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Causes: Cancer

Mission: The “Voices of Survivors Foundation” is devoted to exploring ‘Survivorship’ and what that means to the individual ‘Survivor’, whether they are recently diagnosed, undergoing treatment or post-treatment, in a variety of documentary formats. We work with other individuals and organizations collaboratively on a variety of projects to further this exploration. The face of cancer is one that the has been portrayed as that of only older people and children for so long but that face is not reflective of whom cancer truly affects. Cancer affects us all and each person who deals with this has their own definition of what being a ‘Survivor’ means. The “Voices of Survivors Foundation” is a federally registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Results: We have grown to over 200k site visits per month on the website. ‘Survivors’ from all over the world including, Africa, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and many other places have shared their ‘voice’ with the “Voices of Survivors Foundation”. We are a member of the LiveStrong Global Cancer Summit and the LiveStrong Young Adult Alliance.

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Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is a wonderful foundation that helps give a voice to all people with cancer, particularly young adults. The Voices shared are so real and help others going through a trauma of a cancer diagnosis help realize that everything they are feeling is actually normal. As a cancer survivor myself, it has helped me by inspiring me to continue the fight.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a prostate cancer patient and 'survivor' I was able to share my story through VOS as well as being able to hear about other survivors journeys. The open and honest views of others dealing with cancer is an amazing thing... Offering support to others who have been diagnosed by sharing these 'Voices' was a great idea!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Voices of Survivors is an excellent resouce for first-hand, frank discussions of what cancer does to individuals -- in their own voices. Voices allows the so-called "everyman" to express what role cancer has played in his or her life. It acts as a guide or lamppost for people who may just be enter the confusing world of cancer treatments to see what they may have in store. I applauld Lynn Lane and his excellent site for all that it has done for cancer patients and survivors. There are many out there, and Lynn finds us and gives us a voice so we can help others.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I followed Lynn on Twitter and was impressed by the way he spoke about Voices of Survivors and the amount of time and passion he put in it.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Voices of Survivors has been an unexpected gift to me and my family. I had no intention of having 'my voice' heard or my story told ... I figured that when I had surgery to remove a Desmoid tumor, then I was done. That wasn't the case ... and there is SO much more that goes into being a survivor than the initial diagnosis and treatment. While those things are totally life-altering, I never thought to prepare emotionally for the after-effects. Voices of Survivors has given me an outlet for my emotional/mental responses to cancer. I've read stories of people who have been in this battle for many years and also newbie's like me - but we all share a common thread ... we are survivors of cancer and practice the act of survivorship in our daily lives. I am grateful to Lynn Lane and for the many wonderful people that I have met through VoS - without them, I would have never shared my story and realized the depth of emotions that comes along with this diagnosis.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I frequented VOS' website after meeting its founder, Lynn Lane, at a LIVESTRONG function. Although I am not a cancer survivor, I find VOS' website invaluable to my daily life and to my journey to be a better person. I tune in daily to read the latest written word or to listen to the latest conversation. The voices of these survivors have taught me so much in the few months since I learned of the Foundation. These cancer fighters are so courageous and have seen life from a perspective that I have not. From each voice, I learn a little live lesson: how not to accept the status quo, how to be at peace with who you are; how to find humor in difficult times, how to stay true to your identity, how to fight, and how to love yourself. I am also involved in other cancer-related charities and I have friends who are currently in or have recently completed treatment. From VOS, I am able to direct these people to the site so that they can find a voice with whom they can relate and I have learned how to better relate to them. VOS has shown me that cancer-survivors are a special tribe of people. They are so more in the know and we can all learn from their experiences. Tune in.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was given the opportunity to share my "voice" on camera and write my story. Not only did this opportunity potentially help others not feel alone, but it was also cathartic for me. Whenever I begin to feel overwhelmed with fighting cancer, I always go to voicesofsurvivors.com. Reading and watching the videos help me feel a sense of community.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors Foundation is an incredible vessel that allows the individual survivor to rip off the label of statistic to being that of mom, dad, sister, brother or friend. Though our experiences are different and though we may be at different places in survivorship; mentally, physically and spiritually, to have the venue where we can speak out and no longer be a poster child for the disease but an expample of determination to live is a great move forward into the healing process where the thriving begins.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a cancer co-survivor I have learned a lot in reading and hearing the different stories cancer survivors have shared. I hope with time more stories by Co-survivors will be shared. The struggles for co-survivors are very different from those faced by the cancer patient. When my Uncle died following a massive stroke secondary to brain cancer, 5 yrs ago his battle ended. The family though is still working through the emotions of all that happened.