In 2007, we awarded a total of $72,000 in grants to young adult survivors all over the country.
survivor of lymphoma"After finishing treatment and looking back at what I have been through this past year, I've learned that cancer has actually affected my life in a very positive way. I have learned how far one can really go with a positive attitude. I feel that I have opened up and grown more as a person, which has given me the ability to use my experience to reach out to others by becoming an advocate in the cancer community. I've gained a perspective that's different than my peers'. My biggest challenge right now as a cancer survivor is the question, 'Where do I go from here?'"
survivor of medulloblastoma"Unfortunately, I am unable to attend school full-time and be employed. I have to dedicate such a tremendous amount of time and work to achieve high grades in my classes that I do not have enough time or energy left to be employed. Therefore, the costs of tuition and school expenses are a huge burden... As a recipient of a scholarship from The SAMFund, I would apply all awarded funds directly toward my current educational expenses."
survivor of papillary carcinoma"I couldn't handle all of the doctor offices and collection agencies calling me. Didn't they understand, I didn't ask for cancer and I wasn't a horrible human being for not being able to pay? The assistance from The SAMFund will enable me to move forward with my life... it would lift a huge weight off my shoulders [so that I can] actually go to sleep at night. I lay awake so many nights crying and worried about how I am ever going to recover from the financial burden of cancer, much less the mental one."
survivor of neuroblastoma"My biggest challenge of being a cancer survivor has to be dealing with constant interruptions to a "normal" life. Missing out on many social functions because of infection or migraines or doctor's appointments or surgery, as well as missing many days of work and school and struggling to keep up with the class, has been physically and emotionally difficult... Assistance from The SAMFund will enable me to get the medical workup I need to hopefully cure or at least control my frequent severe migraines, which will enable me to focus on my educational goals and ultimately fulfill my career goals and dreams."
survivor of ovarian cancer"I do not feel that I am alive despite my cancer, but because of it. My cancer saved my life. It taught me to never give up and how to wring every last moment of satisfaction from every day I am alive. My experience with cancer taught me how to access my strength and placed a new perspective on my fears. I did not ask for my life to be interrupted by cancer. However, I am grateful for the push it gave me to step outside of my safe and comfortable life and choose to become the kind of person who has the courage to reach for the stars."
survivor of leukemia"Financial assistance from The SAMFund will help me move forward with my life beyond my cancer treatment and also give me some peace of mind. I have held a job since I was 16 years told and I was always taught in order to get things and do the things I want to do, I would have to earn my own money. Anyone who has gone through cancer or another serious illness knows that it wipes you out not only emotionally and physically, but financially. I'm also glad I found The SAMFund website. It is very comforting to know there are others out there, going through similar things and that there are people who are willing to help."
survivor of Ewing's Sarcoma"I have trouble forcing myself to continue follow-up care... I go back [to the hospital] for a check-up each year and every year I have different problems, not with my health, but with insurance... I went in for my check-up last year and am still paying the hospital off. Assistance from The SAMFund will help me move forward. It will offer me a clean slate with medical bills that I will hopefully be able to stay on top of from now on."
survivor of osteosarcoma"The ability to live independently has helped me to regain my sense of self-sufficiency and normalcy. However, it is also rapidly depleting my current financial resources. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to request help from The SAMFund. With financial assistance I am confident that I can reach my goal of using my hard-won knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a cancer survivor to make a difference in the lives of current and future oncology patients. 'Surviving and moving forward' has a different meaning for each cancer survivor. For me it means facing the storm, knowing that there are people beside me who are willing to help. It means facing each day with hope and a commitment to myself to learn the hard lessons and remain faithful to my goals."
survivor of Ewing's Sarcoma"I am battling my own mind, body and soul. It would be really nice if I didn't have to battle my checkbook too. A SAMFund grant will enable me to take a breath every now and then. I will be able to look forward, and not wonder who will be constantly calling about an overdue bill. I will be able to feel happy that I am alive, and not feel guilty because of the burden that my illness has and will cost. There is life before cancer. There is life during cancer (if you can remember). There is life after cancer. It's just a matter of having the right resources and knowing how to use them correctly. Oh yeah, and making sure to enjoy every day that you have."
survivor of lymphoma"With the onset of cancer I accumulated some financial debt due to my inability to work and gain income, [which] has limited my resources. Now I work two jobs and still find it a struggle to maintain good grades and the bills at the same time. The affect that [previous help from The SAMFund] had on my life financially and academically was phenomenal. Relief was all I felt. Therefore I am asking The SAMFund to assist me with my medical debt. This assistance will get me one step closer to my degree and life-changing career."
survivor of follicular thyroid cancer"Receiving an education is key to reaching my goals and being successful in life. With assistance from The SAMFund, I will be able to pay for the expenses that come with an education. Life after graduation will be tough enough without the extra burden of paying back student loans. Since I have a young son, my greatest fear is not being able to provide for him. The SAMFund will give me the financial boost I need to ensure my family's sustainability. Assistance from The SAMFund will also give me the self-confidence I need to find my dream job."
survivor of multiple myelomaWith help from The SAMFund, I'll have the chance to get on with the business of living, which is infinitely more interesting than being sick. With this financial boost, I'll be back to living better, less shackled to bills and the almost unbearable financial pressure that came with diagnosis. It's true that money can't buy happiness. But it does help move forward, to achieve the goals that you set for yourself. For me, finishing school and moving on involves more than just a job or a degree in the future. It involves sharing my story, speaking with a clear, confident voice about the fear and the hope that comes with cancer."
This is a partial list of recipients.