We fight cancer with kindness
Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater is a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the emotional, practical and non-medical needs of cancer patients and their caregivers in the Greater Tidewater community.
We support cancer patients in treatment at an individual level, regardless of particular cancer diagnosis, age, race gender or socio-economic status. Our programs create lasting friendships, ease fears, reduce stress and instill hope.
We believe that any cancer diagnosis is a greatest fear realized. Every day we help patients meet that fear with kindness, courage and dignity.
Acts of Kindness Program – A smile, a hug, a hand to hold
Our Acts of Kindness program provides daily volunteer support to meet the emotional needs of cancer patients in treatment and their caregivers. More than 150 volunteers fan out across the Greater Tidewater region to serve savory sandwiches, snacks, sweet treats and beverages as a vehicle to provide emotional support to patients during chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatment at 10 clinic locations.
We have found that food can do more than just physically nourish. Food can start a conversation, calm a fear, foster a friendship and restore dignity.
If you would like to join us as an Acts of Kindness Volunteer, please click here to learn more.
Direct Patient Assistance Program – Help when you need it most
Our Direct Patient Assistance program provides emotional support in the form of modest financial and practical assistance to cancer patients in treatment. Our funding is practical vehicle to provide support and peace of mind to patients by alleviating temporary financial concerns related to non-medical expenses.
Individuals battling cancer who have inadequate financial means to meet pressing non-medical needs may apply for assistance through knowledgeable medical and social work professionals in their continuum of care. Medical professionals seeking support on behalf of patients in treatment, please click here to download our Patient Assistance Application. AS OF 10/20/16 MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW ACCEPTED BY FAX ONLY AT 757-461-1778.
Community Wellness and Awareness – Resources, Programs and Events
If you are a patient or caregiver seeking community-based resources, please click here for a listing of local support groups. If you do not find what you are looking for, please call our office at 461-8488. We are happy to help you find exactly the support you need.
Through partnerships and innovative programming, Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater strives to inspire, celebrate and educate. Please click here to learn about our latest events in the community. (leads to Latest News and Events page)
Our partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School’s B.E.A.C.H. Buddies program provides medical student “big buddies” to support the emotional and social needs of children in treatment at the chemotherapy and hematology clinics at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
Acts of Kindness Clubs (AOK Clubs) are student-led clubs throughout the community that conduct fundraising and awareness activities to benefit the patients served by Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater.