I met Matthew when I was on the internet searching for information about cancer. I didn't have cancer, my sister did. I was looking for information and trying to find ways to fundraise for an event I was supposed to take part in. I found a website with piano music from a cancer survivor named, Matthew Zachary. I listened to a few examples and ordered a copy. I listened to this CD many many times and then ordered another. My sister was no longer with us and she spent a courageous 14 months battling breast cancer and died at the age of 48. She would be 52 today if cancer had not taken her life. Those CD's made the grieving a bit easier and when I listened to those I found a sort of peaceful serenity in dealing with her loss. I wished I had found this earlier and shared it with her. I ordered a few CD's for a nursing home, rehabilitation center I worked in, in hopes that cancer victims and families could find that same peace. I have many friends and relatives who are touched with this nasty thing called cancer and I have kept up with Matthew ever since that first CD. He is an awesome person and I am extremely grateful that fate brought me to his website that day. He tirelessly fights this STUPID Cancer as well as being a survivor himself. He is one of my heros and thank God for sending him to help others. He is an angel.
I wish that I'm Too Young for This had been around when my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 35, she fought for 4 years, ultimately losing the battle. At that time there were no groups for people her age, the doctors just keep saying "you're too young to have colon cancer", but she did. Approximately 3 years ago, my niece (her daughter) was diagnosed with cancer. I know that I'm Too Young for This has been invaluable to her. The support from everyone is unbelievable and the knowledge gained, is not available anywhere else.
This group has opened the eyes of others to the number of young adults who are affected by cancer. This is one age group the has been neglected in terms of research, awareness, and support. I2Y has changed this. This is a group that focuses on what the young adult cancer community needs. They totally rock. Join them in giving stupid cancer the bird.
This organization ROCKS! It is exactly what the cancer community needs. What they do for YA's is amazing - what a great job advocating! I'm SO thankful I stumbled across this org when I did!
There's nothing out there quite like iy out there for young adults with cancer. Many of us in our 20s and 30s know someone with cancer, but often it is a parent or grandparent. When a friend or colleague, someone OUR age gets cancer, it is confusing about what to do, where to seek information, and how to help. Plus, it makes you realize how little information and young adult cancer support there is out there. I'm Too Young For This fills in the blanks. I've attended a few iy Stupid Cancer Happy Hours to not only support my friends that have cancer or who are survivors, but also to get support myself as a friend of a young adult who has cancer. I've been impressed by how inclusive this group is, and their goals of improving the survival rate of young adults with cancer. Other cancer organizations are definitely bigger, but bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to cancer.
This organization has been an integral part of my cousin's battle against cancer. As a young woman battling this insidious disease, she has found immense support from other young people who are facing the same challenges. More than just support, her involvement with this group has energized her by giving her the ability to take *action*. Although there are many organizations that address cancer, Iy serves a vital role for a group that is often overlooked by other groups.
iy is an amazing organization that allows young adults with cancer to cope, laugh, and find a cure. Young adult cancer is rarely recognized, and it is about time that people like us young cancer survivors are challenged to get out into the world and show people that this does happen. We need to stop cancer from happening, and this is just one way to help young people realize that this CAN happen to them, and they need to protect themselves. Matthew Zachary is an amazing man who overcame obstacle after obstacle, and he is not ashamed to tell the world to give cancer the bird! As a young adult cancer survivor, I am so relieved that more people see this experience as I do: we should laugh in its face and rip it to shreds.
My niece was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her 20's. For the last 3 years this group has been an incredible support to her. It is so important for survivors to connect with others walking in the same shoes!
My Sister has become involved in i2y after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and it has helped her tremendously with a solid support network. I hope they are able to continue their great work!