Why I run…
In 2019 I will once again run-walk the Boston Marathon bringing awareness to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s (JAF) mission of providing help, hope, and a reason to smile, to patients and their family members facing cancer across New England. This year the financial toxicity* problem I am focusing on during my 30-day marathon challenge is the overwhelming number of patients and families that are faced with the risk of foreclosure and homelessness as they juggle lost income and increased expenses due to the result of a cancer diagnosis.
I ask you today to take five minutes to read and imagine what it would feel like to be in Mike Longo’s shoes…
Mike Longo is a young man. He’s barely in his early thirties. He is the father to a daughter and a set of twins, and he is madly in love with his wife Leslie. He is also in his fourth relapse for Stage 4 Lymphoma.
Click here to read Mike and Leslie's full story, it may help you understand the growing problem financial toxicity has on a patient and their family.
JAF 2018 Investment Fact: Fifty-One percent (51%) of the funding we provided through direct financial assistance was used to stabilize housing, covering mortgage and rental payments.
*General Information About Financial Toxicity (Financial Distress) and Cancer Treatment 1
· Financial toxicity describes problems a cancer patient has related to the cost of treatment.
· Several studies show that cancer patients and survivors are more likely to have financial toxicity than are people without cancer.
· The level of financial toxicity you may have will depend on several factors in your household.
· Cancer treatment can affect your ability to work and pay your bills.
1 PDQ® Adult Treatment Editorial Board. PDQ Financial Toxicity (Financial Distress) and Cancer Treatment. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute. Updated 11/1/2018. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/managing-care/track-care-costs/financial-toxicity-pdq. Accessed 3/22/2019. [PMID: 28682576]