Cancer Aid & Research

Are you  a cancer patient in need of financial assistance?  After one year of continuous membership, members who must undergo chemotherapy and other procedures to fight cancer are eligible for a grant to help cover expenses. There is a limit of two grants per lifetime and the grants must be at least 12 months apart. This is not related to the Cancer Insurance offered by some Auxiliaries.    Apply for a Cancer Grant 

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW sponsors a $100,000 Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship each year. Candidates can download this application and review requirements. To submit, print out and complete the application below and submit to the National Headquarters for consideration.
Apply for the Cancer Research Fellowship Application

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1947 the Cancer Research Fund was begun by National President Dorothy Mann to help rebuild the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, after it was destroyed by fire.  The Ladies Auxiliary donated $60,000. 

1952 Renamed Cancer Aid & Research, the program expanded to include grants to Ladies Auxiliary members  ill with cancer.

1955 Cancer Chairman Hazel Miller introduced memorial contributions to the fund in lieu of flowers.

1972 The first postdoctoral cancer research fellowship awarded in the amount of $10,000 to the Jackson Laboratory.

2004 Junior Girls are included in the Cancer Aid & Research Grant Program.  Call the National Headquarters for a Junior Girls cancer grant application.

2015 Cancer Aid & Research Grant Program no longer a National Program.  Donations to keep the Cancer grants going will be accepted, however there will no longer be a National Chairperson.


January – National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
February – National Cancer Prevention Month
March – National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
April – Cancer Control Month, Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Minority Cancer Awareness Week
May – Skin Cancer Awareness, Brain Tumor Action Week, Blood Cancer Advocacy Days, Oncology Nurses Month
June – National Cancer Survivors Day, June 4
August – Special Memorial wreaths at National Convention
September – Prostate and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Month, Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month, Thyroid Cancer Awareness
October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
November – Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, National Hospice Month