Support for Women with Breast & Gynecologic Cancers in Western North Carolina


The Hope Chest for Women, Inc. was founded in 2003 to relieve some of the burdens created by breast or gynecological cancer treatment costs. Furthermore, the Hope Chest for Women aims to provide resources, financial support, and hope to women in Western North Carolina living with breast or gynecological cancers.

We are a 501(c)(3) that offers financial assistance to women in all 22 counties of Western North Carolina. We give over $30,000 annually to WNC women to help them overcome economic difficulties due to treatment costs. We assist between 125-150 women with breast or gynecological cancer each year, helping with their individualized financial needs and giving much needed hope as well.

The Hope Chest for Women is all about collaboration. Our clients are referred to us by hospitals, oncology groups, primary care doctors, OB-GYNs, oncology nurse navigators and social workers from all 22 Counties of Western North Carolina. These practitioners encourage potential clients to apply for our support services.

The Hope Chest for Women offers limited financial assistance to women and can assist with:

  • Personal bills
  • Rent & utility bills
  • Gas & transportation assistance
  • Medical bill & prescription co-pay
  • Food & supplements
  • Lymphedema garments
  • Other unmet needs

Women must often neglect these costs as they struggle with the great expense of cancer treatment.  The Hope Chest for Women was created because we observed women having to choose between receiving treatment and providing for their families.

“It’s truly a blessing to know that people donate to something like this to help others,” one client said. “It’s a wonderful gift for those who are faced with these tough choices in this situation.”