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The Hope Chest for Women, Inc. was founded in 2003 to relieve some of the financial 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 who have been diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer.

We support women living in all 22 counties of WNC or 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 living in Appalachia, are under-insured and/or having financial difficulties due to the cost of cancer treatment. Nearly 1 in 3 cannot work or will lose their jobs due to the side effects caused by treatment.

In 2017, The Hope Chest for Women provided over $67,000 in financial assistance to 109 WNC women to help them overcome economic hardship due to treatment costs.  We offer individualized case management and caring, emotional support to our clients. The Hope Chest works with cancer patients to identify and support their most critical needs. Since 2003, we have given approximately $375,000.00 in direct financial aid and granted over 2,000 requests for assistance.

On average, 55% of our clients are privately insured, 5% uninsured and 40% receiving Medicare or Medicaid. Nearly 40% of the women we serve are living over the poverty level but have fallen into 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 to assist with:

  • Rent & Mortgage Assistance
  • Medical Bills & Prescription Co-pays
  • Gas & Transportation Assistance
  • Utility Bills
  • Food & supplements
  • Lymphedema garments
  • Other unmet needs


Women often struggle to pay these costs as they deal with the loss of income and the increasing burden of medical expenses connected 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.”

2018 HCW fact sheet
HCFW 2017 Form 990 Final for Public Inpection
Hope Chest-IRS Tax Exemption Letter

For additional information about our organization please give us a call at (828) 708-3017