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July 15, 2009

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July 15, 2009

The SamFund is one of the greatest organization I have ever come across. Thank you for your great work now and in the future!

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

my community!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 14, 2009

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July 14, 2009

The SAMFund is such an amazing organization for young adult cancer survivors. Their focus on helping those who've battled cancer move forward in their lives is meeting a huge need. Cancer survivors need support after cancer too! I am a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma and received a grant with rent assistance in 2007. At that time, I was a full time student who was just trying to make ends meet as many people do. With my added expenses due to cancer such as doctor's visits, prescriptions and lab work there wasn't anything extra to go around. The ability to have my rent paid for a few months helped take away the stress! The SAMFund helps so many in so many ways. The organization and those who run it are AMAZING!!

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

Help millions of cancer survivors change the world!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 14, 2009

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July 14, 2009

The SAMFund is an amazing organization that gives grants to young cancer survivors in order to help them begin their lives again. The grant I received from The SAMFund helped to pay my rent while I paid off medical bills and began my Master's education. I love The SAMFund!

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

my new life. The SAMFund helped me to move to New Mexico where I began my Master's degree. By helping to relieve some of y financial burden, The SAMFund allowed me to concentrate on my schoolwork.

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

help kick-start the lives of so many young cancer survivors burdened with LARGE debts!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 14, 2009

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July 14, 2009

The SAMFund is an amazing organization, that focuses on young adults who have completed treatment and are trying to get on with their lives. One of the things we find out as survivors is that it isn't easy to go back into the "real world", especially since most of us are continuing to deal with the effects of our treatments. The SAMFund helps us to deal with our finances and be able to pursue our dreams. I wouldn't have been able to go back to school and work towards completing my degree without the help of the SAMFund and the people who donate. The staff is amazing and they truly care about each and every survivor they come into contact with.

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

my own life! The SAMFund Grant allowed me to go back to school and continue on with my life. I was able to get my prescriptions without worrying about how to pay for them. I have been able to keep up my gym membership which helps me heal and stay healthy.

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

Work hard to get the message out about young adult survivors. We are a unique group that wants to make a difference and we need support to be able to do that. We have a drive and a passion to better our lives and the lives of other survivors.

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

the wonderful people. The staff truly cares about each person they help. They will take the time to talk to you about anything and they are always there to help.

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

Caring, attentive, respectful, and hardworking. They put in long hours and will do all they can to help young adult survivors.

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

Help a whole lot of young adult cancer survivors. Ease the financial burdens that we face, help us continue, finish or even start new educations. Most important, they could help more survivors lead a better quality of life.

Ways to make it better...

I don't think it could have been better! You truly feel respected and welcome by everyone you talk with.

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

Donations. In these rough economic times people aren't as able to donate and this affects how many people The SAMFund can help. It is also a time when more survivors need help and the money needs to be there in order to do so.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 11, 2009

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July 11, 2009

The SamFund is an amazing organization that provides much needed help to young cancer survivors. The SamFund is an invaluable resource for people like me who are trying to get back on their feet after a costly and traumatizing cancer experience. I can't say enough about the SamFund, they are absolutely wonderful!

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

so kind and absolutely wonderful!! These people are doing a truly wonderful job doing a wonderful service to young cancer survivors.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 9, 2009

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July 9, 2009

The SAMFund is one of the most amazing organizations!! Through their generosity, many cancer survivors, myself included, have been able move past difficult times as a result of the financial support they have provided. Many people don't realize that the effects of cancer linger well beyond the completion of treatment and trying to explain that to others who don't know can be difficult. Sam and Michelle were so kind and understanding of my situation and never once showed anything but compassion. I can't imagine what would have happened to me had SAMFund not been there to help.

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

kind, compassionate and understanding. They TRULY want to help cancer survivors in need.

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

help SOO many more cancer survivors in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 9, 2009

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July 9, 2009

I've had the great pleasure of seeing the SAMFund grow from an idea among friends, to a massive grant-giving organization affecting lives across the country. The applications we receive at the SAMFund are compelling, heart-wrenching, and almost always worthy of support. Choosing how and where we allot funds is an excruciatingly difficult process, but I have seen the staff and volunteers at SAMFund execute this task with grace, respect, and love for the applicants. It is a fantastic team that is creating new opportunities for young people battling the after-effects of their illnesses. I consider myself lucky to be involved with the SAMFund and can't wait to see how much they grow as time passes.

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

Meeting grant recipients who have taken their lives in new and exciting directions as a result of the support they received.

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

be quite humbled. I don't think I could do it better than those who run it currently. They should be very proud.

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

Finding those applicants with dire need who have nowhere else to turn. It reminds me of how significant the SAMFund really is. There is nothing else like it.

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

responsible, caring, and sensitive. At the same time, I have complete confidence that it is run by an able, professional staff.

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

Fund even more of the applications it receives. No matter how much we can give out, it never seems to be enough.

Ways to make it better...

there were more funds available for grants. It is difficult to see the economic crisis leaving a trail of lower endowments when illness rates haven't changed at all.

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

Establishing an ongoing endowment of renewable funds, and providing consistent and adequate pay for their awe-inspiring staff. They do quite a lot with what they have, but I can only imagine how great it would be if they had more!

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

I hope to be a part of SAMFund for decades to come. Though it is an emotional experience, it is quite important to me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 8, 2009

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July 8, 2009

The SAMFund helps gives back independence and peace of mind. Disability/Social Security/Unemployment is just not enough and finances quickly become overwhelming. The SAMFund fills a broad spectrum of otherwise overlooked financial needs for young cancer survivors.

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

all the young adult survivors served.

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

not change a thing, the founder is on target with her mission.

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

the positive attitude and willingness and open mindedness towards helping.

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

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

Solve all the financial needs of young adult survivors!

Ways to make it better...

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

having enough funding to help all the applicants.

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

TheSAMFund is the one organization I needed as a young cancer survivor, but it hadn't existed yet - great vision.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 8, 2009

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July 8, 2009

The SamFund fills what was formerly a void in services and opportunities for young-adult survivors. Samantha Watson's vision, passion, and first-hand knowledge is helping men and women reestablish themselves after treatment. It is an amazing organization that helps an often overlooked population.

The Great!

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

the tangible opportunities it provides young adults to be able to launch independent lives.

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

not be able to do as good a job as Samantha and her team.

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

watching Samantha's passion and vision take life. She started with a dream, and has grown a vibrant organization that is thriving.

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

dedicated, compassionate, insightful, and able to have fun while helping others.

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

really change the lives of young adult cancer survivors.

Ways to make it better...

the economic climate was different, and the Samfund was able to provide all applicants with scholarships or grants.

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

financial. It has far more applicants than the current climate allows for funding.

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

THe SamFund is one of a kind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 8, 2009

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July 8, 2009

The SAMFund is the only organization that provides support to young adult cancer survivors. They make a huge difference in our lives by serving as an informational resource, providing financial support, and by raising awareness.

The Great!

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

the number of people served by their grants and the huge impact these awards have on their recipients

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

do nothing different.

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

the enthusiasm of the staff and their commitment to improving the quality of life of young cancer survivors everywhere

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

visionaries; passionate; committed; engaging; intelligent; fun; empathetic

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

make a huge impact in meeting the needs of young people living with and surviving cancer; expand their network; provide more comprehensive "care" to more people;

Ways to make it better...

NOTHING

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

the economic climate. people are less willing and able to give. the needs of young cancer survivors doesn't change. in fact, many survivors are probably facing additional challenges themselves which makes the sam fund even more relevant!

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

i'm inspired by how sam transformed her personal cancer experience into something so big!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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