Vital Options International


Supporting Patients' Needs | Giving Voice to Patients


Vital Options International has expanded its mission to become a global health foundation focused on supporting the financial needs of patients and giving patients a voice.


From a culminating 30+ years as an innovative leader in patient advocacy, our expanded mission includes direct support of patients, their caregivers and families across all chronic and life-threatening illnesses through the Selma Schimmel Vital Grant.


The Selma Schimmel Vital Grant is a financial support program focused on helping patients and families who are enduring financial hardship while battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The Vital Grant program will pay for things like transportation to treatment, treatment costs, medication, groceries and other expenses. The program is administered by our partner foundations with the capacity and infrastructure to accept applications from patients and families, and distribute the funds.


Vital Options is still committed to giving a voice to patients, caregivers, families and healthcare professionals through our award-winning Vital Conversations and Advocacy In Action programs. This blend of patient stories and insights from healthcare professionals provides patients and their families valuable guidance to the treatment and support they need.


For more information on Vital Options International and the Selma Schimmel Vital Grant, please visit

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