Matthew Zachary

Matthew Zachary

2012 Honoree

Founder, Charitable Organization

Matthew Zachary, a 16-year-old survivor of a malignant pediatric brain tumor, founded Stupid Cancer (formerly the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation) in 2007 to give a voice for young adults affected by cancer and to empower them with resources to promote living at a time when their peers are building careers, families and independent life. Five years later, Stupid Cancer is now the nation’s largest support community for the young adult cancer awareness movement. Achievements include being ranked a TIME magazine Best 50 Website; organizing 100 social events for young professionals across the U.S., such as the annual OMG Cancer Summit; and producing the multi-award-winning Stupid Cancer radio show. Using the latest social media to reach young adults ages 15 to 40, Matthew has established an incredible support network. Through these programs and events, young adult cancer survivors can not only build connections, find support and deal with the practical aspects of cancer, but also have fun and enjoy their lives. Matthew’s passion and commitment to making a difference in the lives of other young adults with cancer is remarkable.

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