Our Vision

Every cancer patient deserves security, community, and hope for the future.

Our Mission

We contribute to the healing of those being treated for breast or gynecologic cancer in the Puget Sound region by providing immediate assistance, community, and ongoing survivor support.

Who We Are

Northwest Hope & Healing was founded by Christine Smith in 2000, roughly 2 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The mission she envisioned from the beginning is the same today:  to provide financial assistance to local patients in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Our Patient Assistance Fund provides assistance for everyday living expenses such as child care, groceries, reliable transportation, and emergency rent. Our signature “Healing Boxes” are assembled and delivered, at no charge, to local patients who are newly diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer at all Swedish Cancer Institute Campuses.

Northwest Hope and Healing is a 509(a)(3) Supporting Organization of Swedish Cancer Institute; our EIN number is 20-0799737. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Who We Help

Northwest Hope & Healing helps local patients who come to Swedish Cancer Institute for treatment for breast and gynecologic cancer treatment who are struggling financially. 


How We Help

Immediate, direct assistance for cancer patients.
It’s that simple.

Northwest Hope & Healing is the only organization that provides direct, immediate assistance to local patients. No long forms, no waiting period. Swedish Cancer Institute distributes 100% of the funds donated by Northwest Hope & Healing to the Patient Assistance Fund.

Every patient who comes to SCI for cancer treatment is given access to SCI’s oncology social workers. SCI’s social workers are uniquely qualified due to their professional training and oversight of the breadth of oncology patients to determine which patients are most in need of financial assistance.

When a social worker at SCI finds a patient in need, they offer a Northwest Hope & Healing financial grant. Right away, on the spot, directly to the patient when and where they need it.

Grants are given in the form of gift cards (for groceries, transportation, gas cards, and more) or direct payment of bills. For example, if a patient is struggling to pay rent, the social worker can transfer funds to the landlord; if a patient needs help with utilities, the social worker can pay the utility company.

If you are a breast or gynecologic cancer patient undergoing active treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute, you may qualify for one of our grants. Please contact a social worker at SCI 206-386-3228 to learn more.

Northwest Hope & Healing is a 509(a)(3 non-profit, EIN #20-0799737.