You are in your doctor's office and the tests have come back. The news is not good. The doctor tells you that you have cancer; surgery is essential followed by weeks of chemotherapy, radiation and potentially more treatment.
You take a deep breath. Mortality is not on your mind. Your own health and the struggle you face is secondary. What you fear most is the survival of your family, your children's expenses in school, the payment of your mortgage, credit card bills, and food being on the table.
Why? You have some savings. Your job is secure, yet a leave of absence would curtail income flow. You even have medical insurance. Yet the cost of cancer treatment, which can incur over months, possibly years, can, will and does wipe out most Americans financially.
Last Saturday evening in Newport Beach, a unique cancer foundation known as Beckstrand gathered its donors, organizers and a glittering contingent of famous Hollywood faces for a major fundraising gala at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.