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is an amazing non-profit that is dedicated to exploring what survivorship really means through personal survivor stories. It is incredible how powerful all these stories are for all of us no matter what shoes we are walking in (fighter, survivor, caregiver or none of these). When I read some of these voices in written word, it is like taking my daily medicine of hope and inspiration. The impact of the experiences and stories remind me what my real purpose is, they ground me and make me want to really make a difference in this world. I am reminded how fragile life is and how so many, like myself, have been given another chance at life. I feel so blessed to know about Voices of survivors and know this is a place I can always count on for daily inspiration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After I was first diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2000, I found myself looking for other survivors or for an organization that would give support and hope to cancer survivors. An organization that I found, and I have been working for as a volunteer, is the Canadian Cancer Society, especially being involved with the 'Survivors Tent', at the annual 'Relay for Life' events in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Going on to Facebook has allowed me to connect with other survivors, and finding Mr Lynn Lane and his 'Voices of Survivors' was like a miracle. This has given me the opportunity to be able to read the stories of all the wonderful survivors, and it has given me strength and hope to carry on. As well, through the eye's of a survivor, I know that Mr Lane has given so many others, a 'Voice'.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is a fantastic organization and they literally give a VOICE to cancer survivors so we can really show our family and friends what life is, day in, day out, for a cancer survivor.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful! I shared my personal story, and a bit about what it means for me to be a survivor.- This is a fantastic resource for young adults dealing with cancer to see others like them and refelct on hope.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great foundation in that it lets people who have experienced cancer tell their story so that other people know and learn of cancer in this world. It lets the survivors tell how they overcame an obstacle in their life which gives courage and hope to those going through the same thing. It gives others inspiration to step up and do something for themselves and others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any organization, be it a for-profit or a non-profit, is only as good as its leaders. Successful organizations have leaders that can develop marketable ideas and execute them. This organization, founded by Lynn Lane, will have a long and successful future because Mr. Lane has the experience and foresight to surround himself with the best talent in the market. I agreed to be featured on Mr. Lane's "Voices of Survivors" project because I believed he had an tremendous idea which would appeal to, not only cancer survivors, but all survivors of trumatic events. Further, Mr. Lane's talent, drive and utter determination to develop this Foundation to its full potential is immeasurable. I've recommended the website to every cancer patient I know and the postive responses have been overwhelming. It's inspirational, uplifting and provides a sense of community, comraderie and hope among its viewers. With Mr. Lane's guidance, this Foundation will exceed all expectations. I'm confident of this.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience of VOS has been ongoing since I first encountered its founder Lynn Lane at the Lance Armstrong LiveSTRONG Global Cancer Forum in 2009. Lynn's personal and profession commitment to making the voice of survivors heard everywhere has inspired and motivated me since then.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is an incredible organization that gives a "voice" to cancer survivors around the world. The sharing of stories and blending of experiences is an important aspect of living with cancer and surviving after a diagnosis. For those who are fighting, it is imperative. For those who have survived, empowering! Voices provides a venue of inspiration, movitation, and encouragement through the written words, videos, and conversations of survivors. I have been able to share my tory in both the written word and through a personal video. It feels wonderful to share with others that challenges can be conquered and that a stage IV diagnosis doesn't have to be a death sentence, but instead a testimony to survival. Voices of Survivors bring a whole new dimension to survivorship!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors has been extremely valuable to me, I was going thru some really hard times, losing friends and dealing with my own cancer. VOS gave me an outlet to tell my story.. A friend in Lynn Lane, when I lost my friend, he listened. I have learned from the powerful stories, been given hope.. cried and laughed. Most of all I have found that I am not alone. For that I am grateful. VOS Is AMAZING!