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Selma Schimmel Vital Grant

“When a cancer or other diagnosis comes, the patient’s health is not the only thing that is affected. More times than not, the emotional, spiritual and financial health of the family is shaken to its core” Selma Schimmel

Vital Options International (VOI) was founded in 1983 by Selma Schimmel after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Selma was a visionary and pioneer in the way she developed programs to educate and support others around the world who received a cancer diagnosis. In 2014 we lost Selma to cancer, but Vital Options International lives on with her spirit to guide us.

With a new Board of Directors whose passion for helping others is unparalleled, we are excited to share a new development in the way we help Patients and their families.


Assisting People Facing Financial Hardship

The VOI Board of Directors has established the Selma Schimmel Vital Grant, a monetary gift distributed to qualified patients. The grant program will assist those facing a significant financial hardship due to the diagnosis of a chronic, terminal or rare condition such as cancer, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s Disease or many others.


Vital Grant Applications

To apply for a Selma Schimmel Vital Grant, you must complete a grant application, agree that you have read and understand our privacy policy and terms pertaining to the grant application and submit the application form online. 

Vital Options International will review grant applications and in many cases forward qualified applicants to partner organizations who will review, process and award grants to qualified patients and caregivers. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the number of applications we receive and the time we put into reviewing each application, you will be notified ONLY if we are able to provide you with assistance. You may however receive information on other organizations that provide support services to patients and caregivers. 

Vital Grant Terms and Use: By submitting an application for assistance,  you understand that it does NOT IN ANY WAY mean that you qualify for or be given a grant or any financial or other assistance from Vital Options International, its employees, board of directors, partners or other supporting organizations. You also understand by submitting this form to Vital Options International that all decisions on grant awards and financial or other assistances will be made at the sole discretion of the Vital Options Board of Directors and is final without legal recourse. Finally, you understand you will receive occasional emails and notification updates from Vital Options International on support services, products and other offerings that are health related on behalf of our Vital Options International and/or trusted partner organizations. You also understand that you can opt-out from emails at any time by clicking unsubscribe in any correspondence from Vital Options International and/or our trusted partner organizations.

If you do not agree with the terms and use listed above, please do not fill out and submit an application.

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