Cooking Live! New York 2017 sets new Family Reach record

On Monday, November 6, we broke all of our fundraising records, earning more than $700,000 to help families fighting cancer at this year’s Cooking Live! New York! Created by celebrity chef Ming Tsai, the fundraiser brought Worst Cooks in America’s Anne Burrell, Chopped’s Amanda Freitag and The Chew’s Carla Hall together to prepare a five-course meal live in the center of the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park ballroom.

#MissionMonday: Travis

Travis may seem like a typical 5-year-old boy on the outside. He is loving, energetic and not afraid to speak his mind. He enjoys playing Minecraft and watching American Ninja Warrior, even trying to practice his skills in hopes of doing the course when he gets older. But Travis had to give up some of the normalities of youth when he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, in December 2015.

#MissionMonday: Isaac

Isaac is an adorable, happy and energetic two-year-old little boy originally from the Caribbean island of Antigua. Life was good until his mother began noticing blood in his urine when he was only 12 months old. After receiving proper assessment, Isaac’s family received the devastating news that their baby boy had embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the bladder.

#MissionMonday: Daletzi

In honor of Sarcoma Awareness Month, we are sharing the story of Daletzi, a beautiful and strong-willed young cancer survivor. Daletzi was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that develops from skeletal muscle cells, when she was only eight years old. She was treated at the University of Arizona Medical Center with a rigorous care plan and usually hospitalized at least once a month.

Father, husband, fighter: Michael’s story

In honor of Father’s Day, we are featuring the story of Michael, an admirable father of three and cancer fighter. Michael is a hardworking, loving 32-year-old father of three who lives with his wife, Leslie, and their three young children. In December of 2014, Michael was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Following a grueling and extensive treatment plan, Michael experienced a brief period of remission, sadly relapsing [...]

Overcoming cancer – Bethany’s story

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, read how Bethany has overcome cancer and her impact on Family Reach. Bethany’s cancer journey began in 2008 at just six years old. It started with a series of minor illnesses and back pain that triggered her parents’ concern. They went to the doctor and soon received the devastating news that their daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

#MissionMonday: Jessica

Instead of attending high school in the fall of 2016, 14-year-old Jessica entered the world of doctors’ appointments and chemotherapy treatments. Before being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she spent her days dancing competitively, playing violin and doing typical teen activities, all while maintaining a successful academic record.

Cooking for a cause: Chef Eric Levine

Chef Eric has cooked professionally for more than 36 years. He’s worked all over the world, from France to Italy, Japan and beyond and now runs EXQ Consulting. Here he works directly with hotels, restaurants and catering companies helping to prepare menus, concepts and operating procedures. He’s also the owner of the extremely successful Morris Tap & Grill in Randolph, New Jersey.

#MissionMonday: Dayanara

Known as Daya, three-year-old Dayanara lives in Sunnyvale, California, with her mother, father and two brothers (ages 11 and 19) in a home the family rents. Daya is full of life and personality. She is described by her mom as a, “diverse little lady” whose interests vary greatly. Daya loves tutus and big dresses, but also enjoys playing sports and wrestling around with her dad and brothers. Daya was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic [...]

#MissionMonday: Ben

Ben is a 35-year-old father, husband, son, brother and nephew. Needless to say, he means a lot of things to a lot of people. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys everything from hunting and fishing to camping with his friends and family. He’s also got a love for cooking – whether it’s by the campfire or in the kitchen. But more than any of this, Ben says his favorite thing of all is being a dad to his three kids – 12-year-old Zackery, 11-year-old [...]

