BENEFITING: PINK FUND INC
Who is Margaux Huff (née Untracht)?
I am 30 years old and live in New York City with my wonderful husband Ryan. We very much live by the mantra of working hard and playing hard and are lucky to have great jobs, friends, family and the ability to travel the world! I’m extremely fortunate – and every day I’m reminded of this on my subway ride to work or when I open up the newspaper and read about yet another tragedy in the Middle East, in Africa and right here at home in the United States.
This recognition has always spurred my desire to volunteer, to contribute philanthropically and to help my community. But I’ve always struggled to find a singular cause that was personal to me… until now.
The Dreaded “C” Word
On April 21st, I decided to get a small bump on my left breast checked out by my doctor. I am an avid SoulCycler and thought it might have been a bruise from exercise. My doctor recommended a sonogram, so the following Monday, April 25th, I went in for one, which then led to a mammogram, which then led to a biopsy. 48 hours later, on Wednesday, April 27th, the biopsy results confirmed that I had breast cancer. The dreaded “C” word. My emotions ran wild – as I think they do for any person who receives that diagnosis. But with the help of my husband, we quickly got on the phone with my doctors and medical contacts and set meetings with some of the country’s best oncologist and surgeons here in New York City. 24 hours later, I had my first appointment with a specialist and started down the path to treatment and soon recovery.
Luckily, my cancer was detected early (Stage 0 – Non invasive / In Situ). This meant that it was localised and hopefully would mean that I would only need surgery to remove the cancer with no further treatment. Sadly, during my surgery, cancer was detected in 3/5 sentinal lymph nodes (Stage 2). We are currently finalising my treatment plan for the months ahead and though it will be uncomfortable, my doctors and I are confident that I should fully recover and that I will get rid of this cancer for good.
The Pink Fund
And so I’ve finally found a singular cause that is personal to me. After much research, I have decided to raise money for other women with breast cancer that do not have the same financial means that I have to deal with all of the costs required to get back to a normal life.
Not everyone is as fortunate as I am. There are women all over the world, who have to deal with a diagnosis much worse than mine. And just as daunting, they have the added pressures of dealing with significant financial burdens from the cancer that further exacerbate their ability to fund critical non-medical bills including their mortgage payments, child care, and car loans. There are many people who struggle every day just to make ends meet – and having to choose between fighting breast cancer or feeding your children should not be a decision that they have wrestle with. So, I’m using my diagnosis and my cancer as a means to #GAUXFORWARD and to help people in this situation.
Thus, I have decided to donate all the funds I raise to a fantastic organization called The Pink Fund. 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.
My goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of June – if we do this, an anonymous donor will match our donation and we’ll be able to help twice as many women in need. Please donate now and join me in supporting this important cause. Together we can make a difference. #GAUXFORWARD