I am so honored to be running in the 2020 Boston Marathon, representing Family Reach for the second year. As I prepare for another marathon I have no idea what lies ahead of me, but running 26.2 miles is nothing compared to what someone faces when being diagnosis with cancer. Family Reach is a national nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer. Working with more than 300 hospitals and cancer centers nationwide, Family Reach provides immediate financial assistance, education, and navigation to families before they hit critical breaking points. Their efficient, solution-driven models bridge the gap between hosptials and homes, quickly providing the vital support families need to stay afloat.
Everyone has been impacted by cancer at somepoint in his/her life, whether through a relative, friend, or loved one; but imagine hearing the words "your child has cancer." Hearing that a little one has cancer is not easy for anyone to comprehend. Families' minds constantly race and they worry about the potential outcome. Diagnoses like these are life altering, not only shifting daily routines but adding multiple hospital vistis, appointments, often causing overwhleming feelings of stress, exhaustion, and sadness. Cancer often causes a financial burden with medical bills, lost wages and other financial sacrifies. Often times, a family member has to stop working in order to take care of his/her child who is facing cancer; many people don't realize how often families are in need of both incomes. This is why Family Reach is such an invaluable organization.
Working in the health insurance industry, it is always so sad to hear members calling in asking about relief for large medical bills they have received as they face this terrible disease. It's difficult for me to imagine having to worry on so many levels, yet still remain hopeful. Family Reach is such a resource for these families in need, allowing them to focus on what's really important, providing the best care for their child. I am both humbled and privleged to represent these special familes in this year's Boston Marathon.