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Lazarex Cancer Foundation

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Causes: Cancer, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Health Support

Mission: At Lazarex Cancer Foundation we improve the outcome of cancer care, giving hope, dignity and life to advanced stage cancer patients and the medically underserved by providing assistance with costs for FDA clinical trial participation, identification of clinical trial options, community outreach and education. We are a resource for cancer patients who've been told they have no other options and are seeking life through FDA clinical trial participation.

Results: Our founders cover our overhead costs annually so 100% of every additional dollar received from our donors goes directly to our patients. Since inception in 2006 through 12/31/17 - - Dollars expended on program services: $14,243,434 - Patients from all 50 states and 18 countries - We have served patients with all classifications of cancer in hundreds of clinical trials at 199 investigational sites nationwide - Patients ranging in age from 1 to 102 years, with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds - Assisted 3,000 patients with patient navigation and financial assistance for FDA clinical trial participation - Historical Community Outreach, Education and Advocacy: 691,655 people - 2017 Community Outreach, Education and Advocacy: 185,310 people - 2017 Relationships with 47 of 50 NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, 6 of 12 NCI designated Cancer Centers, and 140 other Cancer Centers; 193 Clinical trial sites in total - 2017 Percentage of Donations applied directly to program services: 91% - 2017 Volunteer hours: 6,030

Target demographics: advanced stage cancer patients of all ages, from all walks of life, with all types of cancer.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017 we directly provided over 700 cancer patients with financial assistance for costs related to FDA clinical trial participation.

Geographic areas served: the USA

Programs: * financial assistance (directly reimbursed to the cancer patient) for out of pocket expenses associated with FDA clinical trial participation; *assistance with identifying clinical trial options; * community outreach and engagement.

Community Stories

197 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kayla Rhayne R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dad was diagnosed with CLL and had to travel 1,000 miles to MD Anderson to get the treatment he needed. He has been disabled for twenty years and can barely make ends meet, much less pay for the cost of travel halfway across the nation. Lazarex saved my dad’s life by providing assistance with travel related expenses for the both of us. They truly made it possible for him to participate in an amazing clinical trial. He is in remission now, and we thank Lazarex from the bottom of our hearts.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation Thank you for the powerful review Kayla. We are privileged and honored to be part of helping your Dad get the treatment that helped him beat cancer! This is good news to share with our donors and supporters who made it possible for us to offer this assistance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 76 year old widow and live on a fixed income. To be diagnosed with cancer is something very scary and stressful. To be able to receive reimbursement from Lazarex is a great blessing. Having to travel to MD Anderson every 28 days truly puts a hardship on my budget. But receiving this monetary help relieves me of worrying about my monthly trips. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely,
Mary Chapa

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/18/2018

Thank you Mary! We are honored to be able to help you through this cancer experience to have the best chance at getting well.

1 Irma L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer at 39 in 2013 and given 18 months to live. I've gone through all the cancer drugs that were available. April of 2016, I was told that there was only one place that had a drug to keep me alive, but it was from Milwaukee to Boston away. I've had to make a number of trips for the best and only drug that has worked to control my cancer. Although I believe God is the ultimate control, He has used Lazarex Cancer Foundation as one of His angels. Bless you Lazarex for making this travel possible for me!

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/11/2018

Thank you Irma! We are blessed to have donors and supporters who make it possible to help people like you who are fighting for life. Your participation in a trial is not only helping you - it is advancing cancer treatment for others. I'd say you are an angel as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I enrolled in a clinical study because there was no other treatment in my area for my stage 4 metastatic colonrectal cancer. For this study I have to drive from Pennellville, NY to Washington, DC every 3 weeks. The car rental, gas and hotel cost is a big expense for me. Lazarex financial assistance enables me to afford to participate in the study. The staff at Lazarex are always very helpful, very professional as well as very caring. If it wasn't for Lazarex I wouldn't be able to afford to continue on this study. I am forever grateful for Lazarex. Thank you for everything the Lazarex foundation has and continues to do for me.
Thank you again Lazarex!!!!!!!!
jpietrowicz

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Thank you! Thanks for taking the time to write the review and share your experience. We are honored to help you get the treatment you need and we wish you the best possible outcome.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I enrolled in a clinical study because there is little other beneficial treatment for my stage 4 cancer. For this study I need to fly from Fairbanks to Seattle every 3 weeks for the next 2 years for treatment. The treatment is keeping my disease stable!

