The Weinburgers were connected with Family Reach and local nonprofit partner JUST TRYAN IT, who helped the family pay rent while Whitaker was undergoing treatment.
“Family Reach’s support during that time in our lives really gave us the headspace, the breathing room, just to quit worrying about those financial obligations and just focus on the kids and taking care of them,” says Seth Weinburger.
Family Reach is expanding its services to support even more people with help from a $5 million donation from AbbVie. The donation has enabled Family Reach to partner with 25 more hospitals in 23 states, helping an additional 4,400 families access its tools and financial support programs.
Working with hospital social workers, Family Reach’s navigators help families access local resources and support, as well as provide direct assistance to cover everyday needs like housing, transportation expenses and utilities. These interventions may actually help improve adherence to care and treatment and in turn help patients achieve optimal health outcomes, according to a Family Reach white paper.
Each family has unique needs, but one theme is clear: early intervention is key to helping more families in a meaningful way, Tardif says. To connect families with support sooner, Family Reach is launching the LiFT Network and uniting hundreds of nonprofits with a shared vision of eliminating cancer-related financial toxicity. The LiFT Network is anchored by an online portal with financial tools and resources, providing benefits to members such as a streamlined grant distribution process and collaboration with like-minded organizations. JUST TRYAN IT accessed this process to support the Weinburgers.
“This network is all about learning and early intervention, magnifying the people we’ve not been able to reach,” says Tardif. “Family Reach has gone from being in two hospitals to 440, but we know the demand is even greater.”