Mary Kay Inc.’s philanthropic organization, The Mary Kay Foundation, donated $150,000 to CancerCare, a nonprofit offering free financial and professional support to cancer patients. The Touching Hearts Program, which the foundation has supported since 2000, provides direct support for women who need financial assistance in the face of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
“Mary Kay is wholeheartedly committed to eradicating cancers affecting women, investing millions in innovative cancer research and support services annually,” said Dr. Lucy Gildea, Chief Scientific Officer at Mary Kay Inc. “We realize this is a long-term goal, which is why we continue to partner with critical non-profits providing support to those affected in the meantime. CancerCare provides relief to those most deeply impacted by a cancer diagnosis from the financial burden to the emotional toll it can take on an individual and family. We are honored to support their efforts.”
The pandemic has exacerbated the burdens on the medically underserved. With this continued funding, The Mary Kay Foundation hopes to provide the women within this population the support they need.
“The COVID-19 crisis has caused an even greater burden to women facing a cancer diagnosis, especially those in underserved parts of our country where access to affordable treatment options were scarce to begin with,” said Patricia Goldsmith, Chief Executive Officer at CancerCare. “In addition, our clients are struggling with the financial and emotional toll, social isolation, lack of transportation, and countless other logistics. CancerCare is grateful to The Mary Kay Foundation for providing assistance to cover these indirect costs for the women and families we serve.”
Since its launch, Mary Kay’s philanthropic foundation has donated more than $80 million to support women’s shelters and cancer research programs and causes.