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The Samfund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Mission: The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance, in-person and online support, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and educational goals from a position of knowledge and strength.

Results: To date, we have awarded a total of $900,000 in grants and scholarships to hundreds of individuals across the country. We have delivered multiple free Webinars for young adult survivors through our "Moving Forward With Your Finanical Health," Webinar series archived and available on our website.

Target demographics: Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35 who are finished with active treatment and residents of the United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: We provide free Webinars on young adult survivor financial issues and grants for living expenses that cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The SamFund organization was able to help me with residual medical bills. They provided me a grant, but what really helped was the expertise of their staff. They managed to help make every dollar of my grant count.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The SAMFund has been my rock as I struggled to find funding after remission. There are very few organizations devoted solely to young adults even though young adults have seen little to no improvements in survivor rates. The SAMFund offers all areas of funding to help ease the mind and lift the burdens for cancer survivors such as myself. This group has given me more than funding they have given me the faith that there are people out there that see that cancer truly affects all ranges of people regardless of age.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The SAMFund has helped me tremendously with my attempt to move forward after surviving cancer as a young adult. This is one of the very few organizations I have found to help reenter life after fighting for my life. I was a 32 year old single working mother whose life came to a screeching stop when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I was very lucky. With very aggressive treatment I was able to put my cancer in remission. Unfortunately cancer doesn't stop the bills from piling up. I still had to support myself and my child. I paid all of the necessities, however, I had to deplete my savings, 401K and even ask family and friends for help. I was able to maintain my residence and go back to work but even 2 1/2 years later, it is very difficult. I am very proud of everything I've been through and overcome. The SAMFund has helped me so much get back on my feet. After applying for a grant from the SAMFund late last year, I was able to breathe a bit better financially when they called to inform me I was approved. There are so many great organizations out there to help others in need but for me, I will do what I can to spread the word to my fellow cancer survivors about the SAMFund to help them raise money and awareness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The SAMFund is a wonderful organization because it helps young adult survivors in such a practical way. After my cancer experience, I decided to become and oncologist. SAMFund helped me with the cost of applying to medical school, which was such a great relief! I start medical school in less than a month. Thanks again SAMFund!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SAMFund has given hope to many young adults who still feel the impact of cancer. I was blessed to receive support in order to help me find permanent housing. My story with cancer led me to be homeless for a short time and SAMFund allowed me to find security again. Along with the support they provide, I have also been very impressed with their personal contact. After experiencing system after system, it was refreshing to be treated as a person and a friend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a survivor of cancer the SAMfund has helped to provide me with assistance in persueing my dreams. Besides the monetary assistance, I have seen and met other survivors who have over come the difficulties they have been faced with in their early lives and it has helped give me confidence to face my own difficulties. It has made an impact on my life that I am forever gratefull for.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a young adult cancer survivor getting back on my feet medically, socially and financially was a long road. After undergoing treatment for leukemia, and two bone marrow transplants my meager savings were depleted, and social security barely covered the mortgage never mind a Boston heating bill during a harsh winter. The Samfund provided me with the financial relief I needed, paying for some of my utilities. What the Samfund was able to provide made a world of difference and helped me sleep better at night. I am forever grateful to the Samfund and as payback I help the Samfund in any way I can to ensure young adult cancer survivors like myself, are recognized and helped where other cancer organizations fail to fulfill our needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After writing a grant application to the SAMFund, I was awarded funding for a year's worth of free yoga, all the physical therapy I needed, and car insurance coverage. After being on disability and using up all my savings, I had NO money to physically or mentally take care of myself post-cancer. The SAMFund made that possible. Now I go to Restorative Yoga classes as often as I want without worrying about the cost. It has worked wonders for me - physically and mentally. I feel I am finally gaining the control of my body that I felt I lost through my cancer experience. And I am taking care of myself in ways I never would've been able to afford.