#MissionMonday: Karalyne

Babies are known for bringing joy to everyone they encounter. Twelve-week-old Karalyne, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in February 2018, is no exception. “Karalyne does love to smile. She would rather look at your smiling face than any baby toy waved in front of her,” says her mom.

Young heroes in action: Antonio & Jose

Ten-year-old Antonio and his family choose a different cause to support each holiday season. When Antonio expressed interest in helping children with cancer this past December, his mom reached out to Family Reach CEO and old friend, Carla Tardif.

Why we run – The families and faces behind our Boston Marathon team

Our Reach Athlete team is full of passionate, fearless and downright driven runners, and we’re excited for you to meet them. They’ve set the bar high – raise $75,000 for families fighting cancer – but we’re confident they can reach it. Click here to help make that happen.

National Donor Day – A sibling’s support

In honor of National Donor Day, we're sharing the story of tight-knit siblings Vanessa and Luis. Vanessa is a bright 6 year old who loves playing hide and seek, going to school and swimming at the beach near her California home. This Family Reach hero has not had an easy path.

B&W Quality Growers joins Family Reach in the fight against cancer

B&W Quality Growers is a 145-year-old grower, packer and shipper of distinctive baby leaves like watercress and arugula. B&W’s unmatched dedication to sustainability and community has driven their passion and success as an industry leader. That’s why we’re excited to announce that B&W Quality Growers has decided to join Family Reach at the table as a corporate partner.

Ready to race? Napa and Boston opportunities

Reach Athletes are a force to be reckoned with. They push limits. They raise the bar to new heights. "Quit" is not in their vocabulary. Why? Because they know they have the power to cross that finish line and together make a real, tangible difference in the lives of families battling cancer.

#MissionMonday: Kimorah

When 2-year-old Kimorah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, her family dropped everything and moved from their home in Anchorage to Seattle for treatment. The high cost of travel Kimorah first came to Seattle Children’s for a bone marrow transplant in the fall of 2017. She has since been readmitted to the hospital repeatedly for cardiology […]

An In-Depth Look at Cancer-Related Financial Toxicity

Cancer-related financial toxicity (CRFT) is a national crisis hiding in plain sight. Our team has published a comprehensive white paper to change that. Developed in conjunction with our Medical Advisory Board and partners at Xcenda, Cancer-Related Financial Toxicity and it’s Pervasive Effects on Patients and Families: Solving a National Health and Economic Crisis Hiding in Plain Sight – is the first consolidated report providing an [...]

#MissionMonday: Tyler

High school seniors usually spend the months before graduation gearing up for college or a job. It’s both an exciting and daunting time. That’s exactly how Tyler was feeling when his life took a turn he could have never expected. Tyler was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at just 19 years old.

#MissionMonday: CJ

CJ is a very active 3-year-old boy who loves soccer and running around in his Super Mario Brothers’ costumes! His energetic demeanor and ever-present smile have been especially helpful during the past year. CJ was diagnosed with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia in October 2016.

A year in review: How 2017 fueled our fire

Family Reach is at an exciting tipping point! Our team, partners and community grew rapidly in 2017. Experts from across industries - healthcare, finance, retail and beyond - took a stand with us at key conferences. Athletes, cancer survivors and avid supporters held countless events to raise awareness and funds for our families. Together, we are stronger than ever!

How to make your shopping count this holiday season

The holiday season is in full swing! As you begin your shopping, consider finding ways to give back and help those in need. Our programs and partners make it easy. With just one purchase or a few clicks of a button, you can make a difference in the lives of families fighting cancer.

A community in action: Helping cancer patients and caregivers where they need it most

What is GFC? Golf Fights Cancer (GFC) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization based out of Norton, Massachusetts. GFC taps into the passion and generosity of all golfers to raise much-needed funds for cancer-related organizations and families living with the diagnosis. Recognizing the tremendous fundraising potential in the golf community at-large, Jay Monahan, Brian Oates and […]

AbbVie Foundation in action – A national partner on the forefront of change

Surrounded by his mom, dad and two sisters, life growing up in San Jose, California, was pretty good for 5-­year-­old Angelo. Things took a turn Angelo’s parents never expected when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2015. The family jumped into action, but things have not been easy. Angelo’s spleen had to be removed before he could begin chemotherapy.

#MissionMonday: Luke

Luke is an active 13 year old and huge Boston sports fan. His personal favorites? The Patriots and Tom Brady! He also enjoys practicing the guitar and finds inspiration from his favorite bands, the Beatles and Pearl Jam. Luke was also diagnosed with leukemia in 2011.

