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Amelia Fay-Berquist

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Review for The Samfund, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The SAMFund not only offers incredible living grants to young adult cancer survivors (of which no other cancer survivor's org. offers), the personnel (Sam and Michelle) are 2 amazing women who make traversing the precarious terrain of the medical establishment, contacting insurance companies, and making timely payments on behalf of us, their recipients, look easy! Had it not been for the last 2 years that I was chosen as a grant recipient, I don't know how I would have survived as a student with a limited income and high expenses associated with having been ill. However, with those grants, I have now graduated, Summa Cum Laude, having been able to concentrate on reestablishing myself after the scary and unexpected cancer diagnosis at 26. Furthermore, I have had the privilege of working with the SAMFund as a recipient who can reach out to donors, express my gratitude toward and importance of their generosity, while collaborating on future fundraising efforts. SAMFund is a unique and necessary org that advocates and understands the challenges and opportunities associated with a cancer diagnosis. I am eternally grateful to them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity to subsist in a society where health care is a for-profit business and the amount of debt I have accrued over 3 years has been alleviated by the generous grants from the SAMFund!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing different.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the gift they provide of enabling us to focus on the future instead of being stuck in the past, drowning in debt.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING!...perpetually available, forever helpful, smart, inspiring, driven, compassionate, so much love!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help hundreds of more young survivors "move forward" following a cancer experience!

Ways to make it better...

SAMFund were located in California and I could volunteer in their offices as a small token of my gratitude!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economic downturn and the threat it poses to consistent donor pool.

One thing I'd also say is that...

SAMFund makes me want to become a professional fundraiser...just for them!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & I am a 2 time grant recipient.