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15-40 Connection, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: 15-40 Connection is saving lives by teaching people how to detect cancer early. The worst cancer diagnosis is a late one! Learning to detect cancer early is lifesaving. Would you recognize a cancer symptom? Many easily detectable forms of cancer are often undiagnosed or diagnosed too late leading to avoidable deaths. Recognizing cancer symptoms early and acting on them can save your life. 15-40 Connection is empowering all with the ability to seize the power of early cancer detection

Target demographics: EVERYONE...all deserve the advantage of early detection

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: 15-40 Connection's 3 Steps Detect education teaches people how to recognize early cancer symptoms, when to seek care and how to collaborate with providers to accelerate the time to an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

Community Stories

26 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

15-40 Connection has the most dedicated group of people working tirelessly to save lives by educating people on the importance of early detection!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

15-40's work advocating for this groups cancer detection and prevention philosophy via a simple education program is most effective! I've seen it first hand as a survivor and volunteer and their fund raising program dedicated to this mission is extremely classy and fulfilling to be a part of!

Claudia V.1

Donor

Rating: 5

15-40 connection , and the work they do advocating for early cancer detection saves lives! Their passionate and poignant message reminds us to tune in to our bodies and our health.

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Donor

Rating: 5

15-40 Connection has done remarkable work in raising the public's awareness of simple steps one can take to detect changes in one's health early on, particularly when the changes may be related to an underlying cancer. They are addressing an area heretofore generally unaddressed by the medical community and other health organizations. I cannot recall any organization or program focused in the area of early detection that places the knowledge in the hands of the individual to help themselves. Based on my participation in one of their annual program events and conversations with the 15-40 staff, it is apparent that they are:
(1) making sound investment decisions in their fund raising program to ensure long term growth and sustainability, (2) developing and executing programs that are reaching the target audience, (3) maintaining a highly skilled and professional staff. Testimonies from people who have overcome cancer due to early detection serve as proof that the 15-40 Connection approach is working, particularly with the more youthful population. I think 15-40 is a very mission oriented organization that keeps the focus on their primary purpose. I don't worry about how my donation will be used in this organization....their programs demonstrate a commitment to serving the population at risk. In my view, this successful organization will continue to grow and expand their reach in the years ahead.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

15-40 is in incredible organization full of passionate, positive people that are dedicated to early cancer detection awareness. I have been involved with them as a volunteer for their annual golf tournament and gala fundraiser for 6/7 years and am grateful for all the knowledge I have gained working with them. Their mission and education has directly impacted me and my family, and I believe every person could benefit from their 3 Steps Detect Program. Although their focus is on early cancer detection, the concepts they teach translate to all areas of self awareness and advocacy when it comes to your health. Such a great group!

Kerri P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with 15-40 in 2012, a couple of years after I finished treatment for breast cancer. I was diagnosed at age 25 with advanced and aggressive breast cancer. This organization spreads cancer awareness by focusing on the importance of early cancer detection. The idea is that if people focusing on knowing their own bodies and knowing what their "great" feels like, they aware more in tuned to when things aren't going that great, and can contact a doctor. You should feel empowered to call a doctor after having such The 15-40 not only has great messaging, it has helped many cancer survivors turn their negative diagnosis into a positive experience by giving back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of running for 15-40's 2019 Boston Marathon team. Since then, I've kept in touch and couldn't be happier with my experience with them.

I chose to run for 15-40 because I strongly believe in their cause. Catching cancer is so critical but there's so much stigma about seeing a doctor over seemingly 'minor' ailments. In my case, those ailments were the early warning signs of cancer that ended taking both of my grandmothers. The more support 15-40 has, the fewer people there will be that have to go through that.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work at an inner-city high school in Worcester MA. I worked closely with 15-40 as I became a trained instructor. I use the powerpoint as an outline for my cancer unit. I love the simplicity of the 3 steps. I also love that the conversation around cancer is very powerful and uplifting vs. depressing and sad. The kids retain a lot from this unit and the games allow for the lesson to be very interactive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My father-in-law introduced me to a charity. Soon after I lost my father to pancreatic cancer. Like most people who died from pancreatic cancer my fathers wasn’t recognized until it was stage four. I didn’t know anything about pancreatic cancer Until I lost my father in the message of 15-40 seemed to ring very true. At my father’s funeral I mention 15-40, their purpose, and the need to be aware of our physical being. If things weren’t feeling right, to get it checked out. My cousin’s boyfriend heard the message, went to the doctor and found that he had testicular cancer. After quite a battle these past few months and he’s cancer free, but at 26 he might have waited too long to see a doctor. There is a need for people to understand the risks of cancer, and that need is being helped by 15–40.

Sandy J.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the 15-40 through a friend, Ann Zelesky. After training with Alicia in the 15-40 curriculum, I knew I was into something great!! This is the BEST curriculum I’ve ever used from a non-profit and my students are engaged from moment #1.

The message is clear and applies to every with a pulse. Thank you 15-40 for your support in spreading awareness about early detection of cancer!!!

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.

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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.