The toll breast cancer takes is not only physical and emotional, but for many women, it can be scarily financial. Of the $100-plus billion spent on cancer care yearly, the biggest portion is for breast cancer: nearly $14 billion.
That number doesn’t do justice to the reality many women face when they realize their insurance coverage doesn’t cover much, or they have to go on disability, or their partner leaves—or all of the above.
That’s where organizations like The Pink Fund and the Help Now Fund come in. They’re part of a growing network around the country that provides cancer patients with emergency funds to pay bills, help with insurance, transportation and more.
Many of these groups (read a longer source list) were formed by survivors like Molly MacDonald, whose 2005 diagnosis opened her eyes to the financial side of the disease, inspiring her to start The Pink Fund.
“I know all too well how stressful it is to struggle financially while fighting cancer,” MacDonald writes on her site, “and I’m determined to help prevent other women, men, and their families from the same.”
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