THE SAMFund

Rating: 4.93 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Cancer

Location: 89 South Street Suite Ll02 Boston MA 02111 USA

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.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-6018710
617-938-3484
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is honest and caring. There's always someone to answer questions and concerns. Comes highly recommended as a resource not only for young adults with cancer but for survivors and caregivers as well. Great networking site for cancer patients and survivors.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The best day of my life was the day I became cancer-free. The second best day of my life was the day I received the call from The SAMFund telling me that I was going to be given a grant. As a survivor, it was traumatizing enough going through cancer treatment at such a young age. It was almost just as bad going through the financial trauma immediately following. It's like you survive the hardest thing you've ever gone through, and when you're done, you're not. You still have to learn to figure out a way to survive after the financial toll of cancer. My grant enabled me in ways that I can not even put into words. My grant helped with my balance I held at my oncology center where I was still going to regularly for post-treatment checkups. The balance was so high that I would nearly get turned away because I wasn't able to make the large payments. The SAMFund got me a laptop for school. I was just about to graduate when I was diagnosed, and it really took a toll on me. That laptop was a tool that I desperately needed to complete my portfolio and graduate in the degree that I am so passionate about. The SAMFund granted me a gym membership to help build my strength up following chemo and radiation. This is just a small glimpse as to how I have been helped by The SAMFund. They really gave me insight on survivorship, and enabled me to become the person I am today. I have been able to look back at my experience and see the silver lining within my diagnosis. The silver lining for me was The SAMFund. They will be forever remembered in my and my family's hearts, and I am so proud to call myself a survivor and SAMFund Alum.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 2 stars  

Don't ask how you can help (rank things in order of need). Then decide to give something not on the list just to say you gave it. Very disappointed.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The SAMFund is helping me achieve my goals, not only in the short-term but for many years to come. Their scholarship has enabled me to focus much more on my academics than worry about my health insurance and fertility bills. I can’t thank the SAMFund enough for all their help!

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

I’ve seen the results of this organization first hand. My education has been impacted greatly by the SAMFund.

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

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Could not have been better.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I am a 6-year cancer survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma and a recipient of a grant from the SamFund. Receiving a grant from the SamFund has enabled me to move forward in my life because it alleviated some unexpected and huge financial burdens I had come up in the past year. The SamFund has helped so many cancer survivors with similar issues and truly provides a unique and necessary service for us to be able to live our new, normal lives.

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

receiving the help I needed to move forward as an adult.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I was a 2008 recipient of the SamFund. I will forever be grateful not only to them but the many donors that help make what SamFund does happen. I am a single mother of three and was struggling with supporting my family and fighting for my life and realizing that there is a fine line between the fight for life and the right to survive. With all the endless procedures, and surgeries which lead to co-pays and prescriptions and time off work your finances deplete and your stuck with decisions such as, “Do I take this treatment or do I pay the electricity or rent?”, “ Do I fill my prescription or do I buy groceries?”. It’s absolutely horrible to be faced with that and SamFund knows that this is what we struggle with on a daily basis even after the cancer is gone. I am applying again this year in hopes that with the financial help I can start up a business that will in turn allow me to be a donor and an even bigger supporter of an organization that was there for me when I needed them the most.

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

my life and the lives of my family. SamFund covered our rent for a few months while we tried to regain some stability back.

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

Do just as they are.

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

Knowing that there are people out there who understand the aftermath. That its not just about surviving the disease.

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

I didnt actually meet anyone but was in close contact with them via email throughout the whole process. They were very kind and supportive.

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

Help so many others.

Ways to make it better...

I could be a donor too.

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

Spreading the word and attracting more donors.

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

I Love you SamFund and all that you do!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

As a SAMFund recipient, I can attest to the great work they do! I was awarded funding to assist with prescription drug and medical bills, as well as transportation costs. As a student living in NYC, it was HUGE burden lifted off my shoulders to have this help. I am a survivor of Hodgkin's Disease and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. My youngest sister was the donor for my Bone Marrow Transplant, and there are a lot of long-term side effects that have proven costly and sometimes restricting. I am a doctoral student studying the aftermath of childhood illness. THANK YOU, SAMFund for helping survivors move on!!!!

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

my experience as a recipient.

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

It's intimacy. The founder of the program is a cancer survivor herself, and is close contact with all applicants and recipients.

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

mostly young people whose lives have been affected by cancer (either themselves or someone they know).

