Meet Unmasque Award Honoree: Aura Kuperberg

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This year, at Unmasque Cancer, we will proudly present the first-ever Unmasque Awards! Last week, we featured award recipient (and Samfund alum!) Lana Clay here on our blog. Today, we are proud to introduce Dr. Aura Kuperberg, founder of Teen Impact at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, who will be honored in the Impact category for the positive difference […]

Sarcoma Awareness Month

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July was Sarcoma Awareness Month, and at The SAMFund we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge our many friends and alumni who are sarcoma survivors, including our very own Executive Director, Sam. Most common in children and young adults, 40% of bone sarcomas and 20% of soft tissue sarcomas are diagnosed before age 35. More than 5% of our SAMFund […]

Full Circle

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I feel just like I’m sinking and I claw for solid ground I’m pulled down by the undertow I never thought I could feel so low oh darkness I feel like letting go if all of the strength and all of the courage come and lift me from this place I know I can love […]

Survivor Spotlight: Heather Von St. James

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Heather Von St. James is a new mom and amazing woman who is truly surviving and moving forward. At 36, just three and a half months after giving birth to her daughter, Lily, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She reached out to us with this powerful message: “Since May is National Cancer Research Month, I […]

Meet The SAMFund Family: Christine G.

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Christine G., one of our very first grant recipients in 2005, shows the resilience and determination we find so inspiring in our SAMFund alumni. A second year medical student following her dream to be a doctor, we’re thrilled to share her story as a guest blogger.  At 24, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer […]

Meet The SAMFund Family: Hailey C.

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Hailey C. is a beautiful person inside and out, a surgical technologist working at a hospital, and a 2007 grant recipient.  She also serves on the The SAMFund’s grant review committee and describes the experience as “a source of pride that I can stay involved with this amazing organization.” She knows first-hand that the need is still […]

Meet The SAMFund Family: Cayci E.

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Cayci E. is a vibrant young woman, a newlywed, a former Division 1 athlete, and a 2013 SAMFund grant recipient. A three-time young adult survivor, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 28, just one month after getting married. The next month, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and fought through a […]