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THE SAMFund
July 16, 2009

In April of 2005, my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I was a healthy 26 year old - my family and I were very much in shock. After undergoing 7 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, total body radiation, a bone marrow transplant and living in at the Mayo Clinic for about 10 months, I was finally cancer free. After you recover, people expect you to get back to "normal." Physical, emotional and financial tolls are just a few of the after-effects. The SAMFund UNDERSTOOD that I was a young adult cancer survivor who needed help! In 2006, I wrote an essay on my cancer experience and the SAMFund awarded me with some funding to help pay for schooling, car insurance and a car payment. Having those things taken care of was a HUGE RELIEF. I am now proudly a part of the SAMFund's Grant and Scholarship Committee. I know firsthand that the SAMFund truly cares about each applicant and wants to help make a young adult cancer survivor's life a bit easier by providing scholarships for things even as simple as a rent payment or a car payment. I think the SAMFund serves a purpose that has been priceless to me as well as so many others.

The Great!

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

many ways by not only being a recipient but also as a Grant/Scholarship Committee Member.

Ways to make it better...

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

only hope to do as good of a job as Sam and Michelle and all of the other people that make this organization what it is.

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

getting to know some of the staff and also becoming involved more in the organization.

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

the best. Truly genuine and professional.

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

do so many wonderful things. There are so many young adult cancer survivors who need help for things that many people take for granted such as car insurance or a rent payment.

Ways to make it better...

only I would have found out about the SAMFund sooner!

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

getting enough funds to help young adult cancer survivors.

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

I am so proud to be a part of the SAMFund!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Wrote an essay about my cancer experience.