About CancerLINC

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.

Whether you’re a patient, family member, friend, caregiver, or medical provider, support is only one click away.

What We Do

We partner with local attorneys and financial planners to provide FREE services to those in need but can’t afford the assistance in the following areas:

  • Estate planning: wills, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives
  • Employment issues
  • Housing issues
  • Medicare & Medicaid; insurance denials
  • Social Security/disability, and supplemental income issues
  • Bankruptcy
  • Uncontested custody/ guardianship, no-fault divorce
  • Financial planning and counseling
  • Debtor’s rights
  • Connection to community resources

Additionally, CancerLINC provide referrals to community resources for cancer patients, for non-medical needs, such as emergency financial assistance, transportation, housing, food, personal care, disease-specific resources, and mental health resources.

CancerLINC does not provide services for: criminal matters, contested divorce or custody cases, medical malpractice or personal injury, immigration matters, or general contract law.

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.