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Stupid Cancer
July 2, 2009

Before I was officially diagnosed with osteosarcoma, in December 2005, I was sitting in the cafeteria at school with a friend, brainstorming causes for the random bump on my arm. My friend threw out the possibility that it might be cancer, which we both immediately eschewed, but we agreed (as ten-year-olds do) that cancer was the worst possible thing that could happen to a person. Fifteen years ago, even five years ago, it was. But that was before i2y came onto the scene, redefining the cancer experience in a way that loneliness and alienation became a thing of the past. My experience with i2y has been nothing but mind-blowing; for here is an organization, better yet - a network, of *real* patients and survivors who aren't trying to sugar coat the raw and humbling experience of cancer, but rather are facing it head on, together.

The Great!

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

the turnout and vivacity of cancer survivors at their events

Ways to make it better...

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

hope to do as well as the current head.

More feedback

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

working with real people who themselves understand from experience why they are doing what they do.

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

people just like us.

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

start to affect the cancer research agenda.

Ways to make it better...

I could have had access to it when I was a cancer patient!

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

the eventual overload of social media, survivors' eagerness to move on from cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a volunteer officer in the Boston chapter.