2010-2011 Recipients

In 2011, we awarded a total of $109,000 in grants to young adult survivors all over the country.

 

  • Corinne B.

    survivor of hodgkin's lymphoma
    "I gained many positive perspectives from cancer, but the fiscal impact it left is quite substantial and a heavy burden to bear. I couldn’t work for the entire two years of my treatment so the overwhelming stress of medical bills is a daily occurrence. Playing is no longer an option so I need to change careers and transition into coaching. In the meantime, the bills keep piling up. A SAMFund grant will help eliminate the daily stress of bills and allow me to focus instead on my goals of regaining my athleticism, career, and life."
  • Blake V.

    survivor of osteosarcoma
    "Ever since we can each remember, my wife and I have dreamed of one day having children. Prior to starting chemo, I was able to make 3 hurried visits to a fertility clinic to freeze and store a limited quantity of sperm. At the time, we viewed it as a simply a precaution. Unfortunately, we’ve since learned that chemo treatments permanently took away my ability to naturally conceive a baby. Our only hope for conceiving children is through in vitro fertilization…. A grant from The SAMFund would help us tremendously by relieving a portion of the expenses of IVF so that we can continue trying to build the family we’ve always dreamed of having together."
  • Cody S.

    survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “While I was sick, I still had to make car payments, car insurance payments, and school loan payments...Since I have gotten better, I have been able to work, but I am just barely getting by because my savings was all used up, and I don't have anything to fall back on right now… I am slowly getting back to where I was before I had cancer, but it is just taking time. Cancer, as bad as it was, made me realize what I wanted to go to school for, and that is to become an oncology nurse. I am taking classes in that will eventually get me to the nursing program.”
  • Nicole L.

    survivor of breast cancer
    "My goals for myself are to be able to move on, be a healthy survivor, concentrate on “living” again, pay off bills and be able to have a safety net if anything should happen again. I want my independence back… I am asking for help from The SAMFund to take some of the pressure off myself. This is my last year that I will qualify for The SAMFund grant as I turn 36 in January. I looked at my tax returns recently and almost teared up as I realized how little I made these past 2 years and the toll cancer has taken on my life… I survived cancer, I didn’t realize I’d be feeling so overwhelmed 2 years later. It frustrates me that my life has not moved on as much I figured it would. I do feel hope again, and I feel like things are starting to look up. I have a positive attitude that things will get better. I feel motivated to make things better. Help from The SAMFund will help jump start the process."
  • Allison B

    Allison A.

    survivor of breast cancer
    "I went from a place of financial security and independence to a place of extreme uncertainty and dependence on others to help me get by day to day, and month to month... While I knew that one grant could not fix all of my financial problems, it could alleviate the worry and stress just enough to allow me to move forward and to take a few more steps in the right direction. That phone call [from The SAMFund] gave me the permission I needed to continue on with my goals."
  • Jack B.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “My cancer certainly altered my plan and everything was put on hold… the last two years has been a struggle financially and any assistance The SAMFund can give me would help give me the boost I desperately need to help me get over the debt cancer has put me in.”
  • DRW

    survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “As a result of my termination, I am now required to pay COBRA prices for my medical insurance premium. As a cancer survivor, I feel that it is imperative that I keep medical insurance. This expense is a top priority to me and is also one of my greatest expenses … Having depleted my savings and being unemployed, I see no way for me to get caught up on bills that are in arrears. With The SAMFund’s assistance, I will be that much closer to having a fresh start and maintaining many of the things that I have worked so hard to obtain.”
  • Kezia B.

    survivor of breast cancer
    "Right now we're staying with a friend until I can afford the cost of taking care of my family again. My bills fell behind and I need them paid off by the time I move into my own place. I'm confident I'll get back on my feet and do better than I was before my illness.”
  • Krista A.

    survivor of Wilm's Tumor
    "The most humbling experience during this time was going from food pantry to food pantry and standing in line with the homeless for food and any help we could get. At the age of 23 I never pictured my life going that direction."
  • Monique W.

    survivor of breast cancer
    “I have spent the past 16 months living off of my credit cards in order to survive. Supplementation for living expenses would allow me to survive off of my disability payments without the stress of climbing further and further into debit or declaring bankruptcy. Disability alone is not enough to survive on. I no longer have the financial help from my family. If granted, support from The SAMFund would allow me to focus full time on moving forward from cancer.”
  • Damian B.

