“While fighting for their lives, women and men in treatment for breast cancer often lose their livelihoods.” ~ Molly MacDonald, Founder
A breast cancer diagnosis can destroy the financial health and well-being of the patient and their family. While in active treatment, many patients are unable to work and experience a loss of income that can result in catastrophic financial losses and the need to rebuild financial health. The Pink Fund provides financial support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels and allow breast cancer patients to focus on healing while improving survivorship outcomes.
Molly MacDonald’s Story
Wish I knew who said, “When Life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” The Pink Fund is the lemonade I made, only, in pink, of course, when I learned I had breast cancer.
My April 1, 2005 diagnosis came as a complete surprise. I was transitioning between jobs, prepared to maintain my health insurance for about three months via a costly COBRA plan.
With no family history and 13 years of clear mammograms, I never considered the possibility that a mammogram would reveal breast cancer. Calcifications lurking in my milk ducts were banding together to form DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ).
My case was relatively mild, requiring two surgeries and six weeks of daily radiation, but I knew the disruption to the lives of other women was even greater.
Like me, many of these women were employed, their families dependent upon their income and health insurance. I wondered what happens to women who are too ill to work and whose jobs might be in jeopardy if they take off too much time for treatment and recovery.
I began asking questions of my healthcare providers and learned that while indeed this is a problem, they were not aware of a solution.
I know all too well how stressful it is to struggle financially while fighting cancer, and I’m determined to help prevent other women, men, and their families from the same.
Did you know that:
- 62% of Americans have less than a $1000 in savings
- 21% of Americans do not even have a savings account
- 50% of bankruptcies are the result of illness or illness related job loss
- In 6 months, a health crisis can throw a family into bankruptcy or homelessness
- 47% of our national workforce is women
- 73% of women work full time
- 31% claim head of household
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
- Average treatment lasts 7-8 months
U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics for 2016
In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Download the Breast Cancer Facts and Figures Sheet (.PDF format) as reported by the The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).
The Pink Fund has been formed to help breast cancer patients focus on healing, raising their families, and returning to the workplace. The Pink Fund will provide short term financial aid for a brief period of treatment and recovery.
Literally millions of dollars are being raised for the important issues of early detection to save lives, and research for the cure “to end breast cancer forever.” Families facing breast cancer urgently need Real Help Now.