Mary Kay Foundation Gives $150K To Provide Cancer Resources To Underserved Female Populations

Dallas' Mary Kay Foundation has donated $150,000 to CancerCare to provide direct support to women who are most in need of financial or emotional assistance.


Dallas’ Mary Kay Foundation, a longtime leader in the charge to eliminate cancers that affect women, donated $150,000 to CancerCare, the leading nonprofit that offers free financial and professional services to cancer patients.

The grant will allow CancerCare to provide direct support to women who are most in need of assistance. The organization aims to ensure that women largely from vulnerable, medically underserved populations receive the care they need.

It’s a necessary contribution, especially during the pandemic. COVID has caused a number of women with significant need but a limited access to resources to suffer from health and well-being issues.

“The COVID-19 crisis has caused an even greater burden to women facing a cancer diagnosis, especially those in underserved parts of our country where access to affordable treatment options were scarce to begin with,” CancerCare CEO Patricia Goldsmith said in a news release. “In addition, our clients are struggling with the financial and emotional toll, social isolation, lack of transportation, and countless other logistics. CancerCare is grateful to The Mary Kay Foundation for providing assistance to cover these indirect costs for the women and families we serve.”

The Mary Kay Ash Foundation has, over more than two decades, awarded more than $80 million to women’s shelters, domestic violence service providers, and cancer research programs throughout the U.S. It’s guided by Mary Kay Cosmetics Founder Mary Kay Ash’s dream to “enrich the lives of women everywhere.”

“Mary Kay is wholeheartedly committed to eradicating cancers affecting women, investing millions in innovative cancer research and support services annually,” Dr. Lucy Gildea, chief scientific officer at Mary Kay, said. “We realize this is a long-term goal, which is why we continue to partner with critical nonprofits providing support to those affected in the meantime. CancerCare provides relief to those most deeply impacted by a cancer diagnosis from the financial burden to the emotional toll it can take on an individual and family. We are honored to support their efforts.”

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