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My name is Al Rosario. Eleven years ago, my family was met with the terrible news that our son Albert Jr had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  During his battle with this deadly disease, I witnessed so many families who not only had to deal with cancer but also insurmountable financial struggles. In 2015 my mother passed away after fighting the disease for over a year. In 1996, my sister Judy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer that happened to spread to her lymph nodes. She underwent multiple treatments of radiation, surgeries (9) and currently has half of one of her lungs. Today she continues to fight through her battle with strong perseverance.

In 2013 I joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and saw firsthand their dedication to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Their work is second to none. However, they offer nothing for the current hardships that so many families are going through. A cancer diagnosis is traumatic and even more so for low-income families. I knew I had to do something. Over a year ago I founded the R Giving Tree Foundation – providing aid to families carrying the financial burden of cancer treatment. The mission of The R Giving Tree Foundation is to help those in need during these trying times.

When patients go through cancer treatment, often times everyday bills essential in day-to-day life become compromised due to multiple reasons:  inability to continue work, the overwhelming cost of treatment, transportation, added childcare cost when children have siblings unable to be at the hospital, etc. The R Giving Tree Foundation is committed to helping relieve this stress.

Last month, my sister Judy left corporate America to join the Foundation. She brings her business background, coupled with her firsthand knowledge of what cancer does to a family. The R Giving Tree Foundation have been able to help several families, and our goal is to help many, many more.

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