The transportation costs are exorbitant! Lazarex Grant's enable me to afford to participate in this trial!! I remain healthy,active and preparing for my son's wedding!! Thank you, Lazarex!!

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Thank you for sharing your story and the good news! Blessings to you and your family. Congratulations for your son's wedding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be financial able to travel from Fort Worth to Houston every 3 weeks for treatment at MD Anderson without the financial assistance from Lazarex. Participation in the clinical trial has kept me alive for the past two years and the tumors are slowly decreasing in size. No new growth either. The ease and uniqueness of the grant requirements make it easy to apply and receive funding. I am forever grateful.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Thank you for sharing your experience and the great news! We are honored to be able to help you fight the good fight and are grateful to our donors who make it possible to do so.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

When my son's lymphoma returned we had to live in Seattle for 4 months of treatment. Insurance paid while he was a transplant patient, but when he transferred over to a clinical trial he was no longer covered. Ready to do anything for my child I just assumed I'd put rent etc on my credit card. I was stressed out thinking of the possible debt but thankfully he qualified for a grant from Lazarex. Having to watch your child fight cancer is hard enough without having to worry daily about expenses. They have been so helpful and any time I've had a question they quickly get back to me with an answer. Can't begin to express how grateful I am to Lazarex for all their help!

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Thank you so much for the good review and for sharing your experience. Our intention is to give your son the best chance to get well and be cancer free.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am battling a very aggressive sarcoma. No treatments seemed to be working. I was fortunate enough to squeak into a clinic trial at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas after being rejected for a previous trial. My treatments require I be in Texas every 21 days. Needless to say traveling and staying for treatments is rather expensive from Washington state. Being on a fixed income,I truly don't know what would have happened to me. I can honestly say because of their assistance they have saved my life. I did not know where else to turn and they turned out to be a God send; for which I am unbelievably grateful. They have been incredibly easy to work with and communication far exceeds any rating I could give. 5-stars seem inadequate at this time. Most Sincerely, Doug

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Thank you Doug for this review and for sharing your experience. The patients we serve inspire and motivate us everyday. Blessings to you for a most beneficial outcome with your treatment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired engineer and I have been battling brain cancer since 2012. I have had 2 craniotomies, one in 2012 and one in 2016, 2 months of radiation therapy in 2013. Then in November of 2017 my routine MRI showed a cluster of 12 new tumors on my brain. My oncologist and neurosurgeon from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) spent some time reviewing my images and discussing the few options left for me to battle cancer once again. For many reasons they ruled out further surgery and radiation treatments. But instead recommended that I meet with another oncologist/hematologist at MGH who was leading a clinical trial on the use of Pembrolizumab to treat specific brain cancers. This however was a good news bad news situation. My prior craniotomies placed 14 titanium plates on my skull and the radiation treatments left me with encephalomalacia (a scab like mass of the remnants of the radiated remains from my first tumor) which combined left me with an acute sensitivity to the cold. So my wife and I moved from Rhode Island to Naples, Florida. The good news is that I had the required genetic defect PD-L1 in my cancer that is required for the Pembrolizumab to be effective. The bad news is that I had to travel to MGH in Boston every 3 weeks to receive my treatments. The expense and strain of traveling that much is terrible. Then one of the hospital staff gave me some contact information for Lazarex. After about 6 months of waiting for an opening I was accepted to receive their financial support. This has given me new hope instead of having to trade spending all of my retirement savings on the hope of surviving for some limited time or just giving up the fight. Travel and boarding expenses in Boston every 3 weeks for the foreseeable future are well beyond my ability to pay.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Steve! Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We are sorry about the wait - it's all about the funding. We have to make sure we have enough funds set aside to continue to help the patients in our program while considering how many new applicants we can accept. We are so glad to be able to help support you on this trial. Keep us posted! We'll continue to send you good vibes.

