The Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation helps provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families living in Lincoln, Tillamook, and Yamhill counties. Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for assistance:
- Reside in Lincoln, Tillamook, or Yamhill County
- Have a current cancer diagnosis
- Be currently undergoing cancer treatment or be within the last six months of treatment
- Demonstrate financial need
This online application is designed to help gauge eligibility and need. The application has two pages to complete. Many questions on the form require an answer. Once the application is submitted, you will be contacted by a staff member of the foundation for follow-up information. Proof of sources of revenue and expenses are required during this step.
If eligibility is confirmed, applications are presented to a review committee. The committee meets monthly to review the cancer diagnosis, treatment options, and impact on personal and household expenses expected due to the cancer treatment plan.
Financial need is determined by any shortfall expected to cover expenses. Funds can be used for mortgage/rent, utilities, transportation/gas, groceries, and prescriptions. Funds will NOT be used to pay for cancer treatment expenses. Any funds awarded are paid directly to the vendor. Payments are not disbursed to the applicant or the applicant’s family members.
Funds awarded are limited to $2500 annually and have a $ 5000-lifetime maximum.
The grants review committee considers numerous factors to approve awards and determine amounts. The following circumstances may adversely impact your application.
- Owning a second home
- Owning a business
- Having a substantial retirement or investment account
- Owning assets that can be sold to help cover expenses
- Carrying excessive credit card debt
You are welcome to call the foundation office with questions about the form and submission process at any time. Our goal is to make this process as smooth and efficient for you as possible. Foundation staff can also help complete the online form if you cannot access a computer or the internet. If you need help, please call us at 503-435-6592.