The SAMFund's 10th Anniversary Events Raise Funds for Young Adult Cancer Survivors Nationwide

The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer celebrates a decade of making a difference in the lives of young adult survivors struggling to move forward after the financial devastation of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
By: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
 
BOSTON - June 3, 2013 - PRLog -- Over the past ten years, The SAMFund has reached thousands of young adult cancer survivors across the country and given the hope, support, resources, and financial capabilities to move beyond cancer. A strong and growing community of SAMFund supporters has enabled the organization to award $900,000 in grants to hundreds of YAs across the country for assistance with current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, and more.

More than 72,000 young adults in the United States are diagnosed each year but, as a 2012 grant recipient described, most “do not have a rainy day fund for cancer.” Blindsided by the cost of cancer, many put their lives on hold to successfully fight their diagnosis, only to find that insurmountable medical debt can deplete their entire savings in as little as six months. Independence is lost, stress is heightened, and cancer remains a burden even in remission.

“Most people don’t realize the havoc cancer wreaks not only on your body, but also on your savings account. Young adults have the especially difficult task of trying to recover from treatment while also trying to find a job, secure health insurance and live on their own,” says Samantha Watson, Executive Director. “It is our honor to support them and help them move forward in whatever way we can.”

East and West coast events in May at Club Café in Boston and MBar Hollywood in Los Angeles brought together a community of SAMFund alumni, volunteers, and supporters to kick-off multiple celebrations. Events in Chicago on June 4th and Wellesley, MA on June 25th will continue the festivities with “Suds for The SAMFund” at Haymarket Pub and Brewery (http://thesamfund.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=513) and “A Decade of Making a Difference” at Blue Ginger (http://thesamfund.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=514), respectively.

On June 27th, New York City’s Stand Up NY (http://thesamfund.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=516) hosts the final celebration with “Stand up and Celebrate,” a comedy night in honor of The SAMFund. Realtime information on celebrations, alumni testimonials, and more will be available at events thanks to Aerva, a pioneer in digital signage technology.

Together, these 10th anniversary celebration events will enable The SAMFund to grant its **millionth** dollar in the Fall of 2013. To be part of this critical milestone, the public is invited to enjoy the events and learn more about how they can help make a difference in the life of a young adult who is struggling as a result of their cancer diagnosis and/or treatment.

About The SAMFund

The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance and free online support and education, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their goals from a position of knowledge and strength. For more information, please visit
http://www.thesamfund.org.
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