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Help us end year #8 on a high note

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Hello everyone and happy pre-holiday-weekend-Thursday!

Today marks the end of The SAMFund’s 8th fiscal year. Eight years. How did *that* happen?!

In 2003, when we created this organization, we had no idea what it would become in such a short time. To this day, I’m really proud that The SAMFund remains the only organization in the United States that provides direct financial and other assistance to young adults a) regardless of their diagnosis and b) regardless of where in the country they live.

In 8 years (actually 6, since we didn’t start awarding grants until 2005), we’ve given out $600,000 to YAs from 48 states for things like medical bills, insurance premiums and prescription co-pays — the expenses most often associated with cancer and its aftermath. But we’ve also given grants for those things most people never think of:

  • Gym memberships, because YAs need and want to keep themselves healthy and strong, but very few have the $500-$1,000 to be able to do it.
  • Family-building expenses, because most YAs with a history of cancer have to get a little creative when it comes to starting a family, but the price tag on IVF, adoption and other “non-traditional” methods is ridiculous.
  • Rent/mortgage – many YAs who come to us for help are on the verge of being evicted and/or losing their independence by needing to move back in with their parents.
  • Groceries, utilities and other everyday living expenses – things that most of us are lucky to take for granted, but that many YAs struggle with since they’re also fielding phone calls from bill collectors and contending with stacks of medical bills. We’ve gotten applications from survivors who have to choose between food and keeping the lights on. Literally.

And the list goes on…

We know that young adults are able to get follow-up care because The SAMFund pays for their health insurance premiums. We know that they can take their medications as prescribed because we cover their co-pays. And we know that they are able to start families, keep their homes and further their educations because we provide the financial assistance that enables them to do so.

We also know that there are so many more young adults out there who need our help.

We opened the 2011 grants cycle a few short weeks ago, and so far (with almost one week still to go before the deadline), more than 1,100 survivors have started the application process. To put it in perspective, last year we got 660. And most of them came in on the last day.

So, on this last day of our fiscal year, we are asking for your help. Last fall, The SAMFund awarded $105,000 in grants. Please help us award even more by making a tax-deductible donation today.

As a small, grassroots organization, we keep our expenses low so that upwards of 90% of your donations goes directly to our programs. In light of recent charity scandals, one in particular, we’re really proud of that number. If you ever wonder whether your support makes a difference, take a few minutes to watch our video. Or read the stories of 6 years of SAMFund alums on our website.

And if you’re *still* not convinced, I want to share a letter that we recently received from Laura, a two-time grant recipient:

“I will never be able to thank you enough for all you have done for me in the past two years. You have done so much more than assist me financially — you have welcomed me with open arms and hearts to a community that I never thought I would be fortunate enough to be a part of. I think that your gift is helping all of us touched by cancer realize and appreciate ours.”

Thank you all, as always, for being part of The SAMFund community. On behalf of everyone at The SAMFund, I wish each of you a wonderful (early) holiday weekend!

Sam

 

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