HOW WE HELP The financial struggles that accompany a pediatric cancer diagnosis are tremendous
We Help Families with the Cost of Cancer
Pediatric patients typically receive treatment on a regular basis for three years, and one parent commits himself or herself to be available to the child at all times. Working parents begin to lose paid time at work, and even more money is lost if one parent has to quit a job or take an extended leave of absence. Seventy-two percent of families in these situations find their income reduced more than fifty percent.
In addition to the cost of treatment, families face many indirect costs related to a cancer diagnosis. These indirect costs include:
- Travel (gas and parking) to doctor visits, clinics, hospitals, and treatment appointments
- Lodging (a place for the child and parent/family to stay) during treatments far from home
- Meals during travel or clinic visits
- Special foods and nutritional supplements
- Special equipment or clothing
- Extra child care cost
Funds raised by JUST TRYAN IT offer financial assistance for these indirect costs so that families can focus on the most important fight — their child beating cancer. With the generosity, support, and commitment of our donors and sponsors, parents are made to feel that they are still able to provide for their children at a time when they feel particularly helpless. All funds are paid directly to the vendor, rather than the family essentially clearing off bills on their behalf.
We Foster Empathy in our Racers
Empathy is a skill that helps facilitate meaningful connection with others. It is at the very foundation of healthy emotional development.
As JUST TRYAN IT racers, children have the opportunity to serve others, inspire others, and gain insight into others struggles all while developing empathy. Our STARS program focuses on this aspect and strengthens awareness.
Charlie, pictured here, raced in our Baltimore race and wrote this letter to Cody’s parents:
Dear Cody’s parents,
I ran in Cody’s memory in the JUST TRYAN IT triathlon. I learned a little about Cody. He sounded very nice, kind, thoughtful, and so much more. I did not win the race because the chain fell off my bike. I waited for them to fix my bike and finished the race with a smile on my face. That is what Cody would of done.
Love, Charlie L.
PS: Thank you for letting me race in his memory. It made it so special.