Daraius’ Diary: Pink for Short Term Financial Assistance

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Daraius:  We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets.  But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days!  So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which isn’t all miles-and-points related).

More than 60% of bankruptcies are because of medical expenses.  I’ve listened to folks who are undergoing medical treatment, and I’ve seen the fear around paying off bills, in addition to the fear of dying.

The Pink Fund

The Pink Fund Allows Families Affected by Breast Cancer to Put Their Energy Towards Recovery by Reducing Their Bills

I’ve seen folks unable to work while undergoing treatment, which creates anxiety about surviving.  And one serious illness in a family may prevent others from working and earning a livelihood.  That’s because, often times, someone in the family has to drive to-and-fro the treatment facility, manage the home, and care for their loved one.

All of which makes it much harder to work traditional hours.  Sure, some employers are considerate and make accommodations.  But many don’t.  And this disrupts the lives of not only the patients, but their loved ones.

And that makes me sad, because I’d like to see everyone get the support and care they require.

Running Out of Money

Medical insurance may help pay the big expenses.  But they often don’t cover everything.  I find it hard to understand co-pays, deductibles, out-of-plan exclusions, and other restrictions around health insurance.  And I like numbers and have worked as an accountant before!

So I can understand the frustration and anxiety at dealing with medical bills.  And the fear of not being able to earn money while undergoing treatment.

The Pink Fund

Link:  The Pink Fund

I was happy to learn of an organization which provides short-term financial assistance to women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment.

This assistance removes the stress of earning money while undergoing breast cancer treatment, so that the women can focus on their treatment and on their families.

The Pink Fund

Some People Struggling With Cancer Also Feel Guilt About Their Medical Bills. I’d Like to Help Lift This Pressure So Families Can Rally Around What’s Important – Recovery

So I’m happy to donate $3,000 to The Pink Fund to help support women and their families in this vulnerable position.

We’ve also changed the website banners to support the many women and their families as they fight breast cancer.

How You Can Help

I know many of y’all already donate to various causes and put a lot of thought into supporting causes you believe in.

I added the The Pink Fund to my list because it helps reduce a family’s stress while they help their loved one overcome cancer.

The Pink Fund lists these contribution ideas:

  • $3,000 donation supports one family for up to 90 days of expenses
  • $1000 donation subsidizes mortgage payments/housing expenses for 1 month
  • $400 donation pays for an average Health Care Insurance premium for 1 month
  • $100 donation would pay for 1 month of average utility costs

And instead of money, you can volunteer your time.  Often times, I feel guilty of not having enough time to volunteer as much as I want to.  So I really respect folks who volunteer their time instead of money.

The Pink Fund is a not-for-profit public charity so this may be a tax deduction for you.  Consult your tax advisor.

It’s also a feel-good way to help meet minimum spending requirements. 🙂

Bottom Line

I feel sad when I hear folks struggling to pay their bills and taking care of their families, while fighting with breast cancer.

So I’m happy to make a small contribution to The Pink Fund which helps women and their families as they battle breast cancer.  And to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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8 responses to “Daraius’ Diary: Pink for Short Term Financial Assistance

  1. What a great charity and thank you for donating to this wonderful cause. I do wish there were other groups that would help those of us saddled with huge medical bills and no health insurance. We have over $30,000 in credit card debt due to mine and my husband’s medical bills. He has medicare for his disability but I have nothing. It is hard to believe after working my entire life that we will have to file bankruptcy soon to pay all of this off. And what do we do then? How do we manage our bills later? For those of us on limited income, the insurance options are horrible–make too much for Medicaid, but too little to afford a good policy in the marketplace. Something is seriously messed up

  2. Thank you for donating this money. Have a friend who may be looking at bankruptcy due to breast cancer. She has had 5 chemo treatments and is not able to work right now. She is hopeful, but it’s difficult for my friend and her husband at the moment.

    I am going to send her a link to this charity. They just might be able to help her.

    I filed a bankruptcy due to medical expenses when I had cancer back in 1999-2003. I chose alternative treatments as well as regular treatments. The alternative treatments saved my life but were not covered by insurance. I’m still here, so it was worth it.

  3. Love this! I am a survivor and have actually started a non-profit here in Knoxville, Tn called BreastConnect.org. This is an ongoing discussion. Women not only have financial difficulties but often find themselves out of a job by the time their treatment is over… or not able to function at the same capacity after chemo. I will bring this up at our next board meeting – I would like to add a link to The Pink Fund on our website. Thanks again Daraius!

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