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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Although I wish I had found I2y when I was diagnosed, it has changed my life for the better by bringing me into contact with young adults who "get" what it's like to have cancer at such a young age. These are friendships I know I will have for a lifetime and I have Matthew Zachary to thank for that and so much more! He is an inspiration for building I2y from the ground up to the amazing organization it is today and it's only going to get better from here! I2y is giving me the opportunity to advocate for myself as well as other fellow cancer survivors and patients. I had a blast at my 2nd OMG Conference and was able to hear one of my "cancer idols" speak, Erin Zammett. Thank you I2y, you rock!

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization that is welcoming, innovative, and well put together. They have different events to suit all kinds. Matthew and his crew of volunteers have used their experience to make sure that any young adult is not alone going through this experience. Wish they were around when I was first diagnosed but glad that even 12 years later I have place to engage with others who share my experience.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

You are the Best! and more needs to be done to fight this crazy thing called cancer. I really hate to hear about young people who get it.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have met some great people through this site. People who understand me and what I am going through. Thanks for a place to have a voice and community so that we are not alone.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently diagnosed, therefore new to the I2Y organization, which, by the way, they let me join even though I'm a few years older than their targeted demographic. I2Y deserves extra points for including me - ultimately letting me feel young (again!) with other cancer fighters.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer two days before my 35th birthday. Throughout my treatment, at one of the top ten cancer centers in the country, I felt isolated because I was always the youngest person in the waiting/chemo room. I didn't want to learn how to knit with all the other grandmothers receiving treatment, I needed peer support. I'm Too Young For This! gives me the community that I desperately need, a group of other young survivors that are getting busy living. i[2]y's Stupid Cancer Show keeps me in the loop on topics relevant to young adult survivors. I stay connected to other survivors via Facebook and through monthly "Stupid Cancer Happy Hours" where I have made many friends who know what I'm going through, because they've been there themselves. No other cancer organization is so easy and fun to engage with, gives me hope, inspiration and the resources necessary for me to live a full and happy life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a young man in my mid twenties and have battled cancer on three different occasions. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and began initial treatment with ABVD. After my second cycle of chemotherapy, I was in complete remission but by the end of treatment, several months later, I relapsed. The relapse led to aggressive radiation treatment capped off with a "boost" of radiation to treat the mass. Three months after the treatment I showed no signs of the disease. Almost a year later, I was symptomatic again and several tests confirmed that the cancer had returned. With each subsequent relapse my chances of survival diminished and by the third relapse I nearly lost all hope. i2Y connects young adults (both caregivers and survivors) with each other and creates a sense of hope and community. Everyday, I would read about other young people's treatments, their successes and at times their last moments. I felt happy, sad, encouraged, devastated and many more emotions during my fight with cancer but I never ever felt alone. I2Y creates a community for young people to vent, bullshit, complain and cheer each other on. Due to my career I live in Los Angeles, California. My immediate family all live on the east coast but my I2Y family is everywhere I can get online. Thank you for the emotional support and the family. Almost three years out, I'm cancer free and engaged to a beautiful woman who happens to be a survivor herself and who introduced me to I2Y.

