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Meet Evelyn Marin

A New York Times Feature

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By Elisha Brown, The New York Times 

Evelyn Marin learned she had pancreatic cancer after having operations to remove tumors from her brain and cysts from her spine. Sidelined for months, she fell behind on her rent. Evelyn Marin had been out of the hospital for less than two months — after operations on her brain and spine, and to remove her pancreas — when she received an eviction notice from her landlord. Before the operations, Ms. Marin, 23, had been the breadwinner in her family; the money she earned as a hairstylist covered the rent on the duplex she shared with her mother and younger brother in Yonkers. But Ms. Marin’s health issues forced her to stop working. Her mother found a job at a deli, but she was not making enough and the family fell two months behind on the rent. The eviction notice arrived in April. “I felt so useless,” Ms. Marin said. “For somebody who works back and forth and doesn’t stop, and to stop completely, it was very drastic for me.” They needed immediate help. Ms. Marin reached out to 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.

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