Megan Rivera

When Megan Rivera applied for an EMF SAMFund Financial Assistance Grant in 2023, she and her husband Kristoffer faced overwhelming financial strain. Megan’s battle with Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia had left them drowning in medical debt exceeding $30,000, with her being unable to work as the primary breadwinner.

Megan’s Diagnosis

Days after returning from their honeymoon, Megan received the devastating diagnosis. As a nurse, leaving her job during treatment and recovery was a harsh reality. Though her employer extended Cobra benefits for 11 months, it barely made a dent in their mounting debts.

The Support System

With the support of their families, they managed to cover essential expenses, but the financial burden and stress of cancer treatment persisted. Fortunately, Megan’s brother, Robert Lawlor, emerged as her lifesaver, donating bone marrow for her transplant on 10.5.22.

The Turning Point

Receiving a SAMFund grant from Expect Miracles Foundation proved transformative. Covering their mortgage for two months provided a crucial respite, allowing the couple to chip away at debts. Through the Dollar For program, Megan successfully reduced her medical debt to zero. Additionally, she enrolled in a financial literacy program, equipping herself with essential skills for their journey ahead.

 

Expect Miracles Foundation’s SAMFund Grant Program saved my life. I can’t thank the donors enough for their support which helped my husband Kristoffer and me get back on our feet and look to the future with hope in our hearts.”

Megan Rivera

SAMFund Grant Recipient, Pennsylvania

Megan Today

Despite adversity, Megan emerged victorious. With medical debts settled, her physical strength returned, and she’s eager to rejoin the workforce. The couple dreams of starting a family someday.

Recently, Megan was featured on CBS News regarding her participation in a free Financial Literacy Program at Babson College. Expect Miracles Foundation connected her to the program, and Megan credits these classes with helping her acquire the skills to eliminate her medical debt and start a rainy day fund.

About EMF’s SAMFund Grant Program

Due to the high costs associated with treatment and survivorship, young adults experience financial toxicity at a greater level than any other age group.  SAMFund grants help to alleviate the financial burden resulting from cancer treatment.

Thank you to donors for supporting EMF’s SAMFund Grant Program. Because of your generosity, we are helping young adult cancer survivors build bridges to help them get where they were intended to go before cancer disrupted their lives.

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Join us in the fight against cancer and be part of the community that is making miracles happen today. Your donation is an investment in our Innovation and Discovery Funds, which invests in life-saving cancer research, and EMF's SAMFund, which provides financial assistance for young adult cancer survivors.

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