April/May 2020 

CancerLINC Update During COVID-19

The CancerLINC staff is working remotely so that no cancer patient goes without needed support services. We are working with clients and volunteer professionals on a regular basis. While our staff currently does not have hospital access, we can perform most activities virtually by phone or the internet. If you are in need of assistance, call our office at (804) 562-0371, ext. 103 or email clientservices@cancerlinc.org and leave a message. If you are looking for additional resources, visit CancerLINC's resource page.

Board Member Spotlight: 

Mary Helen Hackney, MD, MS, FACP


Can you tell me a little about your position on the board and what your position is responsible for?

I am now in the last part of my second term on the CancerLINC board.  It was known as LINC when I first joined the board.  My first real connection to CancerLINC came through Mary Ann Hager and Allison Held, both former board members.  VCU Massey Cancer Center was part of a pilot project called the medical-legal partnership.  Collaborating with LINC, the goal was to provide better access to legal services for oncology patients in need.  I was the physician champion as the program went from serving breast cancer patients to all oncology patients.   CancerLINC had been in existence for about 14 years as this program gained traction.

Why did you become involved in the organization, and what has your involvement looked like over time?

I have been in practice for 25 years almost as long as CancerLINC has existed.  Taking care of patients is my primary joy and responsibility.  I had met Phyllis Katz through a colleague but didn’t have a comprehensive understanding of the organization until later discussions with Mary Ann Hager.  VCU Massey Cancer Center has always served patients from all walks of life and all circumstances.  I have long been part of the research groups examining health disparities and access to care.  I have also been one of the leaders for collaborative cancer care and improvement of the patient experience.  Cancer LINC has a key role in supporting patients.

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Join us on May 5th for Giving Tuesday


Join the movement and help CancerLINC this #GivingTuesdayNow. A day of global unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  With your donation, CancerLINC is able to generate more than $3 in volunteer professional services for every $1 gift.

Thank You Volunteers

Deborah Costello
Wayne Emery
Kim Daniel
Robert Flax
Thomas Jamerson
Sarah Gonzalez
Sean Kavanagh
Greg Harbison
Paul Izzo
Jill Hanken
Kimberly Keith
Katherine Ramsey
Glen Moore
Boleman Law
Lauren Fisher-White
Virginia Grigg
Fletcher Cooke
Barton Zedd
John Mumford
Lindsey Pickral
Financial Planners:
Carlton Brown
Jeff Dunham
Rudy Garcia
Lawrence Roberts
Charles Atwill
Tiffany Stout
Paul Spencer
Taylor Jessee
Other - office:
Bobbie Sunday
Fay Lewis

Ways to Support CancerLINC

  • Tell friends and neighbors about us
  • Make a donation in honor of someone
  • Become a volunteer
  • Attend our events
  • Hold a fundraiser
  • Support us through workplace giving 
  • Like us on Facebook

CancerLINC's Mission and Vision

The mission of CancerLINC is to ease the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing assistance, education, and referral to legal, financial, and community resources at no charge.

Our vision is a community where no cancer patient goes without needed support services.

We believe that no one should have to fight cancer alone. 


Important CancerLINC Event Updates

Mark your calendars! New dates announced for CancerLINC events postponed due to the coronavirus. For further updates check our website or Facebook page.  

  • Cornhole Challenge - To Be Announced Soon

  • Beyond Bags! - Thursday, Sept 24, 2020

  • Annual Awards Luncheon - Friday, Nov 13, 2020


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