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been reading and watching the Voices of Survivors Foundation web site for a while now, and I would like to tell you that it is designed to give cancer patients a voice to articulate their experience and to give and find support in an on-line environment. A network of friends has been formed through Facebook that are linked by the common denominator--CANCER. Those of us who have had cancer and have family and friends dealing with this disease can share their experiences, which gives readers and listeners an opportunity to be a part of something positive. Information shared includes very helpful knowledge on the type of cancer the survivor is or has fought against--how they suspected or became diagnosed with it, how they were treated, what social and clinical support they received, and real concrete help to a reader who may think he or she had cancer or who has been diagnosed similarly. I have come to know Lynn Lane through our Facebook friendship and through his interviews, posted through a link to the Voices of Survivors Foundation web site. I am also planning to share my "voice" as a malignant melanoma survivor and have learned a lot about different types of cancer through others who have shared theirs. I can't say enough good about the current impact and potential for impacting the lives of those who feel afraid, isolated, defeated, or are terribly ill from treatments. Having a support system is always helpful for any of the difficulties life throws at us, and Voices of Survivors Foundation is a marvelous organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this non profit..I go to this site often; Lynn Lane with Voices of surviors is very positive, humourous, inspiring, witty, and caring. Voices of Survivors is a great oppertunity for cancer surviovors to tell their story/journey...not only is it a healing experience for the survivor telling their story but it's also healing for other survivors too, to hear someone elses journey... it validates us all in some way and what we have gone through.. No one has to feel like they are battling this alone, there is a whole arcive of survivors. What a great learning and inspiring experience.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is playing a crucial role in the growing field of cancer "survivorship". Thankfully, more and more people are surviving the disease to continue with their lives. Many find, however, that they cannot or do not wish to continue with their life in the same way as before. Instead of returning to "normal", survivors often talk of finding a "new normal". Some take on new challenges, some have difficulty coming to terms with their new perspective on their own mortality, and others change their lives in more subtle way. Almost all find that their lives are changed. These changes are at the heart of the meaning of the word survivorship. Voices of Survivors provides not only a forum for survivors to air their insights on their "new normal", but by doing so also provides a wonderful resource for other survivors to compare their own stories against. The Foundation has grown quickly to become an international community of disparate and diverse individuals bound by a common experience and, notable, by a common spirit of positivity. Anybody who is starting a survivorship journey - a journey which starts at the point of diagnosis - should visit the site and be both reassured and inspired. Lynn Lane, the founder of the Foundation, asked me to contribute a piece to the "Written Word" section of the Voices of Survivors website. I was proud to contribute, and touched by the reaction to my piece. I am not religious, so it's rare for me to quote the bible, but I do believe the phrase, "the truth will set your free". The contributors to Voices of Survivors share the truth of their situations. Sometimes heartbreaking, often humbling, always inspiring, and above all, honest. Watch the videos, read the stories, cry, smile and be inspired.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Voices of Survivor Founder Lynn Lane in NYC's Central Park last summer when he interviewed on video for his video series. Since then I have kept up to date on all that his organization is doing and the wonderful progress they are making in developing and implementing new programs that help to support the cancer survivor community. I'm honored to be a part of the Voices of Survivors story and believe that the Foundation is having an impact on many people's lives. As I, too, have started the non-profit Metropolitan Community Charities and getavision programs since recovering from Burkitt's Lymphoma, I hope to be able to help the Voices of Survivors Foundation to further their potential impact among the gay and lesbian population.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first met Lynn Lane, Founder & Executive Director of Voices of Survivors Foundation on Planet Cancer, shortly after losing my son, a young adult, to cancer. Lynn has a friendly and down-to-earth demeanor and is extremely easy to talk to; his friendship during that time helped me through some rough days. I have watched Voices of Survivors Foundation take off & grow from the beginning, and I am very impressed with the quality and strength of the foundation as well as how quickly it has gained momentum. Voices of Survivors Foundation is instrumental to the empowerment of people living with cancer, as well as to those of us who have lost loved ones to this dreaded disease. It is a great educational site for doctors, nurses, social workers, and anyone who is working with people with cancer and their families, as well as the general public. I am always excited to find out what is new and believe me, Lynn Lane keeps things moving along with wonderful new ideas to support the good work he is already doing. First and foremost, Voices of Survivors Foundation remains a crucial resource for people with cancer, a mission that Lynn Lane never loses sight of that. This is a foundation that deserves a lot of credit along with financial support so that it can continue to excel.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I happened upon Voices of Survivors early on when it was just a new organization. Lynn Lane, President, was getting cancer survivors to share their personal stories about their cancer experiences. Quite a few people had already shared, when I was asked to share my story, and it was as hard as it was easy, and I prayed someone would benefit from reading my story as much as I did from reading theirs. People were opening up, and it was through this sharing of voices, that so many of us, have found comfort, and gained much knowledge about our cancers, and about what it means to each individual to be a survivor. Everyones stories are different, and Mr. Lane has taken his own experiences and turned them into the most positive, enlightening, and, cant wait to read the next "voice" help yourself, and others organization. I look forward to reading every story, watching every video, and now hearing every conversation. Its raw emotion and its a great cause! It has and will help many. Totally pay it forward! 