Empowering cancer patients through education, awareness, and financial assistance. 

THE FOUNDING OF VANGUARD

In 1994, Jake D. Phillips, a lung cancer patient with advanced disease, received an EVA-PCD test. Though doctors were unable to cure Jake's cancer, the treatment identified gave him added time and value to his life — something his sister, Loretta Stamos, was forever thankful for.

To show her appreciation and help others fighting cancer, Loretta created the Vanguard Cancer Foundation.

Born from the dream of one dedicated physician and the love of a sister for her brother, Vanguard Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to empower cancer patients through education, awareness and financial assistance to make informed decisions about their best chemotherapy options.

We believe patient care is not one-size-fits-all.

It is personalized to each patient’s needs, with the patient at the center.

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VOLUNTEER

There are many opportunities for motivated, enthusiastic, and compassionate individuals who share in our mission to join our organization. 

DONATE

Donations are gratefully accepted via PayPal. Proceeds help cancer patients in many different ways. Thank you for your generosity!

ATTEND AN EVENT

Check out our Events page to find tickets to upcoming charity events for Vanguard Cancer Foundation.

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NAGOURNEY CANCER INSTITUTE

The Vanguard Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that advocates for more personalized and intelligent cancer care. We believe that each patient is unique, and their cancer is too. Cancer patients are not statistics, and they do not respond according to predetermined textbook expectations. Rather, each patient is different and must be given the opportunity to identify therapies that will most effectively treat their cancer.

 

It is because of these beliefs that Vanguard, in partnership with Nagourney Cancer Institute, or NCI (the medical facility that pioneered assay testing), provides education and outreach to cancer patients, financial assistance on cancer research projects conducted by NCI, and help with costs associated with chemotherapy assay testing by NCI for patients with demonstrated financial need.

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