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Our Story

How It All Began

In May 1999 Jill Wolford, a young Cary mother of two was diagnosed with breast cancer. The subsequent nine months were filled with chemotherapy, radiation, hospitalizations, and many experiences that challenged her and her family.


Throughout that time, friends, neighbors, family, coworkers, and even strangers helped them through this very difficult period. Overwhelmed by the support they received, she and her husband Eric decided that the best way to show appreciation for those who had helped them would be to help other individuals challenged with cancer — in other words, pay it forward.

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How It Works

Our goal at CCF is to make the gift of giving a seamless, effective process. We rely on the social workers at
Triangle area hospitals to identify patient needs and to apply for assistance on their behalf. Respect for our patients and their confidentiality is a top priority. Because we are able to rely on the vetting process done at
the hospital level, we can eliminate the “red tape” and make a decision within 24 hours, often sooner. And we are able to provide assistance within 48 hours of granting the requests. Most checks are written directly to vendors, with a few exceptions made in unique situations. Patients must be North Carolina residents and are eligible to receive assistance only once, even if they are receiving treatment at a different facility than before.


We understand the impact of a health crisis. Our mission is to help ease the burden of everyday concerns that weigh so heavily during cancer treatment. The help we are able to provide is only possible because of
the generosity of sponsors and donors – some affected by cancer themselves and some who simply understand the power of making a difference in the lives of others.