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Financial Assistance For Cancer Patients Who Can Not Work Due to Cancer Treatments


The financial hardship that a diagnosis of cancer can bring has the potential to be tremendous.  Many people are unable to work during treatments and without income, it is difficult for many to cover their every day living expenses not to mention all of the added expenses related to having a medical condition like co-pays, RXs, supplements, OTC meds, testing that insurance doesn’t cover.  What are people in this situation to do? 


Check out The C.H.A.I.N. Fund, Inc… they provide financial assistance to cancer patients who are unable to work as a result of undergoing strenuous cancer treatments.  The C.H.A.I.N. Fund grants can assist in areas such as mortgage, rent, utilities, doctor visit co-pays, prescriptions co-pays (for cancer drugs only), insurance co-pays, & special food needs.   These grants can not be used for any medical treatments, insurance deductibles, car payments, car insurances, cable television, internet services or cell phones.


Click HERE for more information as well as an application.  All assistance is made at the sole discretion ofThe C.H.A.I.N. Fund, Inc.  Assistance is given on an interim basis (up to 12 months at most) and any payments awarded will be  made directly to the recipient’s service providers. Additionally, the following exclusions apply:

  1. You do NOT qualify if you are currently receiving monthly financial aid through your State and/or Social Security Disability Programs OR a local Department of Human Service or Welfare.
  2. You do NOT qualify if you are retired and receiving a monthly pension check from a former employer.
  3. You do NOT qualify if your utility bills are currently being paid through a local Low income Home Energy Assistance Program.



Angel Foundation Helps When Cancer Strikes (in Minnesota)

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, live in Minnesota and are in need of some financial assistance, check out Angel Foundation.  Since its inception, Angel Foundation has provided thousands of dollars in non-medical emergency financial assistance so families struggling with a cancer diagnosis don’t have to face another set of worries.  Funds can be used to help cover expenses such as rent or mortgage payments; home phone or cell phone bill; gas, electric, or water bills; Cub Foods gift cards; gasoline purchases using Holiday fuel cards.

Angel Foundation eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be over 18 years of age.
  • Must have a cancer diagnosis.
  • Must be in active treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplant, hospice, palliative care or surgery with a recovery time in excess of four weeks.) Hormone therapy is not considered active treatment.
  • Must be living in or treated in the seven-county metro area of Minnesota (Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Hennepin, Carver, or Scott counties).
  • Must meet the financial guidelines set by Angel Foundation.
  • Patient may only receive financial assistance once in a 24 month period.

For more information on applying for assistance, click HERE.  Maximum grant is $600 and must be used within 90 days of approval.  Any questions?  Cail 612.627.9000 or email grants@mnangel.org.


Angel Foundation also offers a FREE support program called Facing Cancer Together to children aged 5-18 who live in Minnesota and are facing a parental cancer diagnosis.

FREE Tote & Support for Women Facing Cancer

I just learned of yet another amazing organization called The Lydia Project.  The Lydia Project provides several FREE services to women facing any type of cancer anywhere in the world.

Request A Tote  

Although many physician offices & hospitals from around the country (click HERE to see a listing) distribute free Lydia totes directly to patients, you can also go online and “Request A Tote” to be sent to someone you care about. Totes are handmade (like the one above) by volunteers and are filled with various encouraging items like a journal, hand creams, as well as other items. (Requests outside the Augusta, GA area are asked to pay shipping charges only.)

Request Support

Just let them know what you need, and they’ll do their best to help you. Additionally, Lydia provides financial assistance (rent, utility, and prescription assistance) to women who are unable to afford these basic expenses while undergoing cancer treatment and who reside in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond Counties in Georgia.

Request A Prayer

You can even email a request for a prayers.  After all, every bit helps, right?!