Biggest day of the year
Ok, folks… it’s here… the biggest day of the year at The SAMFund. The day we plan for all year. The reason why The SAMFund was created and the program for which we are best known. The main purpose for all of the hours, days and months spent fundraising.
Yup — today is the day the application cycle for our 2011 SAMFund grants opens!
Since 2005, we’ve awarded $600,000 in direct financial assistance to hundreds of young adult survivors across the country. Our grants and scholarships have helped them keep their homes, pay off medical and other debt, get back on their feet and just be able to breathe a little easier. This year, we’re hoping to award at least another $100,000 (final number to be determined in the fall) and are anticipating more than a thousand applications. Whew.
As a member of the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance (now Critical Mass), we are part of an important and powerful collaboration of 150 or so organizations around the globe aimed at making life better for young adults with a history of cancer. Each of the member organizations serves a unique and much-needed role in the cancer community, each one a smaller piece of the same larger puzzle. Within the Young Adult Alliance and the larger cancer world, our niche is our grants program.
What makes us unique (and I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I was recently asked this question for a possible magazine article…more on that soon, hopefully!) is that a) we are not diagnosis-specific and b) we try to award grants for expenses that no other organization does. As a small organization trying to meet an overwhelmingly huge need, and because we try to award grants that will make a meaningful and significant impact, our numbers aren’t as huge as other, larger organizations. It can be really frustrating at times. But then we hear things like this, from our past SAMFund alums, and we know we are doing important work:
From Hailey: “The SAMFund’s grant program helped me financially after my cancer treatment but most importantly it renewed my hope.”
From Meghan: “At a time when most people in our lives are happy we are ‘done’ with treatment, The SAMFund gave me the permission and the resources to take care of myself.”
And this is why we’re so excited that today begins the seventh annual grants and scholarships cycle. This is what we are known for and this is what we do best.
So… without further ado…
If you’re a young adult survivor and thinking about submitting an application, please check out the recording from yesterday’s Webinar, called SAMFund Grants 101, to hear the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our program and to get advice on submitting a strong application. Then, check our website today at 12:30pm EST, when Part I will be posted. We look forward to reading what we know will be your amazing stories of strength, perseverance and determination.
To everyone reading this, thanks for being part of The SAMFund throughout the year. Today is our day to shine — and we hope you’re as proud to be part of it as we are grateful to have you.
P.S. If you’re not a prospective applicant but would like to make a tax-deductible donation that will be used only for grants this year, you can do so here. Come on… you knew that was coming