1 Hasmig Joy K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of my son, A.M., who is bravely battling Glioblastoma. If it werent for the generosity of the people at the Lazarex Foundation, I don"t know how we would have been able to travel every month to participate in a clinical trial at Duke Cancer Center. Out of all the foundations that the social worker suggested for us to apply to , THESE ANGELS WERE THE ONLY TO RESPOND.
GOD BLESS THE LAZAREX FOUNDATION.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Thank you for your review and kind words! This foundation is the legacy of a family member (of our Founder) who had pancreatic cancer. A clinical trial gave him a longer and decent quality of life until he passed. That experience was the "ah ha" that led to creating Lazarex Cancer Foundation. We exist to help patients overcome the obstacles to participating in clinical trials. It is our honor to help your your son and we wish him all the best.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 08/08/2018

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with MDS in November, 2016. He was 89 years old and I, his caregiver, was 81 at that time. We used a doctor in Beaumont, Texas until Spring, 2017. He was referred to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, at that time. That was a 198 mile round trip. He was usually too tired to make the trip in one day. We often had to stay in a hotel. Hotel bills and parking added up. We signed up with Lazarex in May, 2017. We sometimes had to stay in a hotel for five to seven days while he received treatment. He had to go to Beaumont, Texas three days a week for blood tests. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in October. He passed away on November 21, 2017. Because of Lazarex we were able to afford the treatment which gave him a better quality of life.

1 Carlie V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the fall of 2011, and by a miracle it was found on the cusp of stage two. This and the hard work of her oncology doctors gave us an additional six years with her. The Lazarus Foundation gave us the last 15 months of those six years. Through their reimbursement plan my mother was able to take the money that was fundraised to help with the travel for clinical studies to last. This program allowed my mother to accomplish part of her wish, "Spare one more family from this pain. I know I am going to dye but if doings this trial can help just one family I will be happy." She has just passed away and the family agreed that instead of having donations to the American Cancer Society to go this foundation instead, to help my mothers wish come true.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/18/2018

Thank you so much for the review Carlie. Our condolences to you and your family for your mom's passing and our deep appreciation for her contribution to fighting this disease. It is so kind of you to steer donations our way in her memory so that we can help others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lazarex Cancer Foundation has helped my wife and I to get the best cancer care I can receive through clinical trials at MdAnderson hospital in Houston Texas. I am on my fourth clinical trial and must go back to Houston for treatment every two weeks. It is 909 miles by road and a two day journey by car and at times we will travel and stay a few months or when my treatment dictates. Lazarex helps to defray the costs of travel and I have been able to be close to my large family who has recently lost a brother and a sister to cancer. I can not exclaim enough how much their support has helped us not to worry financially about getting the best care that I can get. I am a stage 4 melanoma patient that currently has a 69% reduction in my disease. They not only give financial support but also pray for us.
May God Bless their foundation and their support for those who are sick

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/10/2018

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your experience and good news. Our condolences to you for the loss of your brother and sister. It is our honor to help you have what you need to fight this cancer. We could not do it without the support of our donors.

2 Jacqueline Xi C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lazarex is a great organization that really aims to help the others! The staff members are all very friendly and welcoming. They are very nice and patient people and they are very passionate about what they are doing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 70 year old grandmother of three who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in November 2016. As I have never been a smoker and overall I am in excellent health, I was totally blindsided by this diagnosis.
My primary tumor was tested and they found that I had a rare mutation which is best treated by targeted drugs as traditional chemo is not very effective. After four months of trying the most commonly prescribed drug, I had to discontinue taking it due to liver side effects even though the drug was effective.
There aren't many options for treating this mutation, but my daughter found a clinical trial phase 2 at a Boston Hospital. I was accepted to participate in the trial in May and as part of the trial protocol, I need to travel to Boston from Wisconsin every 21 days for follow-up and testing. I am happy to say that since I've been on the new drug, my primary tumor continues to reduce in size and metastasized nodes have either reduced in size or are no longer detected on scans.
Even though I feel I had budgeted ample funds to meet my normal living expenses, I never imagined that I would need significant additional funds to cover travel and lodging expenses for a medical issue. This is where Lazarex has been a lifesaver as their support is allowing me to be part of this clinical trial.
I can't thank Lazarex and its contributors enough. Their generosity is allowing me to continue my fight against this devastating disease.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Lazarex, after having spent 45 years practicing law in the San Francisco Bay Area. I volunteer a couple of mornings per week, as well as assist in outreach and fundraising activities. I put off retirement from legal practice for several years because I feared that I would have a difficult time replacing the meaning and prestige that came from representing my clients. Given that work has been my hobby for the last 45 years, I was concerned about losing the intellectual stimulation and sense of purpose that had come from from work and association with other lawyers, judges, and clients.

