Wow. I can't believe I am doing this. That statement actually sums up most of 2018 and 2019 for me. My cancer diagnosis in October of 2017 changed my life. In some ways, it gave me a completely new life. One I never envisioned or imagined--or had the capacity to imagine.
But with that comes this massive realization that I am incredibly lucky. (Not a statement you hear with a cancer diagnosis often.) But I was able to afford my treatment, while continuing to work. This is not true for many, many families facing mounting healthcare and living expenses. Time out of work, deductibles, parking at the hospitals? Big and little things add up.
The ability to afford treatment and general living expenses while facing a cancer diagnosis shouldn't be a luxury. And that's where Family Reach comes in. You can read more about the organization and their Mission below (or check out the video!). But know it is critical to the families and patients in need.
I know firsthand what a cancer diagnosis can feel like--I know the stress of medical tests and treatment. I would like to help alleviate the financial stress of cancer. It really a small act with a big impact.
Please join me either through a donation or your support as I run the Boston Marathon. Many of you know that I have been running for a number of years. I was lucky enough to complete the Badwater 135 while in treatment; however, since that race, my energy levels have struggled and running has taken a backseat. Boston is my return to marathoning! I cannot think of a better race to "get back out there". So again, thank you for your support. It means so much to me and I will see you at Boylston.
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). We 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 our solutions-oriented Financial Treatment Program, nationwide events, strategic partnerships, and generous community support, we 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.
Why support our 2020 Boston Marathon Reach Athletes?
Reach Athletes push the limits, persist through the pain, and power forward much like our cancer heroes and their families do when enduring months of uncertainty and financial barriers. Their courage and strength inspire Reach Athletes to train, navigate obstacles, and keep moving forward. Your support means this team can make a greater impact for families across the U.S.
More than getting our Reach Athletes to the 2020 Boston Marathon, your generous support will help families in need reach their finish lines.