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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: FROM INCEPTION IN 2006 TO DECEMBER 31, 2019: - 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 5,000 patients with patient navigation and financial assistance for FDA clinical trial participation. ANNUAL STATISTICS - 2019 Dollars expended on program services: $$2,419,147 - 2019 Assisted 843 patents: 718 with Financial Assistance (471 and 241 through Lazarex CARE and Lazarex IMPACT programs), 125 patients with Clinical Trial Navigation - 2019 Community Outreach, Education and Advocacy: over 1,000,000 people (with website & social media, community outreach events, local & national media, press articles, LCF conferences, fundraising events, IMPACT and Community IMPACT partners) - 2019 Percentage of Donations applied directly to program services: 89% - 2019 Volunteer hours: 3,342

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: As of June 30 2020 we have assisted 738 patients with financial reimbursements and navigation for 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

229 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

My company, Corda Solar LLC, is a donor to Lazarex Cancer Foundation. We support the charity because they are filling a terrible void in our nation's healthcare system that isn't really being addressed by other organizations. How can it be that so many worthy clinical trials that will help mankind advance our knowledge about effective cancer treatments have trouble recruiting a diverse group of participants, have trouble building awareness about their existence, and have trouble with being affordable to perfect trial candidates who do not have the means to participate due to travel and other costs not supported by health insurance?We have been impressed with how Lazarex is tackling these issues. We have also been impressed with how the organization is managed. We recently attended their first ever "virtual gala" that was created to make up for the physical fundraising gala that got cancelled due to the pandemic. The event was the perfect example of a non-profit organization firing on all cylinders: they took lemons and made lemonade. The event was well publicized, well-attended, creative, utilized staff member talent wisely in every event capacity (from education, to entertainment, to logistics), and effective. Somehow, at a fraction of the cost of a physical event, they managed to achieve their fundraising goals.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a way to get into the "full" Disney Half Marathon of 2010. I found an opportunity to run if I raised money for Lazarex. I was accepted into the fundraiser field and from that moment on the fundraising staff was extremely helpful in helping me raise the amount I pledged and in training for the event. At the event they were very visible and supportive. It was a great experience. A few months later I found out that a former fraternity brother of mine had late stage terminal colon cancer and his health insurance was running out. I contacted Lazarex to see if they could help. While his situation did not qualify for direct aid from Lazarex, they provided many leads for him to find assistance. Another great contact experience. Thanks Lazarex

