CCC, which became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2000, was founded in 1999 by Harvard graduate student Carolyn Rubenstein at the age of 14 to help alleviate the emotional isolation felt by many young cancer patients. CCC began as a pen pal program linking childhood cancer patients with their healthy peers through letter writing. Six years ago, it expanded to include a college scholarship program for young adult cancer survivors known as CCC Scholarships. Today, CCC aims to improve the quality of life for young adult cancer survivors by providing financial and informational resources. All donations to CCC go directly to the CCC Scholarships Program.
Mission: Every cancer survivor deserves the chance to receive a college education. Yet the burden of medical debt, side effects of treatment, and limited access to financial resources leaves many young adult cancer survivors with little hope of attending college. Carolyn's Compassionate Children (CCC), founded nine years ago by Carolyn Rubenstein, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young adult cancer survivors through two initiatives:
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