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Sara Laws, Director

Sara Laws, Director

Observing women making a choice between receiving cancer treatment and providing for their families was so heart-touching that action was taken to establish The Hope Chest for Women.  We are a 501(c)(3) organization and our Tax ID is # 33-1033038.  Our mission was to help relieve some of the burden created by the costs of breast or gynecologic cancer treatment.  We are committed to supporting women with a mind, body, spirit approach.

Our Western North Carolina (WNC) patient support program has three main goals:

1) To provide medical and non medical bill pay assistance to women diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer. We budget between $30,000.00 and $40,000.00 a year for mini-grants to pay providers on behalf of our clients.  On average we provide $500 in assistance per women a year. Our referral and program services provide local and national support to women with a cancer diagnosis. We refer them to additional local support agencies once our maximum is reached. We serve an estimated number of 100 women a year with direct financial assistance to providers on their behalf.

2) To provide outreach and support to an estimated 500 cancer patients per year. We attend cancer support groups across our community educating women on financial assistance for cancer patients in treatment. We visit local chemotherapy treatment rooms to comfort and provide assistance to patients in treatment.

3) We attend health fairs, workshops and events to promote cancer awareness and prevention. Our goal is to reach an estimated 1500 WNC residents per year. Through advocacy efforts we stress the importance of cancer screening and early detection. We educate women on programs that provide free or reduced cost screening.

The Hope Chest relies heavily on donations and contributions to have money available for applicants who have demonstrated economic necessity and proven eligibility. All money raised in the Hope Chest for Women WNC program will stay in our community to support women living across WNC.

Since 2003, we have awarded over $250,000.00  in assistance to women in WNC and helped an estimated 1000 women in our community.  Our main support program directly serves the Western North Carolina Community.

Eligibility is based on need regardless of attending physician, religious affiliation, income level, race or any other discriminating factor. Our service area in Western North Carolina includes 22 counties.

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