Who We Are

CancerLINC is a Richmond non-profit that ‘LINC’s cancer patients and their families to legal, financial, and community resources to solve the non-medical obstacles that arise with a cancer diagnosis.

With the help of over 200 volunteer professionals, we address issues often experienced by patients such as: medical debt, life planning legal documents, employment issues, insurance denials, housing insecurity, community resource support and more.

CancerLINC services are always free and the professional services provided by our volunteers are free of charge to patients who live below the Federally-defined poverty level.

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Small, But Mighty

We are a lean and efficient organization that uses our funds wisely to provide holistic case management services for an increasing number of cancer patients and families. Our quality staff of nine highly skillful and empathetic team members work with established partners on a local scale and are ready to help you and your loved ones get the support you need.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Executive Director

Caitlin Olszewski

Outreach & Comms Manager

Cheryl Atchison

Development Associate

Patricia Green

Client Services Manager

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Barton Zedd

Client Services Attorney

Michael Wigginton

Client Services Coordinator

Catarina Riggi

Client Services Intern

Julia Allen

Client Services Intern

Finnian Helbig

Spanish-English Interpretation Intern

 Join The Community

Along with our internal staff and our board of directors, our volunteer network consists of more than 200 volunteer attorneys and financial professionals supporting RVA cancer patients

Are you looking to become involved in a thriving, purpose-driven organization and help to expand and evolve its impact?


How We Started

CancerLINC was founded in 1996 when local attorney Phyllis Katz (right), a breast cancer survivor, personally needed help in dealing with the non-medical issues related to her cancer diagnosis and treatment.

That experience prompted Katz, and fellow attorney and breast cancer survivor, Ann Hodges (left), to organize a seminar about the plight of cancer patients. That first seminar at the University of Richmond was attended by more than 120 attorneys and advocates and marked the birth of the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC), now known as CancerLINC.

Supportive Partners

Richmond has a strong cancer support network consisting of organizations and individuals working side-by-side to help local cancer patients and their families overcome the challenges that arise with a cancer diagnosis.

We are grateful for all of our partners and supporters helping to further the CancerLINC mission and supporting us in connecting to more community members that need our help. 

Anne Carter & Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation

Coleman A Hunter Charitable Trust

Herndon Foundation

The Walter W. and Maria Teresa Regirer Foundation


Ralph and Leo Rosenthal Foundation

The Nunnally Foundation

The Lipman Foundation

Massey Foundation

The Peachtree House Foundation

Phyllis Katz Fund


Durham Foundation

Williams Mullen Foundation

West Charitable Trust

The Woodward Foundation