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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Mission: The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance, in-person and online support, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and educational goals from a position of knowledge and strength.

Results: To date, we have awarded a total of $900,000 in grants and scholarships to hundreds of individuals across the country. We have delivered multiple free Webinars for young adult survivors through our "Moving Forward With Your Finanical Health," Webinar series archived and available on our website.

Target demographics: Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35 who are finished with active treatment and residents of the United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: We provide free Webinars on young adult survivor financial issues and grants for living expenses that cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former staff member for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a friend to several young adult cancer survivors, I have been fortunate to know about the SAMFund since its inception. There are a great deal of reasons I'm inspired by this organization, not the least of which is its ability to provide resources for those things which are just not covered by regular insurance. Those of us who have never experienced the trials and tribulations of cancer (or the costs associated with the treatment of it) cannot fully comprehend the importance of a gym membership to stay healthy. Or a laptop to help get back on track after missing months or years of school. Or, having depleted our savings for life-saving care, not having enough money for a deposit on an apartment of our own in order to start living LIFE again. The SAMFund looks at young adult survivors and sees potential. Potential to make great lives for themselves. Potential to be great parents. Potential to be great co-workers. And potential to change the world, one small step at a time. But, more importantly, the SAMFund realizes that in order to fulfill ones potential, sometimes the very basic necessities need to be met. Filling the void between relying on your parents and receiving reimbursement from your insurance company - the SAMFund finds a way to give people the support to allow them to be like everyone else. And not be constantly struggling to take the next step to independence because cancer threw an early obstacle in their way. I am proud to be part of the SAMFund because I've seen, first-hand, how financial support can be the difference between going back to school and working in a low-paying job; can be the difference between living with your parents at age 30 and finally becoming an independent adult; and can be the difference between moving on with one's life rather than always fighting a battle because of cancer.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SAMFund is an awesome organization that assists young adults with expenses after cancer. I've never heard of another organization doing this. Beating cancer is only half the battle. Survivors must deal with huge bills after treatment. This economy is tough on every young adult, and with the additional burden of cancer, it can seem almost impossible for young survivors. The SAMFund gives them hope! By paying for something as simple as a gym membership, The SAMFund makes these survivor’s lives so much easier. After beating cancer, the last issue on your mind should be ridiculous bills. The SAMFund not only provides grants and scholarships, but also has events for survivors to get together and have fun. It's such a unique organization and I truly wish it could fund all of the applications.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends, family, coworkers, nobody seems to understand how isolating, scary, and downright horrible it is to be dealing with a cancer diagnosis in the "prime" of you life. I was a caregiver to my husband during his treatment, as well as our small children. The SAMFund is an incredible organization full of compassion and understanding, and tangible assistance. Only now, years later, have I begun to find peace with the whole experience by meeting and working with others who simply understand.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and pleasure of being involved with the SAMFund for the past five years and have seen this wonderful and unique organization grow from a seed to a flower to a garden and beyond. As a member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee, I can attest to the thoughtful, caring nature of the SAMFund and its volunteers as well as the effectiveness of the help that the SAMFund provides. The SAMFund answers a truly unique need for young adult survivors of cancer. Because of the SAMFund's holistic vision and understanding of what helps a young adult survivor get back on his or her feet, the assistance that the SAMFund awards provides not only financial and stress relief but also helps recipients move beyond those well-known worries, helping them pursue and achieve goals and dreams that had to be put on hold –- whether those dreams are to start or finish college, pursue training in a specific field or interest, receive assistance with costly fertility treatments, or to join a gym or attend a yoga retreat or “simply” for a plane ticket to attend a convention for cancer survivors. Many of our recipients have told the SAMFund that they would not have been able to achieve their goals and dreams and move beyond their cancer experience had it not been for the help of the SAMFund. What a fantastic gift to be able to give! Of course, every member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee would like to fund every single request that comes in to the SAMFund and hopes that someday that dream will be a reality, but until then there are always difficult decisions to be made. I have been a part of many very difficult discussions and decisions and can assure that the volunteers of this special organization are so thoughtful and thorough, caring and sensitive in their decision making process. Every decision that is made to fund a request is made in such a way as to insure that the we are providing the most effective and greatest amount of assistance possible. The SAMFund is an extraordinary organization and one that I hope to be a part of for years to come.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sam Eisenstein Watson runs an incredible organization! She is incredibly inspiring. I heard her story at a networking event and instantly had to get to know her and become involved with The SAMFund. Her diligence, knowledge, and generosity is unmatched and she has done the young adult survivor community a huge service. The SAMFund is truly a terrific organizaion!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SAMFund is an amazing organization with which I've had the pleasure of working since close to its inception. Its founder, Sam Eisenstein is a friend from college who I met after her first major bout with cancer. She is an amazing woman who not only found the strength to beat cancer, but to use her experience to help others. The SAMFund recognized an under-represented base of need in this country, and has done so much already to help. I've met a number of recipients as well as donors who believe so fully in this cause that many have taken helping to an almost full-time level. In an economic climate like today's, there is no better time for a group like the SAMFund to be in existence helping to keep young survivors going and on top of their bills and in charge of their lives.