H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pay Expenses) Fund
What is the Cancer Connection H.O.P.E. Fund?
Created in 1996, the fund was started by the spouses of two former Southwest Regional Cancer Center (now Texas Oncology) cancer patients in honor of their marriage to one another. In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple suggested this fund to their friends and family as a means of honoring their marriage. The fund is now administered by Cancer Connection on behalf of Texas Oncology Midtown patients.
What is the purpose of the fund?
This fund is dedicated to provide grants to patients and families who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Cancer and its related treatments often make it difficult to maintain full-time employment and sometimes require a caregiver to also discontinue working.
What kind of assistance is available?
These funds are used for necessities such as: prescriptions, gasoline for transportation to medical appointments, groceries, utility bill payments or partial rent or house payments. These funds will not be used for the reimbursement of medical care.
Who is eligible for assistance?
Cancer patients experiencing financial hardship related to their diagnosis and treatment. All potential recipients are screened by a social worker to rule out other sources of assistance that may already exist in the community, and/or link the patient with these resources for future needs. The people affected most are those of modest means who ‘fall through the cracks’ for existing resources or those who need help NOW.
How much of my donation actually reaches the person in need? Thanks to the support of Texas Oncology and Cancer Connection, there is no ‘overhead’. 100% of the money donated is earmarked for grants.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Contribution to this fund is tax-deductible under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consider this fund when choosing your annual charitable contributions. We hope to continue to sustain this fund so that assistance is available to cancer patients and their families in times of need.
Questions regarding this fund or donations should be directed to Brandi Jurecek, LMSW at (512) 421-4167
Texas Oncology - Midtown, 901 W 38th St, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78705