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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: Since Inception in 2006: Our founders cover our overhead costs annually so 100% of every additional dollar received from our donors goes directly to our patients. As of 12/31/15 - Dollars expended on program services: $8,852,818.19; Assisted patients from 4 to 83 years of age, all ethnic backgrounds, 49 states , 14 countries, with 147 different types of cancer on 900 different clinical trials; Provided community education, outreach and advocacy for 296,560 people; Provided over 1,560 patients with patient navigation and financial assistance for FDA clinical trial participation; Relationships with 39 of the 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers, 74 undesignated Cancer Centers, with 121 Clinical trial sites in total; Percentage of donations applied directly to program services: 85%

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year we directly provided 556 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 education.

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9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 emvg01

Client Served

Rating: 5

No other foundation reimburses patients for expenses associated with participation in clinical trials. This is one of the main reasons why they choose to not participate and thus give up a chance to extend or even save their lives. Based on my experience with Lazarex they offer hope at a time when it is needed most. These are people who truly care!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband Mike was the inspiration for this foundation. He was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer at 44 yrs. old and passed away when he was 46, leaving behind 3 young children and myself. Our experience with a clinical trial gave us hope and time that we would not have had. My awesome sister started Lazarex to help end stage patients and their families find and participate in clinical trials. As far as I know Lazarex is the only organization in the USA that does what they do. It has been a great blessing to be able to help others who are in a similar situation. Go Lazarex!!

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Lazarex Cancer Foundation 08/15/2012

Dear EMVG01 Thank you for your review and sharing some of your personal experience. Mike and you inspired us in so many ways. It's a wonderful legacy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known Dana Dornsife and seen her in action for many years. At Lazarex, she combines a tender heart with hard-headed strategic know-how for getting things done. The Lazarex Cancer Foundation continues caring and works tirelessly to remove barriers and give support to those suffering with cancer when others have given up.

1 Jerry22

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lazarex is the only Cancer Charity I know of that patients can receive direct financial support.
As a board member I know first hand how the funding is managed within this organization!
This organization is incredibly sound and ethical!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member I see what goes on behind the scenes. This non profit is not only fiscally responsible and upbove reproach, but everything done is for the benifit of patients. Every patient is treated with compassion and respect by the staff. The only thing limiting service to patients is the lack of funds. Please consider donating, and help Lazarex give patients HOPE, DIGNITY and LIFE.

Jerry Sappington

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lazarex Cancer society is truly unique. I know of no other public charity that does what Lazarex does. Lazarex provides assistance to patients, many of which are medically under served, through a multi-pronged approach that includes help in identifying FDA approved clinical trials that may be suitable for that person, financial support that facilitates participation in clinical trials, and community education that encourages early stage detection.

In the less than 10 years since its founding Lazarex Cancer Foundation has helped patients in 49 of the 50 states, six foreign countries, and has established relationships with more than three quarters of our nation's Comprehensive Cancer Centers. I encourage you to support Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

Frank Varenchik, C.P.A.

1 Beverly25

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a truly special organization because it is the only group that directly helps cancer patients seeking the best possible care through clinical trials. Enrolling in clinical trials offers tremendous promise but can be extremely expensive, making it nearly impossible for patients facing financial burdens to enroll. Lazarex makes it possible by providing financial assistance to these patients who need it most. I am honored to work with them to bring this critical issue to the public's attention.
Beverly Moy, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered and worked for many non-profits, and Lazarex is by far the best of the best! The staff, the patients, the volunteer base, and most of all the mission. They are a top notch foundation all around, and I am honored to be a part of it. "It's About Living!!"

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is extremely special and unique in so many ways. One being their mission, two being their amazing staff and volunteers, three being their VIP patients, four being their fabulous events, and the list goes on and on. I am very proud to be a part of the Lazarex Team, and I am very grateful for all that Lazarex does to support the Cancer community and Cancer patients who refuse to stop fighting!

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1 Susan269

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of Lazarex Cancer Foundation for 6 years. Lazarex builds a bridge to hope for patients and their families. They are all about the patients. Research is great, but these patients do not have time for research. They need help now and that is what Lazarex does. They get to know the patients and family members. They work closely with the patients to understand their needs and more importantly they listen. Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a very unique foundation that deals with all types of cancers. There are no storage of patients. There are thousands of people out there that need the help of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently helped put on a golf tournament fundraiser for Lazarex.Everything was considered a huge success especially considering it was the first annual! Lazarex is such a special cause for all involved, espacially the family's of those in need of assistance!I can only hope that next years event can continue to build and help many more families. Cheers to Lazarex and continued success.