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Stupid Cancer
July 23, 2009

i2y is an incredible force in the Young Adult Cancer world! As many of us know Young Adults are often left behind and misunderstood when they are diagnosed with cancer. I wish that something like this had been around when I was diagnosed in 2004 at age 20 with Level 3A Malignant Melanoma. I2Y gives young adults the forum to meet others in similar situations, vent about what they are going through and get out and have fun (as I like to say, "Laugh in Cancer's Face"). It's time to throw out the isolation of being under 40 with Cancer and bring in the power of being surrounded with others that understand and support you! It is sometimes hard to get yourself out there and talk to others about your experience and the great thing about i2y is that it's okay to feel that way because there is always something going on and when you are ready to get out and mingle i2y is there with open arms!!! If you haven't checked out i2y yet it's time to get involved!!

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

the way that young adult cancer survivors begin to use their voice and come together to raise awareness when people involved in i2y get together! It is especially great to see so many people so passionate not just about their own experience but others too

Ways to make it better...

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

quit teaching, hire Matthew and visit every Hospital in every city, even the ones with a population of 20 and spread the word about i2y so that young adults everywhere know that they don't have to fight the fight alone!

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

ARE the MOST AWESOME people ever! i2y is made of the most driven, brave and supportive people you will ever meet!

Ways to make it better...

it had been around when I was first diagnosed and also if I'd had more time to dedicate!

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

awareness for the cause and getting people interested! Time to go Viral!!!!

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

Cancer Sucks But Living With It Doesn't Have to!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I'm a survivor that helped to get the Bay Area Chapter formed by communcating with interested Cancer Survivors in the area.