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The struggles of maintaining your job and cancer treatment

After fighting for their lives, many cancer survivors are left fighting for their livelihoods.

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Breast cancer survivor raising money to help others fight the disease

One year after a breast cancer survivor nearly went into financial ruin while fighting her disease, she’s helping make sure no others have to struggle financially during their fight.

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Breast cancer survivor pays bills of breast cancer patients during treatment.

Unable to work to pay the mortgage and other bills while undergoing two surgeries and six weeks of daily radiation treatments, the mother of five felt completely overwhelmed.

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The New York Post

10 / 15 / 2017

The struggles of maintaining your job and cancer treatment

After fighting for their lives, many cancer survivors are left fighting for their livelihoods.

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Northern Kentucky Tribune

10 / 12 / 2017

Josh Blair: Breast Cancer Awareness hits close to home; too many loved ones are lost to the disease

Josh Blair, an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University, uses The Pink Fund Survey in his article on Breast Cancer.

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Detroit News

10 / 12 / 2017

Breast cancer fundraiser at Lingenfelter Collection

The Lingenfelter Collection hosts fundraiser for the Pink Fund, which provides living expenses to patients in treatment for breast cancer.

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ABC News

10 / 09 / 2017

Breast cancer survivor raising money to help others fight the disease

One year after a breast cancer survivor nearly went into financial ruin while fighting her disease, she's helping make sure no others have to struggle financially during their fight.

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SHAPE

10 / 06 / 2017

Breast cancer is a financial threat no one’s talking about

A breast cancer diagnosis can lead to financial ruin for survivors and their families. Here's what you can do to protect yourself.

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People

10 / 05 / 2017

Breast cancer survivor pays bills of breast cancer patients during treatment.

Unable to work to pay the mortgage and other bills while undergoing two surgeries and six weeks of daily radiation treatments, the mother of five felt completely overwhelmed.

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Daily Fuel

10 / 05 / 2017

Molly MacDonald – You don’t want to know

Founder and Executive Director of The Pink Fund, Molly MacDonald has a very different take on a so-called super power.

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TIME

10 / 02 / 2017

How to manage high costs of breast cancer

MacDonald's dire situation illustrates what a lot of women who get diagnosed with breast cancer have to deal with: A massive influx in costs that treatment requires.

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WKML

10 / 01 / 2017

5 Great breast cancer charities on AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile features all the same items as regular Amazon, except when you place your order on AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase total will be donated to the charity of their choosing.

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Moneyish

09 / 29 / 2017

Julia Louis Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer, a diagnosis which comes with a staggering cost

Cancer is crushingly costly.This week, actress Julia Louis Dreyfus revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She made the announcement on social media.

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MarketWatch

09 / 20 / 2017

Why breast cancer patients are in ‘financial crisis’

When Molly MacDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer in Spring 2005, she didn’t expect that some of the most harrowing effects of her disease would be financial. But six months into treatment, her house was foreclosed on and she began to rely on food banks as she struggled to support her five children.

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Deseret News

09 / 20 / 2017

7 words you should never say to a cancer patient — and 2 you should

"Let me know how I can help."That's an offer almost everyone diagnosed with cancer — 1.6 million Americans this year — will encounter.

And it's one of the worst things their friends, co-workers and family members can say, according to cancer patients and people who work with them.

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Local 4 - Click on Detroit

09 / 20 / 2017

Financial impact of breast cancer

The hidden and true costs of breast cancer.

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WXYZ

09 / 18 / 2017

‘Dancing with the Survivors’ helps those battling breast cancer

"The Pink Fund" is putting on an event called "Dancing with the Survivors" which benefits breast cancer patients receiving treatment in Michigan.The event features live entertainment including dancing, as well as great food and cocktails.It is on Thursday, October 5 from 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at the Shriners Silver Garden Events Center.  That's located at 24350 Southfield Road in Southfield.

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Medical News Today

09 / 02 / 2017

Breast cancer charities: How to make an impact

With thousands of charities competing for donations, it can be difficult to know where a financial gift to a good cause will make the biggest impact. This article outlines the top breast cancer charities in the United States and their specific contributions to the cause, plus other factors to keep in mind before donating.

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VICE

07 / 11 / 2017

This is How Cancer Can Ruin You Financially

It was April Fool's Day, 2005. I was in New York for work, at LaGuardia airport, and my OB-GYN called to tell me I had breast cancer. It was no joke: I'd recently had a mammogram that was suspect... In one moment I went from healthy person to cancer patient. That's how long it takes for your whole life to change. And the timing would turn out to have not just a devastating effect on my health; it would destroy me financially.