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: Mason

Mason is a kind-hearted 16-year-old with a great sense of humor. In June of 2015, he suffered a stroke that paralyzed him from the chest down. It was later discovered that the stroke was caused by glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

#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.

Imagine Session 2017 – Building the solution

We’re committed to being more than just a bandaid for families facing the financial burden of cancer.  That’s why we’re always looking for ways we can do more, dig deeper and maximize our impact. We’ve learned over the years that the best way to do that is through collaboration. On September 28, 2017, Family Reach […]

Imagine Session – Graphic Facilitation

Collective Next, an organization dedicated to helping groups come together, think better and move forward, joined us at this year's Imagine Session. Through graphic storytelling, they captured each of our panel's ideas, experiences and goals. Take a peek at these dynamic visuals.

Partner spotlight: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

A World Series champion and three-time All-Star, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is more than an athlete. Anthony is a hero both on and off the field. He always has a positive attitude and smile on his face. Committed to giving back to his community, he founded the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation in 2012.

Pediatric cancer: A 13 year old’s perspective

My name is Kya, and I’m a 13 year old from Brooklyn, New York. In the fall of 2014, I started fifth grade and discovered I was going to be a big sister. Soon after that exciting news, I began to experience consistent pain in my thigh.

#MissionMonday: Timothy

Timothy is 17 years old and an avid basketball fan. He is also a fighter of advanced metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma. He receives cycles of both chemotherapy and radiation and must go to the clinic at least once a week, oftentimes more, and has faced multiple urgent hospitalizations for various issues throughout his treatment.

#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.

Falmouth Road Race 2017: Meet our Reach Athletes!

We are excited to have such a motivated group of Reach Athletes running on behalf of the families we serve at the 45th annual Falmouth Road Race! Our runners will join more than 11,000 racers weaving their way through seven miles of picturesque Cape Cod.

#MissionMonday: Jaslene

Jaslene is a sweet seven-year-old girl who is suffering from renal medullary carcinoma. It is a rare cancer of the kidney that is associated with sickle cell trait, which Jaslene has. Her cancer has not taken well to treatment and she remains in severe pain that limits her ability to walk.

#MissionMonday: Madelyn

Madelyn is a two-year-old girl whose vigor and goofy personality has earned her the nickname “Little Bulldog.” She loves wearing superhero capes and building forts with her older sister, Callie. These activities were put on hold when Madelyn was diagnosed with stage three neuroblastoma in October 2016.

#MissionMonday: Juan

Juan is a nine-year-old boy who loves spending quality time with his family and playing with his sister. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July 2016 and is currently receiving treatment at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Illinois.

#SarcomaAwarenessMonth: Brendon

Brendon is a very active two-year-old. He loves to run around with his older sister, Kimberly, and spend quality time with his newborn baby brother, Matthew. Brendon was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma last January and is in the midst of a two-year treatment plan that requires frequent inpatient stays and clinic visits.

#MissionMonday: Lauren

A brilliantly creative little girl, Lauren loves to paint, sing and use her imagination. Her family recognized that something was wrong when the normally energetic girl was becoming less tolerant of activity. Not long after, six-year-old Lauren was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, a very rare cancer often found on the adrenal glands.

#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.

#MissionMonday: Tiago

Tiago is a passionate family man who loves to fish and is always willing to lend a hand to help others. In October 2015, things changed for his family. iago was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and has had to undergo numerous procedures and treatments. This has added a considerable amount of financial stress to his family’s life.

Social Worker Spotlight: Claudia

Family Reach is honored to work with dedicated social workers at over 200 hospitals nationwide. This remarkable group ensures that families undergoing financial hardship are connected to Family Reach and receive the assistance they need to get back on their feet.

#MissionMonday: Molly

In January 2016 at the age of 15, Molly was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. This kind and beautiful teenager had previously focused her days on her passion for figure skating.

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 [...]

#MissionMonday: Jude

Jude is a bright and vibrant five year old who is a self-described “gamer” and dreams of becoming a scientist when he grows up. He has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2013 and has undergone two bone marrow transplants and three relapses.

#MissionMonday: Kyle

Kyle was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in December 2009 at the age of 13. His difficult treatment regimen included multiple surgeries and chemotherapy at the Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, approximately one and a half hours from his home.

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.

