Easing the Financial Burden of Cancer

Medical expenses are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in America.  Even with health insurance, local families are impacted by the unexpected expenses associated with a cancer diagnosis.  The Mayday Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides immediate, practical financial support for Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor families coping with cancer while raising kids at home.

We believe no family should be forced out of their home or to file for bankruptcy as a result of a cancer diagnosis.

We want to see a world without cancer-related financial toxicity.

Rescue Support for Cancer Patients

A quick call to The Mayday Foundation and we’ll learn how we can help your family with expenses like rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs, and other household expenses. Our goal is to keep your family in tact, in your home and out of bankruptcy.

Rent and Utilities

Wondering how you are going to cover your housing and utility costs during cancer treatment?  Let us send in your rent check, pay your mortgage and make your utility payment for a few months.

Groceries and Gas

It takes a lot of gas to get to all of your treatments.  The Mayday Foundation can help with gas cards and groceries.


Worrying about how your kids will cope is normal.  Let The Mayday Foundation help you keep life as normal as possible during your cancer treatment.

How We Help

The Mayday Foundation works closely with social workers at Providence Regional Cancer System in Aberdeen, Centralia and Lacey and the oncology teams at Kaiser Permanente in Lacey and Capital Medical Center in Olympia to identify local families in need.  Our non-profit organization supports families who live or receive treatment in Thurston, Lewis or Grays Harbor counties.  Families must have children living at home while coping with active cancer treatment.  The Mayday Foundation provides financial support for non-medical expenses like rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs and other household expenses. Payments are made directly to third parties on behalf of the family in need.

How do I get help?

Start by talking about your financial concerns with an oncology social worker, nurse or provider. A social worker will be an excellent long-term resource. If you don’t know how to connect with a social worker, fill out our Contact Us form at the bottom of the page and we’ll connect.

Who is eligible for help?
  • Parent or child diagnosed with cancer
  • Active treatment for cancer
  • Children living at home
  • Live or receive treatment in Thurston, Lewis or Grays Harbor counties
How is financial aid received?

All payments are made directly to third parties on behalf of the family.  For example, rent checks are mailed to the landlord. In some cases, gas and grocery gift cards will be supplied. No dollars are given to families directly and no payments are made for health care related expenses.

What types of expenses do you cover?

The Mayday Foundation covers non-medical expenses related to cancer. Our goal is to offset the household expenses so a parent can focus on the cancer treatment. Here are some typical expenses:

  • Rent or mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Groceries
  • Transportation costs

A Message From Our Founder

I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) in April 2017 at the age of 42. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, business owner and non-profit board member. Never did I expect to add “cancer patient” to this list. Many questions loomed in those early days of my diagnosis. How was I going to keep it all together?  What was the impact on our kids? How would I keep their lives “normal?” What is “normal” anyways?

We have health insurance and until I was diagnosed with breast cancer I didn’t think much about deductibles, co-insurance or out-of-pocket maximums. I went for my annual exams and had the occasional sinus infection but never spent much time utilizing or understanding our health insurance. Even with health insurance, the financial costs of being a cancer patient are astounding. Plus, like most patients, my health care crossed two calendar years, meaning we’re responsible for paying the deductible twice.

As I neared the end of my active treatment (chemo, surgery, radiation), I recognized a need locally for a non-profit organization to assist local families with the non-medical costs of cancer. My goal is to ease the burden of cancer by offsetting some household expenses for Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor County families, hopefully avoiding bankruptcy, maintaining stable housing and reducing stress. -Amy Rowley


“I’m so grateful for this help. You are an angel for our family.” – Recipient’s Spouse
“Words can not express how grateful we are!” – Recipient
“I love what you are doing. Too many people’s worlds are being rocked by a cancer diagnosis and this is a great way to help locally. Thanks for stepping up.” – Donor

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(206) 498-7444

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