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The Samfund provides support for 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 personal, professional, and academic goals. We are the first and largest nonprofit organization in the country that provides direct financial assistance and free online support and education to young adults, regardless of where they live or their specific cancer diagnosis. Since 2005, we have awarded $1.5 million in grants and provided a free Webinar series, "Moving Forward With Your Financial Health," offering young adults the tools and guidance they need to move forward with their lives. With relatively low overhead costs, we are able to allocate close to 95% of all funds raised to programs for young adult survivors.
Transitioning into your 20s and 30s is difficult; the job market is tough, real estate is expensive and the cost of tuition is at an all time high. Learning how to live on your own is difficult.
Now imagine that you have just finished cancer treatment. You have lost valuable time and savings. You feel like you are years behind everyone else in your age group. To top it off, you are suddenly faced with many expenses you didn't have to think about during treatment. In addition, you are trying to pay off residual medical bills while acquiring new ones through follow-up tests and check-ups.
When all of these issues collide, how do you find a job, pay for rent and afford school?
The SAMFund provides grants and scholarships to young adult survivors to help supplement money that was lost during treatment. The grants and scholarships we provide help pay for transitional issues such as education, living, job search and lingering medical expenses. We will partner with existing organizations to provide the best support possible so that these young adults can not only survive, but truly move forward.
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