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Financial Assistance for Young Adult Cancer Survivors (Applications Due July 19)

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Common challenges facing many 20 & 30 year olds include paying off school loans, finding a job, securing health insurance and learning to live on their own.  These challenges are often compounded if there’s a history of cancer. When many young adults are finished with treatment, medical bills may have piled up, they are now too old to be on their parent’s insurance, and the debt starts spiraling out of control… but there’s help….

 

The SAM Fund provides financial assistance to young adults as they move forward with their lives after cancer.  Grants & scholarships can cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs.  In 2011, SAM Fund awarded a total of $135,000 in grants and scholarships to 92 young adult survivors all over the country.  BTW, SAM Fund stands for Surviving And Moving Forward.  LOVE IT!

 

2013 Application Process is NOW OPEN.  Here’s how it works:

1.  Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 39; a resident of the United States; and either finished with active treatment and free of cancer OR be one year following the completion of planned therapy OR be in remission on maintenance therapy.  If you have questions about eligibility, please email grants@thesamfund.org.

 

2.  Anyone interested in applying must first submit Part One of the application which is due by Friday, July 19th at 5:00 pm EST.  After a review period, selected applicants will then be invited to submit Part Two. Those applicants will be notified in November as to whether they have received a grant.

 

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SAM Fund helps Young Adult Cancer Survivors

ATTN:  Young Adult Cancer Survivors

You’ve just beaten a diagnosis of cancer and now it’s time to get on with your life. Oh yeah!  But in addition to the common challenges facing most 20 & 30 year olds (like paying off school loans, finding a job, meeting everyday expenses, etc.), these challenges are often compounded if there’s a history of cancer. When many young adults are finished with treatment, medical bills may have piled up, they are now too old to be on their parent’s insurance, and the debt starts spiraling out of control… but there’s help….

 

The SAM Fund provides financial assistance to young adults as they move forward with their lives after cancer.  Grants & scholarships can cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs.  In 2011, SAM Fund awarded a total of $135,000 in grants and scholarships to 92 young adult survivors all over the country.  BTW, SAM Fund stands for Surviving And Moving Forward.  LOVE IT!

 

2012 Application Process opens in June.  Here’s how it works:

1. On their website, they have an “Inquiry Survey” which will let you know if you qualify.  Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 35, finished with active treatment and residents of the United States.  

2.  Anyone interested in applying must first submit Part One of the application (which will be posted on their website in June, 2012). After a review period, selected applicants will then be invited to submit Part Two. Those applicants will be notified in November as to whether they have received a grant.

To learn more, check out their FREE webinar called SAM Fund Grants 101.

Kickin’ some mASS…

If you are a young adult (ages 15-40)newly diagnosed with cancer or any sort of tumor or are a loved one of a young adult with tumors, check out mAss Kickers, an amazing resource dedicated to helping serve the young adult cancer community.

 

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…

Every year, over 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15-40 are diagnosed with cancer.  Because of their age, young adult survivors face a variety of unique challenges… they are caught in between the world of pediatric oncology & adult oncology; they typically have to manage re-entry into school or the workforce after cancer; they may face certain insurance coverage issues (once students graduate, they are usually required to be removed from their parents’ insurance policies & finding new coverage is no easy task); infertility as a result of treatment & neurocognitive effects or secondary malignancies are also major concerns.   The mAss Kicker’s website provides helpful resources that young adults can turn to for diagnosis specific treatment information & assistance, interviews with leaders in the survivor community as well as special articles on treatment perspectives and research.

 

I especially LOVE their group blog…. (and I really, really LOVE Catherine’s posts- she’s one of my favorite young bloggers ever to walk the planet!).  The blog is written by a group of young adult survivors who can totally relate to what you’re going through.  And on the bottom right hand side of their blog, they list a TON of amazing resources specifically designed to help young adult cancer patients- they call it ORGANIZATIONS THAT KICK MASS!  like First DescentsThe SAM Fund, Single Jingles and many others.

I LOVE mAss Kickers’ slogan “Tumors Suck!”  Yes they absolutely do!