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Stupid Cancer
July 7, 2009

I joined i[2]y in the early stages, early 2007. I had just left my last treatment in Florida, moved to Ohio and wanted to find others, my age, who had gone through what my wife and I had both experienced in my fight against a rare form of testicular cancer. The vigor that I found from meeting Matthew Zachary and the rest of i[2]y was contageous. I soon went from looking for others like me, to helping organize events locally. I then took over as Regional Director where we pushed our chapter development in to new communities. Watching other survivors interact with survivors and those going through cancer now was invigorating and just made me want to work that much harder to help this total grassroots effort keep its momentum and become the permier website for young adults. Every day they reach a new milestone. 'Stupid Cancer' has become entrenched in the cancer community! We live, breathe and sleep it! i[2]y showed us how to live with it and get on with our lives!

The Great!

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

the large crowds that now attend our events nationally.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure Matt's dreams were fulfilled!

More feedback

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

the new friends and companions I have made along the way.

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

go getters!

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

Bring awareness to the more than 70,000 young adults each year who are diagnosed. We could also educate doctors to start diagnosing cancer at earlier stages.

Ways to make it better...

media and celebrities got behind our cause.

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

getting doctors, social workers and nurses to share our information early on in the process.

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

we will see this through and bring education to the medical side of this equation!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I worked in the early stages to help shape i[2]y until just recently becoming President of the Young Adult Leadership Council.