2007-2008 Recipients

In 2008, we awarded a total of $112,000 in grants to young adult survivors all over the country.

  • Brandy P.

    survivor of Myelodysplastic syndrome
    “The grant I received from the SAMFund allowed me to pay for my gym membership, which is essential to maintaining my joints and muscles while on my meds. It also allowed me to stay in school by paying for my books which I would not have been able to afford. I also had 6 months of my prescriptions paid for, this allowed me to not have to worry about the fluctuations in my meds because I knew no matter what a certain amount was covered each month. Having these things covered allowed me to be able to pay my other medical bills as they came in.”
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    Anonymous

    survivor of a Brain Tumor
    "My goal is to help others and, perhaps, to help society become aware of the needs of cancer survivors both physically, socially, financially, personally, and more. I want it to be known that cancer isn't just some disease that can be treated and done away with; it is a life changing experience. This is my passion, but to do this type of work I need help. Life has not been easy for me, but cancer has taught me that we all have to keep the faith and keep moving on. I am grateful for my survivorship and thankful for the chance to move on."
  • Jason A.

    survivor of adenoid cystic carcinoma
    “If The SAMFund will help relieve some of these financial burdens, I will be more focused and move forward past this jagged stage of my life. In the end, this will help me to become a more stable individual, achieve my dreams, and most prominently give back to all that have made my existence possible.”
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    Anonymous

    survivor of osteosarcoma
    “The kind of financial assistance The SAMFund offers is so uniquely suited to young cancer survivors that it feels like somebody was listening in when I’ve talked to other survivors about our lives. I somehow thought that I was the only one finding it difficult getting unstuck from the financial glue that cancer leaves, but the very existence of the SAMFund shows that there are many survivors out there for whom remission is just the start of a long journey.”
  • Gina A.

    survivor of Hodgkins lymphoma
    "And so, despite it seeming at first that cancer came at the worst time in my life, I now believe it came at the best. I thought it took away my invincibility when really it revealed to me a hidden part of myself that was much stronger than I ever expected. I thought it proved to me how fragile and weak my existence was when really it showed me how precious life is and how I had to fight to keep it. Perhaps there are other ways to learn these lessons, easier ways, but I'm not sure I would want it any other way."
  • Brian G.

    survivor of testicular cancer
    “I have been blessed with The SAMFund. The first year you paid for my car insurance and the sperm bank, and this past year you paid for the sperm bank and six months of my rent! When I didn't have to pay my rent, there were other problems that arose that I would not have been able to afford if my rent wasn't paid for.”
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    Anonymous

    survivor of testicular cancer
    "No matter what happens in the future, I am compelled to act positively for solutions that would, if not completely eradicate the disease, alleviate the hardships and the ordeals and the suffering that others face as a result of cancer. Being a survivor means to realize to realize so many others suffer from the disease, suffer from the treatments, and still end up losing the fight. It is important to persevere regardless of that possibility, and no one should lose the fight from lack of knowledge or resources."
  • Cassandra B.

    survivor of breast cancer
    “I have had many challenges in incorporating my cancer treatment into my college plans. It has been both physically and financially draining. I work part-time, and both my parents and I have had to take out college loans to fund my education… With financial assistance to help me with tuition and loans, or expenses, I feel that I would have the support to make my dreams a reality.”
  • Aleksei P.

    survivor of leukemia
    “The grant enabled me to have more money toward school supplies and released me from the pending debt. This puts me closer and closer to my dream of completing my education as I will be able register for more classes and in turn quit my day job and become a full time student.”
  • Dave C.

    survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    “Basically I just want to get on with my life. I want to be a normal everyday person. Doing simple things like going fishing, camping, or just going to the park to play with my son are what I want to fill my life with now. I promised myself while I was going through chemotherapy that I was given a second chance that I would not squander my life away. It really helped me see what is important in life and what’s not. Hopefully, with the help of some of your grants I can accomplish these things.”
  • Gabrielle S.

    survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    “The $2500 I received from SAMFund helped defray the significant medical costs associated with in vitro fertilization using donor eggs. All of the $2500 went directly towards paying off the $30,000+ we have charged on personal credit cards in an attempt to start a family after cancer.”
  • Heather G NEW

    Heather G.