2 thumbs up! Thank you Mr. Lane.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only is Voices of Survivors a welcome and needed part of the cancer survivor's world but so is Lynn Lane, their founder and director. Daily, I follow the website and the VoS social media (twitter & Facebook) that networks us survivors and patients together to offer aid, support and information to one another throughout the day. The powerful and moving videos of survivors mean so much to us who want so badly to survive, too. And not just hang on but do it in style, as Lynn and his many featured survivors do! Lynn's super spirit permeates everything he does. His joy, gentle wit and rollicking humor are something I look forward to every day whether he's introducing a written voice telling someone's heartfelt story or eliciting someone's inner beauty and humanity in a survivor video. I look forward to Lynn's various postings each day and eagerly look forward to the videos of survivors telling their stories especially. Lynn is a hero to so many of us and his infectious good humor and bright outlook on life are such a boost in everything he and VoS do. The powerful stories of cancer survivors mean so very much to a patient who struggles with uncertainty, fear, fatigue and sometimes pain. I repost many of Lynn's videos and get such great feedback from other survivors. By example and explanation, we learn coping tips, strategies, successful attitudes, how to reach out for the right kind of help or a second opinion, how to be pleasantly proactive, how to communicate better with our health care teams, how to have a better relationship throughout the strain of illness and treatment. It's valuable stuff. Men, women, young, older, from all around the world, each survivor Lynn captures has something to teach us about dignity and life. Sometimes we lose people. Not all survivors survive. When cancer claims someone, it is so very dear to have these videos or their written words to remember them by. The videos and written word essays are quite an archive if anyone wanted to study the qualities of survivorship. My only criticisms? I wish Lynn had help & the budget to do even more of the videos. One a day would suit me fine! I also wish it were a little easier to access older videos on the website. I imagine Lynn could solve this problem with a large bequest or a grant or two! And the

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Voices of Survivors. They give cancers Survivors a chance to tell their story and possibly touch someone else's life and encourage them in their fight.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Voices of Survivors at the same time I joined Facebook and heard of the site through a friend. Around the same time I learned the Livestrong summit was to be held close to my home town in Dublin Ireland and signed up as a volunteer which put me in touch with many other cancer survivors and delegates with similar and passionate views of cancer survivorship. This involved getting the message out there by advising and educating people to our abilities whilst playing an active role in helping others to understand that a cancer diagnosis need not be a death sentence as it once was. I found by reading and listening by video to individual stories of surviving cancer and living a full life therafter gave me renewed hope and enthusism to continue fighting on a daily basis personally and never give up hope we finally would have a cure one day. Voices of survivors I feel helps so many people from all walks of life to speak of their own personal experience with this disease and share their innermost thoughts they may never have had the courage to do. I added my own cancer journey to this wonderful site and was amazed by the positive feedback from so many people who read my own story and were recently diagnosed and frightened. I feel Voices of survivors brings together and unites people from every age, race and gender in a common bond we all share to join hands and never give up. I've since introduced many of my own survivor friends to this site who have also shared their story and are as impressed and glad to have found it and the friends it has brought with it as I am.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first involved with this organization as a 2x breast cancer survivor. I was invited by the Founder/ED, Lynn Lane, to share my story in the Written Word section of www.voicesofsurvivors.com. Recently, I have become more involved after being asked to serve as a Board member to help promote and support the Mission of the Voices of Survivors Foundation. (VOSF) My reasons for serving in this role are many. Lynn Lane has a very clear and defined purpose for VOSF and a passion for 'survivors' like no one I have ever met. He is a man with integrity, passion, commitment, vision, and a talent for capturing the stories of so many of us battling the beast. His short and long term goals/projects for VOSF are astounding and are unique to the cancer community. Lynn provides support at an exhausting level most of us could never maintain and does so with a compassionate heart and concern for us as 'survivors'. From a practical perspective, the two immediate challenges I have observed are: 1. Financial As with any non-profit, raising funds to implement the various programs, grants and projects of VOSF is an ongoing challenge. Creating awareness of VOSF and an understanding of the Mission must be a priority and one I know Lynn Lane and others are working toward at a local, national and international level. 