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TracyMax

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Review for First Descent, Greenwood Village, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This program is amazing. As a benefactor of a wonderful week kayaking in Montana near Glacier National Park, I can highly recommend this program. A huge part of what makes it so great is the amazing volunteer staff. I know that this organization spends it's money wisely on providing wonderful experiences for cancer survivors. As someone said, "This is a cancer camp that's not about cancer." It's about amazing experiences, challenging yourself to do something difficult and sometimes scary, and making great friends along the way.

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

The people!

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

Fun-loving, caring, dedicated, funny, talented, generous, lovely and inspirational people.

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

Offer kayaking and other outdoor challenges to cancer survivors around the world!

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed three more weeks with these amazing people in this incredible place!

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

Finding places for the hoards of people who want to participate in this program.

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

This was one of the best experiences of a life with many great experiences!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & I kayaked in Glacier National Park.

Review for Stupid Cancer, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Since the time I first met founder Matthew Zachary, I have been impressed with all that he and his organization have been able to do for young adults who are living with cancer. The organization is part advocacy (more advocacy), part support group, part entertainment. They manage to educate you, entertain you and make you feel connected all at the same time.

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

the fun and lighthearted approach they take to a serious subject, while not ever cheapening the importance of what needs to be done.

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

all just like me and so very fun to be around.

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

reach out to even more young adults who "shouldn't get cancer" and help them feel less alone. Spread their message around the world even more than they are now. Provide more specialized services for YA issues.

Ways to make it better...

I could interact with the wonderful people in this organization more often.

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

lack of attention to young adult oncology in general, and the fact that survival rates for the 15-40 crowd haven't improved in 30 years - but that is why they exist.

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

this organization is deserving of your recognition and funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I was a guest on the radio show twice and put on events locally in Denver for the organization as well as promoting them when I can in my column and at other events.