Cancer Financial Toxicity & Health Inequities with Rosie Cunningham of Family Reach

When we think of a cancer diagnosis, we focus on the physical ramifications of the disease. But a cancer diagnosis also leads to major financial costs. Today we are speaking with Rosie Cunningham, COO of Family Reach, about financial toxicity, health inequities and tips for patients and caregivers on how to navigate the financial landscape of a cancer diagnosis.

About our guest

As COO at Family Reach, Rosie plays a pivotal role in the progression of the organization’s services, research, and collaborations. She launched the inaugural strategic planning process in 2019, and works closely with the team to ensure that all internal and external activity is aligned to push the mission forwards. She also oversees the organization’s content, programs, and impact teams, driving awareness of Family Reach as a data-driven thought leader and solution provider on financial toxicity. A strong believer that no one deserves the turmoil caused by a cancer diagnosis, Rosie applies her sales, marketing, and partnership expertise to guide Family Reach toward ensuring no family has to choose between their health and their home.

Watch the video of our episode: Cancer Financial Toxicity & Health Inequities with Rosie Cunningham of Family Reach

  • 6 minutes 30 seconds

    2/3 of people living with cancer are unable to work full time after a diagnosis. Of the families we serve 65% of them have lost over half of their household income. So before you even get into the web of healthcare costs, you’re already in crisis, unable to make ends meet.

  • 9 minutes 30 seconds

    People with cancer are more likely to file for bankruptcy, but beyond that, people who do file for bankruptcy are 79% more likely to die from their disease. So financial toxicity is not just a financial problem it is literally a life or death problem.

  • 16 minutes 40 seconds

    Our mission at Family Reach, which is to alleviate the financial barriers that stand between a patient and their treatment, is rooted in health inequities.