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Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA, is the chief executive officer and founder of The Samfund. Sam is a 2-time young adult cancer survivor. After completing her treatment for Ewing's sarcoma and secondary myelodysplastic syndrome, she co-founded The Samfund in 2003 after recognizing a void in programs and services tailored specifically for young adult cancer survivors. She is an active member of the cancer community and an advocate for young adult survivors throughout the country. Sam holds a BA and an MBA from Brandeis University.
  • Listen to the ongoing conversations about the cost of cancer, advances in cancer treatment, new medical technologies, survival rates, and prevention, then figure out on whom those conversations focus. If it’s not the YA community, do what you can to contribute to the conversation and shed some light on how the issue at hand specifically impacts YAs.
  • Reach out to organizations to understand their mission and ways they help the young adult cancer community. Many organizations are working right now to: pay bills for YA survivors (The Samfund), help YAs navigate issues that come up at work while facing cancer (Cancer and Careers), educate YAs and the public on the intricacies of healthcare policy and insurance (Triage Cancer), and to organize a collective, unified movement to bring the issues faced by YAs into the focus of lawmakers in Washington so that changes can be made on a universal scale (Critical Mass). These organizations could not exist without various donations of time, money, and, of course, awareness.

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