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. The mission of The Pink Fund is to provide short-term financial aid to breast cancer patients in active treatment.
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.
Team Lead: Dennis Burton
Charity Rep: Molly MacDonald