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THE SAMFund
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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I have been both a recipient of the Samfund and a volunteer. I hosted a chili cook off for young adult survivors to provide a casual forum to get together.