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is an extremely well run non profit working to assist those with stage 4 cancer. They are a kind group of individuals who care deeply about all the patients they work with. As a small organization they are in need of contributions so that they can help additional patients. I hope you decide to support Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So far they have been really great! Setting up my web page was easy. They have been reall responsive. I am excited about raising money!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a great organization- the goals of are right on track with what patients need in the short and long term. Healthcare today is a confusing system to navigate and throwing the logistic & difficulty of getting into important clinical trails makes it near impossible for an individual patient or family. The organization makes it possible for these individuals to get the best care while supporting the research that is developing that care. During my endurance event training I received multiple emails asking if I needed help with training or fund-raising from the endurance coordinator. She even helped facilitate the logistics of a important long run I had planned. As an experienced runner I didn't need much training guidance but for beginners my only suggestion would be to offer a group run so they can help support eachothers training.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization, and very organized. Would love to help Lazarex again. Jenny Walls is very responsive to emails and the organization as a whole seems very well run.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so happy to jump on the bandwagon to raise money for this foundation because of personal stories of people I know who have passed of cancer or nearly passed of cancer or survived cancer. I wanted to know, how I could give back. As a former college track athlete I knew that I could use that skill and my ability fundraising for a non-profit, I could use my skills/abilities here while supporting a great cause!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Bonni Hess. I am the mother of a now 28 year old daughter, Brittany, who was devastatingly diagnosed nine years ago at age 19 with an extremely rare form of metastatic cancer called Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS) for which there is currently no known cure, and which is tragically considered terminal. Brittany has courageously fought this insidious disease during the past nine years with 23 surgeries/ablations/radiosurgeries, radiation treatment, and three Clinical Trials for tumors in her thigh, lungs, liver, brain, tibia, breast, spine, pancreas, spleen, small bowel intususeption, and duodenum. Heartbreakingly, the tumor in her pancreas was considered untreatable with surgery, ablation, or radiosurgery, and our only option was to find a systemic treatment which would shrink or destroy the tumor. Through extensive research and international networking with other ASPS patients we were able to find a promising new treatment called Cediranib which was not yet available in the United States, but was being tested in a Clinical Trial in Edmonton, Alberta. Brittany was thankfully accepted into the Trial, but it requires monthly Clinic visits in Edmonton, and none of the travel or housing expenses are covered by the Trial. After nine years of fighting Brittany's cancer, and with my husband unemployed for the past two years due to the economic downturn, the burden of the overwhelming financial expenses involved in commuting back and forth to Edmonton from Seattle, Washington were threatening Brittany's continued participation in the Trial. Through my internet research, I thankfully found the wonderful Lazarex Cancer Foundation which generously provides financial assistance, strengthening support, and Hope to patients and their families who are fighting a terminal cancer and are in need of financial help to enable them to participate in possible Life saving Clinical Trials. When I reached out to Lazarex and shared Brittany's story and our situation, they immediately responded with great kindness, special caring, and a gracious offer of financial assistance and support for the travel and housing expenses involved in Brittany's continued Clinical Trial participation. Brittany has thankfully had a very successful response to the Clinical Trial treatment thus far with fourteen months of disease stability with no new tumors, her pancreatic tumor and three lung tumors are no longer visible, and her remaining lung tumors continue to shrink. We are so deeply grateful to Lazarex Cancer Foundation for the abundant help and support that they have given us, and for the priceless gift of continued Hope that they have made possible. They have truly given us a beacon of light and Hope to brighten our pathway on this difficult journey.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I assisted patients in finding clinical trial options. The patients that I had the pleasure of meeting were truely remarkable people and I found myself learning as much from them as they learned from me. I was honored to be part of such a wonderful service for these individulas.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never have I run into a team of more genuine caring capable people.They run a first class organization and truly put their heart and money into each patient.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first experience with Lazarex, and I volunteered to help at their golf tournament in May. I was very impressed with the welcoming of the organizers and how they made you feel like part of their family. My friend had asked me to come help volunteer with her for the foundation that is helping her mother with treatment for her cancer. I was not sure what to expect, definitely didnt expect to get so emotional at the stories of the success of this foundation. My experience was so very positive, that I want to always be a part of and associated with this wonderful foundation and the wonderful, caring people that run it. Thank you for all you do and you have really touched my heart.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen the great work being done by the people of Lazarex on a first hand basis. I have met some of the cancer patients they have assisted-- all of whom are overwhelmed by dealing with their illness and the financial burdens of treatment. Lazarex steps in to help with their financial burden and to assist in giving them the help they need to face their health issues with dignity and with hope. The staff and volunteers at Lazarex are truly dedicated to providing compassionate help to those suffering through cancer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

During events that I participated in I met several of the patients that Lazarex had assisted in housing and travel to clinical trials. They all said they would not be alive if it were not for Lazarex giving them financial help during the time they were in the trials.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to meet and hear the life changing stories of patients that have benefitted from Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Seeing and hearing about the positive effects Lazarex has upon individuals and their families has been so inspiring and uplifting. Lazarex offers hope, dignity and precious time to end stage cancer patients. This is such a powerful gift to offer to somebody at the most difficult time of their life. Lazarex has inspired me to do whatever I can to assist them in continuing their noble cause. Keep going Lazarex....you guys are wonderful and help so many!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I lost my mother to cancer. Se never was able to experience the joy of grandchildren. As a result, I am drawn to the work Lazarex does with late-stage cancer patients. Families and patients need hope, and the longer lifespans that Lazarex helps deliver give families meaningful hope. Even if the ultimate result is the same, the research that Lazarex supports helps future patients and families avoid desperate heartache.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

great dedication by its volunteers and supporters to help raise funds for the people it helps an organization that provides a unique service

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have had the privilege to meet the patients LCF helps. I have heard patients and their families share their stories about survival, hope and life. This charity is helping people like no other charity! The compassion the staff shows for each patient is incredible and sincere. There is no greater service to a person when you help extend their life.