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Stupid Cancer

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Bands & Ensembles, Cancer, Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Empower young adults affected by cancer by (1) building community, (2) improving quality of life and (3) providing meaningful survivorship

Results: Time Magazine Best 50 Website FOX News Top 10 Healthcare Blog Stay Classy Award, Most Innovative Use Of Social Media Largest support community for the young adult cancer movement

Target demographics: Young adults, 18-39 and anyone who cares about supporting cancer patients in their late teens, 20s and 30s.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250,000

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: OMG! Cancer Summit, The Stupid Cancer Forums, The Stupid Cancer Show, Stupid Cancer Boot Camps, Meetups, online social networking, content curation and aggregation + public awareness efforts.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My battle has been long, and overwhelming at times. I thought I was the only one. Lonely and depressed, I searched the web for some insight on how to deal with these feelings, not so much the chemo and its impressive side effects. When I found i [2] y, it was because I searched the words stupid and cancer. How excited I was to find them. Through their continued will and determination, I myself joined in the only way I knew I could. By letting others who wanted to help me do so, I was able to join with them and be able to advocate for "stupid cancer" as well as my specific rare type of Ovarian cancer. To be in your 20's, and noone else around to relate to, I'm too Young For This was what I needed. Because of them, I may have found my new calling :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I2Y is an invaluable source for young adults touched by Cancer. Whether you need information specific to being young and facing Cancer, or you need a distraction from the pressure, I2Y significantly improves your experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i2y is an incredible force in the Young Adult Cancer world! As many of us know Young Adults are often left behind and misunderstood when they are diagnosed with cancer. I wish that something like this had been around when I was diagnosed in 2004 at age 20 with Level 3A Malignant Melanoma. I2Y gives young adults the forum to meet others in similar situations, vent about what they are going through and get out and have fun (as I like to say, "Laugh in Cancer's Face"). It's time to throw out the isolation of being under 40 with Cancer and bring in the power of being surrounded with others that understand and support you! It is sometimes hard to get yourself out there and talk to others about your experience and the great thing about i2y is that it's okay to feel that way because there is always something going on and when you are ready to get out and mingle i2y is there with open arms!!! If you haven't checked out i2y yet it's time to get involved!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I[2]Y has been a big help for me. After being diagnosed and treated, finding a support group to help me had been difficult. I tried the standard ones, but they did not fit me. I heard about I[2]Y from a coworker and went to a movie night. Then a happy hour. Then a conference. I have met some wonderful and supportive people. I have made great friendships and I know where I can turn to talk about the hardships and fears that I am going through. They have helped me overcome some of my fears and put me in touch with others who I can talk about my experiences with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I only wish this organization had more mula to battle the cancer world. I would've tried selling my cancerous lymphs up on the inet if I knew that the extra change could actually change how many people know about i[2]y!!!! I freakin love you guys. Love a stupid cancer fan.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place where you can let your hair down; when you don't have much hair. Patient to patient means truth and honesty. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Since the time I first met founder Matthew Zachary, I have been impressed with all that he and his organization have been able to do for young adults who are living with cancer. The organization is part advocacy (more advocacy), part support group, part entertainment. They manage to educate you, entertain you and make you feel connected all at the same time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 21 year old cancer survivor and advocate. Although it has been over 15 years since I was diagnosed, I am still learning how to cope with cancer in my life. This organization helped me to realize what it means to be a survivor. It gave me the power and the opportunity to express my feelings to others who, for a change, know how I feel. Since becoming a member and doing my part to expand the organization, I have seen first-hand that this simple social interaction is the best "social medicine" for cancer survivors.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I2Y is a great group to be involved in and is a great way to meet people who are going through the simalar events as yourself.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This website has been so powerful for me in my time of need. Just the fact that it exists gave me hope when even my optimistic oncologist wasn't able to. It moved me in such a way that I now feel compelled to get the word out in my own area about this organization and what it can do for others who felt alone and "too young" to be afraid for their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i[2]y is an incredible organization that aims to provide support and resources to young people with cancer, who fall between the pediatric and "adult" demographics. in my opinion, this age group sees a significant deficit in resources, and i[2]y's mission is very important. especially for young adults who fall just above the "pediatric" window, the experience of treating and surviving cancer can be very isolating without the support that pediatrics provides. i[2]y does an extremely impressive job of filling this role.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I[2]y is a new and innovative cancer advocacy organization focusing on the missed age group, adolescents and young adults. They are one of the very few cancer organizations effectively utilizing the best of social media to end the isolation of their demographic and importantly encourage each person to join a creative social movement of self advocacy to redefine survivorship in terms of their quality of life and what improvements must be made.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to "I'm Too Young for This" a little over a year after I lost my husband to bone cancer. This organization is amazing. They have not only provided me with countless resources and information, they have also provided me with a support base and most importantly, amazing friendships. The benefit compilation CD produced my i2y, gave me a chance to share my husband's music with thousands of others. Although he lost his battle, his music will live on forever. My husband was truly an inspiration and now through i2y, I am able to carry on his fight and preserve his legacy. Thank you to everyone who is a part of i2y and has given me an opportunity to make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found i2y not long after I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My doctor's blew me off because I had the "easy" cancer and because I was young. People don't die from thyroid cancer so why should I be upset? Except that I was an emotional mess and needed someone even remotely close to my age who had been through this cancer crap. I found it in i2y. Not only did they help me through cancer but they gave me a place to volunteer and give back. I have made the most amazing friends through i2y and it's a really great feeling to be able to give back and help someone else who is like I was - feeling alone and way too young to have cancer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many wonderful things to say about i2y - but there's no way I would be able to fit them all here! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, 2009 at the age of 33. I didn't fit in anywhere - except i2y. Matthew Zachary and i2y helped me through some tough times - and most importantly got me living life again. Connecting with young adult survivors, all the great events, and the support is unmatched in the cancer world. I am proud and honored to be a part of this organization. Stupid Cancer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed--at 23--there was no such thing as I'm Too Young for This and boy could I have used it, especially now that I have seen the organization in full swing--and witnessed first hand the comfort, support and, yes, even joy, that it brings to cancer patients and survivors. I spoke at a recent event and stayed to listen to the other presenters and I actually learned a TON of useful information. I am an 8-year survivor and I thought I knew all there was to know. I was wrong. I am so grateful to I2y for existing and doing what they do for so many patients like me (and including me). Oh, and they got the Bare Naked Ladies to perform at a cancer event--hands down the coolest thing I've ever seen.

