Our Grants

Our ‘Life Interrupted Grants’™ cover a wide range of needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, rent, utilities, car and health insurance premiums, IVF treatments, integrative therapies, travel expenses, and medical hair pieces. If you think that you might be an ideal candidate for the grant, contact your patient navigator to request an application during our open request period.

AWF wishes to give you hope and support during this time. 

  • Life Interrupted Grants™ for Young Adults can be awarded from $500-$1,200 for 2022.
  • Applications NEED to be requested by an oncology social worker, doctor’s office, or patient navigator; Sorry, there is no exceptions. Once an application is requested, there is 1 page for the facility to fill out, the rest is completed by the patient/individual.
  • All applications will be verified by an AWF representative/ grant committee at the hospital/institution for time of treatment and rarity.
  • ONLY one applicant from a facility can be granted an award in one grant round; our goal is to reach as many nationally as we can.
  • We are an All-Volunteer Foundation and have limited funds available; the team fundraises & endurance runners help fuel this organization.
  • As defined by the National Cancer Institute, cancer that occurs in fewer than 15 out of 100,000 people each year. Most types of cancer are considered rare, and they are often more difficult to prevent, diagnose, and treat than the more common cancers, such as ductal carcinoma and squamous cervical cancer.

If you meet the listed eligibility requirements, please have your representative (read above) request an application when the next grant round is open to grants@allysonwhitney.org

We are truly hopeful that past recipients and their families will help spread our pursuit and pay it forward to help another, so the Circle of Giving can continue.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are a young adult between the ages of 16-36.
  • You are personally undergoing treatment or have finished *active treatment (within 8 months) for a rare cancer.
  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • Please note that Breast Cancer in your 20’s and 30’s is considered rare. Active treatment does not include reconstruction surgeries or long-term hormonal therapies (including Tamoxifen, Fareston, Arimidex, Aromasin, Femara, Zoladex/Lupron, Megace, and Halotestin).
  • AWF defines Active Treatment as the period after a positive diagnosis of cancer has been made (with a diagnostic biopsy), and during which therapies are being administered, including surgical procedures to remove the cancer, chemotherapy or radiation.
  • INELIGIBILITY
  • IVF storage after the first year is ineligible
  • Future family building, such as, contributions towards Gofundme for possible future adoptions

Important Dates: ‘Life Interrupted Grants’™ Applications for requests:

  • June 15, 2022 – July 7, 2022 is open period for application requests.
  • Next round to request an application is June 2023. *An application received is NOT an automatic award.
  • There is NO waitlist, we are all volunteers and do not have that capacity to create a callback list.
  • AWF cannot send you an application ‘to work on’ ; an application changes slightly each year.
  • (Previous Life Interrupted Awards: 2019 – $60,000 | 2020 – $32,000 | 2021 – $54,500)

The Allyson Whitney Foundation is standing with you. 

Affiliates and Sponsors

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Sh*t That I Knit 1-for-1 initiative: Give-A-Sh*t Knit Kits

Young adults undergoing cancer treatment often deal with a combination of physical and emotional trials. If knitting can help keep their mind and spirit going then, Sh*t That I Knit will help!

A company based in Boston, MA, founder and CEO Christine wants to give them the materials that can make a difference in their quality of life. Sh*t that I Knit, has partnered with Lion Brand Yarn to provide wool, needles, and a pattern to create something to cherish. Totes are given by Emulsion Printhouse. Check out their cool site here.