New York, NY (March 2009) - I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (iy), in partnership with My Vision Foundation and sponsored by California Cryobank, present Cancerpalooza, a special artist showcase event at landmark LA venue Molly Malones on Tuesday, May 19th to raise awareness for young adults with cancer. The evening will feature an unprecedented lineup of award-winning Indie artists, each of whom is a young adult directly affectly by cancer, either their own diagnosis or that of a loved one.
70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Unlike other age groups, survival rates for this population have not improved in 30 years. Young adults also face unique issues that are not currently being met by the current continuum of care including fertility, isolation, insurance, dating/sexuality, financial assistance, education, employment and age-appropriate peer support such as social networking, both off and online.
"California Cryobank (CCB) is excited to continue to grow it's successful relationship with iy and branch out our support of the young adult community through innovative and influential projects such as these," says Dr. Cappy Rothman, CCB's co-founder. "The passion and energy they bring is changing the way providers engage and treat the younger generation, specifically when it comes to issues of fertility and reproductive barriers."
"Too often, when some of the life's unavoidable stressors takes over and things get out of control, we turn to music to help make sense of the madness. In dealing with cancer, this is no exception," said Matthew Zachary, Founder/CEO of iy and a 13-year survivor of pediatric brain cancer. "We are humbled to partner with global oncofertility leaders to share in a mutual goal of improving survival rates, ending isolation and providing meaningful survivorship to this underserved community of millions."
A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website for 2007, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation is a global leader in the fight agains cancer working exclusively on behalf of survivors and their care providers under the age of 40. Our mission is to reduce late detection, end isolation, improve quality of life and providing meaningful survivorship for young adults affected by cancer. For more information, visit www.ImTooYoungForThis.org.
About California Cryobank
Founded in 1977, CCB is a full-service reproductive tissue bank. Accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, CCB is also licensed in New York and California, certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and in full-compliance with all relevant FDA regulatory requirements. For information, call 866-477-3762.