People with terminal illnesses must deal with the reality of their conditions and their physical, emotional, social, and financial consequences. More often than not, along with their families, they are hampered with a lack of support, inadequate external assistance, and many other factors that can negatively impact their quality of life. In acknowledgment of these issues and in the hopes of being a pillar of support, Fighting All Monsters has emerged in recent years to serve as a reliable institution for those in need.
Fighting All Monsters, better known as FAM, is on a mission to bring quality support to FAMilies — those who have children facing life-threatening challenges — and ease the multi-faced burdens that they are struggling with. It offers a variety of services curated to enable FAM to stand by FAMilies physically, financially, and emotionally. It not only delves into dream fulfillment for children in treatment but is also active in bill assistance, gift-giving, community building, and bereavement support.
This non-profit organization started with Milk Tyson’s redefinition of the meaning of toughness. As someone who lived in the streets and given the gangs in Los Angeles, he thought he had met the roughest, scrappiest fighters. But an encounter with a young cancer warrior changed his perspective and pushed him to take a turn for the better. Gathering together a team of volunteers, Milk found inspiration in the resilience and grit of children with medical conditions to create a platform that would make a difference in their lives and that of their families.
And now, FAM, with its multiple approaches to assisting FAMilies, has created a unique standing in the realm of non-profit institutions. Thanks to donors’ generosity, FAM has delivered help in countless areas, from donating iPads that provides access to educational platforms for children unable to attend school, to assisting with expenses, such as rent, security deposits, new furnishings for an entire home, and more.
Milk and his team, recognizing how painful the entire ordeal is for the children’s parents, have treated FAMilies to all-expenses-paid dream vacations and retreats. Moreover, they have paid for out of pocket medical expenses that were not covered by insurance and have addressed problems with transportation costs.
Furthermore, FAM has partnered with other enterprises, such as Kendra Scott and Apple, to raise funds and conduct community outreach. It has also participated in a podcast production alongside Patient Power to shed light on patient advocacy and empowerment.
With its aim to be at the side of children from the start of a cancer diagnosis until the end, it has grown into a multi-million foundation with enormous resources to bring aid to all. FAM has earned the loyalty of donors who appreciate its non-observance of strict requirements, bureaucracy, and heaps of paperwork to distribute funds to families in need.
And in the coming years, this provider of comprehensive assistance aims to remain a consistent force of support. Alongside its dream to relieve FAMilies of financial stressors for months at a time is also the vision of being trailblazers in bringing positive impact to the underserved community of pediatric cancer warriors.