I am excited to run the 2020 Boston Marathon on behalf of Family Reach!
Family Reach is a national organization dedicated to eradicating the financial barriers that accompany a cancer diagnosis, a widespread issue known as Cancer-Related Financial Toxicity (CRFT). They work with patients and healthcare professionals at more than 400 top-tier hospitals and cancer centers, striving to reach more families before they hit critical financial breaking points. Through their solutions-oriented Financial Treatment Program, nationwide events, strategic partnerships, and generous community support, they disrupt how cancer financially affects families.
What is CRFT?
Basically, CRFT refers to the overwhelming costs that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Yes, there’s the growing stack of medical bills. But more than that, patients and caregivers often have to stop working during treatment. This loss of income, coupled with increasing out-of-pocket expenses, makes it difficult for families to pay their everyday bills (think: mortgage, gas for the car, groceries, Wi-Fi, and so on). The debt piles up, and bankruptcy becomes as real of a concern as survival.
As an investor in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, I have seen first-hand how the recent wave of pharmaceutical research and new drug development has clinically benefited patients with the devastating diagnosis of cancer. But that is only part of the story. Families afflicted by cancer struggle with not only the clinical implications, but also the financial implications of such a diagnosis. Family Reach's goal of supplementing the medical care team with a financial care team deeply resonates with me.
Please join me in supporting the mission of Family Reach. Thank you for your contribution!