July 2, 2009
As luck would have it, I found iy while watching A Side Order of Life on Lifetime Television. I was plopped on my couch, 9-months post cancer diagnosis at the age of 28 feeling like nobody understood. My only shot at any type of contact with "someone like me" was watching Vivy, a young adult character on the show with cancer, and pretending she was my friend. Pathetic. Little did I know that Vivy's adventures that evening would send her to Stupid Cancer Happy Hour hosted by I'm Too Young For This! I was intrigued. Does this really exist? Can I get a Stupid Cancer T-shirt? Is Matthew Zachary real? A few taps of the keys into Google and I had my answer: IT WAS REAL! I poured over the website and without hesitation applied to be a member of the YALC. Since that fateful click of the remote, I have hosted 11 Stupid Cancer Happy Hour's in San Francisco. I have met dozens of survivors just like myself. Being a part of iy and the YALC not only makes me feel that I belong and that I am included, it allows me the opportunity to give other survivors a moment like the one I just described. Telling a survivor that we have Stupid Cancer Happy Hour on a regular basis, we have a radio show every week, and we are an entire organization dedicated to young adult survivors; and watching their face as they realize that we get it and that they belong here is priceless. Because I know exactly how they feel.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Improve the quality of life of EVERY young adult survivor on this planet. They could seriously save thousands upon thousands of lives.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Client Served & Connected with other young adult cancer survivors. w00t!.