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”


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 complete a grant application, agree that you have read and understand our privacy policy, and submit the application form.

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. 


Interested in Donating to the Vital Grant Fund?

On behalf of the Vital Options Board of Directors, please considering making a tax-deductible donation to support a qualified patient and their family facing financial devastation as they battle through the journey of a chronic, terminal or rare condition.