My partner is a long-term survivor of Osteosarcoma (bone cancer for anyone not already in the know.) After a particularly hellish surgery to replace her artificial knee and its companion Tibial component, she received support from the SAMFund in order to pay for a gym membership (therapy pool, whoo-hoo!) and a portion of her rather terrifying insurance premiums. Thanks to SAMF, we were able to take a pair of rare but very deep breaths. KUDOS TO THE MAX.
SAMFund is awesome and unique in the population it serves and how it does so. Started by someone who truly understands what difficulties young adult survivors encounter, I was so excited to find out that an organization like this existed. It is hard enough to be a young adult trying to make it in the world, and then throw in managing severe health complications from cancer treatment and all the bills that come with it, and I was feeling extremely overwhelmed and helpless. SAMFund helped alleviate some of that financial burden, improving my quality of life and allowing me to focus on important long-term goals in the process.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
Being a cancer survivor at the age of 25 is not exactly an expected event on the path to adulthood and independence. The SAMFund is there to not only help with all the unexpected financial burdens that come with cancer, but they are also there to provide understanding and support in a sometimes very lonely journey. I can't fully express the importance of the SAMFund's work in such a short narrative, but I can say that they are an amazing organization and I can never thank them enough for everything they have done and continue to do for myself and other young adult survivors!
Samantha and the fund greatly helped me after my diagnosis. After a couple months of chemo and surgeries, it leaves mind, body, and bank well depleted. She and her team provide a great service to young survivors by allowing us to take our minds off some portions of the whole process and concentrate on mind and body. Thanks again Sam for everything!
The SAMFund helped me out in ways unimaginable. I received a grant from them in 2008 to assist with my medical bills, etc, from cancer treatment. Their support has changed my life, and helped me move on from my treatment. I am continuously spreading the word about the SAMFund because I hope to help someone out, like SAMFund helped me out. I am deeply touched for what the organization has done for me.
The SAMFund not only offers incredible living grants to young adult cancer survivors (of which no other cancer survivor's org. offers), the personnel (Sam and Michelle) are 2 amazing women who make traversing the precarious terrain of the medical establishment, contacting insurance companies, and making timely payments on behalf of us, their recipients, look easy! Had it not been for the last 2 years that I was chosen as a grant recipient, I don't know how I would have survived as a student with a limited income and high expenses associated with having been ill. However, with those grants, I have now graduated, Summa Cum Laude, having been able to concentrate on reestablishing myself after the scary and unexpected cancer diagnosis at 26. Furthermore, I have had the privilege of working with the SAMFund as a recipient who can reach out to donors, express my gratitude toward and importance of their generosity, while collaborating on future fundraising efforts. SAMFund is a unique and necessary org that advocates and understands the challenges and opportunities associated with a cancer diagnosis. I am eternally grateful to them!