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Fall 2021 Jack Lawrence Grant Recipients

Fall 2021 Jack Lawrence Grant Recipients

In early 2021, Expect Miracles Foundation received a transformational gift from the estate of renowned songwriter Jack Lawrence. An inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he was perhaps best known for songs like “Beyond the Sea” and “Tenderly,” but was also a quiet philanthropist, and what makes this gift even more meaningful was his personal tie to The Samfund.

 

One of The Samfund’s founding Board members, Barry Seigerman (who is also my uncle), was Jack’s cousin. I never met Jack in person, but he was an early supporter of The Samfund.  His belief in our mission and dedication to helping those impacted by cancer were essential to our work.

 

Given his incredible generosity and charity, Expect Miracles Foundation has created a permanent named Samfund grant to honor his legacy. Each year, we will select several young adult cancer survivors to receive this grant, with preference given to applicants who are in or pursuing the arts. We know that Jack would have been delighted and humbled to help these young adult cancer survivors on the path to accomplishing their dreams.

 

—Samantha Watson, Founder of The Samfund

In early 2021, Expect Miracles Foundation received a transformational gift from the estate of renowned songwriter Jack Lawrence. An inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he was perhaps best known for songs like “Beyond the Sea” and “Tenderly,” but was also a quiet philanthropist, and what makes this gift even more meaningful was his personal tie to The Samfund.

 

One of The Samfund’s founding Board members, Barry Seigerman (who is also my uncle), was Jack’s cousin. I never met Jack in person, but he was an early supporter of The Samfund.  His belief in our mission and dedication to helping those impacted by cancer were essential to our work.

 

Given his incredible generosity and charity, Expect Miracles Foundation has created a permanent named Samfund grant to honor his legacy. Each year, we will select several young adult cancer survivors to receive this grant, with preference given to applicants who are in or pursuing the arts. We know that Jack would have been delighted and humbled to help these young adult cancer survivors on the path to accomplishing their dreams.

 

—Samantha Watson, Founder of The Samfund


 


Fall 2021 Jack Lawrence Grant Recipients

 

 

Mina A. is a 39-year-old two-time cancer survivor from Brooklyn, NY. She could not work as much because of her health; ultimately, her dream is to focus more on the arts and become a published writer. Mina's grant paid for one month’s rent, which will allow her to allocate her income to a writing course that could push her closer to her goal of becoming an author.

 

Anonymous Recipient is a cancer survivor from Tampa, FL who is also a single mother of one child. She has been unable to work because of physical therapy and had to undergo surgery to regain her mobility post-treatment. The grant, which covered rent for one month, will let the recipient focus on recovery so they can return to the workforce instead of worrying about how they are going to pay rent.

 

Bianca I. is a 36-year-old actress and cancer survivor from NYC who immigrated to the U.S. from Bulgaria with dreams of becoming an actress. Unfortunately, that dream was put on hold due to her diagnosis. In addition to trying to support herself, she also sends money back to Bulgaria to support her elderly parents. Her grant, which will cover one month’s rent, will enable her to focus on staying well after cancer treatment.

 

‘When I was diagnosed with cancer I thought that this was my destiny. To live only 33 years…With the help of the Jack Lawrence grant and Samfund, I left the cancer behind me and managed to transform my illness into inspiration.”

—Bianca I.

 

 

 

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