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THE SAMFund
July 23, 2009

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!

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

direct financial assistance.

Ways to make it better...

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

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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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I received a grant!.

Stupid Cancer
July 2, 2009

i[2]y is the most relevant resource for young adults with cancer, or those who know such survivors. I am 28 years old, and a 3 time survivor-diagnosed first at the age of 15, then 19, then 22. I found myself feeling isolated, fitting neither with the pediatric cancer mold nor the aging adult cancer population. In this age group, we have such different concerns: dating, sexuality, career, education, health insurance, and other social needs. i[2]y offers a supportive and irreverent, fun venue to network with others and access various resources.

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

my attitude, confidence and ability to speak of the needs of the young adult cancer population. I love sharing info with people I meet, knowing that it is truly an awesome org!

Ways to make it better...

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

want more people to know about it!

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

meeting other survivors who share similar needs.

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

just like me! They are such strong members of their community. We (young adult survivors) are business people, nurses, social workers, etc. And I'm applying to medical school!

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

end isolation in this community! I would love to see more retreats/meet-ups, etc. I would also like to see growth of local chapters all over the country (and internationally as well- we already have a group in Australia!).

Ways to make it better...

I could have met some of the other members of the group early on. Once we were able to meet in person, we had some amazing moments and progress was made.

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

financial. In a short time, and with VERY little (I think only one) paid staff, this org has made amazing progress... I think more could be done with additional funds.

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

This org has done more with little time and resources than I have ever seen done with any org (and I have worked and volunteered with MANY). If given additional assistance, the sky is the limit with the progress that could be made.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I serve on the leadership group and coordinate Stupid Cancer Happy Hours!.