How It Started
The Fight Like a Girl Foundation® was formed to help people in need. It’s really that simple. As the founder and president of the Fight Like a Girl Club®, a support group for women battling cancer and other serious illnesses, Sandy Ellis heard first-hand from ill individuals who could not afford medical treatment, families who had to trim down their grocery list to pay for prescriptions, and women who went years without mammograms because they didn’t have the money to pay for one. “I was happy that the [Fight Like a Girl] Club was making huge strides in uniting and supporting women on an emotional level but I kept thinking that we have to do more,” said Ellis, “we have to do something to help the financial end of things for these families.”
“I had one lady tell me that she and her terminally-ill husband had refinanced their home to pay for his prescriptions every month,” Ellis continued, “they were on pins and needles that the money was going to run out before he passed away. That’s a horrible thing to have to worry about during the last few months of your life”. With her husband being forced to drop his own health insurance because of a previous cancer diagnosis, Sandy grew more and more anxious to do something to help especially after she researched and discovered that there are very few organizations out there that offer direct financial relief to families whose lives have been shattered because of cancer or another serious illness. The Fight Like a Girl Foundation was born soon thereafter.