2011-2012 Recipients

In 2012, we awarded a total of $135,000 in grants to young adult survivors all over the country.

  • Kate H.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "While I love my job and I get to work in oncology, it does not pay well and I [do not receive benefits]... This is a serious setback, especially with my healthcare needs. As if my challenges weren’t already piled high enough, I was just diagnosed with autoimmune disease two months ago and the bills are already adding up... my rheumatologists are suggesting this new diagnosis is linked to my past cancer history... The blood work and testing needed is extensive. I require multiple new medications and an array of expensive vitamins. Because of my low-paying job and all of my expenses mentioned here, I am now unable to afford my apartment."
  • Lenore M.

    survivor of rhabdomyosarcoma
    “I have learned how to live without much in life; however, not having things is easier when someone, like me, has lost so much in my life. And yet---I have been blessed with so much, including my life... I would like to own a laptop so that I can bring it to my classes... Also, I am burdened with having to pay for my prosthetic leg bills… I am requesting [assistance] because each one of the requests, if granted, would ease some of my burdens with having to live as a cancer survivor and above-the-knee amputee.”
  • Meghan B.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “Having a small window of time with financial assistance in this area will allow me to keep the insurance I need to pay for the upkeep of my physical health, yet will give me the ability to save for an apartment. I am almost 30 and it is hard to live with my parents. It reminds me every day that I am changed because of cancer. Living on my own would be one more step towards freedom from those thoughts, and temporary help with the cost of health insurance and therapy will give me what I need to meet my goals.”
  • Cody S.

    survivor of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
    "I am requesting assistance with rent supplementation because my rent has now increased a considerable amount. I have now been back at work, working as many hours as I can. I have been living month to month, barely breaking even, not being able to save hardly any money…  Cancer forced me to take an extra year off from school which delayed me from receiving a degree and making a full professional income."
  • Stefanie V.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    “I consider myself a very fortunate person because I did not have to pay the 'ultimate' price, as many friends with cancer did. I recognize this and am incredibly thankful for my life. Still, there are a host of medical and psychosocial late-effects that I am faced with, even years since my last treatment... The physical and emotional implications of this diagnosis... have created new expenses for me... If awarded a grant by the SAMFund, I would use the funds to alleviate the financial pressure I am presently under, enabling me to focus on my work (instead of my checking account balance) and ultimately, achieve my goals.”
  • Erica B.

    survivor of pancreatic cancer
    "Not only did [cancer] change my life personally but it impacted my financial situation as well. I am a single mother of two children who underwent a Whipple surgery for this rare type of cancer. If approved for financial assistance from The SAMFund, it will enable me to pay for utilities that I have gotten behind in because of the illness. With assistance I will be able to move forward with my future goals with being independent, stress free, and living my life."
  • Duane B-C.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "My body has been in a long period of recovery. Due to this unexpected flareup [of GVHD], I have had more medical tests, appointments, and prescriptions. All of this costs a large amount of money. As I try to take care of other important expenses, most notably my student loans, I will need to find more money to continue my graduate tuition."
  • Amelia S.

    survivor of osteosarcoma
    "When I first completed treatment and my doctor told me that I could go back to my “normal” life I never expected the challenges that lie ahead. After fifteen years I have accepted what needs to be done and I have resigned myself to putting my life on hold until I can fix the damage one year of hospitalization cost me... I am hopeful that by improving my physical health this year I will rediscover the energy to work full time and go back to school to finish my education."
  • Jackie B-F.

    survivor of thyroid cancer
    "I am currently insured under my school's student health insurance. This is great coverage for students who have more common ailments, but it provides minimal coverage for my cancer and me. Being under-insured is a scary place to be in, and many of my treatments, including surgery and radiation, were out of network. Currently, I am thousands of dollars in medical debt. I now question doctors when they suggest a follow up scan or blood work. If I am awarded the scholarship from The SAMFund, I will use the money to pay for my mental health sessions. I presently use money from my student loans to pay some of these expenses, but this only transfers my medical-related debt into student loan debt."
  • Tyesha D.

    survivor of ependymoma
    "Although I continue to strive toward my goals it's extremely frustrating living with the aftermath of cancer… The insurance that I have now doesn’t cover nearly as much. I’ve found myself paying for equipment and supplies more often. I’ve also opted out of going to certain doctor appointments because of cost... I feel that I've reached the age where I should be learning to stand on my own two feet."
  • DaKoda D.

    survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "Trust, support, prospects and optimism of others helped me fight and so far win the battle against cancer. Yet I’m financially too weak and destitute to win the war against the force of negative numbers. The depressive burden and guilt is slowing down my otherwise great rehabilitation. The inability to pay my way is depriving me of sleep and all reasonable efforts appear like laughable exercises of futility. Every day I’m reminded that I’m walking on awfully thin ice. I appreciate my meager disability check, but I want to be a fully productive member of society again... Although any award would still fall way short of the outstanding balances, it might put me in a position to negotiate a final settlement amount with lenders and ensure I don’t become homeless and destitute."
  • Carla G.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "I used to work 50 hours plus a week, go to school full-time, and be a parent. When I found out I was sick I had to leave work and school, which made it hard for me since I was always very independent… I got behind on my bills, and the hospital bills just kept coming… At the time when I found out I had cancer I had no insurance and all the medical bills came out of pocket… If I get chosen to receive [a grant from] The SAMFund, I would be very thankful because I know that by receiving this [assistance] I will be able to pick up where I left off."
  • James H.

    survivor of leukemia
    "After receiving my bone marrow transplant I was told that I would be out of work for at least a year. While I still have health insurance and receive long-term disability, my bills still outweigh my income significantly. In order to not go bankrupt on my hospital bills, I had to take out a personal loan through my bank from my prior bills in 2008 that I couldn't pay, and now I have many bills that will most likely be sent to a collection agency. Financial assistance from The SAMFund will offer me peace of mind. It will help me move forward from this time in my life when I felt so helpless. Being able to go to my mailbox and not dread seeing another bill will relieve a lot of stress."
  • Sandra K.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "At 29, I would like to be able to be independent and not have all this debt and worry on my shoulders. I want to start anew, with cancer in the past and a new, healthy, less stressful life ahead... I want to move forward and I am tired of cancer holding me back from enjoying my life. If I could lessen the financial load and afford myself the basic in expenses to actually move forward it would be amazing!"
  • Kristen M.

    survivor of leukemia
    "I am very independent and have never had to rely on people to help me before-- it's been very hard for me to ask for help throught my illness-- but the fact of the matter is that I'm drowning and I need help... I would just like to erase the last year and this one bill is the last thing really hanging over from last year that is holding us back from moving forward. Once it is paid... it's one less giant stressor."
  • Amanda N.

    survivor of uterine cancer
    "Help maintaining my car insurance while allowing me to redirect the funds usually spent on this cost will allow me to increase payments in other areas in order to eliminate my cancer related debts… Further, being able to redirect funds associated with my requests will allow me to begin to save for the great expense of finding a surrogate and having a child."
  • Jackie S.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "Since going through chemotherapy, and the resulting financial burden that comes with it, I have yet to be able to catch up on bills. I have perpetually been behind, and have not been able to be self sufficient. I expected that financial stability would easily and quickly return once I finished chemotherapy. It never did. Financial assistance from The SAMFund would make it possible for me to pay all of my bills in the same month. I would be able to better support my child and focus on being with him, instead of working a second job or being pre-occupied with how I am going to pay bills this month. It would give me a sense of relief and freedom that I have yet to experience since chemotherapy."
  • Justin W.

    survivor of leukemia
    "I have had some complications since my bone marrow transplant, but I am doing better now, except for the damage that the GVHD has had on my eyes... Each month, I purchase 8 boxes of Unisol Saline Solution from CVS for the scleral lens I wear for my eyes. This is over-the counter, not prescription and not covered by my insurance... I requested a computer because I am currently enrolled in an online homeschool program. My laptop physically broke about a month ago. I have been unable to afford purchasing another computer. Receiving assistance from your organization will help with my education goals and my overall health and well being."
  • David G.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "I am hoping that if I am chosen as one of The SAMFund recipients, I will be able to pay off or at least make a dent in the medical bills that I have accumulated over the past four years. My insurance plan has changed over the last four years and it seems to be paying less and less... I try to pay a little something on all the medical bills that I have, but it just doesn't seem that I can ever get ahead on them. They just keep coming in every month. I wish I was able to pay more on them than I do. I am hoping that with the assistance of a SAMFund grant that I will be able to do just that."
  • Melissa W.

    survivor of breast cancer
    "As I approach the 2-year anniversary of my diagnosis, I finally feel like cancer doesn’t consume my life. With financial support from The SAMFund, I will be able to continue with the therapy I know I greatly need for my life to continue on a positive path."
  • Nicole S.

    survivor of rhabdomyosarcoma
    "I have tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt. I hardly have enough money to pay my lot rent and utilities. I cannot pay for all my bills some months after buying necessities to live. I am financially overwhelmed... Help with my rent and utilities would help relieve so much stress."
  • Shawntel E.

    survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma
    "Receiving a SAMFund grant would help me get back on my feet. My highest aspiration for the near future is to finish my doctorate. I’ve returned to school, but my financial burdens are crippling. The remaining and accruing medical bills are always too much to pay and are frequently overdue. Eliminating this debt would allow me to direct needed funds towards my schooling."

This is a partial list of recipients.

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