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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 patient access to cancer clinical trials. We the 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 patient program services. FROM INCEPTION IN 2006 TO DECEMBER 31, 2018: - Dollars expended on program services: $16,179,075 - Patients from all 50 states and 18 countries - We have served patients with all classifications of cancer in hundreds of clinical trials at 198 investigational sites nationwide - Patients ranging in age from 1 to 102 years, with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds - Assisted over 4,000 patients with patient navigation and financial assistance for FDA clinical trial participation. FOR THE YEAR OF 2018: - Dollars expended on program services: $1,935,641 - Assisted 656 patents: 538 with Financial Assistance (472 and 66 through Lazarex CARE and Lazarex IMPACT programs), 118 patients with Clinical Trial Navigation - Community Outreach, Education and Advocacy: 25,000 people - Relationships with 49 of 51 NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, 5 of 12 NCI designated Cancer Centers, and 140 other Cancer Centers; 198 Clinical trial sites in total - Percentage of Donations applied directly to program services: 87% - Volunteer hours: 4,131.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018 we directly provided over 656 cancer patients with financial assistance for costs related to FDA clinical trial participation and/or clinical trial navigation.

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

209 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Kayla Rhayne R.

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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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Rating: 5

I am an 81 years old male married to Rebecca for 58 years . I have been going to Moffitt Cancer Center for more than 3 yrs. for Lung Cancer and Head Metastasis. About three ago. I was treated with a daily pill and head radiation as needed. My Doctors suggested i enter a Clinical Trial that could be the proper treatment for tha condition that I had.
About a year ago I enter the Clynical Trial #10042, that essentially consistd of a Daily Pill and an Avastin infussion every 21 days. My wife and I decided to fligt from Puerto ico to Tampa and back every 21 days for evaluation and ttreatment. I dont drive and my wife is also somewhat limited in their car driving.
With the help of our Social worker we were tremendously happy to get the economic assistance for Travel and lodging. We are very happy and greatful to Laxarex for all the guidance and economic assistance they have provided us for my treatment. Lazarex has been the unseen pillar of assistance and help for which I have been able to continue my treatment at a moment so crucial in my life. Thanks to Lazarex for helping us. God bless you all and everyone that is receiving your assistance. Best Regars and Success; Julio A Ruiz Rodriguez and Rebecca Torres Biaggi.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 07/31/2019

Thank you Julio for the review. It is good to know that you are able to get the treatment you need. We are happy to be able to help you. All the best to you and Rebecca.

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Rating: 5

I am 47yo and fighting pancreatic cancer. Having to travel over 2500 miles from my home and pay living expenses while I fight this battle would have been impossible without the help we received from Lazarex. Worrying about the financials associated with fighting cancer is something patients should never have to worry about and because of the assistance Lazerex has afforded my family we have had much less financial stress. What a wonderful group of people. Thanks so much for all the foundation does.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 07/31/2019

Thank you for this review! Lazarex Cancer Foundation was started for this very reason. We are so glad you are getting the treatment you need. Blessings to you and your family.

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Rating: 5

My name is Stephanie and I started a Phase 1 trail at MD Anderson in 2017. I have been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer with metastatic brain tumors. I go every 2 weeks for treatment and get scans every 3 months which takes 2 days. I live in Arkansas and MD Anderson is 9 hour drive in Houston, TX. There is no way i would be able to still keep going if it wasn't for Lazarex. This foundation is truly saving lives. Lazarex is helping me with travel and lodging expenses. I am very grateful to this foundation and it's sponors

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 07/31/2019

Thank you Stephanie! We are glad to help and will keep helping you however long you are on a trial. All the best you!

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Rating: 5

After being diagnosed with my second brain tumor in three years at the age of 38, I was devastated. I have two children, a loving husband, and a career as a school social worker and began to imagine what would happen if this brain tumor took that away from me. The diagnosis was ogliogdendroglioma grade II - a reoccurring cancerous tumor that will plague me for the rest of my life. Then came my second awake craniotomy surgery. Then, UCSF offered me some hope with a clinical trial for immunotherapy that can train my body to attack the cancer cells. It would require me to fly from my home in Idaho to San Francisco more than a dozen times with hotels and other expenses. This is something that would have been out of reach on my social work salary. The Lazarex Foundation helped me afford the travel and hotel and has given me a chance at life. They have helped me with the financial part of travel and hotel which has taken the stress of financial off of me and allowed me to heal and spend time with my family. I cannot thank them enough. Their staff is kind and understanding and have shown my family compassion during a time we needed it.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 07/31/2019

Thank you Becky! This is a tough life experience and we are here to help make sure you can continue with your treatments. All the best to you and your family.