2. Growth While growth is positive, it also presents a challenge in that there is simply not enough hours in the day or people available to implement all the various projects that are currently in the works for VOSF. Again, this seems to be an ongoing challenge for most non-profits as they balance growth, staff, projects and resources. The VOSF is an inspiration to thousands of cancer survivors and co-survivors all around the world and is widely respected by other organizations as well as individuals within the cancer community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors -- established by cancer survivor Lynn Lane -- is one of the few start-ups that not only surpasses its first year intact but establishes a distinct identity and service for people affected by cancer. Its mission is clear and unique: to depict the story of cancer survivorship and co-survivorship directly from those experiencing it, from short video-taped stories, to filmed conversations and articles written by cancer survivors. In a short time the incredible variety of cancer survivors -- by age, type of cancer, nationality and race -- becomes illuminating. To hear each individual define survivorship is inspiring and touching. I am always moved by the stories and the incredible courage, humanity and courage depicted. Lynn Lane and the Voices of Survivors Foundation have changed the cancer landscape and will continue to do so. I am happy to support and recommend this organization and its excellent work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors Foundation gives a voice to cancer survivors and enables them to share their stories with others affected by cancer. I was able to share my own journey with the founder and executive director Lynn Lane and countless others. This enabled me to talk about important issues that effect cancer survivors in similar situations. Sharing my experiences was very helpful, but more important the Voices of Survivors foundations provides me the ability to learn about other survivors; their triumphs and struggles. This has helped me by knowing I am not alone in my experiences and I am able to reach out to other survivors. Lynn Lane is constantly coming up with new ways to support cancer survivors.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I only have great things to say about the Voices of Survivors Foundation and its Founder, Lynn Lane. Although still in its infancy, it's an excellent organization that is already making waves. I have found that the organization is transparent, accessible and always looking for new ways to share the voices of cancer survivors across the world. Utilizing technology, Voices of Survivors Foundation gives survivors and co-survivors a chance to share their unique survivorship perspectives, offering hope to thousands others. Recently I have been working with Voices of Survivors Foundation to benefit nursing education, as nurses and other healthcare professionals retain education better once it has a "face" and a "story" and is no longer an obscure concept embedded in a lecture or paper.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Voices of Survivors Foundation has given cancer not only a face but a voice to go with it. I've been in the trenches with two types of cancers since my initial diagnosis in 2004. At that time there were not too many outlets for me to turn to. When you are diagnosed as a young mother with cancer and noone around you has it or has had it, you feel very alone. It's almost an outcast type of feeling. Noone understands what you are going through and it is a very scary and lonely time. The Voices of Survivors Foundation has allowed many people to share their stories in the written word and also HEAR their stories. There is quite a difference between reading about someone's cancer and hearing about it from their mouth to your ear. It's heartwarming, it's hopeful, it's a reminder that you are not alone and you CAN get through your cancer. Voices bonds us and allows us to come together as cancer community. Everytime there is a new Survivor story it instills HOPE in those who are battling the disease. I have not personally been able to meet the founder of VOS Lynn Lane in person, however through the wonderful social networking within the cancer community we have become great friends. Lynn is someone I admire and truly respect. I look forward to where the Voices of Survivors Foundation is headed. I believe in this foundation and know they have great things on the horizon. I know they will continue to be an extraordinary way for cancer survivors to help other cancer patient's in any stage of their disease by sharing their "voices" with the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Lynn Lane, the Executive Director of Voices of Survivors, in August of 2009 when he relocated back to Houston to focus on growing the foundation. As a 7-year survivor, I took great interest in learning more about his work in sharing stories of hope and survivorship. Indeed, the first evening after meeting Lynn I spent a solid 3 hours online reading through story after story written by individual survivors. The writings are candid, raw and often emotional. They help you see past statistics and into the hearts and minds of people who are living with or have overcome cancer. Some made me cry, many made me laugh, and all of them touched my heart. Then Lynn asked if I would like to share my story. I wasn't super confident about sharing until he said this: "You have a powerful voice. You should share it." OK, I'll try. It was the most challenging piece I have ever written. How do you fit 7 years into words? How can my story of survivorship be molded into paragraphs? After weeks of trying, my story unfolded into words and Lynn put it on the website in the "Written Word" section. Just the practice of writing the piece was therapeutic somehow. I also hoped that my story would reach anyone who might need it. I wanted other survivors of MDS to know they are not the only one. For other young adult cancer survivors, you have something in common. In the weeks after my story was published, three people surviving with MDS have contacted me. A mini support group. One of the things I most admire about Lynn is his accessibility - he is widely available to have coffee, to speak on the phone and is very responsive on email. There are not many Executive Directors who will take your call at 9pm if you need someone to listen. Lynn is also a champion of self advocacy: You are your own best advocate. That's a powerful message, especially in this age of insurance giant and corporate driven health care. He truly cares about the individual survivor. I truly appreciate the work of Lynn Lane and the Voices of Survivors. If you are a cancer survivor or if you know someone affected by cancer I hope you read through and find hope in the stories of survivorship.

