In 2009, we awarded a total of $163,000 in grants to young adult survivors all over the country.
survivor of hodgkin's lymphoma“I have a significant amount of debt as a result of my absence from the work world since my diagnosis, and they sit there and I make payment plans and some get paid and others I just can't afford. The frequent calls from credit card companies and medical billing offices are onerous and troubling, but sometimes I don't think they realize how resilient one becomes as a cancer survivor. A grant from The SAMFund would help relieve the burden of debt that seems to only grow with my tiny budget as a full-time student and an unpaid intern.”
survivor of breast cancer“The funds provided by The SAMFund will allow me to pay off all my debts, pay for my upcoming medical and everyday living expenses, all the while allowing me to remain a graduate student on my small graduate student stipend…I am hoping The SAMFund will help me so that I may get back to my llife without financial worries and participate in the activities I personally feel are important for the future of breast cancer and the well-being of breast cancer survivors. Any grant or scholarship you can award me will help ease the financial burden cancer has caused and allow me to be the independent, financially responsible person I was a year ago.”
survivor of cervical cancer“I feel as if The SAMFund found me during one of my most difficult battles…The SAMFund will allow me to continue my quest in education and outreach, the grant wil relieve some of the immense pressures from both medical and household bills so that I can concentrate more on moving forward instead of being pulled backwards.”
survivor of ependymomaThe SAMfund granted me money to pay for my car insurance and gas, which has immensely helped me financially. It allowed me to not worry as much about my finances, and allowed me also to put that money I would have spent on my car towards my photography and education. Thank you so much!”
survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma"I think that The SAMFund is doing a great service to young adult cancer patients and survivors. In my own experience, I have discovered that we are a group of strong and unique individuals with a lot to offer the world, but are routinely overlooked for a variety of reasons. It is encouraging to see that there is an organization that acknowledges our plight and contributes substantive assistance to help us "move forward" and achieve our goals.”
survivor of testicular cancer"Before cancer, money was not a topic that concerned me. After cancer, the financial picture has changed. I can no longer count on my parents to pay for things like a computer or help me afford a car. I never expected to owe student loans. I definitely didn't expect to owe thousands of dollars in medical bills and have to pay for sperm storage.”
survivor of a brain tumor“I am requesting funds for a laptop personal computer and help in funding for internet services. The reason for this is because I'm on a set income every month and cannot afford one myself. I would like to be able to stay in touch with cancer survivors that went through similar situations. Also to see what is on internet sites for cancer survivors and other people that went through traumatic illnesses, such as camps, support groups...”
survivor of a Hodgkin's lymphoma“By providing me with financial assistance, The SAMFund will help me reach my short term goal of going back to school… It will also relieve me of the financial stresses of moving out and paying utilities for the first few months. Overall, this grant will prevent me from overworking myself. I will be able to focus more on my short term goals and start living the most normal life I can.”
survivor of aplastic anemia“When I evaluate my budget, what stands out to me the most is that my health expenses add up to almost as much as my rent each month! This is something that the average 26-year-old doesn't have to worry about. Dealing with almost $600 a month in medical expenses puts me at a great disadvantage in regards to pursuing my goals in life. This is $600 a month I could otherwise be saving towards important things such as retirement, an emergency fund, even a home. I feel that financial assistance from The SAMFund would make all the difference in my budget, and allow me to realize my goals and actually move from a tenuous financial state to that of solid financial health and stability.”
survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma“I lived month to month up until I started treatment and now I live day to day, hoping that I can pay all my bills when they are due. My medical bills are the last thing that I pay, when I have money to spare, but so far there haven't been any finance charges like others. The reason I am applying to The SAMFund: I want my life back. Even my month to month life.”
survivor of leukemia“My dream is to move on, and it is slowly becoming a reality…The only thing stopping me is my financial situation. I have a plan to move on… A grant from The SAMFund would help me start a new life. It would help me live again.”
survivor of breast cancer“Financial assistance from The SAMFund would help me purchase a computer, helping me with my coursework and time management… [and] will help my mind and body stay healthy either by my continued medical coverage under COBRA, or by paying for health appointments or any needed prescriptions.”
survivor of brain cancer“The financial assistance provided through The SAMFund to help pay back some of my student loan burden would enable me to take a longer break from [my work with support groups for bereaved children], ensuring I may return when I am more ready to do so. In addition, it would help take some financial stress off myself in dealing with the burden of these loans.”
survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma“Unfortunately, my inability to work full-time during my treatment, medical expenses, and a period of time post-treatment spent doing freelance and temporary work drove me into debt. I am climbing out of it slowly, but the high cost of living in New York has made it difficult. I am requesting a grant...to supplement my rent, gym membership, and utilities that will allow me to continue my cancer-free life without my gnawing fear of financial instability. This fear, more than anything else, is a constant reminder of the way cancer held me back from living a full life, and pursuing school and my career. Without it, I hope to feel a little bit freer.”
This is a partial list of recipients.