Living Beyond Breast Cancer can award grants of up to $1,250 to help you with your basic living expenses if you are a breast cancer patient. This organization can also help you connect with health care resources and other forms of assistance!
In this article, we’ll review what Living Beyond Breast Cancer is, what they do, and how you can get help from this organization.
What is Living Beyond Breast Cancer?
Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a nationwide nonprofit that has existed for more than 30 years. As the name suggests, this organization helps breast cancer patients in every step of their journey. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, in treatment, recovering or living with metastatic disease, this organization is here to help.
In addition to generous grants, this program also provides emotional support, community and social support, trustworthy information and referrals to other resources that may be able to assist you.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer Grants
Of course, one of the most helpful things that this organization offers is the LBBC Fund. This fund is also commonly referred to as the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Grants Program. It is designed to help breast cancer patients pay their living expenses while undergoing treatment.
Funds from this grant program can be used to pay for:
The LBBC Fund offers between $500 and $1,250 in financial assistance to eligible patients. The amount that you receive will depend on your individual circumstances and the available funding. Living Beyond Breast Cancer will send the money directly to the company or person that you owe. They don’t send money directly to patients.
In order to be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have breast cancer and meet the cancer-related requirements below.
- You must have a household income that is at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.
- You must live in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
- You must demonstrate a financial need.
- You have never received a LBBC Fund grant in the past.
The cancer-related requirements depend on what stage cancer you are currently dealing with.
Patients who are living with stage 4 metastatic cancer can apply whenever applications are open regardless of when they were diagnosed or treated.
Patients who have early stage breast cancer are eligible for a Living Beyond Breast Cancer grant if they meet the following requirements:
- You must have been diagnosed within the last 12 months.
- You must have an active treatment plan. Active treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy or immunotherapy.
Like most breast cancer assistance programs, Living Beyond Breast Cancer does not provide financial assistance to those who are long-term hormonal therapies or patients whose treatment plan is only reconstructive surgery.
How to Apply
To better manage their finances, this program opens the application window every month and then closes it when that month’s funding is exhausted. It is very important to keep tabs on the LBBC Fund website so that you know when the applications will be open again. You need to apply as soon as possible after applications open so that you don’t miss your opportunity.
One way to bypass this scheduling problem is to have your health care team apply on your behalf. If your social worker, nurse navigator, nurse or doctor apply for you, that application will be kept on file for up to 90 days and will be processed as soon as applications open again.
For the Patient
If you are going to apply for yourself, then you need to go to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer website and fill out the application. The application is only available when they are accepting applications. The date that applications will open again is always listed on their website.
When you apply, it’s really important to apply right away. According to their website, their application window often closes within 10 minutes because they receive so many applications so quickly. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
When they’ve received all the applications they can fill, the application link will disappear. If they are not currently accepting applications, set a reminder to return because the application link will return at 12pm Eastern Time on the application open date.
Because the organization tightly controls when applications are accepted, you must apply on their website. They will not let you download, print or mail the application.
For Your Medical Team
If applying for yourself sounds too stressful because of the time constraints, you can ask a member of your cancer health care team to apply on your behalf. A doctor, nurse, nurse navigator, or social worker can complete the Healthcare Provider Verification Form for you. It has to be filled out online and cannot be printed.
Once that form is received, it will remain valid for 90 days. When applications reopen, your application will already be in line for consideration.
Things to Remember
Living Beyond Breast Cancer grants are once-in-a-lifetime only. Once you receive funds from this organization, you cannot apply again.
The application window is very short. You need to bookmark the page and return as soon as applications reopen in order to apply. If that sounds too stressful, ask your medical team to apply on your behalf.
This grant is not suitable for emergency situations. It can take Living Beyond Breast Cancer up to five weeks for your application to be processed.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer generously offers grants of up to $1,250 for breast cancer patients who need help with their basic living expenses. These grants can be used to help you with living expenses, such as housing or car payments. The application window opens very briefly each month, so it’s important to apply right away!
FAQs about Living Beyond Breast Cancer
I know this program is a little tricky, so we get a lot of questions about this. Here are the most common answers.
Why can’t I see the Living Beyond Breast Cancer application?
The Living Beyond Breast Cancer application is only open for a brief time every month. The application appears when they are accepting applications and closes when they reach their maximum limit. Sometimes, the application is only visible for 10 minutes per month.
When do Living Beyond Breast Cancer applications open?
The application window begins at 12pm Eastern Time on the date listed on the LBBC website. Refresh the page right away at 12pm so that you can submit your applications before they stop accepting them again.