We have curated resources to connect you to education, support, and action opportunities along your colorectal cancer journey.

The SAMFund Family Building Grant

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The SAMFund provides financial resources to young adult cancer survivors twice a year through two grant categories: Financial Assistance Grants and Family Building Grants. If you are between 21-39 years old and completed with active cancer treatment, you may be eligible to apply for financial support through the SAMFund. You can find more information on eligibility requirements here.

The SAMFund Family Building grant application is now open from March 18th to April 12th 2024. If you are a young adult cancer survivor who is interested in starting a family, the SAMFund Family Building Grant can help you with a variety of family-building medical expenses, including fertility preservation, IVF / IUI, adoption, and gestational carrier or surrogacy fees.

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Financial Support for Fertility Treatment, Adoption, and Surrogacy

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The Worth the Wait Foundation is a non profit dedicated to providing financial support for young adult cancer survivors who are interested in starting a family. By providing grants for fertility treatments, adoption, and surrogacy, Worth the Wait has helped many survivors with their family planning goals.

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Find an IVF Clinic

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The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) is an organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of IVF. Wherever you are in your family-building journey, SART can help you find a clinic and guide you through the IVF process.

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Young Adults with Cancer Program at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

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The Young Adults with Cancer Program at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center supports young adults through their cancer journey helping to address the impacts of cancer on patients and survivors. Aiding with fertility struggles, loneliness, parenting, financial stress, and more, the VICC Young Adults with Cancer program provides a comprehensive team of physicians and other experts to help you find tailored resources for your journey.

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Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

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The Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital offers support for cancer patients between the ages of 15 and 29. As a partnership between the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program provides access to pediatric and adult subspecialists, pediatric and adult clinical trials, fertility and psychosocial resources, financial counseling, and post-treatment aid.

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Join an Online Community

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Colontown is a vibrant online community where you can connect with other patients and caregivers affected by colorectal cancer. They can help you find groups based on cancer stage, cancer location, age, gender, and more. Colontown also provides valuable learning opportunities, ranging from conversations with physicians to patient-and-caregiver-curated resources.

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Share Your Story

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Elephants and Tea is the only magazine written by and for the adolescent and young adults (AYA) with cancer community. Whether you are interested in reading stories of patients and caregivers, contributing your own stories, or participating in regularly-scheduled programs and events, Elephants and Tea can help you find common ground with others in the AYA community.

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Fight Colorectal Cancer

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Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) is the leading colorectal cancer advocacy organization in the United States. With a vast amount of informational resources across CRC statistics, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and more, Fight CRC has something for everyone, including tools to help you find providers and find clinical research trials.

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Gilda's Club of Middle Tennessee

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Gilda's Club of Middle Tennessee offers free in-person and virtual cancer support, educational resources, and workshops. Located in downtown Nashville, they offer hundreds of free activities every month, along with access to various weekly support and networking groups.

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First Descents

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First Descents organizes free outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer. With established trip destinations across the country ranging from Moab, Utah to Outer Banks, North Carolina, First Descents brings young adults affected by cancer together for weeklong excursions in rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and surfing.

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United Colors of Cancer

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United Colors of Cancer is dedicated to advancing outcomes for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) cancer survivors. United Colors of Cancer has the resources to help you connect with other BIPOC cancer survivors, share your story, and learn more about the experiences of BIPOC cancer patients, doctors, and caregivers.

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The information about providers and services contained on this website is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the PREFACE Study or Vanderbilt University Medical Center/Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.