients and survivors to find everything that they need at their finger tips. He's also great at connecting people to other great nonprofits to help aid them. Bravo to i2y and it's leader Matthew Zachary!

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

the people that it has touched.

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 in touch with so many people my age going through the same things.

Ways to make it better...

they were around eight years ago when I was diagnosed.

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

Far and beyond the hippest, directest, in cancer's face group of advocates out there. MZ, Alan, Jack & Kairol got it going and won't quit. They are engaging, well informed and good-intentioned. The cancer resources that they bring to light through the stupid cancer show and the support provided for young adults surviving cancer is first rate (and fun).

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

the enthusiasm and appreciation of many young adult survivors.

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

Matthew and Jack's quick wit, intelligent banter and willingness to address any and ALL issues that young adults dealing with cancer encounter. Also, the willingness to share the abundant resources with all.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am so glad there are organizations like I2Y. I have been involved in healthcare a long time and there are few organizatinos that are serving the need of young people with Cancer (not just children with Cancer but teenagers and young adults). It's a real grass roots effort and has both a on the ground and and web and virtual community.

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

the ways that young people come together to share their experience both in cities across the U.S. and online.

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

Get funders both inside the Cancer research institutions and outside.

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

to see true grass roots advocacy and networking

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

I have not met alot of them but have heard about them through 2nd hand experience.

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

mobilize an army of young people and or friends of young people with Cancer to make Cancer less of a stigma. Cancer could become a chronic illness rather then a perceived death sentence.

Ways to make it better...

It was easier for me off the bat to see what this organization had to offer me in the name of direct services or content.

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

getting the word out and funding.

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

I like to see the organization grow its social networking platform more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

This organization is superlative- it is well organized and really focused on action and on making a difference in indvidual lives, on finding and filling a huge need in the population of young adult cancer survivors. It also makes a huge difference in the lives of these survivors, by providing information, a much needed peer group and the means to share experiences and be active and make a difference.

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

the way that it impacts lives of survivors.

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

work on funding to increase its reach and impact.

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

the way it reaches individuals and creates communities.

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

wonderful and superlative!

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

change the lives of young adult cancer survivors and make a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of young cancer patients.

Ways to make it better...

I had more experience.

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

funding.

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

you should keep up the good work!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

This organization is a powerful voice for all of the millions of young adults who were previously unrecognized as stakeholders in the fight against cancer. I’m Too Young For Young For This meets young adults wherever they are in their cancer journey and provides them with probably the most comprehensive list of resources out there. They are collaborative in nature, working hard to ensure that young adults are no longer isolated and that they have access to the tools they need to get the treatment they deserve. At the core of the hip and trendy messages put out by this group are facts, resources, and support. Thank you, I’m Too Young For This, for being a lifeline for so many people.

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

Survivors who felt they were completely isloated find comfort through others who are in the same situation. Survivors who thought there were no resources out there have a life-changing event by visiting this website.

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

Be very proud.

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

The fresh, hip messages that still convey important, factual information. The endless supply of energy generated by the staff and volunteers. The collaboritive spirit!

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

Faboulous! There is nothing else to say!

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

Reach their goals faster!

Ways to make it better...

Obviously I would just prefer that young adults did not get cancer! But since they do, this group is so important!

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

Helping folks to realize that young adult cancer does exist!

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

This is an amazing group.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Matthew has done an amazing job of putting together and organization who truly realizes and exemplifies what their mission statement is. When I was initially diagnosed with cancer last year, i[2]y was an amazing resource and I'm so glad that it exists. It is much needed!

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

advocacy and education for young adults diagnosed with cancer.

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

change the age demographic to include the 40-50 year olds but that's because I fall into that category.

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

their constant drive and motivation to spread their message.

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

very helpful and giving.

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

expand their outreach and educate more people about young adult cancer.

Ways to make it better...

I was younger? I actually had a great experience with i[2]y even though I am 2 years outside of the demographic that they serve. It honestly was never an issue but I have to answer these questions.

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

limited resources available in the form of donations due to the economic cutback from the recession that we are in.

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

that i[2]y is doing a great job.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

i2y.org is a well-informed, intelligent support and advocacy group. Through personal experience the founder recognized a gap in a major part of our healthcare system and through sheer force of will and personality he sought to fill that gap and he has done a SPECTACULAR job. Today, whenever I encounter young people in the unfortunate situation of having new diagnosis of cancer, I know I can offer them my assistance and support AND I can refer them to i2y.org and know that they will find the additional assistance they need from their peers that I can't provide.

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

friendly, outgoing, and only looking to make other people feel better.

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

further extend the services they provide selflessly already.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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