Delivering Dignity

When someone is diagnosed with cancer it is a time filled with emotional and physical challenges. With many often too sick from their treatments to continue working, it becomes nearly impossible to afford basic necessities including those to continue uninterrupted treatment.


Our Mission

The mission of No Wooden Nickels through our MedStart-5 program, is to provide valuable indirect expense assistance to low-income cancer patients to continue treatment.


Who We Are

No Wooden Nickels began in 2005 in an effort to address the overwhelming lack of financial resources available to low-income cancer patients. NWN is the only organization of its kind devoted exclusively to providing indirect expense assistance to low-income cancer patients. We are delighted that in such a short period of time we have had such a tremendous impact on the cancer patient community.

No Wooden Nickels' on-going mission is to build strong relationships with local businesses, corporations, and partner with community groups throughout Illinois and ultimately the country. Working with these various groups allows No Wooden Nickels to extend its reach and continue the important work of providing help to families with expense assistance, education, support and referral resources. This focus ultimately will not only build and strengthen relationships in these communities but play a significant role in long term patient survivorship.

No Wooden Nickels take special pride in direct community involvement through our outreach events held throughout the year such as our annual health fairs which focus on critical health issues facing these communities.

NWN operates with a small but dedicated group of staff and board members who serve this community with a strong sense of commitment. No Wooden Nickels is currently a 100% volunteer-driven and donor supported organization.


Our Vision

Our vision is that we are able to maintain a place where low-income cancer patients can turn to for financial assistance and other valuable referral sources. We strive to offer hope to those in need while they engage in the overwhelming, day-to-day dilemma associated with fighting this disease.







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