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Forbes

07 / 10 / 2017

What Women Should Tell Their Bosses When They Have Cancer

We hear a lot about the struggles of working women and the notion that we can create some semblance of order between managing responsibilities at home and at work. It’s the elusive work/life balance every working woman longs to achieve. But throw a cancer diagnosis into the equation and that’s when things can really start to tailspin.

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PBS Next Avenue

07 / 10 / 2017

What Women Should Tell Their Bosses When They Have Cancer

One of the biggest questions you will need to wrap your head around is whether you should tell your employer and coworkers about your diagnosis. On the one hand, the idea of support at work seems comforting. But as your situation continues on, the trade-off for that initial support may cause some issues down the line.

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Daily Mail

05 / 25 / 2017

How I Beat Cancer: Mother-of-Five Describes Rebuilding Her Life After Horror Diagnosis in the Wake of Divorce & Financial Ruin

The first thought Molly MacDonald had when she was diagnosed with breast cancer was that her children would be better off if she died. A routine mammogram in 2005 revealed signs of breast cancer at a very early stage but she still would need surgery and radiation. The mother-of-five, now 66, had gone through a divorce, was in a financial hole and didn't know how she would afford treatment and pay the bills. Trying to find some financial assistance, MacDonald vowed that if she could prevent at least one woman from going through what she was, her diagnosis would be worth it.

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Fox News

05 / 03 / 2017

Financial Assistance to Help Breast Cancer Patients Pay Their Bills

Molly MacDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer during a time of job transition. She had no income and was paying Cobra insurance for her and her five children and former husband. "We were facing homelessness, I was in line at the food bank, I was bargaining with Ford credit every 60 days to please not come and repo my car,” MacDonald told Fox News.

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U.S. News & World Report

04 / 19 / 2017

When Breast Cancer Threatens Your Job

Having a breast cancer diagnosis is hard enough without worrying about job security. With supportive employers, many women continue to work during cancer treatments like chemotherapy. But other women, often in low-paying positions or small organizations, are more vulnerable. And no matter what your career, cancer-related fatigue, nausea and medical appointments mean you'll likely have to negotiate for time off and extra breaks throughout your treatment and recovery. If you're among the 12 percent of U.S. women who develops breast cancer at some point in her life, experts provide insight about disclosing your illness, workplace protections and available resources if job loss looms.

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MedicalResearch.com

04 / 13 / 2017

Founder of ‘The Pink Fund’ Describes Her Journey With Breast Cancer

MedicalResearch.com sits down with Molly MacDonald, founder of The Pink Fund, to talk about her journey with breast cancer and share tips for others going through this life-altering experience.

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Reuters

02 / 28 / 2017

Breast Cancer Costs Low-Income Women More Jobs

Poor women undergoing breast cancer treatment are four times more likely to lose their jobs than their high-income peers, a new study suggests. The findings were consistent with stories Molly MacDonald hears at The Pink Fund, a Rochester Hills, Michigan, nonprofit she started to offer financial help to women with breast cancer in 2006, after treatment for the disease left her jobless and bankrupt... The loss disproportionately strikes poor women, probably because low-wage hourly workers tend to be more easily replaceable, and their employers are less likely to accommodate their needs as they go through time-consuming and draining treatment, MacDonald said.

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MediaPost

10 / 20 / 2016

The Pink Fund Takes Social Into The Community

Between jobs, with five kids and having recently divorced, Molly MacDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. On line at the food bank one day, it struck her how many other patients she’d met who were facing bankruptcy as they underwent treatment, which lasts seven to eight months on average. Indeed, 50% of bankruptcies result from illness or illness-related job loss, according to a widely cited Harvard study.

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WPIX-PIX11, New York

10 / 13 / 2016

The Pink Fund Raises Money for Women Battling Breast Cancer Through ‘Dancing with the Survivors’ Event

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s a cause near and dear to me. Some of you may know, I lost my mother to the disease 26 years ago. Well, one nonprofit is doing its part to help the women fighting the illness by putting a new spin on the hit dance competition, Dancing with the Stars. We caught up with some of the ladies to see how it’s helping them get their confidence back.