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Rating: 5

Linda was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer December 2018 and referred to the Clinical trials at Honor Health in Scottsdale Arizona. They in turn referred us to Lazarex Foundation for financial assistance as we were 4 hours from our home in Kingman Arizona living in an RV park. The staff was extremely helpful in getting us set up and into their program assisting us with mileage and some of the RV rent. They are a pleasure to work with and always willing to talk to you on the phone if only to find out how you are doing. We really have come to appreciate the help they give in a trying time.

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Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in July 2018 and traveled to MD Anderson to become a patient of a top expert on MCL there. After I was on "watch and wait" for about 6 months, my doctor told me about an opening in a clinical trial that had been ongoing for 2 years with a 96% success rate of complete and partial remission for MCL. Based on all of my Internet research, these were the most promising results that ever occurred for MCL. Yet I wouldn't have been able to afford the travel back and forth from New Mexico to MD Anderson if Lazarex hadn't given me a grant to reimburse travel and hotel expenses. Lazarex is a great organization, and everyone I dealt with was compassionate and upbeat. The application process was not difficult and was based on financial need. I am so appreciative and grateful that Lazarex made it possible for me to take part in this trial!

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Rating: 5

Rating: 5
I enrolled in a clinical trial because there was no other treatment in my area for my stage 4 metastatic endometrial cancer. For the trial, I have to fly from Rochester, NY to Boston every 2 weeks. The airline and hotel costs are a big expense for me. Lazarex enables me to afford to participate in the clinical trial. The staff at Lazarex have always been extremely helpful, caring and responsive. I wouldn't be able to stay in this trial which has been very effective for me If it wasn't for Lazarex. I will always be grateful to Lazarex. Thanks for everything that Lazarex has done and continues to do for me !!

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Rating: 5

In 2017, I was linked with a clinical treatment trial for my rare salivary gland cancer. I am located in Buffalo, NY and the closest trial to me was in Manhattan, NY--over an 8 hour drive away from me! The treatment protocol requires me to travel every other week for infusions. Moving closer or to Manhattan was not an option for me or for my family, so the financial burden we experienced became immense almost immediately. While researching options for patient assistance, I came across Lazarex Cancer Foundation. My application was reviewed in a very timely manner and the initial staff who contacted me was very kind and compassionate, truly listening to my story. Since then, all staff I have interacted with have been so encouraging, respectful, and kind--a completely different experience than many providers I have met throughout my now 9 year journey with cancer. Lazarex assistance has made it possible for me to access this literally life-saving treatment. Without their help and support, I would not have been able to link with (or continue treatment) this study. Lazarex is a wonderful organization with a mission that is too important to be overlooked. My family and I appreciate them more than we can put into words. Thank you!

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Rating: 5

My wife was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at a time when I had lost my job and ended up retiring early. We were having trouble making ends meet before the cancer diagnosis and the added expense of travel and lodging in the Houston area was really taking a toll on our finances. Lazarex approved us for travel reimbursement and lodging and it really has helped us out! We are so grateful for what they do!

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Rating: 5

I have been battling with cancer for 9 years. Although most of the medical care was being paid by insurance, the travel costs were becoming increasingly difficult. When I reached the end of "standards of care", my only choice was to find clinical trials. I found them but they all required extensive travel. I was not going to be able to do it. It was frightening and sad for everyone. My doctor's nurse mentioned Lazarez to my wife and she pursued it. Wow! She has been totally impressed. As my care giver, they make her job so much easier. And, of course, helping with the travel expenses was a huge help. I have been able to get the care I need and our family's sacrifices have been lessened. We could not have done this without Lazarex. My wife tells me they are so caring and helpful that she is simply amazed. The reimbursement process is so simple and she surely appreciates Ryan Noonan! Thank you, Lazarex!

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Rating: 5

My doctor had run out of treatment options but my Stage 4 cancer continued to progress. It is a fairly rare cancer and no real effective treatments. My doctor suggested I see a specialist in Santa Monica, CA who suggested a drug trial. The trial required that I travel to Santa Monica 4 weeks out of 6. I am a teacher, so you can guess that I don’t make a lot of money. Before Lazarex had the funds to help me with travel, I had used nearly all of my savings, just on travel, hotel, and meals (which were mostly hamburgers to keep the cost down.) I was running out of money fast and worried that I was going to have to give up the treatment, which had stopped the progression of my cancer. The help Lazarex has provided has allowed me to continue the trial and extended my life.

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 07/31/2019

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It's great to learn that you are stable with no disease progression! We are here to support you through your clinical trial treatments and wish you all the best.

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Rating: 5

Lazarex has made it possible for us to travel to mdanderson for treatment. Having stage 4 lung cancer was devastating. Now with lazarex and mdanderson we have hope. I am in a clinical trial and doing very well. I travel to Texas every 3 wheeks for treatment. Without help from lazarex my story would be very different. Thanks to all at Lazarex for your support. Richard Collins

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 10/29/2018

Thank you for the review Richard! We are blessed to have the support from our donors, grantors and sponsors that allows us to assist you. Hope is good medicine too!

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.