About Lydia

The Lydia Project provides free services to individuals fighting any type cancer anywhere.  This support includes ongoing correspondence and encouragement every month for at least twelve months. 

Locally, Lydia grants funds for rent, utility, medical supplies, and prescription assistance to cancer fighters 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.


Daksha Chudgar Lydia House room #8 | Coping with cancer

Men and women needing overnight stay to receive cancer treatment or testing in the CSRA find incredible help from Lydia's lodging services.  The ten bedroom facility with twenty beds and a private bathroom for each room provides a retreat environment for women and their caregivers.  Women and caregivers who reside more than thirty miles from Augusta or Aiken can stay at the Daksha Chudgar Lydia House for closer proximity to their physician or treatment site.  Lydia also provides men with lodging services by paying for their hotel stay when they are receiving cancer treatment.  Lodging services include transportation to cancer treatment from the Lydia House and local hotel.

Every woman and girl served receives a handmade, designer tote filled with encouraging items and Lydia's copyrighted journal.  Although each tote is unique in design, all are carried by a purple handle that is a visual bond between women coping with cancer.  Girls and boys younger than 10 years receive a handmade quilt with their favorite colors and characters.  Men receive a handmade backpack with a Survivor message and helpful content for their lodging stay.

Tote Faith, Hope or Love 2014 | Coping with cancer

In many cities nationwide, physician offices and hospitals distribute Lydia totes directly to patients.  See if your community is already part of the Lydia network. 

Click here to see a list of Healthcare Providers partnering with Lydia nationwide.

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. 

The Lydia Project is a grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit charity whose mission is to provide cancer patients support for their financial and emotional needs, including lodging services, in order to facilitate their treatment and healing. Hundreds of volunteers make an impacting, healing difference. There is no other agency in the CSRA providing cancer patients financial and emotional services like The Lydia Project provides. The Lydia Project has received a Points of Lights award for innovative utilization of volunteers to solve a community problem.