A community in action: CVS Health at Cincinnati Children’s

As the funder of our partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, we’re humbled to have CVS Health by our side as an engaged, innovative corporate partner. They play an essential role in the work we do day in and day out to change the face of cancer for patients like Aidan.

#MissionMonday: Jevon

Jevon was diagnosed with leukemia after persistent swollen glands revealed an underlying cancer diagnosis in 2014 at just 12 years old. With his single mom, Janet, by his side, Jevon set out on the road to recovery.

Cooking Live! Boston – A night to remember

On May 8, we hosted our sixth annual Cooking Live! Boston fundraiser at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. Celebrity chef and Family Reach National Advisory Board President Ming Tsai was joined by renowned chefs Steve DiFillippo (Davio’s), Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Toro and Little Donkey) and Robert Bruce (The Ritz-Carlton, Boston).

#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.

#MissionMonday: Gavin

In the winter of 2014, at just six years old, Gavin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Before his diagnosis, both mom and dad worked full time and were living comfortably in Connecticut with Gavin and his younger sister.

There’s more to the story: AmerisourceBergen

Family Reach is lucky to have many corporate partners who have stuck with us through the years and we continue to meet new and inspiring organizations that want to collaborate. But there’s one partner that really stands out, and I feel compelled to tell you there’s more to this story around our partnership with AmerisourceBergen!

#MissionMonday: Nathan

Nathan was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma one month shy of his seventh birthday and just one month into first grade. Before his diagnosis, he loved going to the park, practicing taekwondo, swimming and biking. He’s had to adjust his hobbies due to his disease, but his positive outlook has remained the same.

Colleen Ballinger: Comedian, actress, singer and cancer advocate

What do a 14-year-old osteosarcoma patient and a comedian with red lipstick have in common? An unbreakable bond formed over their love of laughter and desire to bring awareness to the financial burden of cancer.

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: Sydney

It was August of 2015 when Sydney received the heartbreaking news that she had a grade III inoperable brain tumor. Instead of starting a new school year in her hometown of Nashville, Sydney immediately began radiation followed by a year of bi-weekly chemotherapy. This took the family in a direction they could have never expected and forced them to look at life with a new lens.

#MissionMonday: Amy

A ballet teacher and aspiring interior designer, Amy is also a 37-year-old single mother of two beautiful children, Isaiah, eight, and Esther, six. Both are full of energy, and music-loving Ester follows closely in her mom’s creative footsteps.

#MissionMonday: Taveras Family

In honor of National Donor Day, we share the story of the Taveras family. The Taveras family began their cancer journey in 2004 when eight-year-old Leandro was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia. After enduring two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy and radiation, Leandro was declared cancer-free.

Set for Success: Family Reach and JUST TRYAN IT

At Family Reach, we’re thrilled to announce the latest member of our family, JUST TRYAN IT. Through children’s triathlons, this distinguished nonprofit empowers communities to raise awareness and funds for families struggling with the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis.

#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: MeleAna

A sweet and bubbly 12 month old, MeleAna was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare type of liver cancer, this past spring. She currently lives with her mother, Kiley Iona, great-grandmother and 15-year-old uncle. MeleAna’s 22-year-old aunt will soon join the family as well. Needless to say, she is surrounded by love and support. Upon diagnosis, […]

#MissionMonday: Antoinette

An expressive, independent young girl, Antoinette possesses a natural talent for most things and is very motivated – she even taught herself ballet by watching online tutorials. So in 2015, when she became tired, covered in bruises and had a fever, her family knew there was cause for concern. They contacted a doctor, who thought […]

#MissionMonday: Kezia

The Leigh Sakoda Foundation is a California-based memorial fund in honor of Leigh Ashley Sakoda, who died at age 34 from a rare and aggressive cancer. The foundation aims to inspire research, improve diagnostics and provide treatment options for young women facing rare cancers. Since 2010, the Leigh Sakoda Foundation has helped support more than 50 […]

#MissionMonday: Julissa

A beauty inside and out, three year old Julissa has remained strong since her journey with acute lymphoblastic leukemia began last December, changing the family’s entire life in the blink of an eye. Julissa stopped attending school and underwent three weeks of intensive inpatient treatment at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. The […]

#MissionMonday: Effy

Known to many as Effy, five-year-old Elizabeth loves being outside and running around with her little brother Harry. She is currently thriving in kindergarten, learning to ride a bike and has decided she wants to be a firefighter when she grows up. This happy, spunky, “old soul” has come a long way. In 2013, her […]

#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: Michael’s Clinical Success