How CVS Health is providing relief to the families we serve

Family Reach is thrilled to announce that we’ve received a $50,000 CVS Health Community Grant, as part of CVS Health’s commitment to building healthier communities. The support from CVS Health will fund the Family Relief Direct Assistance Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to provide financial support and education to families who have a child or young […]

#MissionMonday: Ella, from a mother’s perspective

Ella’s mother, Larissa, shares how cancer has impacted her family’s past, present and future.  On June 14, 2014, after her last week of kindergarten, Ella was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I will never forget that day. Ella was battling strep throat and it just wouldn’t go away. Her strep, paired with excessive fatigue, made me worry. […]

The Industry’s Impact: Reflecting on 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on the many ways our partnerships with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have impacted our reach and scope this year. From foundation funding for our programs to advocacy partnerships that expand our mission, we are sincerely grateful to those companies who demonstrate their commitment to alleviating the financial burden of cancer. Over the past […]

A Year in Review: How 2016 Changed the Game for Family Reach

We went into 2016 with an ambitious agenda – elevate awareness surrounding the financial toxicity of cancer and expand our reach in a way like never before. Rallying our community, we set out on the road to success. We hosted knockout fundraisers and stimulating industry events, joined our families in the trenches with new financial tools […]

#MissionMonday: Hope for the Holidays, Meet our Families

Our Hope for the Holidays program is in full swing and we need your help. Through this giving initiative, 100 percent of donations go directly to families in need in the form of gift cards they can use to buy presents, food and everyday necessities. If you are interested in supporting families struggling with the financial burden of […]

That’s a wrap! Highlights from Cooking Live! New York

Presented in front of an exclusive audience, Cooking Live! is a dynamic, interactive fundraiser prepared by an all-star lineup of chefs with the help of celebrity guests and local pediatric patients. On Monday, November 14, we broke all of our fundraising records, bringing in nearly $600,000 at this year’s Cooking Live! New York, where we welcomed […]

#MissionMonday: Raylan’s Family Receives Hope for the Holidays

For many, the holiday season is a much-anticipated time of joy during the cold winter months. But for families fighting cancer, this time of year brings with it a new layer of worry. Through our Hope for the Holidays campaign, we’re helping families like the Montijos have the bright holiday season all families deserve. A […]

#MissionMonday: How Anthony Rizzo helped Christian

Here at Family Reach, we’re not simply Cubs fans. We’re die-hard supporters, and we’re proud of that – for many reasons. After Anthony Rizzo’s own battle with cancer, he established the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. For years, the foundation has worked tirelessly to raise money for cancer research and support children and their families battling the […]

Need another reason to love Pillow Pets?

With their line of stuffed animals, books, blankets and apparel, Pillow Pets is an iconic name within many households. For more than a decade, this generous company has partnered with Family Reach, providing monetary and in-kind donations that bring comfort, love and financial relief to thousands of families facing the financial burden of cancer. Starting this week, Pillow Pets […]

#MissionMonday: Announcing the Financial Treatment Initiative

  For more than two decades, Family Reach has remained dedicated to eliminating the financial burden of cancer for patients and their families. This year we joined Vice President Joe Biden as he announced findings from his  Cancer Moonshot Task Force, an initiative announced at President Obama’s State of the Union Address earlier this year. […]

#MissionMonday: IMAGINE 2025. A Future With No Financial Barriers

On Thursday, September 22nd, Family Reach hosted IMAGINE 2025: A Solution Generation Session on the Financial Burden of Cancer. This is the first time Family Reach has united such a diverse group of stakeholders to look for new ideas – and the outcome was fantastic. Sixty healthcare, advocacy, pharmaceutical, finance, communication, technology and transportation professionals […]

#MissionMonday: Paul’s Story

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are sharing stories from the many families we’ve served over the past twenty years. Childhood cancer leaves a lasting impact on every family touched by the disease. We honor their many unique journeys through childhood cancer and invite you to stand next to them by joining our monthly giving program.  Paul is a 22 […]

Giza’s Story

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are sharing stories from the many families we’ve served over the past twenty years. Childhood cancer leaves a lasting impact on every family touched by the disease. This month we honor their many unique journeys through childhood cancer and ask you to stand with us by joining our monthly giving program.  […]

More to the Story: Boston Athletes

In Boston, if you ask someone who their hero is, they will likely rattle off the name of one of our professional athletes. Boston takes its sports teams very seriously.  The next time you’re here, sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, look around at the team stickers on the cars. Some of them even cover the entire back windshield. […]

#MissionMonday: The Thocher Family’s Story

Before cancer struck the Thocher family, mom, Tracie worked full time as a restaurant manager while dad, John, worked as a military trainer. They had three healthy children that brought them immense joy. When Tracie was pregnant with her fourth child, Emma, she was diagnosed with stage III Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Her cancer grew quickly, causing both […]