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FAB News

10 / 12 / 2016

Natalie’s Teams with The Pink Fund for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime – and according to the Medical Journal of Medicine, studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of bankruptcies are due to medical expenses. This campaign seeks to raise awareness of breast cancer and the struggles that breast cancer patients face every day that go beyond the cancer itself. In some cases, the financial burden of the diagnosis is so great that patients will actually decline in treatment.

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The Produce News

10 / 12 / 2016

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. Teams Up with The Pink Fund for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women-owned Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. has teamed up with The Pink Fund, a non-profit that provides up to 90 days of non-medical financial aid to cover basic cost of living expenses. During the month of October, Natalie’s will be donating 40 percent of their clean label, squeezed fresh Orange Beet juice sales to The Pink Fund. The juice will also feature pink labels with an inspirational quote from a Breast Cancer Survivor, meant to uplift and inspire women nationwide.

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BevNET

10 / 11 / 2016

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice To Support Breast Cancer Fund In October

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women-owned, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company has teamed up with The Pink Fund, a non-profit that provides up to 90 days of non-medical financial aid to cover basic cost of living expenses. During the month of October, Natalie’s will be donating 40 percent of their clean label, squeezed fresh Orange Beet juice sales to The Pink Fund.

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Oxygen Magazine

10 / 11 / 2016

Show Your Support

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and chances are you or someone close to you has been affected by this disease. These philanthropic companies donate a good portion of their proceeds from these fun health and fitness items to breast cancer research, with the aim to save more lives in 2017 and beyond.

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KUSA-9NEWS, Denver

10 / 08 / 2016

Breast Cancer Survivors Dance to Help Patients

Cancer treatment can create a real financial hardship. This weekend a group of breast cancer survivors will be raising money to help other women fighting the disease. They’ll do it by dancing. Michelle McGarry is a survivor. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago and had a double mastectomy. Since then, she's become a triathlete. All that exercise will come in handy Saturday night. She'll be one of 6 women in this year's "Dancing with Survivors" competition at the Galleria of Stone.

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Times News

10 / 05 / 2016

Help Families Fighting Breast Cancer

During October, Natalie’s will donate up to 40 percent of the sales of its Orange Beet Juice to The Pink Fund for families affected by breast cancer. Pink Fund 90-Day Grants assure basic, household cost-of-living expenses are met, so that the family can focus on getting their loved one well.

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5280 Magazine

10 / 04 / 2016

Survivors Take Breast Cancer Awareness to the Dance Floor

Breast cancer turned Molly MacDonald’s life upside down—in more ways than one. MacDonald was diagnosed in 2005, five years after a difficult and costly divorce. She was already transitioning between jobs, and with cancer added to the mix, the University of Michigan graduate’s house went into foreclosure. Reduced to standing in line at a food bank to feed her five children, she didn’t know where to go next. “I had the divorce and then I had this illness and then I had this job loss, and now I’m potentially facing going to a homeless shelter,” MacDonald says. “It was terrifying.”

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The Buzz Magazines

10 / 01 / 2016

Dancing With The Survivors Presented by The Pink Fund

Dancing With The Survivors pairs breast cancer survivors with professionally trained dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios across the country. For three months, they meet weekly to learn and perfect a ballroom style dance to be performed in front of an audience at their venue. Now in its fourth year, this annual, nationwide fundraising event to benefit The Pink Fund is an evening of dancing, music, cocktails and delicious food to celebrate a nationwide community of breast cancer survivors who thrive in their recovery, and make a difference in the lives of other cancer patients. The money raised goes to local breast cancer patients experiencing the devastating financial losses that may occur during treatment.

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Working Mother

09 / 29 / 2016

Beyond the Walk: 5 Ways You Can Really Help a Breast Cancer Patient

October is Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month, a time that reminds us of a disease that's still a terrifying reality for many women (about 1-in-8 will have breast cancer in their lifetime)—and is still without a cure. To show support for these women, some of the most popular ways to raise funds for breast cancer research are by taking part in walks or races or by buying "pink" products from companies that donate a portion of the profit to BCA. But what if you know a woman currently dealing with the disease and you want to help? What's beyond the walk? That's where Molly MacDonald comes in.

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TheStreet

09 / 29 / 2016

Battling Breast Cancer Takes a Financial Toll, Here’s What You Can Do

October is breast cancer awareness month, and for patients fighting the disease there are often financial challenges too, according to Molly MacDonald, founder of The Pink Fund. The Pink Fund provides financial assistance to help patients meet basic needs. MacDonald says patients should speak with a hospital financial counselor to understand treatment costs. She also suggests building a cancer budget, saying there's more costs associated with the disease beyond medical issues, such as buying new clothes and hiring household help if needed. She says it's important to be your own advocate, or to find someone to do that for you, in order to manage medical bills.