Guest blogger, Ida, shares her son Michael’s battle with pediatric brain cancer in part two of this mini series. For part one, click here. Before his diagnosis, Michael was a very energetic, funny and athletic boy that could almost always be found shooting or throwing any type of ball he could get his little hands on. […]

There’s More to the Story: Marc Benioff

As many of you know, I recently had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak at the White House alongside Vice President Joe Biden at his Cancer Moonshot address. What many of you don’t know is the driving force that got us there. Earlier this year, I packed up my bags and headed to San Francisco for […]

#MissionMonday: The sibling experience

Guest Blogger, Ida, shares her family’s experience during her son Michael’s battle with pediatric brain cancer. A few months before Michael’s cancer diagnosis, his older brother, Stevie, began asking what it would take for him to become a scientist. After explaining all of the hard work required, I questioned him on his sudden interest in this. […]

Hope for the Holidays: Meet our Families Part 2

Be a lifeline this season. Through Hope for the Holidays, 100 percent of your 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 cancer, please visit familyreach.org/holidays. Here are some […]

#MissionMonday: Danielle

Guest blogger Danielle shares the story of her battle with cancer and the path it has helped pave for her.  When I was a senior in high school, my friends and I went to Six Flags during our April vacation. Soon after, I started experiencing what I would  realize were symptoms of my diagnosis. After […]

#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: Small Can Be Big

Mission Monday: Small Can Be Big  Small Can Be Big is a Massachusetts-based non-profit that strives to connect with other local non-profits to help families across the nation who are on the brink of homelessness. They use small donations to make a big difference in the lives of those in need. Since 2009, Small Can […]

#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: Madison

For eight-year-old Madison, it’s the outpouring of love and support she receives that keep her strong. When Madison was 18 months old, her mother, Shauna, noticed that her daughter’s stomach was swollen. Shauna took Madison to the doctor, where she discovered that the inflammation was a result of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a blood cancer […]

There’s More to the Story: Chef Ming Tsai

To accomplish what we need to at Family Reach, you have to be fearless. The stakes are high, the system is broken and families with cancer are dealing with the unthinkable. As the President of our National Advisory Board, Ming Tsai has what it takes to be fearless and it’s contagious – there isn’t 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: Alayna

Alayna is an extremely sweet two-and-a-half-year-old girl receiving treatment at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer found in the muscle tissue. While the treatment is tough on Alayna’s tiny body, she goes through each day with a huge smile on her face.  Alayna’s mother, Tresha, first knew something was wrong when she […]

#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. […]

The Cost of My Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Guest blogger Heather Von St. James shares the story of her battle against mesothelioma – a rare and often misunderstood cancer – and the financial toll that it took on her family. Thank you for sharing your story, Heather.  Cancer is an expensive diagnosis, no matter the type. But if you happen to see the […]

#MissionMonday: Landon

In January 2015, Landon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at just eight years old. His parents, Heather and Richard, could not begin to imagine the financial strain that their family would endure. Described as articulate and gregarious boy, Landon began treatment in El Paso, Texas, an hour away from their home in New Mexico. […]

More to the Story: Dianne Lynch

I don’t know how many times a week I say, “Let me put you in touch with our Director of Special Events and Outreach, Dianne Lynch.” After all, events and special programs make up 70% of our fundraising income at Family Reach. Those are funds we turn around and use to help families who have […]

#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: Remembering Julio

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 […]

#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 […]

#MissionMonday: The Sampson Family

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.  […]

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.  […]

Reach Athletes: Jonathan Swims Around Nantucket

On September 7th, Jonathan Leuchs embarks on a 40-mile swim around the island of Nantucket in support of Family Reach. Jonathan’s commitment to the Family Reach mission is personal. In 2005, he lost his mother to brain cancer after a difficult two year battle. His grandfather also passed away after fighting lung cancer while Jonathan was in high […]

#MissionMonday: Gregory’s Story

Gregory is an 18-year-old living in a Boston suburb with his parents, his twin sister, Kat and his older brother, Mac. In March of his senior year of high school, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the muscle tissue. Instead of getting ready for college alongside Kat, Gregory began an intensive 42-week treatment […]

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 […]

#MissionMonday: Felecia’s Story

When Felecia Cook was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in May of 2015, her family was hit hard by the overwhelming financial and emotional side effects of the disease. She and her loving husband had become the primary caretakers to their six grandchildren two years earlier, following the incarceration of two of their children. The couple took […]