After volunteering at Lazarex for several months I have found a new passion and meaning in my life. While I enjoyed practicing law for all of those years, the satisfaction that comes from helping patients who have been given a dire diagnosis that they are terminally ill with little chance of recovery, to once again find hope is far more rewarding than anything I experienced as a lawyer. When I have the opportunity to interact with patients they uniformly express their heart felt gratitude for what Lazarex is doing for them.

I consider it an honor to work with such a selfless organization, which is dedicated to helping the patients extend their lives, and in some cases even find a cure that allows them to return to living a full and meaningful life, free of the ravages of the disease. Moreover, it extremely gratifying to be involved in some small way in the effort to locate a cure for this dreaded disease. Lazarex's motto is that " a diagnosis of cancer isn't a death sentence" even to those who have failed the traditional treatments. It is privilege to be able to be involved in the work of Lazarex and to have the opportunity to work with some of the most generous and self-less people I have ever had the opportunity to meet.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family's journey with Lazarex began nearly 9 years ago with a diagnosis of our family member, Dan, of stage 3b non small cell adenocarcinoma of the lungs. Dan was an ultra marathon trail runner, non-smoker and all around healthy 43 year old guy. He was having difficulty catching his breath while running, which ultimately led him to the diagnosis. He was given the news with the caveat of "get your affairs in order." Lazarex was in the beginning stages of their mission. We were fortunate enough to know Dana and our first and only call was to her. Literally in less than 1 month from diagnosis, Dana and her team at Lazarex had identified a clinical trial, got Dan accepted, and put him and his mom on a plane! Because of the cancer, Dan couldn't work, which lead to his medical benefits being in jeopardy. Lazarex took the financial concern and pressure of trying to fight this disease completely off the table. They financially supported Dan's participation in the clinical trial and recognized the importance of having a family member present through this journey. The impact of participation in this clinical trial was immeasurable. Yes, clinical trials will no doubt lead us to a cure for cancer. Enabling the brave warriors, or VIP's as they're known at Lazarex, to find and participate in these studies, is the road to a cure, but we also saw another side of this gift from Lazarex. The gift of hope. Fighting through this diagnosis and disease is incomprehensible, but because of Lazarex, Dan never lost hope. The constant support and encouragement from Dana, Tami, Karen and the entire team at Lazarex empowered him and gave him the will and the courage to keep fighting. There is no doubt that because of Lazarex supporting Dan in the clinical trial, we were given more time with him. This time was quality time filled with love and hope. We are eternally grateful to the amazing team at Lazarex and are proud and honored to support their mission.

2 cjkav

Donor

Rating: 5

09/19/2017 I have been a donor and a volunteer for Lazarex since they began. The commitment of the Lazarex team to serve their clients is unwavering. Over the years I have witnessed firsthand the clients lives ( and the lives of their families ) that have been touched and saved because of the efforts of this organization. It has been an honor to donate and support Lazarex and impact these courageous warriors who are fighting and winning their battle against cancer!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and a volunteer for Lazarex since they began. The commitment of the Lazarex team to serve their clients is unwavering. Over the years I have witnessed firsthand the clients lives ( and the lives of their families ) that have been touched and saved because of the efforts of this organization. It has been an honor to donate and support Lazarex and impact these courageous warriors who are fighting and winning their battle against cancer!