Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, one of the seven organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, which gave Ms. Marin $1,400 to pay her family’s rent for May.
“If it wasn’t for them, I’d probably be kicked out,” she said.
By the time the rent assistance arrived, Ms. Marin had weathered two years of trauma. She learned she had pancreatic cancer a little over a year after her husband’s suicide.
Ms. Marin was working at a hair salon in Chinatown in September 2018 when a cascade of health problems began. She started having debilitating migraines that painkillers would not help. A week after the headaches started, she fell in the salon.
Ms. Marin tried to rest on her day off, but the pain only worsened. “My head was hurting so bad, I couldn’t even turn my eyes or breathe,” she said. “I ended up in the hospital emergency room.”