SAMFund Grants Spring 2023
Expect Miracles Foundation [EMF] is proud to announce over $185,000 in SAMFund (Surviving and Moving Forward) grants have been awarded to 112 young adult cancer survivors during our Spring 2023 grant cycle. EMF’s SAMFund grant program is a crucial part of our mission, providing much needed financial assistance to a population of survivors that is often underserved at a transformative time in their lives.
About SAMFund Grants Spring 2023
EMF provides SAMFund grants in two categories, Financial Assistance and Family Building, to young adult applicants to help regain their financial footing after expensive cancer treatment and move forward towards their goals.
Financial Assistance Grants
Financial Assistance Grants help young adults with major living expenses such as housing, car payments, or graduate and continuing education. Almost 60% of grants awarded this spring will provide housing assistance, generally the most expensive bill for applicants. The financial impact of cancer treatment can have long-term consequences for young adults, and compared to their peers, young adult cancer survivors may experience lower income, underemployment, lack of insurance and limited future earnings which may lead to a decreased overall quality of life. SAMFund Financial Assistance grants provide a lifeline to young adult survivors by alleviating some financial burden caused by cancer.
Family Building Grants
Family Building Grants provide funding for young adults who need additional support for building their family after cancer treatment, noted to be one of the biggest stressors for survivors in the young adult age category. Grants help supplement the enormous expenses related to fertility treatment, adoption, surrogacy or fertility preservation. EMF is proud to be one of the few organizations that provides financial support for family building costs for young adults after cancer treatment despite this being one of the most pressing concerns for this age group.
SAMFund Mission Impact
Due to the high costs associated with treatment and survivorship, young adults experience financial toxicity at a greater level than any other age group. With this exciting funding announcement, over 2,300 SAMFund grants have been awarded since 2005, totaling over $3.6 million dollars, helping to alleviate the financial burden resulting from cancer treatment.
Thank you to all of our donors for providing the ongoing support of EMF and our SAMFund grants. Because of your generosity, we are helping young adult cancer survivors build bridges to help them get where they were intended to go before cancer disrupted their lives.