Young Survival Coalition

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Young Survival Coalition
FounderRobert Levy Schwartz
Joy Simha
Lanita Moss
HeadquartersNew York City
Key people
Karen Lawson (President)
Jennifer Merschdorf (CEO)
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH (Chair of Medical Advisory Board)

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is an international organization focusing on women ages 40 and under who are diagnosed with breast cancer.[1] Founded in 1998 by three young women with breast cancer, YSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in New York City with an additional office in Atlanta, Georgia. It is currently led by board president Karen Lawson and CEO Jennifer Merschdorf.[2]


Approximately 13,000 women under the age of 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.[1] According to its mission statement, Young Survival Coalition focuses on the "critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under."[3] This includes lobbying, speaking engagements, conferences and an annual awareness campaign which educates members of the medical community about breast cancer's prevalence in younger women.[2]


Use of funds[edit]

YSC's 2013–2014 Expenses

  Program Services (70.24%)
  Management & General (18.17%)
  Fundraising (11.59%)

In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, ending June 30, 2014, Young Survival Coalition reported approximately US$4.78 million in earnings. Of this, US$4.69 million came from contributions and grants, with $.95 million coming from other revenue.[4]

That same fiscal year, YSC reported approximately US$4.56 million in expenses. Of this, approximately $3.2 million went to program services, $828,000 to management and general expenses, and $529,000 to fundraising expenses.[4]

The Young Survival Coalition CEO salary in 2015 was $141,518 a year.[2]


  1. ^ a b Renzulli, Kerri Anne (24 Oct 2014). "How to Make the Biggest Impact With Your Breast Cancer Donations". Time Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Young Survival Coalition". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  3. ^ "About YSC". Young Survival Coalition. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  4. ^ a b "YSC Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Young Survival Coalition. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015.