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July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009

The SamFund organization was able to help me with residual medical bills. They provided me a grant, but what really helped was the expertise of their staff. They managed to help make every dollar of my grant count.

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

My recent grant of residual medical bills.

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

not do as good of a job as them.

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

I have enjoyed the interaction witht the staff.

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

Extreamly friendly and proffesional.

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

Help young adults take the next step to the recovery of cancer. To get their life back, and move forward.

Ways to make it better...

I had a little more money for my medical bills.

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

the number of cancer survivors and the limited amount of funds available.

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

Treatment for cancer is very scary. However once you get past that part it helps when you have a friend such as SamFund on the other side to help get your life back.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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The SAMFund has been my rock as I struggled to find funding after remission. There are very few organizations devoted solely to young adults even though young adults have seen little to no improvements in survivor rates. The SAMFund offers all areas of funding to help ease the mind and lift the burdens for cancer survivors such as myself. This group has given me more than funding they have given me the faith that there are people out there that see that cancer truly affects all ranges of people regardless of age.

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

my life through the assistance to continue seeing my doctor as well as aid in my tuition when I maxed out my student loans this year.

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

being able to spread the word about such a wonderful organization to other young adult survivors who feel that they are being excluded from many funding options.

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

amazingly kind and understanding.

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

help more young adults with the necessities of their life in this awful economy. The rent payment or medical bill coverage can be a life saver and should be available to more people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 6, 2009

The SAMFund has helped me tremendously with my attempt to move forward after surviving cancer as a young adult. This is one of the very few organizations I have found to help reenter life after fighting for my life. I was a 32 year old single working mother whose life came to a screeching stop when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I was very lucky. With very aggressive treatment I was able to put my cancer in remission. Unfortunately cancer doesn't stop the bills from piling up. I still had to support myself and my child. I paid all of the necessities, however, I had to deplete my savings, 401K and even ask family and friends for help. I was able to maintain my residence and go back to work but even 2 1/2 years later, it is very difficult. I am very proud of everything I've been through and overcome. The SAMFund has helped me so much get back on my feet. After applying for a grant from the SAMFund late last year, I was able to breathe a bit better financially when they called to inform me I was approved. There are so many great organizations out there to help others in need but for me, I will do what I can to spread the word to my fellow cancer survivors about the SAMFund to help them raise money and awareness.

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

this organization was targeted to my age group. With such a long life ahead of me, I can transition much easier into a normal life.

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

so excited to help me and others.

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

help so many other young adults move forward after fighting cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 6, 2009

The SAMFund is a wonderful organization because it helps young adult survivors in such a practical way. After my cancer experience, I decided to become and oncologist. SAMFund helped me with the cost of applying to medical school, which was such a great relief! I start medical school in less than a month. Thanks again SAMFund!!

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

my own life because it decreased the cost of applying to medical school.

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

how practical it is.

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

really change the lives of young adult cancer survivors by helping us become less burdened financially!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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July 6, 2009

SAMFund has given hope to many young adults who still feel the impact of cancer. I was blessed to receive support in order to help me find permanent housing. My story with cancer led me to be homeless for a short time and SAMFund allowed me to find security again. Along with the support they provide, I have also been very impressed with their personal contact. After experiencing system after system, it was refreshing to be treated as a person and a friend.

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

my life as I have been able to find a place to call home. Having a permanent home will also helpful in finding a job.

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

the personal contact with staff. I appreciate knowing that I am cared for.

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

friendly, helpful, and excited about the work that they do.

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

bless many other young adults with the ability to move forward after difficult trials. SAMFund assists young adults to pay for education, training, housing, and debt from hospital bills.

Ways to make it better...

the quotes were proof read before posting.

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

finding donors. I really can not speak to this but that would be my guess.

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

I a grateful to be a part of the SAMFund organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 6, 2009

As a survivor of cancer the SAMfund has helped to provide me with assistance in persueing my dreams. Besides the monetary assistance, I have seen and met other survivors who have over come the difficulties they have been faced with in their early lives and it has helped give me confidence to face my own difficulties. It has made an impact on my life that I am forever gratefull for.

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

my own and other survivors lives.

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

probably not be able to do much better of a job.

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

The personal connection that the heads of the organization have with thier recipients. They truly care about the individual and have made efforts to stay connected to me on a personal level.

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

incredibly sincere. The people involved with the SAMfund truly have a deep conviction to their cause.

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

change the lives of so many people who have had an unfair start to their adult lives. In these times it is difficult enough for young adults to establish themselves. Never mind the incredable set back cancer can be.

Ways to make it better...

the organization could have more resources to assist and aid.

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

fund raising. They are still a relatively small organization who is growing fast and need to find ways to meet the demands of an evergrowing population.

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

organizations like this are a shining beacon of hope for the human spirit. The fact that people would truly dedicate their lives to others in this manor is amazing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 6, 2009

As a young adult cancer survivor getting back on my feet medically, socially and financially was a long road. After undergoing treatment for leukemia, and two bone marrow transplants my meager savings were depleted, and social security barely covered the mortgage never mind a Boston heating bill during a harsh winter. The Samfund provided me with the financial relief I needed, paying for some of my utilities. What the Samfund was able to provide made a world of difference and helped me sleep better at night. I am forever grateful to the Samfund and as payback I help the Samfund in any way I can to ensure young adult cancer survivors like myself, are recognized and helped where other cancer organizations fail to fulfill our needs.

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

Personally as a recipient, and as a volunteer and how the Samfund has helped local young adult survivors.

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

Beg for more money, which Sam does! If Samfund had more money I would also work with legislators to recognize youg adult survivors and change medicaid to fit the needs of young adults who can't work becuase of their illness but need med. coverage

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

Meeting other survivors, and helping give back to the group that helped me when I needed it most.

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

Phenomenal

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

Help all the qualifing recipients, work to change the laws to provide more equitable medical coverage for young adults, and social security beenfits that reflect the standard of living by state.

Ways to make it better...

Obviously, the only criticism I'd have is if there were more funds we could help more young adult survivors who's unquie circumstances are ignored by many of the larger non-profit concer groups.

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

Getting more funding to help more young adult survivors! 100% of the money raised goes to recipients.

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

Sam Eisentein Watson, is a tremendously hard worker, she lives and breaths this organization, and all she does is for the survivors, she is open to new ideas, reaches out to people for help and wants to improve the organization constantly.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009

After writing a grant application to the SAMFund, I was awarded funding for a year's worth of free yoga, all the physical therapy I needed, and car insurance coverage. After being on disability and using up all my savings, I had NO money to physically or mentally take care of myself post-cancer. The SAMFund made that possible. Now I go to Restorative Yoga classes as often as I want without worrying about the cost. It has worked wonders for me - physically and mentally. I feel I am finally gaining the control of my body that I felt I lost through my cancer experience. And I am taking care of myself in ways I never would've been able to afford.

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

the freedom I feel from not having to worry if I can financially take care of myself.

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

dedicated, flexible, caring.

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

help thousands of young survivors THRIVE post-cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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