Molly McDonald, founder of The Pink Fund, says that most charities are begun when someone experiences a hole that needs to be filled. That is exactly what happened to her in 2005 when she found herself unemployed, newly divorced with five children, and facing a shocking breast cancer diagnosis. She also realized that she was not the only one in her position.
“Like me, many of these women were employed, their families dependent upon their income and health insurance. I wondered what happens to women who are too ill to work and whose jobs might be in jeopardy if they take off too much time for treatment and recovery.”
She formed The Pink Fund to provide short-term financial assistance to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer so they could focus on healing, raising their families, and returning to the workplace.
The Pink Fund has paid out $1,797,000.62 to creditors of women undergoing treatment. That’s why Molly is the Viviano Flower Shop Good Samaritan of the Month!
On Saturday, October 8 I was honored to emcee the Pink Fund’s fundraiser, Dancing with the Survivors. Breast cancer survivors practice for months with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio and perform with them or a loved one. It was a truly remarkable evening, and I got to personally meet some of the women that the Pink Fund has helped and hear their stories.
Here are just a few pictures from the evening. It’s definitely an event to put on your calendar for next year.