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July 3, 2009

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July 3, 2009

I met Matthew when I was on the internet searching for information about cancer. I didn't have cancer, my sister did. I was looking for information and trying to find ways to fundraise for an event I was supposed to take part in. I found a website with piano music from a cancer survivor named, Matthew Zachary. I listened to a few examples and ordered a copy. I listened to this CD many many times and then ordered another. My sister was no longer with us and she spent a courageous 14 months battling breast cancer and died at the age of 48. She would be 52 today if cancer had not taken her life. Those CD's made the grieving a bit easier and when I listened to those I found a sort of peaceful serenity in dealing with her loss. I wished I had found this earlier and shared it with her. I ordered a few CD's for a nursing home, rehabilitation center I worked in, in hopes that cancer victims and families could find that same peace. I have many friends and relatives who are touched with this nasty thing called cancer and I have kept up with Matthew ever since that first CD. He is an awesome person and I am extremely grateful that fate brought me to his website that day. He tirelessly fights this STUPID Cancer as well as being a survivor himself. He is one of my heros and thank God for sending him to help others. He is an angel.

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

help more cancer victims and their loved ones.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

I wish that I'm Too Young for This had been around when my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 35, she fought for 4 years, ultimately losing the battle. At that time there were no groups for people her age, the doctors just keep saying "you're too young to have colon cancer", but she did. Approximately 3 years ago, my niece (her daughter) was diagnosed with cancer. I know that I'm Too Young for This has been invaluable to her. The support from everyone is unbelievable and the knowledge gained, is not available anywhere else.

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

educate more people to the needs of the young adult population with cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

This group has opened the eyes of others to the number of young adults who are affected by cancer. This is one age group the has been neglected in terms of research, awareness, and support. I2Y has changed this. This is a group that focuses on what the young adult cancer community needs. They totally rock. Join them in giving stupid cancer the bird.

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

significantly change the lives of the young adult cancer community for the better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

This organization ROCKS! It is exactly what the cancer community needs. What they do for YA's is amazing - what a great job advocating! I'm SO thankful I stumbled across this org when I did!

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

getting the word out to the people who matter that YA's should not be ignored!

Ways to make it better...

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

not do as good of a job as the people that run it now do!

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

meeting other YA's touched by cancer.

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

friendly.

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

continue to do what it does now.

Ways to make it better...

there was a chapter closer to where I live..or I lived in NYC.

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

cancer.

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

CANCER SUCKS!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

There's nothing out there quite like i[2]y out there for young adults with cancer. Many of us in our 20s and 30s know someone with cancer, but often it is a parent or grandparent. When a friend or colleague, someone OUR age gets cancer, it is confusing about what to do, where to seek information, and how to help. Plus, it makes you realize how little information and young adult cancer support there is out there. I'm Too Young For This fills in the blanks. I've attended a few i[2]y Stupid Cancer Happy Hours to not only support my friends that have cancer or who are survivors, but also to get support myself as a friend of a young adult who has cancer. I've been impressed by how inclusive this group is, and their goals of improving the survival rate of young adults with cancer. Other cancer organizations are definitely bigger, but bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to cancer.

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

- Supporting young adults in my community - Increasing education about cancer detection - Advocating for young adults

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

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

- The personable, inclusive aspect of events

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

- Cancer survivors and young adults with cancer.

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

- Improve cancer survival rates in young adults

Ways to make it better...

- More people knew about the organization

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

- It's an awesome organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

This organization has been an integral part of my cousin's battle against cancer. As a young woman battling this insidious disease, she has found immense support from other young people who are facing the same challenges. More than just support, her involvement with this group has energized her by giving her the ability to take *action*. Although there are many organizations that address cancer, I[2]y serves a vital role for a group that is often overlooked by other groups.

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

incredibly awesome!

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

provide vital support services & fund research that looks beyond the traditional focus on finding "a cure" and towards improving quality of life and survivorship for young cancer patients.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 2, 2009

i[2]y is an amazing organization that allows young adults with cancer to cope, laugh, and find a cure. Young adult cancer is rarely recognized, and it is about time that people like us young cancer survivors are challenged to get out into the world and show people that this does happen. We need to stop cancer from happening, and this is just one way to help young people realize that this CAN happen to them, and they need to protect themselves. Matthew Zachary is an amazing man who overcame obstacle after obstacle, and he is not ashamed to tell the world to give cancer the bird! As a young adult cancer survivor, I am so relieved that more people see this experience as I do: we should laugh in its face and rip it to shreds.

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

the way the world looks at cancer in young adults.

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

listening to other cancer survivors tell their stories and share what helped them cope.

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

amazing people who are not afraid to push the limit and tell the world about young adult cancer.

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

change the world and bring cancer to justice.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

My niece was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her 20's. For the last 3 years this group has been an incredible support to her. It is so important for survivors to connect with others walking in the same shoes!

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

Positive attitude in member

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to reach out to survivors and hire a grant writer to analyze funding opportunities

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

Seeing niece so excited and dedicated.

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

professional and enthusiastic

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

help more young people

Ways to make it better...

their were more funds available

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

funding

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

Work is very important

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

My Sister has become involved in i2y after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and it has helped her tremendously with a solid support network. I hope they are able to continue their great work!

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

the outlook and attitude of my sister

Ways to make it better...

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

try to raise more money to keep the org going

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

my sisters smile

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

wonderful people

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

Help more young adults to deal with the pain of diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

Ways to make it better...

Funding

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

Continued funding. Cancer is not going away...

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

There are not enough good things to say about a program that helps people who truly need help. The exposure to mortality at such a young age is sometimes too much for a young adult to handle. i2y makes a terrible situation a little easier.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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