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A Damn Good Life

A 501(c)(3) organization founded by: Sarrah Strimel Bentley,

Victoria Raphael, and Ann Palmer



A Damn Good Life brings the gift of a total surrogacy journey to young breast cancer survivors and their partners who do not have the financial resources themselves to realize the dream of having a family after their diagnosis made it impossible.


Founded by three young breast cancer survivors, A Damn Good Life fills a gap in the treatment support structure for young breast cancer patients.  As two of our founders were going through their respective treatment, they became aware they would not be able to carry their own children after having gone through the IVF process.  As heartbreaking as that news was, even more shocking was the price tag to obtain a surrogate to carry their precious embryos.  The surrogacy process costs  ~$150,000.00, or more, and is not covered by insurance, 


Our founders believe surrogacy should not be reserved for the patients who can afford it, which is a very small percentage of the women having to endure this shattering diagnosis and further fallout.  It also became clear there were very few non-profits that provided assistance for women and their partners needing a surrogate but couldn’t afford one. 


A Damn Good Life will provide a future family with access to the surrogacy journey, top to bottom, from day one.  From helping to match the recipient with an agency, to providing 100% financial support and acting as a support system in the process; we will give the gift of a family where one didn’t seem possible.  Having a baby should be every woman’s choice and we want to create possibility where it was taken away by breast cancer.  A Damn Good Life will give the gift of just that, LIFE. 

Damn Good Life operates as a project of Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to A Damn Good Life are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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