As I celebrate my 16-year cancerversary this week, I look back at the unprecedented progress and social change that has manifested since the launch of the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation in January of 2007. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years but the calendar is harsh and does not lie. It is mind-blowing to see how much the landscape has changed for the young adult cancer patient, notwithstanding the fact that, while we’ve come so far, there is still much to be done.
I will tell you that 2012 is already shaping up to be an extraordinary year for the young adult cancer movement. We will reach more people. We will impact more lives. We will empower and mobilize even more people than ever before.
On behalf of our Board, staff and legions of exceptional volunteers, we wish each and every one of you peace, healthy, happiness, prosperity and joy for the new year.
Thank you for your support, commitment and belief in our organization.
16-Year Young Adult Survivor
I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation
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Matthew Zachary was a 21-year old college senior and concert pianist en route to film school when he lost use of his left hand, was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer (medulloblastoma) and told he'd likely never perform again. Fifteen years, four albums, a wife, twin children and scores of concerts later, Matthew's struggle to get busy living has inspired countless thousands. Today, he is an award-winning recording artist and performer, as well as an accredited thought-leader in public health, an authority on youth culture and a highly credentialed public speaker. A founding member of the Google Health Advisory Council, in 2007 he launched the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, which has since become the nation's largest support community for young adults affected by cancer. The foundation was ranked a TIME Magazine Best 50 website and FOX News Top 10 Healthcare Blog and supports a global following of hundreds of thousands of friends, fans, readers, listeners and members. Matthew has helped to bring the cause of 'cancer under 40' to the national spotlight and has rallied a new crop of activists to give a much needed voice to this forgotten population. Matthew has helped to measurably reverse 30 years of disparity and create social lasting change in how the public relates to cancer for the next generation.