The Power of Community

We spend a lot of time raising awareness about the widespread effect of the financial burden of cancer. Our passionate community understands there are thousands of families unable to access care because of lost income and overwhelming out-of-pocket expenses. To some of our supporters, this knowledge can be overwhelming. Our community continues to ask: How Can I Help? and […]

Social Worker Spotlight: Elyse Levin-Russman

Family Reach is proud to partner with 300 social workers at over 145 hospitals nationwide. This incredible team helps ensure that Family Reach funds go to support families facing real financial hardship when they need it most. Today we spotlight Elyse Levin-Russman, LCSW, OSW-C of Massachusetts General Hospital. “Cancer is expensive,” Elyse says. “For some families the diagnosis is only […]

Family Reach Athlete Taking on the World

At just 22 years old, Alexander Ouellet is pushing athletic limits for families fighting cancer as a Reach Athlete and now he’s taking on the world. A Boston native and engineering student at Northeastern University, Alexander has been elected Mr. World America 2016 and will travel to the United Kingdom this July to compete in the 20th Edition of […]

#MissionMonday: Introducing The Family Reach Financial Handbook

For twenty years, Family Reach has been catching cancer families before they fall through the cracks. We’ve stabilized housing, transportation and kept food on the table by paying bills quickly and efficiently. We’ve kept families afloat during their most difficult times. But recently we’ve been asking ourselves, what broader impact could we have if we […]

Presenting Our Data at ASCO 2016

We had the pleasure of attending the American Society of Clinical Oncologist's Annual Meeting in Chicago. This meeting unites 40,000 oncologists, researchers, nurses, patients, advocates and pharmaceutical and biotech representatives from across the globe to discuss the future of cancer care; It's the largest conference of this type in the world. The theme of this year’s meeting was Collective Wisdom: The Future of Patient Centered Care. We [...]

#MissionMonday: Emma

Emma is an adorable and outgoing baby girl who was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma at only 8 months old. The firstborn child to loving parents, Lindsey and AJ, Emma’s fight to survive has been truly remarkable. Her first year of treatment was extremely difficult, filled with significant and unexpected complications. During Emma’s first chemotherapy […]

Introducing: The Key Holders Program

Family Reach recently launched a new program to help supporters like you create a greater and sustainable impact for cancer families. Our new monthly giving initiative, the Key Holder Program, harnesses the generosity and compassion of our entire network to provide significant, long-term support for families facing the financial burdens of cancer. Families fighting cancer can’t put their […]

#MissionMonday: Ella C.

Ella had just started kindergarten when she was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) in 2014. She experienced numerous complications during her first year of treatment. She remained inpatient at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital (DFCI/CHB) for the first three months following her diagnosis. Chronic fevers, infections, weight loss and neurological incidents were common throughout her first two rounds […]

Cooking Live! Boston, Continues the Promise

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, we wined and dined Family Reach supporters and special guests at Cooking Live! Boston. We celebrated with amazing food, entertainment, chefs and friends – all while supporting children and families battling cancer. Event founder and Family Reach National Advisory Board President Chef Ming Tsai invited his talented chef friends, including Michael Mina, Ken Tominaga, Frank Kassner, Tiffani […]

#MissionMonday: Parker

Parker is just over a year old, and he is battling leukemia (ALL). His diagnosis has had a significant impact on his family. They quickly faced the difficult realities of cancer from the intensive medical treatments to the financial challenges. After his diagnosis, Parker was immediately admitted to the hospital for several months. Parker’s mother was forced to leave her job to […]

Seven Runners, One Cause: Meet the Family Reach Team, Part One

This year, we are grateful to have a dedicated group of runners representing Family Reach in the Boston Marathon. Each runner has been paired with a Family Reach family who has faced the financial burden of battling cancer. We are grateful to John Hancock, who provides over 1,000 Boston Marathon bibs to select non-profits throughout the community. In 2015, John Hancock & […]

Remembering Pat Kelly

It wasn’t my plan to dedicate my life to solving the issue of the financial crisis caused by cancer. I didn’t even know it was an issue. This month, 13 years ago, I lost a very dear friend who has continued to inspire and give me strength and courage as we continue to fight for […]

