YIBRAN CALAVERAS

Foundation Sponsor

Yibran Rodriguez

The financial and emotional toll that cancer plays in a young adult’s life is significant. It strips many young adults of the ability to have children without costly medical intervention. As a result, parenthood becomes out of reach for many young adults following their cancer treatment. This was the case for Yibran Rodriguez.

Yibran’s Diagnosis

At 29 years old, Yibran Rodriguez was pursuing his dream of opening a Latin-inspired food truck in the heart of Pennsylvania. Circumstances changed when he was diagnosed with a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor. His cancer treatments and eight month recovery resulted in lost wages and his dream of launching a food truck business was forced on hold. As a result of his cancer treatment, Yibran’s fertility was compromised, forcing him and his wife to explore alternative family-building options.

Being diagnosed with cancer and navigating the complexities of fertility issues due to my treatment, along with my wife’s battle with endometriosis, has been challenging. The financial strain of medical bills and the high costs associated with fertility treatments, particularly IVF, was an overwhelming obstacle. We were losing hope of ever starting a family.

Yibran Rodriguez

Entrepreneur

Discovering EMF’s SAMFund Family-Building Grant Program

Yibran and his wife started saving for their family-building journey, and continued paying off Yibran’s medical bills from cancer treatment. At the same time, Yibran was working earnestly to open his food truck business. In the midst of these challenges, Yibran heard about Expect Miracles Foundation’s SAMFund Grant Program. He applied and was awarded $3,000 for IVF expenses in the Fall of 2023. This was precisely what he and his wife needed to pursue their dream of starting a family.

We are immensely grateful for the compassion and generosity of the Expect Miracles Foundation Team and the generous donors that support this program. It’s more than just financial assistance; it’s a symbol of community, understanding, and the belief that every individual deserves the chance to build the family they’ve always dreamed of. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone involved in making this program a reality. I’m excited to share that I opened Calaveras Street Tacos food truck, and my wife and I are on a path to hopefully having a baby.

Yibran Rodriguez

Entrepreneur

About EMF's SAMFund Grant Program

Due to the high costs associated with treatment and survivorship, young adults experience financial toxicity at a greater level than any other age group.  SAMFund grants help to alleviate the financial burden resulting from cancer treatment.

Thank you to donors for supporting EMF's SAMFund Grant Program. 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.

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Join us in the fight against cancer and be part of the community that is making miracles happen today. Your donation is an investment in our Research and Discovery Funds, which invests in life-saving cancer research, and EMF’s SAMFund, which provides financial assistance for young adult cancer survivors.

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Make Miracles

Join us in the fight against cancer and be part of the community that is making miracles happen today. Your donation is an investment in our Innovation and Discovery Funds, which invests in life-saving cancer research, and EMF's SAMFund, which provides financial assistance for young adult cancer survivors.

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Corporate sponsors lead our life-saving mission and gain access to influential business networking opportunities at EMF events, which range from galas to golf tournaments and more. As a sponsor you can cultivate relationships in the financial services industry while having a life-changing impact on the cancer community.