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Review for Stupid Cancer, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a young man in my mid twenties and have battled cancer on three different occasions. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and began initial treatment with ABVD. After my second cycle of chemotherapy, I was in complete remission but by the end of treatment, several months later, I relapsed. The relapse led to aggressive radiation treatment capped off with a "boost" of radiation to treat the mass. Three months after the treatment I showed no signs of the disease. Almost a year later, I was symptomatic again and several tests confirmed that the cancer had returned. With each subsequent relapse my chances of survival diminished and by the third relapse I nearly lost all hope. i2Y connects young adults (both caregivers and survivors) with each other and creates a sense of hope and community. Everyday, I would read about other young people's treatments, their successes and at times their last moments. I felt happy, sad, encouraged, devastated and many more emotions during my fight with cancer but I never ever felt alone. I2Y creates a community for young people to vent, bullshit, complain and cheer each other on. Due to my career I live in Los Angeles, California. My immediate family all live on the east coast but my I2Y family is everywhere I can get online. Thank you for the emotional support and the family. Almost three years out, I'm cancer free and engaged to a beautiful woman who happens to be a survivor herself and who introduced me to I2Y.

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

the atmosphere of community created by the website

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

genuine.

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

make a huge difference in people's lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & I never felt alone in my battle with cancer because I2Y creates a sense of community and family for young adult survivors.