3 Cate

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As one of the very first survivors to share my "voice" with Voices Of Survivors, I have been involved since it's beginning. Lynn Lane, founder and cancer survivor himself, is an incredibly bright and caring man who has created a foundation that gives individual cancer survivors a chance to share their specific story in a totally unique and personal manner. In such a simple way Lynn has empowered so many people to feel less like victims and more like warriors. In today's world of a million colored ribbons and denominated "honorary cancer months" Voices Of Survivors has introduced countless survivors to one another in a universal atmosphere in which all cancers are treated equally. I know this young foundation has only just begun to show it's full potential and I personally am extremely excited to see where it takes us in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most common reactions on receiving a cancer diagnosis is a feeling of utter and total 'aloneness'. It's a struggle to absorb and come to terms with the sudden change in your life; and that soul-searing 'aloneness' can be utterly debilitating. When I was diagnosed with advanced Testicular Cancer back in 2000 I was hungry for information, I found good helpful information through Lance Armstrong's website and posted a simple 'Thank You' in the Guestbook. I knew a little more about my condition but I was still awfully 'alone'. Some days later I checked my e-mails and came across one from a total stranger half a world away - he'd seen my 'Thank you' note and sent me an e-mail to say that he'd just completed the journey I was embarking on and if I wanted to talk he was available. Suddenly, I was no longer alone, I had just 'heard' the most powerful voice I could have heard at the time - the voice of a survivor. Doctors can tell the patient plenty, usually about their treatment - the medical procedures you'll have, the chemistry they are about to 'play' on your body - all good stuff but, in truth, nothing compared to the survivor's voice. The patient's attitude is paramount to the success of any cancer treatment and anything that supports a positive attitude at a time of extreme stress is worth more than it's weight in gold - quite simply it's life-saving! This is what the VoS Foundation does, and does so brilliantly, it collects survivors' voices and makes them freely available. It provides people recently diagnosed with hope; it supports people experiencing difficulty while undergoing treatment and gives them, often much-needed, added determination to battle on to eventual victory over this hideous disease which has tresspassed upon and threatened their life. In short, and without any hint of hyperbole whatsoever, VoS saves lives! There can surely be no higher human achievement!