5 charlcies

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great organization serving and connecting young adults who have cancer. It's a lonely world when you are first diagnosed with cancer, but I'm Too Young For This! is a beacon in the darkness! Just to know there are other younger cancer patients/survivors out there is great, and I'm Too Young For This! connects us and informs us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that has really filled a vacuum in the "cancer community." As a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at 29, I have met other young women with breast cancer, but I never would have encountered the wider (and potentially more powerful) community of young adult survivors of all kinds if it were not for i[2]y. Matthew Zachary is the most tireless and dedicated advocate I have met. I don't know how he does it, but I'm glad he does!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before i2y I had never even met anyone my age with cancer and I was intimidated by the "Races" for the cure. When I heard about a "Stupid Cancer Happy Hour" I was in! I thought it was such a great, unique idea! My husband and I attended that happy hour which was my first time meeting Matthew and I must say that I am in awe of his dedication and enthusiasm. It was also my first time being in a room full of young cancer survivors. It was truly an incredible experience for me. For the first time in the 6 years since my diagnosis I felt a sense of belonging that had been missing for so long. What I really love and find unique about i2y is that the focus is on how to help young people “live” after cancer. i2y is an invaluable resource for all young cancer survivors. Matthew has begun a revolution in how the public views young adults with cancer and has provided us with a one stop portal for support, connection, and resources.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i[2]y has been so helpful in many aspects of my cancer battle. It's such a comfort to know that this incredible resource is available, and that there are others out there sharing the same experience. Let's beat this... STUPID CANCER!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a newly diagnosed 27 year old brain tumor patient, I already feel welcomed into the Im too young for this organization. Due to health limitations I have not had many opportunities to go to many functions, but the ones I have gone to were amazing. I got to network with so many people and learn so much information. The stupid cancer radio show has also been a great resource for info and kinship. Thanks for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

THE MOST AMAZING organization! When I was diagnosed with cancer it was a wild trip down a strange dark hole. Luckily, I’m Too Young For This! was there to offer friendship and support. Now a year later I am cancer free and very happy! This is a REALLY great group of people with an outstanding mission.

5

Client Served

Rating: 3

I think this is a great organization (which I didn't know about until after I'd finished treatments), reaching out to a very underserved population. However, as I move further out of treatment, I find less here for me (looking for community, not support), and I find that the overarching tone is much too angry for my tastes. Anger eats up your soul like cancer eats up your body.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a 34 year old breast cancer survivor, these guys helped me WAY more than say, my local group of 60 year old breast cancer survivors who had 0 in common with me regarding my side effects, such as medical, pre menopause from hell, caused by chemo. Im too young for this made me feel welcome, I was not alone, and not the only one in my 30s going through very sucky cancer. Ya cant ask for a more helpful, supportive group. Rock on!! ps. it was also helpful to me that theyre on facebook, just easier to see whats going on.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

As diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16 and now being 26, it offers a unique set of challenges that have not previously been addressed until i2y came along. I love this organization and what it stands for. I am looking forward to my continued participation in the group and to help make it stronger. Awesome organization!

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a part of the I'm Too Young for This Cancer Foundation approximately a year and a half ago. I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at the age of 26, five years ago. Until I became aware of I2Y, I had not met a young adult cancer survivor face to face. I had found some online, but never right in front of me. Through I2Y I feel like I am part of a growing community trying to spread the word that Cancer DOES happen to young people! That it does happen and it sucks, but we are here together. I have become very involved on a local level trying to spread the word in my community. Not only has it given me a sense of purpose in the aftermath of cancer, but it has been a wonderful support for my husband as well which I am so grateful for.

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

As luck would have it, I found i[2]y while watching A Side Order of Life on Lifetime Television. I was plopped on my couch, 9-months post cancer diagnosis at the age of 28 feeling like nobody understood. My only shot at any type of contact with "someone like me" was watching Vivy, a young adult character on the show with cancer, and pretending she was my friend. Pathetic. Little did I know that Vivy's adventures that evening would send her to Stupid Cancer Happy Hour hosted by I'm Too Young For This! I was intrigued. Does this really exist? Can I get a Stupid Cancer T-shirt? Is Matthew Zachary real? A few taps of the keys into Google and I had my answer: IT WAS REAL! I poured over the website and without hesitation applied to be a member of the YALC. Since that fateful click of the remote, I have hosted 11 Stupid Cancer Happy Hour's in San Francisco. I have met dozens of survivors just like myself. Being a part of i[2]y and the YALC not only makes me feel that I belong and that I am included, it allows me the opportunity to give other survivors a moment like the one I just described. Telling a survivor that we have Stupid Cancer Happy Hour on a regular basis, we have a radio show every week, and we are an entire organization dedicated to young adult survivors; and watching their face as they realize that we get it and that they belong here is priceless. Because I know exactly how they feel.