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Stupid Cancer
July 2, 2009

I met Matthew Zachary when I interviewed him for my book on young adult cancer and have been hooked ever since. You would not know that this organization started a mere few years ago out of his apartment in Brooklyn. Their presence rivals organizations ten times their size. That is impressive to me. The thing that is so special about i2y is their ability to harness social media and use it to their advantage, not just to promote their organization, but to really start a movement. So many young adults feel like a fish out of water in the cancer community and the i2y identity gives them a home, lets them feel not so alone. He does this all with humor and an unstoppable passion that is just contagious.

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

their sheer numbers. Their outreach is strong and thriving.

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

increase survival rates for young adults with cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Co-host the Stupid Cancer Show.

Women's Cancer Resource Center
January 9, 2009

In addition to being a cancer patient and client at WCRC, I am also a writer. I'm a walking rolodex of cancer community resources nationwide as a result of five years of research for my book Everything Changes, about 20 and 30-something cancer. WCRC is still among the top organizations I have found nationwide. They are committed to the cause, meaning their focus remains on providing relevant services to women with cancer, instead of getting side tracked by pink glitz and fundraising glam. They use their resources, time, and money well. Their staff is smart, respectful, resourceful, and totally committed, as seen by their comparatively low turn over. They listen to what patients need, and offer services that we didn't even know we needed until we found WCRC. Most importantly, they understand that cancer patients are not just one kind of woman. We come from many different racial, social, and religious backgrounds and they provide services to meet so many of our particular needs.

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

my daily life. They helped me get through the daily grind of being young, single, and having cancer.

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

Make their services nationalized.

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

they mean business. They get that people come to them at the most stressful time in their lives. Many other organizations just provide warm hugs. WCRC provides the help you need.

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

extremely smart women.

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

become a far reaching national organization and provide a lot of education, legal assistance, workshops, and help to low income women with cancer who are so often marginalized.

Ways to make it better...

I continued living in the Bay Area, they are very locally focused.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Connected me to legal services, helped me research my disease, connected me with another patient with my kind of cancer, their volunteers helped me organize a schedule of my friends and family to take care of me.