Where The Money Goes:

Your contributions are used to provide supplemental financial assistance to patients.  The types of support given to a cancer patient are customized to that patient’s situation and financial needs. Listed below are some of the expenses Giving Hope Foundation could support: 

  • Rent, mortgage, taxes
  • Utilities
  • Groceries
  • Travel expenses to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Child care during times of treatment
  • Prescriptions not covered by other sources
  • Prescription and insurance co-payments
  • Other special expenses to support quality of life  

We do not make payments directly to our cancer patients. Instead, we make payments to their vendors, such as the mortgage or utility companies. We also establish accounts at grocery stores or gas stations for our patients and their families.


Seated Massage - Tues, Wed, and Fri 10 am - 12 noon in the Infusion Center; 12:30 - 4:30 pm off the Radiation Oncology waiting room. No appointment necessary.

Social Worker - Wed & Thur 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, Fri 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. A social worker providing referrals to community-based services. Call Ann Atwell at (434) 654-8837 for appointment.

Chaplaincy Services, Patient & Family Counseling - The chaplain is available to listen to patient and family concerns, to offer help and encouragement, to provide counseling and information about coping strategies, as well as to provide spiritual support and ritual for those who want it. The chaplain's name is Suzanne Smith. She is located on the third floor of the Cardwell Center, call (434) 654-8407.

Nutrition Counseling - Mon 9:00 am - noon; Thur 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Assistance is available about weight loss or gain and diet during chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Make an appointment with a registered dietitian, (434) 654-8406.

Look Good, Feel Better - This program helps women deal with hair loss and changes in skin tone and texture. Sessions are scheduled monthly. Register by calling the Cancer Resource Center (434) 654-8401.

Marianne's Room - Wigs and headcovers provided for women experiencing hair loss from cancer treatment (434) 654-8401.

Cancer Resource Center - Mon through Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cancer information and support for patient, families, and friends. Staffed by Oncology-Certified Nurse (434) 654-8401. 

Martha Jefferson Hospital
500 Martha Jefferson Dr
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center in Lynchburg offers classes for cancer patients, family, and support group.

Yoga and mindful Meditation - Alternating Mondays 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Bring your on mat. Open to the public.

Caregiver Support Group - Wed 11:00 am - noon. This is a group specifically for those supporting and care giving to the patients.

Pressure Points Class - Thur 10:00 - 11:00 am. Learn how to use reflexology and acupuncture points to ease issues like nausea, anxiety, and pain. Open to the public.

The Power of the Pen-Healing Through Writing - The second Thursdays (monthly) 6 pm, starting Feb 9th. Open to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and those affected by cancer.

To pre-register for any of these classes, call (434) 200- 6093, or e-mail carlysheaffer@centrahealth.com

Alan B. Pearson is 1701 Thomson Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24501.  

UVA Cancer Care Teams in Charlottesville is for UVA patients only.

Social Worker - Oncology social workers that specialize in cancer (434) 924-9333 or (800) 223-9173.

Nutritionist - Carole Havrila is the Cancer Center's nutritionist (434) 243-9627.

Clergy - Prayer and spiritual counseling. Gordan Putnam is the Cancer Center's chaplain (434) 924- 2477.

Patient Educator - Helps patients and their families learn what to expect and provides hope for the future. Call Diane Cole (434) 243-6015.​​

Preventative Care Program

The best defense against cancer is prevention and education.  The number of new cancer cases can be reduces, and many cancer deaths can be prevented.
The Giving Hope Foundation can assist you financially to help you get preventative cancer screenings.  Don't let cancer come between you and those love.
Click Here For Preventative Care Program Application

Encouraging Hope Program

This program provides patients with a volunteer to be their buddy through treatment.  Based on what the patient and volunteer agree on, the volunteer can offer virtual support via emails and calls, or based on location, spend time with the patient, call to check in, run errands, etc. The goal is to make sure that the patient has companionship, support, and know that they are cared for.

Giving Hope Funds Program - 

Often, families don't anticipate or plan for crisis such as cancer. Even in instances where families have insurance, there are often a multitude of related costs that leave them in a financial bind. There are also instances where a patient has such low income that they have to make a choice between seeking medical attention that could save their life, paying for medication that would make the treatment more bearable or paying bills. When facing a life threatening challenge such as cancer, finances should be the least of one's problems. The Giving Hope Funds Program gives financial assistance to families based on their need.Due to the demand for services, the waiting period for funds could be approximately 90 days. Funding is limited, therefore, not guaranteed; however, we work diligently to meet as many requests as possible.

Click Here For Hope Funds Application

Additional Resources:

To Reach a LINC Counselor

804-272-LINC (5462)
877-644-LINC (5462) TOLL FREE
Fax Number: 804-918-0946

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 73281
Richmond, VA  23235-8029

Physical Address
1459 Johnston Willis Drive
Richmond, VA  23235

For many people, a diagnosis of cancer can mean much more than a medical problem. It can present countless financial and legal issues, like sustaining income or employment, obtaining necessary medical treatments, or receiving insurance coverage.   Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources to deal with these problems. That was why LINC was formed.  We are able to connect our clients with the right people and organizations who can free their minds and lives from the trouble of legal or financial concerns—allowing them to focus all of their strength on fighting their cancer, or in some cases, live their final days with their families, free from worry

LINC helps one cancer patient at a time overcome the burdens on their lives and those of their families by providing assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources.  This enables them to focus their energies on fighting the disease.

Diagnosis of cancer means so much more than a medical battle. We feel no one should have to face cancer alone.

JAUNT, Inc. Whether you're traveling to work, to shop, to the doctors office, or just to visit a friend, JAUNT has a route that can help you get around. Our staff of friendly people and seventy vehicle fleet travel all over Nelson County, providing public transportation for everyone.
(434) 296-3184  http://www.ridejaunt.org/

Nelson County Department of Social Services

(434) 263-7160  

Nelson County Food Pantry

Distribution last Saturday of the month 9:30 a.m.
9890 Thomas Nelson Hwy.
Lovingston, VA
(434) 263-6923 - Dick Nees


674 Hillsdale Drive
Charlottesville, VA  22901
(434) 817-5222

Free Clinic of Central Virginia

1016 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA  24504
(434) 847-5866


Giving Hope Bag Program

Patients who are newly diagnosed will receive a Hope Bag with all sorts of gifts to pamper, soothe, educate, empower and manage stress.