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Causes: Cancer

Mission: The “Voices of Survivors Foundation” is devoted to exploring ‘Survivorship’ and what that means to the individual ‘Survivor’, whether they are recently diagnosed, undergoing treatment or post-treatment, in a variety of documentary formats. We work with other individuals and organizations collaboratively on a variety of projects to further this exploration. The face of cancer is one that the has been portrayed as that of only older people and children for so long but that face is not reflective of whom cancer truly affects. Cancer affects us all and each person who deals with this has their own definition of what being a ‘Survivor’ means. The “Voices of Survivors Foundation” is a federally registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Results: We have grown to over 200k site visits per month on the website. ‘Survivors’ from all over the world including, Africa, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and many other places have shared their ‘voice’ with the “Voices of Survivors Foundation”. We are a member of the LiveStrong Global Cancer Summit and the LiveStrong Young Adult Alliance.

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Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Voices of Survivors is an excellent resouce for first-hand, frank discussions of what cancer does to individuals -- in their own voices. Voices allows the so-called "everyman" to express what role cancer has played in his or her life. It acts as a guide or lamppost for people who may just be enter the confusing world of cancer treatments to see what they may have in store. I applauld Lynn Lane and his excellent site for all that it has done for cancer patients and survivors. There are many out there, and Lynn finds us and gives us a voice so we can help others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors Foundation is an incredible vessel that allows the individual survivor to rip off the label of statistic to being that of mom, dad, sister, brother or friend. Though our experiences are different and though we may be at different places in survivorship; mentally, physically and spiritually, to have the venue where we can speak out and no longer be a poster child for the disease but an expample of determination to live is a great move forward into the healing process where the thriving begins.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful! I shared my personal story, and a bit about what it means for me to be a survivor.- This is a fantastic resource for young adults dealing with cancer to see others like them and refelct on hope.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great foundation in that it lets people who have experienced cancer tell their story so that other people know and learn of cancer in this world. It lets the survivors tell how they overcame an obstacle in their life which gives courage and hope to those going through the same thing. It gives others inspiration to step up and do something for themselves and others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any organization, be it a for-profit or a non-profit, is only as good as its leaders. Successful organizations have leaders that can develop marketable ideas and execute them. This organization, founded by Lynn Lane, will have a long and successful future because Mr. Lane has the experience and foresight to surround himself with the best talent in the market. I agreed to be featured on Mr. Lane's "Voices of Survivors" project because I believed he had an tremendous idea which would appeal to, not only cancer survivors, but all survivors of trumatic events. Further, Mr. Lane's talent, drive and utter determination to develop this Foundation to its full potential is immeasurable. I've recommended the website to every cancer patient I know and the postive responses have been overwhelming. It's inspirational, uplifting and provides a sense of community, comraderie and hope among its viewers. With Mr. Lane's guidance, this Foundation will exceed all expectations. I'm confident of this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is an incredible organization that gives a "voice" to cancer survivors around the world. The sharing of stories and blending of experiences is an important aspect of living with cancer and surviving after a diagnosis. For those who are fighting, it is imperative. For those who have survived, empowering! Voices provides a venue of inspiration, movitation, and encouragement through the written words, videos, and conversations of survivors. I have been able to share my tory in both the written word and through a personal video. It feels wonderful to share with others that challenges can be conquered and that a stage IV diagnosis doesn't have to be a death sentence, but instead a testimony to survival. Voices of Survivors bring a whole new dimension to survivorship!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors has been extremely valuable to me, I was going thru some really hard times, losing friends and dealing with my own cancer. VOS gave me an outlet to tell my story.. A friend in Lynn Lane, when I lost my friend, he listened. I have learned from the powerful stories, been given hope.. cried and laughed. Most of all I have found that I am not alone. For that I am grateful. VOS Is AMAZING!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this non profit..I go to this site often; Lynn Lane with Voices of surviors is very positive, humourous, inspiring, witty, and caring. Voices of Survivors is a great oppertunity for cancer surviovors to tell their story/journey...not only is it a healing experience for the survivor telling their story but it's also healing for other survivors too, to hear someone elses journey... it validates us all in some way and what we have gone through.. No one has to feel like they are battling this alone, there is a whole arcive of survivors. What a great learning and inspiring experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors is playing a crucial role in the growing field of cancer "survivorship". Thankfully, more and more people are surviving the disease to continue with their lives. Many find, however, that they cannot or do not wish to continue with their life in the same way as before. Instead of returning to "normal", survivors often talk of finding a "new normal". Some take on new challenges, some have difficulty coming to terms with their new perspective on their own mortality, and others change their lives in more subtle way. Almost all find that their lives are changed. These changes are at the heart of the meaning of the word survivorship. Voices of Survivors provides not only a forum for survivors to air their insights on their "new normal", but by doing so also provides a wonderful resource for other survivors to compare their own stories against. The Foundation has grown quickly to become an international community of disparate and diverse individuals bound by a common experience and, notable, by a common spirit of positivity. Anybody who is starting a survivorship journey - a journey which starts at the point of diagnosis - should visit the site and be both reassured and inspired. Lynn Lane, the founder of the Foundation, asked me to contribute a piece to the "Written Word" section of the Voices of Survivors website. I was proud to contribute, and touched by the reaction to my piece. I am not religious, so it's rare for me to quote the bible, but I do believe the phrase, "the truth will set your free". The contributors to Voices of Survivors share the truth of their situations. Sometimes heartbreaking, often humbling, always inspiring, and above all, honest. Watch the videos, read the stories, cry, smile and be inspired.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Voices of Survivor Founder Lynn Lane in NYC's Central Park last summer when he interviewed on video for his video series. Since then I have kept up to date on all that his organization is doing and the wonderful progress they are making in developing and implementing new programs that help to support the cancer survivor community. I'm honored to be a part of the Voices of Survivors story and believe that the Foundation is having an impact on many people's lives. As I, too, have started the non-profit Metropolitan Community Charities and getavision programs since recovering from Burkitt's Lymphoma, I hope to be able to help the Voices of Survivors Foundation to further their potential impact among the gay and lesbian population.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Voices of Survivors. They give cancers Survivors a chance to tell their story and possibly touch someone else's life and encourage them in their fight.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most common reactions on receiving a cancer diagnosis is a feeling of utter and total 'aloneness'. It's a struggle to absorb and come to terms with the sudden change in your life; and that soul-searing 'aloneness' can be utterly debilitating. When I was diagnosed with advanced Testicular Cancer back in 2000 I was hungry for information, I found good helpful information through Lance Armstrong's website and posted a simple 'Thank You' in the Guestbook. I knew a little more about my condition but I was still awfully 'alone'. Some days later I checked my e-mails and came across one from a total stranger half a world away - he'd seen my 'Thank you' note and sent me an e-mail to say that he'd just completed the journey I was embarking on and if I wanted to talk he was available. Suddenly, I was no longer alone, I had just 'heard' the most powerful voice I could have heard at the time - the voice of a survivor. Doctors can tell the patient plenty, usually about their treatment - the medical procedures you'll have, the chemistry they are about to 'play' on your body - all good stuff but, in truth, nothing compared to the survivor's voice. The patient's attitude is paramount to the success of any cancer treatment and anything that supports a positive attitude at a time of extreme stress is worth more than it's weight in gold - quite simply it's life-saving! This is what the VoS Foundation does, and does so brilliantly, it collects survivors' voices and makes them freely available. It provides people recently diagnosed with hope; it supports people experiencing difficulty while undergoing treatment and gives them, often much-needed, added determination to battle on to eventual victory over this hideous disease which has tresspassed upon and threatened their life. In short, and without any hint of hyperbole whatsoever, VoS saves lives! There can surely be no higher human achievement!

