The Hope Chest for Women, Inc. was founded in 2003 to relieve some of the burdens created by breast or gynecological cancer treatment costs. We provide resources, referrals, education on cancer prevention, community and financial support. Most importantly we give hope to women in Western North Carolina living with breast or gynecological cancers.
We are a 501(c)(3) that offers support, education, referral services and financial assistance to women in all 22 counties of Western North Carolina at risk or diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer.
We support women living in all 22 counties of WNC and women living outside this area if they are receiving treatment within our service area. Our target population is women diagnosed or at risk for breast and gynecologic cancer. Most women are living in Appalachia, under-insured and having financial difficulties due to the cost of cancer treatment.
We give over $30,000 annually to WNC women to help them overcome economic difficulties due to treatment costs. We provide individualized case managed support to our clients. We work with cancer patients to identify and support their most critical needs. Since 2003, we have given approximately $250,000.00 in direct financial aid and granted over 1700 requests for assistance.
On estimate 55% of our clients are privately insured, 5% uninsured and 40% receiving medicare or medicaid. 40% of the women we serve are living over the poverty level but in financial crisis due to the cost of cancer treatment.
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.”
2017 HCW fact sheet
HCW 2015 Final Compilation Report
HCW 2015 Form 990 Final for Public Inspection
Hope Chest-IRS Tax Exemption Letter
For additional information about our organization please give us a call at (828) 708-3017