5 darrenneuberg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i[2]y is and has been instrumental in getting the word out about young adult cancer. Being involved with non-profits for the past few years I understand the daunting task it can be to establish yourself as legit organization - this organization has gone above and beyond in this regard and is by far the best resource for any young adult cancer survivor looking for support! I tip my hat to Matthew, his staff and all of the other thousands of volunteers that support this organization with a mission to end the isolation for young adults facing cancer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma in January 2008. I was 32 at the time and by far the youngest patient in my treatment center. The two support offered to me consisted of men and women in their 50's and 60's and I longed for the support of my peers. It was when I attended I2Y's OMG Summit for Young Adults With Cancer, that I realized there were other people like me out there and I was finally able to feel at peace with what I was going through. I2Y has enabled me to get through my cancer crapness and get busy living. It is a pleasure to volunteer for this organization, in the hopes that I can provide the support I didn't receive to someone who needs it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as the Chair for the Young Adult Leadership Council, which I believe is one of the most valuable assets of i2y. This organization has been able to mobilize young adults who have been affected by cancer in any way and take ownership of making change. i2y represents the anti-non-profit because it does everything that a traditional non-profit does. There is no doubt that i2y has been able to make change and through continued collaboration with great organizations and support from i2yers everywhere, i2y will continue to do great things.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across i2y earlier this year and now can't imagine life without them. They have given me a sense of belonging when I had gone so long without that feeling. As a young adult cancer survivor it is so nice to know there are other people my own age that I can talk to and without even talking about it, I know they have gone through the same things I have. I think in today's age they take the right angle for social networking and using the best tools to get information out while making it fun and age appropriate. i2y, YOU ROCK!