    survivor of Lynch Syndrome
    “I was repeatedly told that after my life altering surgery, I could "move on with my life." In some ways I have been blessed to move forward, but not in the manner in which I had anticipated. I suppose I was a bit naïve to think that I would get my same former life back after treatment. I now realize that managing cancer --even after remission --is a day-to-day challenge with unpredictable circumstances. I, like cancer patients all over the world, find myself adjusting to my new normal.”
  • James N.

    survivor of osteogenic sarcoma
    “I now have to borrow money from my parents, where in fact, I know that 'borrow' means pay for with no expectation of paying back. I don’t want to use any more of my parents’ retirement to pay for school. Receiving this grant would reinstate some of my pride, because I would be able to pay for some things in my life.”
  • Peter G.

    survivor of osteosarcoma
    "My scholarship enabled me to purchase a new computer, which made it easier for me to get my schoolwork done at home. My long-term goal is to continue my education, eventually obtaining my PhD in psychology. I plan on doing research on the psychological effects of cancer on young adult patients. I know from my own experiences that this is a time in life when everything is up in the air--when cancer is added to the mix, life can fly out of control. I want to find ways to give more support options to young adults dealing with cacner as well as other serious illnesses. In this way, I hope to bring my cancer experience full circle: From the shock and pain of the original diagnoses to doing everything I can to make life better for other patients and survivors."
  • Susanne R.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "Assistance from [The] SAMFund will allow me to graduate with a smaller debt (and thus less stress and worry) as I enter into my critical residency years in 2011. My experience with cancer had a forceful impact on my commitment to the medical profession and I hope that I can apply many of the lessons I learned during that experience to become a better physician… Assistance from the SAMFund will help me move beyond cancer treatment and forward to reach my goal of becoming a compassionate and socially responsible doctor, translating the lessons I learned from my experience with cancer into benefits for all of my patients."
  • Susan R.

    survivor of malignant melanoma
    "A SAMFund grant would enable me to pursue the life I imagined—completing my education, working to build a family and touching the lives of those around me—without the financial pressure of cancer and educational loans looming over me. I desire to return to graduate school and complete work on my Master of Education degree. I also hope that, as I continue to gain strength, I will be able to volunteer and give back to my community. My battle with cancer opened my eyes to the needs of many courageous patients I came in contact with, and I want to help them in the way so many people helped me."
  • Julie W.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "I received a grant to help with my rent. It came at the perfect time! I am a full-time college student so not having to pay rent for two months helped immensely since funds are always tight. I absolutely love what The SAMFund stands for because it is exactly how I feel at this point in my life: I have survived cancer, and now it is time for me to move on."
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    Anonymous

    survivor of papillary carcinoma
    "I never intended to pay for college with my credit card when I was younger… Illness struck me so suddenly that within three months, I had no savings. Now I have no savings and solid debt... I am currently enrolled at the City University of New York, with a major in nursing. I know I will truly make a difference in someone's life when I am a nurse. I have living experience of how to stay positive and remain alert but not become engulfed in rage, fury, and anger... I would like everyone out there who is diagnosed with any form of the disease to know that there are dedicated professionals and others in similar situations that are surviving and moving forward."
  • Stefanie V.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia
    "In relieving the stresses associated with “making ends meet” by covering transportation costs and prescription drug bills (and other medical bills), the SAMFund has allowed me to focus my time, energy and money on completing my degree in 1 year, allowing me to find a doctoral program that suits me without having to worry about the need to hold a full-time job."
  • Alexander A.

    survivor of medulloblastoma
    "As much as I have moved on, this [cancer] experience changed my life forever. Having been under the spotlight of mortality at an early age, I appreciate the value of life and the value of time. Certainly, the last twelve years have been filled with small triumphs, considerable setbacks and ordeals that seem to have lasted forever."
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    Anonymous

    survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    "After having battled cancer, my reference points have dramatically changed…I now refuse to let small, insignificant details get me down. I have come to realize that there is no time in life but the present to be anything less than the person you want to be. I want to be educated...but I am concerned about how my living expenses will be taken care of. Any help with my finances would take a tremendous burden off me."
  • Alyssa F.

    survivor of of leukemia
    "I am excited to continue my education and earn my degree in nursing so I can change my role from patient to care-giver. I am also looking forward to re-establishing my independence from my parents… As a young adult, I am still trying to establish my financial independence and financial assistance would greatly assist me in achieving my goals."

This is a partial list of recipients.

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