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Daily Detroit

09 / 21 / 2016

Get On Your Dancing Shoes To Help Support Those With Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, this means that there will be numerous events and fundraisers happening throughout metro Detroit. On Saturday, October 8 The Pink Fund will be holding the 4th Annual Dancing With The Survivors event. There will be great food, and the drinks will be plentiful. The highlight of the evening is the dance performances from breast cancer survivors. The dancers have been practicing ballroom dancing at Fred Astaire studios to get prepared for their performance.

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SmartBrief

09 / 16 / 2016

Plan Pink: What to Do When Plan A Fails

In 2005, while I was undergoing a challenging job transition, my doctor uttered the nightmarish words some 250,000 women a year hear. They begin with “I’m sorry” and end with “you have breast cancer.” Those words railroaded my job search, career plans and ultimately my family’s financial wellbeing. Overnight, my focus went from finding a new career to finding a way to stay alive, as I underwent the grueling process of two surgeries and six weeks of radiation therapy. Like most Americans, our family had less than $1,000 savings in the bank. I had been through a financially devastating divorce in which my husband’s business dealings resulted in the loss of our home, his business, our cars and our marriage.

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TODAY Show

09 / 09 / 2016

Stand Up To Cancer: Hoda, Billy Sip Pink Cocktails for a Cause

In honor of Stand Up To Cancer Day, Hoda and Billy Bush, who is filling in for Kathie Lee, are sipping pink cocktails. Friday night across all four major networks, a “Stand Up To Cancer” special will raise money for cancer research.

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Business News Daily

08 / 04 / 2016

When Life’s Plan A Fails, There’s Always Plan ‘Pink’

I was determined to make a difference in the lives of other working women in treatment for breast cancer. I created and executed a "Plan B" for these women, which would provide up to 90 days and $3,000 of non-medical financial support for bill payments to their creditors, and give them a little breathing room to focus on treatment. Since that summer in 2005, my company The Pink Fund has provided more than $1.5 million in bill payments for 1,500 families nationwide.

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Houston Chronicle

07 / 24 / 2016

Organization Seeks Breast Cancer Survivors for Dancing Event

Breast cancer survivors might want to get out their dancing shoes. The Pink Fund is a public charity that provides short-term financial aid for a brief period of treatment and recovery for breast cancer patients. The national organization will be holding Dancing with the Survivors, an event that raises money for local breast cancer patients experiencing the devastating financial losses that occur during treatment. The dancing event will be held on October 9 at the Crystal Ballroom. The organization has paired up with local Fred Astaire Dance Studios for the event.

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Daily Record

07 / 17 / 2016

Dancing Raises Funds for Cancer Survivors

Being a part of Dancing with the Survivors turned out to be one of the happiest moments of Rachel Platt’s life. After initially turning them down, the breast cancer survivor realized how much she could give back through The Pink Fund. “I initially said, no, thank you. I have no rhythm. Nothing. I can’t even dance. It’s really pathetic. I hung up the phone and then I said to myself, this is like the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Platt, who was diagnosed five years ago and participated in the event in 2014 at Beyer Ford in Morristown.

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WXYZ-ABC7, Detroit

07 / 08 / 2016

Person of the Week: Molly MacDonald

For more than a decade, breast cancer patients have had their financial burdens eased by a non-profit organization designed to do just that. The woman behind it all is Molly MacDonald, and she was up against some of the top entrepreneurs in the state for a prestigious honor, all while she just takes honor in paying the bills.

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The Deseret News

06 / 20 / 2016

What Cancer Costs

Chemotherapy, the most common treatment for cancer, has famously unpleasant side effects, including nausea, fatigue and hair loss. Less known is how much all that misery costs. Although costs vary by the type of drug and cancer, a month of chemotherapy by infusion typically costs more than $10,000. And for many people, that's just the beginning of a grueling course of treatment that may involve months of chemo, radiation, surgery to remove tumors and drugs.

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The Financial Side Effects of Cancer

Financial Toxicity

Financial-Toxicity

130% increase in financial difficulties for patients in active treatment

Job Loss

Breast Cancer Stats

Between 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will lose their jobs

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcies

10M will be unable to pay for rent, food & utilities because of medical bills

Impact on Savings

Impact on Savings

76% of full time workers nationwide live paycheck to paycheck

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