Abolishing $1 Million in Southern California Cancer Debt

RIP Medical Debt

Grant: $15,000

As many as 40% of Americans have lingering medical bill problems or outstanding medical debt. For families already under the stress of illness, the bills are devastating: 35% had to choose between paying for medical bills and necessities like food, heating or housing. These challenges are even greater for those fighting cancer. Cancer patients are more than twice as likely to file for bankruptcy compared to the average American. No matter the outcome of a patient’s battle with cancer, the tremendous financial burden of medical debt often remains for years to come. RIP Medical Debt is dedicated to removing the burden of medical debt for individuals, veterans, and families across America. Since 2014, RIP Medical Debt has forgiven $120 million in medical debt for over 60,000 patients. RIP will use grant proceeds to acquire access to and abolish cancer-related medical debt in Southern California. Support from Tower will help develop new debt procurement strategies and abolish approximately $1 million in unpaid and unpayable cancer-related medical debt in Southern California, creating a brighter future for individuals and families affected by cancer.