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15-40 Connection, inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: Cancer takes the lives of more 15 to 40-year-olds than any other disease. The mission of the 15-40 Connection is to create awareness that improvements in teen and young adult cancer survival rates have remained near 0% since 1975 and to promote health awareness, self-advocacy and action to provide this age group with the life-saving advantage of early detection.

Target demographics: 15-40 year olds

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Education, empowering people to recognize cancer symptoms & overcome obstacles that delay diagnosis & cost lives.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Jim Coghlin, founder of 15-40 connection, by a mutual friend when I was diagnosed with cancer at 18 years old. From the first moment I met Jim, I knew that he was sincere and really cared about my well-being as a patient and person. Over the years, I have had experiences with the entire 15-40 connection team, all of which have been positive and true to the goals of the organization. Not only has 15-40 given me the opportunity to speak about my experience with cancer, but it has also gotten me in touch with other cancer survivors who have shared in the experiences and emotions that come along with a cancer diagnosis. As much as I feel like working with 15-40 helps other people, it is also therapeutic for me and the other survivors. From the great relationships I've formed to all the amazing experiences I've had, I cannot thank the 15-40 connection enough, and will continue to support them in any way I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The 15-40 Connection changes people's lives every day in promoting self-advocacy and self-awareness in the early detection and treatment of cancer. Their message is consistent, their staff is compassionate and dedicated and the stories that they encourage cancer survivors to share are poignant, powerful and real.
The conversations they seek to promote reach out to people of all age groups. The 3 Steps to Early Cancer Detection are rules I live by each day and continue to instill in my two teenage children. And beyond advocating for our own health, my children and I have had the privilege of working under the guidance of Founder and Chief Volunteer Jim Coghlin, Sr., Executive Director Tricia Laursen and Director of the Annual Gala Susan Cyr, at several Annual Gala Fundraisers. It is at these events that the message takes on a different meaning, as hundreds of 15-40 Connection staff, volunteers and guests come together in highlighting the importance of their mission in saving lives. The events have been informative, energetic and inspiring to my children and me and have provided us with an opportunity to become fully engaged in promoting such a worthy message and cause. It all begins with the individual and the realization that each individual much first believe in the power of their voice and their intuition.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be a supporter of the 15-40 Connection. The 15-40 has allowed myself, my family and my friends to be more in tune with our bodies and to seek appropriate medical care when something seems "off" with our health. This non profit organization has educated me the importance of being your own advocate when it comes to seeking medical care because no one knows your body better than yourself. The 15-40 Connection has taught this age group that they are not invincible and a simple visit to the doctor due to an abnormal symptom can actually save a life due to early detection. Great job 15-40 team... keep on spreading the word in the hopes of saving more lives!

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first learned about the 15-40 Connection, I was blown away by the staggering and unacceptable statistic expressing the lack of improvement in survival rates for such a significant age population. The 15-40 strives to improve that statistic through a very unique approach - awareness and education. It empowers people to take control of their health and realize the important role one has in their own diagnosis and well-being. YOU play a huge role in YOUR health! Medical research and advancements in treatment are wonderful and universally recognized for their importance, but the 15-40's messages of knowing your own "normal", recognizing symptoms and the power of early detection are critical to the fight against cancer and improving survival rates for this vibrant age population.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The 15-40 Connection has made such a profound difference for anyone who has been touched by its mission. My children and their friends are all right in the middle of this 15-40 Gap. They are all so much better prepared in recognizing symptoms, performing self exams and being active participants in their annual physicals. Thank you 15-40 team. You are making a huge difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

15-40 connection is a growing organization promoting and educating individuals on the early signs and symptoms of cancer in those who are 15-40 years old. I was first introduced to this organization as a junior in high school. Professionals from 15-40 spoke to my health class about the early signs and symptoms of cancers mainly found in our age group. I then again was introduced to this organization as a sophomore in college in nursing school. As a member of the medical profression, specifically a nurse, this organization is extremely important and informative to people who may not know as much about cancer. Knowing the early signs and symptoms of different types of cancer can allow for early treatment and a better prognosis. Overall, this is a beneficial organization that brings awareness to health that is frequently overlooked.

Donor

Rating: 5

The 15-40 is a game changer and a differentiator. There is so much time and money spent on research and treatment (which is important), however there should be equal amounts of time and resources invested in education and early detection. That is what the 15-40 focuses on and is making a difference. In my experience the message has been well received... "would you recognize a cancer symptom?" Sounds so simple, but surprised how many people just don't know. 15-40 is leading the charge to change that...early detection saves time, money and most importantly lives!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This passionate organization has completely revolutionized the way that my family and I view our health and well being. It has brought awareness, focus, and accountability to "knowing our normal" and advocating for a doctors assessment when we notice any subtle but persistent changes to our "normal"feeling of good health. Keep doing great things through education and advocacy! We will continue spreading the word and supporting this game changing and lifesaving organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really enjoy the personal stories of cancer survivors. So relatable and really reinforces a core message about how this can happen- even if you are young.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

15-40 is amazing! I have been following them since my wonderful friend introduced me to their organization a year or so ago. There are so many inspiring stories to read, and I have learned so much! I've been able to share so much important information with friends and family on recognizing early signs of cancer. Thank you so much 15-40 for everything you do!

John419

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been following the 15- 40 Connection, inc. and am inspired by the many personal stories. Each one makes me stop and think about the subtle changes that often were not caught by the health care profession. It is so important to remember no one knows your body better than you and to keep pushing for answers when you are not feeling good.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

15-40 is an amazing organization. Had the privilege to join a chapter at the univiersity of Connecticut. Deeply important message that every campus, and household needs! Best way to make a change to the numbers #MakeAChangetotheRange 15-40!

Kathy279

Donor

Rating: 5

So happy to have a place like 15-40 spreading the importance of early detection of cancer symptoms in the schools. Having had skin cancer myself, I can't stress enough the importance of early detection and opening a dialogue with your own physicians. Thanks, 15-40, for getting the word out there for the younger population.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became familiar with 15-40 Connection messaging several years ago and this year put what I learned to action. I had a change in my normal health so I checked in with a doctor when the symptoms didn't improve. My doctor wasn't overly concerned and outlined that my explanations of symptoms didn't make sense. When I didn't feel better, my doctor sent me to a specialist where they found the tumor that was causing the change. Because I acted early and was consistent with my story, I was diagnosed quickly and got the treatment I needed. Had I not had 15-40 Connection - I would have likely waited or just assumed this was going to be a new "uncomfortable" normal for me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How are donations used? It's unclear what this charity actually does... everything on the website is really common sense information.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

while their mission is great, the way that they go about sharing it is flawed. There is too much focus on white middle to upper class people and not on some of the demographics that may need it most.