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Health Education, A Caring Community & Support to Patients and Family Caregivers.

Voice For Life

Addressing Today's Health Disparities and Challenges
Through Education, Advocacy and Support.
Voice For Life

It is estimated that over 50% of the population belongs to a racial, ethnic, gender, disability status / special needs, or sexual identity and orientation minority group.

Disparities in health and healthcare not only affect the groups facing disparities but also limit overall gains in quality of care and health for the broader population. Addressing health disparities is increasingly important as the population becomes more and more diverse.

Though health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most, some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.

Disclaimer:  This site is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The Selma Schimmel Vital Grant is funded through donations made to Vital Options International. Some donations received for the grant purpose is made with the specific direction of being applied to a specific condition. All applicants who submit a request for assistance through the grant process will not qualify and/or receive assistance of any kind from Vital Options International, its Board of Directors, Employees, Partners or other individuals, or other supporting orgnizations. Before submitting an application for assistance, please carefully read  and accept the terms and conditions associated with submitting an application. 


Our Inspiration: Selma Schimmel

The Selma Schimmel Grant is a financial support program focused on helping qualified patients and families who are enduring financial hardship while battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. 

Founded in 1983 by Selma Schimmel, her vision and our mission is to:


  • Provide up to date, trusted health information and education to patients, caregivers and families

  • Give patients and caregivers a voice to be heard through advocacy programs

  • Provide short term Financial Assistance to Qualified  Patients 

  • Provide Healthcare and Human Service Professionals with world class resiliency training and ongoing resilience support. Simply put: We Take Care of Those Who Take Care of Us 


Vital Connections is our online Caring Community.


Here you will be able to connect to other members for inspiration, motivation and support.


You can also receive up to date information & education and explore other organizations and resources that provide financial assistance and support to patients, caregivers and families.


Our community is  100% FREE to join and your privacy is always protected.


Our Valued Partners and Supporters are committed to our shared belief that now more than ever patients and their families need better health education, a voice through advocacy and support as they battle a chronic, terminal or rare condition. 


Our Partners and Supporters are made up of Corporations, Individuals, Foundations, and other Nonprofits.



Reach out to us today to explore the many ways to partner with our team and be a part of changing and improving the healthcare landscape!


Our Valued Partners and Supports believe that together we can make a difference and leave a lasting positive impact on the healthcare industry and our society.

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