About Lydia

The Lydia Project provides free services to women facing any type of cancer anywhere in the world. This support includes ongoing correspondence and encouragement every month for at least twelve months. Every woman receives a handmade tote made by the loving hands of volunteers and filled with encouraging items.

Lydia also provides rent, utility, and prescription assistance to women who are unable to afford these basic expenses while undergoing cancer treatment and who reside in Georgia's Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond Counties; and South Carolina's Aiken and Edgefield Counties.

Women needing financial help are burdened with embarrassment and stressors more than women Lydia serves who are financially healthy.

The Lydia Project helps alleviate financial burdens that aggravate a womans ability to cope with and survive cancer while providing emotional outreach to patients served who might be facing depression and isolation.

The Lydia Project has a strong reputation for compassionate care of women served and good stewardship of resources. Soon, Lyda will open a house for women receiving specialized cancer treatment in Augusta and needing lodging. The house will be a first of its kind in the local medical community. Lydia provides physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals a place to go for supportive and financial assistance for their patients. Just having the extra support Lydia gives makes an impacting difference in patients' care. Lydia meets a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided.

In many cities nationwide, physician offices and hospitals distribute Lydia totes directly to patients. Visit Lydia's Healthcare Partners to see if your community is already a part of the Lydia network. Women in all 50 states and many other countries have received totes and support from Lydia. Dedicated volunteers serve from all over the nation providing encouragement to women and their families.

The Mission of The Lydia Project is to serve women facing cancer by providing
hand-crafted tote bags, prayer and ongoing support.

The Lydia Project is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit charity begun by a group of Augusta, GA businesswomen in 2003. The project is named for Lydia, who appears just briefly in the Bible. (Acts 16: 14-15). She was a successful businesswoman in the trade of purple cloth. Using her gifts, Lydia extended a hand to those in need. In the same way, Lydia's purple-handled totes include a network of support and are monogrammed with "faith" "hope" or "love"~ ensuring women and their families are not alone during such a devastating time.