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Sixto Cancel’s Foster Care Experience Led Him To Create A Nonprofit That Could Transfer $1.3B To Families

For Black families, family reunions are a staple. From the matching T-shirts to the cookout at the picnic, it is a time for relatives to get together to reminisce and make new memories. And while the vibes of family reunions are usually high energy, there is sometimes the ambiguity of meeting new cousins and discovering folks one may have never met, which Sixto Cancel can relate to. Cancel knows firsthand the impact of not growing up around family or knowing where he belonged. He started navigating the foster care system when he was 11 months old. Since then, his journey has been full of challenges but also a realization that the system tasked to support and help him was consistently failing him. At one point, he had even given up on the concept of family. “When I was 15, and I realized that the system was going to continue to fail, it was like, ‘Okay, Sixto, how do you make sure that you are prepared to live on your own, you’re prepared to be able to work, you’re prepared to make...

May 5, 2023