“We are honored to receive this donation from Hood Simply Smart Milk and appreciate the support of our growing Facebook community,” says Watson. “As a young adult survivor myself, I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to pay forward all of the support I received during my own years of treatment. Survivorship does not happen alone; the ability to move forward after a cancer diagnosis requires the support of friends, family and community. The SAMFund is proud to play a small role in enabling young adult survivors to rebuild their lives after cancer treatment. These funds will provide grants to help them with their medical, living and other expenses so that they can regain their independence and stay healthy and strong.”
The Simply Smart “Make a Difference, Taste a Difference” program recognizes local women making a difference in their communities. Two other women were also chosen for making a difference in their communities - Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope in Fairfield, CT, and Debbi McCarthy, Director of Development for Feeding America Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, FL. In celebration, Chris Evert will deliver the donation and participate in activities to congratulate the winning organizations at a later date. Winners were chosen based on the number of votes received on the Simply Smart Milk Facebook page.
“It’s a true honor to recognize Samantha as part of the Hood Simply Smart ‘Make a Difference, Taste a Difference’ program with a $5,000 Donation to The SAMFund," said Chris Evert. "It is important for everyone to not only make a difference in their community but also for their families in their everyday choices. These women being recognized by Hood for their efforts are true examples of how their dedication and hard work are leaving a lasting imprint on their communities.”
“With Simply Smart Milk, you can taste a difference – all the taste without all the fat. We’re proud that consumers helped Make a Difference in their local communities by honoring three exceptional women and the organizations they support,” said Lynne Bohan, Hood spokesperson. “It is important to acknowledge Samantha, Debbi, and Carla for the work they do to help local women make the right choices for themselves, their families and their communities.”
About The SAMFund
The SAMFund is currently the only organization in the United States designed to assist young adults as they regain their financial footing after expensive cancer treatment. The economy presents challenges for any young adult, but with the extra burden of medical costs, those with a history of the disease struggle even more. The goal of The SAMFund is to give them hope and to provide support and resources that will enable them to pursue their educational, professional and personal goals. Over the past seven years, The SAMFund has awarded a total of more than $700,000 in grants to individuals across the country, for transitional issues such as education, living, employment and lingering medical expenses. For more information, turn to www.thesamfund.org.
Surviving And Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, Tax ID: 20-6018710.
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