Our Programs: Keeping Families Stable During Cancer Treatment

At Family Reach, we are proud of our ability to step in and provide families with tremendous, tangible relief by directly paying a mortgage, car payment or rent, stabilizing their basic human needs while they focus on fighting cancer. But there is a quieter need faced by thousands of cancer caregivers across the country that Family Reach […]

#MissionMonday: Raylan’s Story

Raylan Montijo is a brave two-year-old boy who was diagnosed with bi-lateral retinoblastoma, an aggressive cancer in both of his eyes, at ten months old. Since diagnosis, Raylan has endured an intensive treatment protocol including the removal of his eye, traditional chemotherapy, and specialized laser and cryo therapy of his eye. Many of these treatments must […]

#MissionMonday: Adin’s Story

Adin is an 11-year-old boy from Illinois who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in November 2014. Two days after diagnosis, Adin and his mother, Kathy, relocated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, leaving behind Adin’s father and three older siblings. The sudden move to Tennessee was difficult for the entire family. […]

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 […]

#MissionMonday: Eulalia

11-year-old Eulalia, fondly known by her family and friends as “Lala,” has been fighting pre-B-cell ALL leukemia since May, 2014. Lala’s mother Ingrid, a single mom with four children, lost her job as a cab driver at the time of her daughter’s diagnosis. This sudden reduction of income left Ingrid unable to stay on top of […]

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: Meet Mya

Mya had just turned 12 when she began experiencing pain in her left femur during day-to-day activities. When the pain began to worsen, her mother Michelle took her for a check up and was stunned to learn that her youngest child had osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Mya’s parents were overwhelmed with how quickly their lives […]

#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 […]

#MissionMonday: Why Data Matters to Our Mission

2016 marks a number of firsts for Family Reach! We are celebrating our twentieth anniversary, we have expanded our network of hospitals to over 145 institutions nationwide, and this weekend at the national American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference we launched a Financial Handbook for cancer patients and their families (more to come on that […]

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: Damian

Damian is an adorable and outgoing 3-year-old boy who was originally diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eye, when he was less than a year old. Despite enormous efforts on the part of his parents and his treatment team at Miami Children’s Hospital, Damian’s cancer continues to spread. Family Reach has worked closely […]

#MissionMonday: Kyle

Kyle is a very sweet and polite 14-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma right before Christmas last year. Kyle lives at home with his mother, Patti, his father, Jerry, and two siblings. Before Kyle’s diagnosis, both of his parents worked full-time, Patti as a project manager and Jerry as a corrections officer. Since the day he […]

#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, Meet Our Partners: The Farmer’s Hen

It’s unlikely that you would expect to read about eggs on the Family Reach blog, but we have some very egg-citing news to share with you this #MissionMonday! (We couldn’t resist.) Our partners take many shapes and sizes, but what unites them is a commitment to families fighting cancer. They each provide Family Reach with critical […]

#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 […]

#MissionMonday: Seamus

Seamus is a smart and outgoing 9 year old boy who was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) in the spring of 2012. At the time of diagnosis, Seamus was living with his mother and father, Dan and Eugenia and his younger brother, Danny, in New Jersey. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a toddler, Seamus faced […]

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

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to introduce you to the first half of the Family Reach Boston Marathon Team. Each member of our team has been matched with a child and family who’s been supported by Family Reach. Everyone is gearing up for a race to remember! We are grateful for John Hancock’s […]

MissionMonday: Anya

Anya is a bright, sweet five-year-old girl who lives in Florida with her mom Heather, her teenage brother, and her seven-year-old sister. In November 2014, Anya was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). When Anya was diagnosed, Heather made the hard decision to leave her job as a schoolteacher to be by her daughter’s side during an […]

Mission Monday: Celebrating Social Work

As we turn our focus back to the Family Reach mission this #MissionMonday, we’d like to stop and recognize the vital role that our social workers play in what we do for the children and families we serve. We asked Family Reach Social Worker Jackie Lake to share some insight on her role and the incredible impact that our […]

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 & […]

#MissionMonday: Katherine

Katherine is a devoted, single mother of three beautiful daughters (ages 15, 18 and 21), a new grandmother, and a crusader against cancer. Diagnosed in 2012, she continues to show a proactive, can-do spirit that won’t be broken. Despite three years of nearly constant chemotherapy and having to remain in-patient for extended periods of time, […]

#MissionMonday: Michael

Last year, Michael was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was only six years old at the time. Since then, his road through treatment has been rocky. His parents, Stephen and Ida, have rallied around him as a loving and dedicated support system. Despite many setbacks related to his treatment, their commitment to his care has […]