    survivor of osteosarcoma
    “As the jingle goes -- "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage." Well that's certainly the dream. Unfortunately for me, while receiving my chemotherapy, I was at the peak of my puberty… Financial assistance from the SAMFund will allow my wife and I to continue to afford our Family Planning procedures through artificial insemination (IUI).”
  • Aleksandra D.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “It took me three years, two relapses, and two bone marrow transplants to realize that unless I learned to take care of my body, all of my current achievements and future goals would not really matter… financial assistance from The SAMFund will enable me to continue my education by exploring many areas of international relations and will allow me to pursue career goals that were delayed by my cancer.”
  • Alexis G.

    survivor of thyroid cancer
    "Many people see surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy as the end of the cancer journey, but for many of us, that is just the beginning of the debt. Uninsured, I am a cash patient, constantly finding myself negotiating payment plans and costs of appointments. It’s hard to believe with all of that, I am still a student paying for tuition and books, along with a minimum wage job to keep food on the table and rent and utilities paid. A grant from The SAMFund would greatly reduce the financial burden I have been carrying around and allow me to continue forward with my life."
  • Andy K.

    survivor of brain cancer
    "It has been 4 years since I was diagnosed. I am more in love with my wife than ever before. We just recently celebrated our 13-year anniversary. Our dream is to be parents - however that may happen. Financial assistance from The SAMFund will help us tremendously. We will be able to pay off medical bills and expenses which will allow us to save up every penny we can to finance the costly procedures that lay before us."
  • Bettina M.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “Since I was unable to work during my cancer diagnosis, treatments, and some time afterward, I suffered financially. I am still attempting to get back on my feet. It is very difficult to recover from an experience like that when you are a full time student. The bills for school and for life never stopped despite my health condition. Many of my classmates do not have to worry about the requests I make. They are already in the financial position or have the assistance of their family to cover them. Doing these things on my own makes it a bigger struggle and I continue to try to make ground so that I can start my career as a pharmacist fresh and rejuvenated… The SAMFund has and continues to allow me to move forward in my life. The financial assistance will dissolve some things that will need to be covered in the near future. It will allow me to focus on my rotations and make sure that I make the best decisions for my future.”
  • Amber R.

    survivor of breast cancer
    “I am doing very well and have one year left until [nursing school] graduation. I volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center where I work with newly diagnosed patients. Doing so has reassured me that I definitely want to go into Oncology… For me the after affects of treatment outweigh the temporary ones like fatigue, nausea and pain. One of the larger burdens is the ongoing medical expenses of specialists, scans and surgeries. I was laid off in 2009 so I am maintaining my own insurance and doing my best to stay financially afloat.”
  • Shiham C.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “I am always thankful for the support my family gives me every day to pursue my dreams. But, their financial help can only go so far. Today, I ask for financial help from The SAMFund because thinking about my medical bills, credit card debt, school loans, and tuition make my financial outlook seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. The SAMFund is more than a scholarship or a grant, it is an opportunity for cancer survivors to have hope and dream. ”
  • Lauren S.

    survivor of breast cancer
    “[Car] insurance is my second largest monthly expense and I would love to free up this money to be able to add to the funds for finding a new career. Without the physical damage cancer has caused, I would still be able to do what I love doing. It's impossible to move forward when you can barely afford staying still… I'd like to be able to focus on my recovery and worry less about how I will pay my rent this month. This grant will help lighten the load so I can breathe easier and perhaps have a fresh new start.”
  • Laura V.

    survivor of a brain tumor
    “I wish I could say that I have completely recovered from the set-backs that cancer created in my life such as depleted savings, permanent physical side-effects because of treatment, physical and psychological recovery just to name a few. The process of recovery is a slow and steady thing and although it is difficult, I recognize that I am making progress. The financial and personal support I have received from The SAMFund over the past year has had a tremendous impact on my post-cancer life. The SAMFund has given me hope that it is possible to move forward and let cancer become a thing of the past without letting it impact my future.”
  • Josiah W.

    survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “The SAMFund grants exist to help people in the exact kind of situation I am in. Your financial assistance will limit the stress and distraction of financial hardship and allow me to focus on making the best of my third year of school, apply for jobs, and be fully present with my miracle daughter in her first year of life.”

This is a partial list of recipients.

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