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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in collaboration with Matthew Zachary and I2Y for the past 3 years. They are a very dedicated and professional group of people. They are a much needed organization dedicated to assisting young adults affected by cancer.They have been a great resource for patients in this population that we come in contact with. They have been very helpful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the most innovative cancer advocacy group I've encountered. Focusing on young adult cancer survivors, they've amassed a passionate group of survivors and volunteers whose mission is to raise awareness of survivorship issues facing the young adult cancer community. Matt Zachary, Kate Goldberger and the rest of the team are creative, energetic leaders. Definitely at the top of their game!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm Too Young FOr This is a hip, "tell-it-like-it-is", comprehensive resource for young adults with cancer. I refer my clients to i2y regularly for information and resources that will facilitate their experience and help them to not feel so isolated from diagnosis through survivorship. The Stupid Cancer Show puts a voice to the experience of living with cancer at a time when you least expect to be focusing on your health. The energy behind this peer driven network is empowering and helpful to so many young people throughout the country!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MZ and his board have done an amazing job of reaching out to Young Adults batting cancer. They do it with creativity and that needed spark that so many of us young people need. He has created a movement and it will not be stopped. Kudos to him for creating a much needed space for young cancer patients and survivors to find everything that they need at their finger tips. He's also great at connecting people to other great nonprofits to help aid them. Bravo to i2y and it's leader Matthew Zachary!

6 drumSTRONG

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Far and beyond the hippest, directest, in cancer's face group of advocates out there. MZ, Alan, Jack & Kairol got it going and won't quit. They are engaging, well informed and good-intentioned. The cancer resources that they bring to light through the stupid cancer show and the support provided for young adults surviving cancer is first rate (and fun).

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I am so glad there are organizations like I2Y. I have been involved in healthcare a long time and there are few organizatinos that are serving the need of young people with Cancer (not just children with Cancer but teenagers and young adults). It's a real grass roots effort and has both a on the ground and and web and virtual community.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is superlative- it is well organized and really focused on action and on making a difference in indvidual lives, on finding and filling a huge need in the population of young adult cancer survivors. It also makes a huge difference in the lives of these survivors, by providing information, a much needed peer group and the means to share experiences and be active and make a difference.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a powerful voice for all of the millions of young adults who were previously unrecognized as stakeholders in the fight against cancer. I’m Too Young For Young For This meets young adults wherever they are in their cancer journey and provides them with probably the most comprehensive list of resources out there. They are collaborative in nature, working hard to ensure that young adults are no longer isolated and that they have access to the tools they need to get the treatment they deserve. At the core of the hip and trendy messages put out by this group are facts, resources, and support. Thank you, I’m Too Young For This, for being a lifeline for so many people.

4 Lynn Lane

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Matthew has done an amazing job of putting together and organization who truly realizes and exemplifies what their mission statement is. When I was initially diagnosed with cancer last year, i[2]y was an amazing resource and I'm so glad that it exists. It is much needed!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i2y.org is a well-informed, intelligent support and advocacy group. Through personal experience the founder recognized a gap in a major part of our healthcare system and through sheer force of will and personality he sought to fill that gap and he has done a SPECTACULAR job. Today, whenever I encounter young people in the unfortunate situation of having new diagnosis of cancer, I know I can offer them my assistance and support AND I can refer them to i2y.org and know that they will find the additional assistance they need from their peers that I can't provide.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

great resource for young adults cancer survivors. I2YFT is always presenting/speaking with people in the cancer comunities to connect better with one another. Matthew has passion, humour and wisdom that he shares though this website.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure and honor of working with i2y for several years. Matthew and his team are dedicated, professional, creative, knowledgeable, passionate and formidable! I simply cannot thank them enough for providing much needed information and support to our young adult population. As a professional in the field, I refer every single one of my YA patients to i2y and they are ever grateful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm Too Young For This! has filled a huge gap in the young adult cancer community. The organization has done an incredible job of increasing awareness of young adult cancer issues. In addition, it has presented an out-of-the-box approach to tackling these issues that other, larger, national organizations have been too afraid to take. The organization has attracted an army of survivors and allies and I cannot wait to see how they are mobilized to bring about change in the oncology world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Few organizations have the central heart which keeps things alive over the long haul. i2y is an exception. Led by a champion of cancer survivors, Matthew Zachary, i2y provides a broad range of social, informational and cultural resources uniquely helpful to young individuals dealing with cancer. When the dark hours of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship arrive, i2y provides a beacon of hope and possibility to all seekers. I have been referring my cancer patients to i2y for years now. I believe they feel support and connection as a result. This provides immeasurable improvement in their outcomes.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i2y rocks! it offers information and opportunities for those affected by cancer to network and gain support. it is open to anyone including those that have not had cancer but are affected by it.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Matthew Zachary when I interviewed him for my book on young adult cancer and have been hooked ever since. You would not know that this organization started a mere few years ago out of his apartment in Brooklyn. Their presence rivals organizations ten times their size. That is impressive to me. The thing that is so special about i2y is their ability to harness social media and use it to their advantage, not just to promote their organization, but to really start a movement. So many young adults feel like a fish out of water in the cancer community and the i2y identity gives them a home, lets them feel not so alone. He does this all with humor and an unstoppable passion that is just contagious.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I2Y is a fantastic organization! Not only do they have an amazing website full of information and resources available for young adults facing cancer, but they have a weekly online radio show addressing all of the key issues of this patient population. This should definitely be the first online stop for a newly diagnosed young adult. The message of I2Y and Stupid Cancer resonates around the world through local community events hosted by and attended by young adult cancer patients and survivors. This organization provides support for a demographic that is often overlooked in a cool hip way that makes young adults excited about participating. I cannot say enough wonderful things about I2Y!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I2Y is a driving force in our generation for young adult cancer awareness. I am impressed with their high professional and ethical standards-- and their ability to hold large companies and organizations responsible. I2Y provides a much critical eye and platform for activism in our generation. In addition, they fill a niche that was completely ignored before. They are doing amazing things for the young adult survivor group.