Family Reach Annual Open House

Each year, Family Reach is honored to bring together a special group of supporters to celebrate the year, connect with the families we serve and Family Reach staff, and share about all of the exciting things coming up next. We had an incredible evening and are grateful to everyone who came out for a wonderful […]

#Mission Monday: Julio

Today’s #MissionMonday story is about a 7-year-old boy named Julio. He lived in Brooklyn, New York, and battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since he was just 3-years-old. He underwent treatment, relapsed and had a bone marrow transplant. He and his mom spent many months at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Julio lived at home with his mom and younger sister. […]

#Mission Monday: Delilah

Delilah S. has been fighting a rare liver cancer (Hepatolblastoma) since she was only six-months-old. At 16 months old, her family has already been through a lot. Her mother, Elizabeth, is now a single parent who despite many obstacles and sacrifices is dedicated to her daughter’s medical needs. “I am continually in awe of the strength and resilience of Delilah and her mom Elizabeth,” wrote their hospital […]

Cooking Live from New York Streams LIVE

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Family Reach celebrated an exciting milestone in our history. Through the generous support of our streaming partners, Cooking Live from New York (as seen in People, Yahoo! News, Boston Magazine and US Weekly) was broadcasted via live stream. We brought the food, entertainment, chefs, celebrities and Family Reach mission into homes […]

5 Families Fighting Cancer Today

Three months ago we embarked upon a new journey with the launch of Family Reach Give, the first crowdfunding app designed specifically for families fighting cancer. Give is the only crowdfunding platform on which each family’s financial hardship is vetted by licensed social workers. In the app, twelve brave families share their stories to bring awareness to the […]

Social Worker Highlight: Joe Chabot

At Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Joe Chabot understands the financial devastation that too often comes with a cancer diagnosis. “Caring for and worrying about a child with cancer should be enough,” Joe writes. “Many of our families however, struggle to keep up with their financial obligations, which makes a very stressful situation even […]


Unique is a teenage cancer survivor who aspires to be a writer and public role model for young adults with cancer. One of her biggest influences is Suleika Jaouad, an accomplished writer and member of the Family Reach National Advisory Board. Here, you will find an excerpt from Unique’s personal story, when she first found out she […]

Because I Can Run, I Will

Scott Spitz is an adventure seeker. He lives for a challenge and can endure more pain than most “normal” people can even fathom. This quality about him is not only character defining, but life-saving. Scott has lived through the trials and tribulations of a rare form of appendix cancer, powered through a number of surgeries […]

The Heroes 5k & Family Festival

Save the date for this year’s Heroes 5k & Family Festival on September 27, where we will honor all of the heroes who support and stand behind our mission of helping families fight cancer. About 20 years ago, Rick and Marilyn Morello lost their daughter Kristine to cancer, and to honor her passion for helping others, […]

Christina Buzzes It All Off!

Senior Program Manager Christina McCarthy is willing to do whatever it takes to help kids get through cancer, and she certainly proved that at this year’s One Mission Buzz Off For Kids With Cancer. On Sunday, June 7, Christina joined more than 1,000 buzzees and their supporters at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., to shave […]

Cooking Live! Boston Gets Ming’d

Boston got Ming’d on Monday night.   “Ming is a verb,” Carla Tardif, Family Reach Executive Director, told the audience at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. “It’s to give 110 percent at all times. It’s to leave your mark.” Chef Ming Tsai introduced the Cooking Live! series in 2012 as a way for him to leave […]

Family Reach thanks Harrison and Star

After two years of brainstorms, meetings, focus groups, and endless research, our new website has officially launched, thanks to one of the many brilliant teams at Harrison and Star. The global healthcare marketing agency, based in New York City, has donated countless hours of their time to create a virtual world for Family Reach, where we now can tell our story in a clear, engaging and honest way.

15th Annual Oldies Night to Remember

From the success of our annual Oldies Night to Remember, we will help approximately 100 families in their fight against cancer! Because of supporters like you, patients around the country with a cancer diagnosis will stay securely in their homes, keep food on the table and make it safely to and from cancer treatment while they fight their […]

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