3 dazacouchman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a survivor of testicular cancer and I joined The Voices of Survivors Foundation to hear other cancer survivors stories and also make new friends in the "survivors" world....I haven't been disappointed....it really is inspiring to hear about how other people have beaten their cancer and also how, in many cases, cancer has changed their lives for the better....just to read or hear how positive people can be during such tough times is a credit to society.....Voices of Survivors is a great foundation and it really does show me as a survivor that I am not alone....I've made new friends to chat with and reading or hearing at least one story a week on their Facebook group really does brighten up my day.....Voices of Survivors does a fantastic job and really does help and inspire many people who have felt they were alone in their fight against cancer....long may the foundation continue.....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lynn Lane and Voices of Survivors allows people who have cancer tell their stories and experiences with the disease...through Facebook and other social networking sites, we can converse with others....giving each other support, treatment options and HOPE. I have met a number of Great friends through VOS's and will have them for the rest of my life. If you have cancer, this is a GREAT site.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful and simple mission. Lets cancer survivors know they are not alone in their fight. Exec Director is an incredibly passionate and talented individual.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm 29 years old and I am living with a chronic cancer. Voices of Surivors has allowed me to share my own voice with the entire world, while connecting me with thousands of other cancer survivors. It has been a therapeutic and magical experience for me. Words cannot possibly express my gratitude to this foundation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation does many things that are wonderful, but two things in particular, in my opinion, are the most significant. The first thing is does is give the person sharing their story a voice to share their experience with cancer. In this, it is a therapy in itself. Giving voice to a cancer survivor/fighter is a part of growing stronger than the cancer itself, highlighting their strength and determination to beat it. This is invaluable to a person who sometimes needs to be reminded inwardly of how tough they are. Being apart of this foundation, definitely does this. The second part is for the person who the story is shared with. Be it a current cancer patient/survivor/co-survivor, or even a person who fears a cancer diagnosis, hope, inspiration and relation are passed on from these stories. Voices of Survivors, is like a beacon from a lighthouse. Imagine if you will people out in a fog, like ships looking for the harbor. That beacon brings them home, shows them where it is safe and shows people that they are not alone and that they can win this battle. Voices of Survivors is definitely a beacon of hope that should be shared throughout the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation is truly an inspiration. Survivors of every size, shape and color share their life experiences and lessons learned in their own words. This is not the same old superficial list of side effects of cancer treatment. What this is, is a way to touch and be touched by real people and their amazing journeys, lessons learned, and advice. Not only do I find the stories inspirational and helpful but I have also made some great friends through this foundation. If you are a survivor, the family, or a friend of someone dealing with any stage of cancer treatment or survival there is no better place to learn and be inspired by real people about the needs, wants and strength that makes people "Survivors".

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site allows people to share their stories with others. It is important for the survivors to tell the stories, and it is important that the rest of us listen! Amazing place for people to begin the healing process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This amazing organization has brought me so much inspriation and hope during my fight with cancer. There are so many days in this battle where I feel alone thinking nobody understands what I'm going through. I can then read the stories and listen to the testimonies of so many that have fought before me. Not only has this organization eased so many fears, it has taught me how to survive in so many ways! I am so grateful for the existence of Voices of Survivors!

3 pinkandpretty

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so inspired by the Voice of Survivors.. The Cancer Community is in need of a venue to speak their experience, their physical, spiritual, and emotional journey through Cancer. In my experience, most cancer patients just want someone to know how they are feeling or what they are experiencing. This is a platform for those that need a voice.. It is inspiring, motivating, and realistic, in the fact that the stories are true and heart felt.. These are the genuine people who put a face to Cancer. This is a need that has been to long in coming to those that need a voice. I am grateful and thankful to have read and shared with those that gather at the "Voices of Survivors Foundation"

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is an amazing website that is great not only to survivors but to those recently diagnosed with cancer and those who have a loved one with cancer. You can read and see all of these courageous, heartfelt, and moving stories from people that have battled all different types of cancer. As a cancer survivor myself this website really helped me cope with the disease I had, I’ve been in remission for 3 years but still find myself having a hard time looking back on my hardest days. But knowing so many others have gone through the same thing and reading how they cope and deal with life with cancer really helped. Lynn Lane is an inspiration to me in how he took this horrible disease that he was dealt and turned it into his life mission to help others. This website is a must see for all. -Brandon P. Erkkila

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors has helped reach many people by giving regular people a voice in this world. It has given us hope that we have survived and can survive. This site has helped people make connections they may have never made before. The founder has helped give people a place to share their journey of survival. This site brings a message of hope!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lynn and I met last winter and told me about his Voices of Survivors and let me be a part of it. It's main objective is to let people express what the word survivor means to them and through that, you can really see that there's so many unique perspectives out there and that these individuals are multifaceted and more than just "people with cancer." It's great to know that the person behind the foundation is completely real and honest and believes in his work so much. Through him I met a lot of great people. I try to keep myself caught up by visiting the VOSF site. I'm glad to be a part of it.