Family Reach Visits Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago

Pictured above: Family Reach CEO, Carla Tardif with our National Advisory President, Chef Ming Tsai, Anthony Cervone and his son Lucas. Carla and Ming hosted a healthy cooking demonstration for the patients and families at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Pictured above: Chef Ming Tsai with a child receiving care at […]

#MissionMonday: Ottavio

Ottavio is a 6 year-old boy who just happens to be battling cancer. In September of 2014, he was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer called Medulloblastoma. Since then, he has become a warrior against his illness, fighting as hard as he can for his own recovery at Tufts Floating Hospital in Massachusetts. Ottavio […]

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 […]

#MissionMonday: Camille

In 2013, 11 year-old Camille was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma in her right tibia. Now Camille, a competitive Irish dancer, faced a new challenge: fighting her cancer. Her diagnosis forced her to stop dancing to focus on her aggressive treatment. Camille’s battle with cancer had many complications, but […]

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 […]

#MissionMonday: Jesus

Jesus is 10 years old and was diagnosed with Bilateral Retinoblastoma in 2007. In 2014, the cancer spread to his left foot. While Jesus is facing an uncertain future, he refuses to give up. Since his diagnosis, Jesus and his family have had to confront the realty of extensive treatments like chemotherapy, right eye enucleation, […]

#MissionMonday: Alex

Alex is only one year old, and he has been seriously ill with what is known as Juvenile Myelomocytic Leukemia. In just a short period of time, his life and the lives of his family have been turned upside down. Alex is currently receiving inpatient care at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, where he has received chemotherapy. […]

Then & Now @ Family Reach

As we celebrate 20 years of helping children and families fighting cancer, we wanted to take a look back across two decades of Family Reach milestones, memories and service. Since 1996, Family Reach has been helping families with a child or parent afflicted with cancer deal with the overwhelming financial and emotional burdens of the disease. […]

#Mission Monday: Isabella

Isabella was diagnosed just over 3 years ago with ALL Leukemia; she was only three years old. She did very well for 18 months of her treatment. Even though her life was turned upside down, she kept her head up, continued to fight, and pulled though. Isabella’s mom had to resign from her job in […]

Celebrating newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Carla Tardif

Eight years ago, Carla Tardif approached Rick Morello, Family Reach Founder and Executive Director at the time, with a shared vision. She knew that Family Reach had the potential to change the face of cancer for families in the fight – and in the past eight years, she has proven just that. Rick currently serves as […]

#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 […]

Two Nights, Two Chefs, One Cause | 2/22 + 2/23

Chef Eric LeVine, author, Food Network Chopped Champion, and chef/partner at Morris Tap and Grill and Paragon Tap and Table and Chef Ariane Duarte, seen on Top Chef, winner of Beat Bobby Flay, and chef/owner at Ariane Kitchen and Bar are coming together to host “Two Nights, Two Chefs, One Cause.” Both evenings promise delicious […]

2015 Year In Review

As 2015 comes to a close, I invite you to join me in celebrating and reflecting on a momentous year as we look forward to 2016. We’re grateful to everyone who has jumped on board to the Family Reach team. You’ve helped us thrive and grow our impact in serving families battling cancer nationwide. With your […]

In the Spotlight: Reach Athletes

Our Reach Athletes train and compete in various athletic and endurance events to generate support for Family Reach. They seek to challenge their own stamina and determination in order to support families as they struggle to overcome the obstacles they face each and every day as they battle cancer. Whether it is a death race, […]

Introducing: Industry Giving Circle

As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the tremendous generosity of the donors and partners who continue to make a difference for families fighting cancer through supporting Family Reach. In 2015, one group in particular exceeded our expectations by sharing an unprecedented amount of time, talent and treasure with Family Reach: members […]

Hope for the Holidays 2015: Meet the Families

We still have a great need for families participating in our Hope for the Holidays program. We need your help in providing critical relief to families struggling with the financial burden of cancer. 100% of your donation goes directly to families, providing gift cards that will be used for presents, food and essentials. If you are interested in supporting […]

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 […]

Cancer and Bankruptcy: You Can Help

What if you could prevent a family fighting cancer from going bankrupt today? With Family Reach Give, you can.  This is Thomas Lipani. In recent months, his parents face a daily battle with the decision on whether or not to file bankruptcy. How did they get here? Three years ago their eight-year-old son, Thomas, was diagnosed with Stage […]

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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