An anti-cancer advocate, and large American Cancer Society donor, Greg Festewent from supporting those with cancer to ultimately being diagnosed with a rate for of Hairy Cell Leukemia in December, 2007. This motivated Feste to start a Company, that helps individuals financially prepare for the costs associated with cancer that most Major Medical policies don’t cover.
“It was like I was hit with a ton of bricks”, recalls Greg Feste after being diagnosed. “I mean, what do you say? What do I do now? Am I going to live? There are so many questions racing through your head at once, it’s a lot to process at once.”
Greg Feste, once a Cancer advocate, knew what it was like to see people with cancer. “I used to go sit with people and talk to them at cancer centers while they were receiving their chemotherapy, I loved doing it because it really helped them, just a simple bit of conversation can make the biggest difference in a tough time”, says Feste.
One of the businesses that Feste previously owned donated tens of thousands of dollars every year to the American Cancer Society, as well as various other organizations that gave different types of grants to help people that couldn’t afford treatment. “I never thought in a million years that I would be the guy sitting in that chair, never did it even cross my mind”, says Greg Feste.
In December, of 2007 Greg was diagnosed with a very rare form of Hairy Cell Leukemia. Hairy Cell Leukemia is very rare, with only 2,000 people diagnosed every year within the entire western hemisphere.
Usually, rare forms of anything are very bad, but it this case, the particular form of rare Leukemia was fairly curable. After undergoing treatment, as well as Chemotherapy, he was cleared of all Cancer within 6 months of being diagnosed.
For those who endure cancer treatment, there is a point where most think, “Wow, how am I going to pay for all of these bills?” According to the American Cancer Society, the average debt of a cancer survivor is $38,000.
“I had a pile of bills, and shockingly my Major Medical coverage paid close to none of it”, recalls Feste. Luckily, Greg had a supplemental cancer insurance policy. “It literally covered about 90% of all of my out-of-pocket expenses, which was a lot of money. I was amazed, because the policy only cost me about $40/month for the highest level of coverage. I was thinking, wow, I spend that in a week at Starbucks!”
Upon realizing how major medical insurance didn’t cover most of his cancer expenses, Greg started to take a harder look at the supplemental insurance industry as a whole. “The more research I did, the more I realized that there are an incredible amount of gaps in major medical policies, especially when it comes to Cancer particularly” says Feste.
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