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

Fund cancer survivors' education to get out there and cure cancer!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have received a grant from the SAMFund for 2 years. This organization was a financial resource to me when I couldn't find help anywhere else. I am a 3 time cancer survivor, and am applying to medical school. In addition to the rigorous course load and stressful application process, I found that there are many costs associated with this. The pre-requisite course fees, MCAT testing, application fees and more. Even more importantly, the SAMFund paid my Cobra health insurance fees, which allowed me to keep medical care for a year!

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

direct financial assistance.

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

Ways to make it better...

the process could be based around the school year. Funds are usually received, and applicants notified around November. It would be great if this could be done prior to August/September.

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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8 people found this review helpful

The SAMFund provides an amazing source of support for an underserved population- young adult survivors of cancer. In my case, I was too old for most grants and scholarships, but due to the nature of my field of work (independent contractor in the musical arts) I did not have the kind of safety net that most people my age had: insurance benefits and one steady source of income that I could count on to help me get back on my feet post-treatment. Most of the scholarships and/or grants I came across during my research had narrow targets and missions, which is great and necessary to serve the populations they serve. However, it raised serious questions for me- questions that I had not had to encounter before: as an artist, my life and career path were pretty divergent from most people's- was that a mistake? Was the career success I'd had prior to cancer useless to me now that I was fighting for my life? The SAMFund had a very large part in convincing me that was not the case. With their support, I recently traveled to Italy to begin my first exploratory return to opera singing. It was a test for me- did I still have what it takes to work in this field? Do I still have the passion after two years of treatment and healing? Is it worth it? Should I just go get an office job and give up what was my life's work? After 5 weeks of working with a dedicated teacher, and studying with coaches from the world's most prestigious opera companies, the answer was a resounding, "No!" This answer didn't only come from inside myself- I was continually pulled aside by various members of the faculty for conferences in which I was offered support and encouragement by people who had worked with the best singers in the business. To think- just a few months before this program I had given up singing for quite a while, not sure how I was going to get back on my feet with such huge financial obstacles standing in my way. At the present moment, I am preparing to move closer to the teacher I studied with at the program- his conservatory has recruited me to do a year of intense private study with him in preparation for a relaunching of my career. None of this would have been possible without the support of the SAMFund, and I will be eternally grateful to them that they understand that young adults have specific needs and challenges surrounding encounters with cancer- needs and challenges that are different from other populations.

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

both my own life, and in the lives of friends and acquaintances who have had cancer.

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

continue its focus on the young adult population, as it is underserved in the cancer arena, and possibly push for a more national media presence, using the amazing stories of its grant recipients and founder.

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

that they are clearly motivated and focused solely on serving the needs of their grant recipients.

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

I did not actually meet any staff members, but I hope to in the near future. In all of our communications, they were extremely helpful and focused on helping me.

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

Change many more lives.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything right now.

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

of course, every non-profit is challenged with finding monetary support.

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

they are truly on the right track.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

In April of 2005, my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I was a healthy 26 year old - my family and I were very much in shock. After undergoing 7 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, total body radiation, a bone marrow transplant and living in at the Mayo Clinic for about 10 months, I was finally cancer free. After you recover, people expect you to get back to "normal." Physical, emotional and financial tolls are just a few of the after-effects. The SAMFund UNDERSTOOD that I was a young adult cancer survivor who needed help! In 2006, I wrote an essay on my cancer experience and the SAMFund awarded me with some funding to help pay for schooling, car insurance and a car payment. Having those things taken care of was a HUGE RELIEF. I am now proudly a part of the SAMFund's Grant and Scholarship Committee. I know firsthand that the SAMFund truly cares about each applicant and wants to help make a young adult cancer survivor's life a bit easier by providing scholarships for things even as simple as a rent payment or a car payment. I think the SAMFund serves a purpose that has been priceless to me as well as so many others.

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

many ways by not only being a recipient but also as a Grant/Scholarship Committee Member.

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

only hope to do as good of a job as Sam and Michelle and all of the other people that make this organization what it is.

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

getting to know some of the staff and also becoming involved more in the organization.

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

the best. Truly genuine and professional.

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

do so many wonderful things. There are so many young adult cancer survivors who need help for things that many people take for granted such as car insurance or a rent payment.

Ways to make it better...

only I would have found out about the SAMFund sooner!

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

getting enough funds to help young adult cancer survivors.

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

I am so proud to be a part of the SAMFund!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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