3 pinkandpretty

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so inspired by the Voice of Survivors.. The Cancer Community is in need of a venue to speak their experience, their physical, spiritual, and emotional journey through Cancer. In my experience, most cancer patients just want someone to know how they are feeling or what they are experiencing. This is a platform for those that need a voice.. It is inspiring, motivating, and realistic, in the fact that the stories are true and heart felt.. These are the genuine people who put a face to Cancer. This is a need that has been to long in coming to those that need a voice. I am grateful and thankful to have read and shared with those that gather at the "Voices of Survivors Foundation"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices of Survivors has helped reach many people by giving regular people a voice in this world. It has given us hope that we have survived and can survive. This site has helped people make connections they may have never made before. The founder has helped give people a place to share their journey of survival. This site brings a message of hope!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lynn and I met last winter and told me about his Voices of Survivors and let me be a part of it. It's main objective is to let people express what the word survivor means to them and through that, you can really see that there's so many unique perspectives out there and that these individuals are multifaceted and more than just "people with cancer." It's great to know that the person behind the foundation is completely real and honest and believes in his work so much. Through him I met a lot of great people. I try to keep myself caught up by visiting the VOSF site. I'm glad to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found VOS via Facebook and it has been a wonderful addition to my circle of support for dealing with cancer. It is a great help to read/listen to other people's stories and how they deal with their disease. VOS offers a unique twist on sharing stories and helps us question traditional labels and terms used in the cancer world. I think VOS is opening up discussions that in the past have been taboo or off limits. It's only when we push these boundaries in appropriate manners that things progress and move in a positive direction. I have shared this site with my volunteer group at the American Cancer Society because I think it's important for people that have not had cancer to understand what we are going through so that they can better support their loved one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Foundation is like no other. My name is Dianne Tufo and my husband Mike (decd 12/1/09) have been apart of VoS Foundation since Mr. Lane came up with the idea. He turned such a negative time in his life to this incredible huge POSITVE to THOUSANDS not just in the US but Global. This is truly like no other. He brings ALL Cancers together. We are joined by the word Cancer but we stand United as Survivors.Survivorship starts from the day you get your diagnosis we hear so much from other sites restrictions what to say how to say what your really feeling about. This Foundation you don't have that. Cancer is Raw. What we feel from Survior to Co-Survivor is raw. Through the Video, Written Word to Conversations you see Survivorship at it's best. His mission is simple to bring awareness to Survivorship that there is life, life lessons the power and passion to help others.I am honored to be apart of the Foundation it has brought many people into my life. My husband was dedicated to spreading the Voice as a Survivor until he passed. I continue to bring the Voice for both of us and for many others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great site for connecting with fellow survivors and hearing their sucess stories. Inspirational and have met some great people through it. I have encouraged friends and fellow survivors to submit their stories and introduced them to the site for encouragement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lynn has created a beautiful site that provides anyone touched by cancer an opportunity to share their voice in several different ways, including a written story, a short video clip or a recorded video conversation. It has helped me immensely to hear the stories of others who are battling cancer as I am and I was proud to contribute my voice to Lynn's site. Lynn has expanded the site to include co-survivors and the forum he has created is a great source of comfort and information to anyone touched by cancer.