3 darrenneuberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors has helped thousands of cancer survivors, patients and caregivers. This organization is by far the best information, advocacy and support group that you will ever find on the topic of cancer. Cancer Survivors share their stories and struggles with this hideous disease and it is done in a quick video, the written word and the newest format, conversations. There is so much power in hearing other peoples stories and to be able to put not only a face, but a voice behind these stories, is incredibly powerful. The cancer survivor world is becoming united as 1 big family and a lot of that is because of Voices of Survivors! You know the saying - there is strength in numbers! I can't say enough about the work that VOS Founder Lynn Lane does. He has touched more lives and helped more people than anybody I know. If the question is - Is Voices of Survivors worthy of a Great Nonprofit, the answer is 100% yes!!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am one of the "voices" that was chosen to be published in the written word. From the first contact with VOS, I felt that the foundation existed to help survivors express what it feels like to survive cancer, but also to gain access to a wealth of information from other survivors. Knowing that you feel the same way as someone else after cancer means a great deal and allows the healing process to continue. Lynn was entirely professional. His emails and posts have always been supportive and empowering. He also has empathy and understands what it means to be a survivor. He gets it totally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found VOS via Facebook and it has been a wonderful addition to my circle of support for dealing with cancer. It is a great help to read/listen to other people's stories and how they deal with their disease. VOS offers a unique twist on sharing stories and helps us question traditional labels and terms used in the cancer world. I think VOS is opening up discussions that in the past have been taboo or off limits. It's only when we push these boundaries in appropriate manners that things progress and move in a positive direction. I have shared this site with my volunteer group at the American Cancer Society because I think it's important for people that have not had cancer to understand what we are going through so that they can better support their loved one.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Foundation is like no other. My name is Dianne Tufo and my husband Mike (decd 12/1/09) have been apart of VoS Foundation since Mr. Lane came up with the idea. He turned such a negative time in his life to this incredible huge POSITVE to THOUSANDS not just in the US but Global. This is truly like no other. He brings ALL Cancers together. We are joined by the word Cancer but we stand United as Survivors.Survivorship starts from the day you get your diagnosis we hear so much from other sites restrictions what to say how to say what your really feeling about. This Foundation you don't have that. Cancer is Raw. What we feel from Survior to Co-Survivor is raw. Through the Video, Written Word to Conversations you see Survivorship at it's best. His mission is simple to bring awareness to Survivorship that there is life, life lessons the power and passion to help others.I am honored to be apart of the Foundation it has brought many people into my life. My husband was dedicated to spreading the Voice as a Survivor until he passed. I continue to bring the Voice for both of us and for many others.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great site for connecting with fellow survivors and hearing their sucess stories. Inspirational and have met some great people through it. I have encouraged friends and fellow survivors to submit their stories and introduced them to the site for encouragement.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am lucky enough to have my vos on this site. Though VOS i have a support network, am able to share my story and hopefully help others. It is important to to show that even with cancer there is hope. Being able to see and read what others have and are going through and relate to it is a very special bond. and though some of us wont make it through this cancer fight we leave behind something very special to others to come. The words of our story, our losses, our pains, our hopes and our joys. That they might just help someone or make them feel less alone when needed most. That is what VOS means to me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Cancer fighting advocate Voices of Survivors is truly a guiding light in the efforts to truly express the meaning of "Survivorship". Through their unique approach, individual 'Survivors" express their own personal meaning of what it means to be a cancer survivor. It captures the true 'voices" of those who have undergone treatment, recently diagnosed or are in post-treatment. It gives you an clear insight on the lives of people dealing with this horrible disease. Thank you to Lynn for all of he is doing in the fight against cancer.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lynn Lane created Voice Of Survivors Foundation to help not only educate and help cancer survivors but to educate and help the general public. I have learned so much from this foundation and Lynn himself. As a survivor, I am always in search of organizations that are targeted at providing information and education to people. Anyone who goes to the website and reads any of the Written Word articles or watches one of the Voices videos can see how much heart and work is put into this foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lynn has created a beautiful site that provides anyone touched by cancer an opportunity to share their voice in several different ways, including a written story, a short video clip or a recorded video conversation. It has helped me immensely to hear the stories of others who are battling cancer as I am and I was proud to contribute my voice to Lynn's site. Lynn has expanded the site to include co-survivors and the forum he has created is a great source of comfort and information to anyone touched by cancer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a 2x breast cancer survivor, Voices of Survivors has given me a chance to tell my story, network with others, and get support. I really appreciate what the organization has done for others also. I think the organization follows it's mission statement and does everything it says it will. I thank them everyday I have been able to be apart of it.