The Paige S. Tibbetts Legacy Fund was established on a simple premise: no one should have to fight cancer on their own.

Too often young patients are forced to battle cancer on two fronts — one physical and one financial. Since 2017, the fund has provided grants to eligible patients between the ages of 25-35 who are receiving treatment at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. The grants help patients pay rent, cover child care, buy groceries – whatever it takes so they can focus 100 percent of their energy on getting better. Our goal is to provide a financial bridge to their recovery.

Here’s how your gift will help:

  • A gift of $250 delivers meals for one week.
  • A gift of $300 funds one month of utilities for one patient.
  • A gift of $1,500 covers one month of rent for one patient.
  • A gift of $15,000 supports living expenses for one patient for six months or child-care for one year.

For more information, visit the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center webpage.

Paige was a unique woman to be sure and the adversities she faced as a young woman with lung cancer were also unique. There is a sense of isolation or feeling out of place when younger patients look around a waiting room and see the average age of the others who are there. The physical tolls of treatment can be hard to deal with and the emotional toll of watching their peers get married, have children, and move forward in their lives and careers can cause anxiety and depression. Patients like Paige have these special needs and our charge as providers is to find ways to respond to these challenges.

Dr. Jennifer M. Johnson, Paige’s Primary Oncologist at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center