Since its inception in 1965, The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation (formerly The Johns Cancer Foundation) has served hundreds of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Richmond metropolitan community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals and their families while they wage their battle against cancer. With the combined strength of The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation and The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center located at Johnston-Willis Campus within the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, we can assist cancer patients in a variety of ways through financial and emotional support.


In their fight against cancer, Bill and Barbara Hawthorne bequeathed money to The Johns Cancer Foundation to provide a resource center for all cancer patients in the community.

In 2001, with the support and backing of The Johns Cancer Foundation and CJW Medical Center, The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center opened through the vision of Co-Founders, Robin P. Yoder, and Melanie Dempsey. The goal was to centralize essential cancer resources to help patients and loved ones cope with critical life changes.

In April 2015, the name of the foundation officially changed to "The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation."



Did you know…

  • 30,000 Virginia residents are diagnosed with cancer each year?

  • 42% of cancer patients become unemployed during treatment due to the severity of their illness?

  • 4,000 of the Richmond area patients diagnosed each year live under the poverty level and struggle to pay everyday living expenses?

  • 17% of cancer patients living in the Richmond area are uninsured.


For many cancer patients and their families, simply making ends meet is often difficult. The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation is here to help.

Cancer is only a chapter in your life, not the whole story.

Our Mission

Through education of patients and families, the Foundation hopes to lessen fears through better understanding. Through financial support, the Hawthorne Foundation seeks to ease their financial strain. This Foundation is dedicated to soliciting and distributing monetary donations and contributions of services and equipment. Individuals who either reside in or obtain treatment in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties are candidates for the Foundation’s assistance.


Our Vision

To provide respite for individuals fighting the battle against cancer, whether physical, emotional and/or financial. 

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City:  North Chesterfield, VA 23235

Phone: 804-483-6136

Registered Charity: 54-0788977

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