About Lydia

The Lydia Project provides free services to women and girls anywhere facing any type of cancer.  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 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.


Daksha Chudgar Lydia House room #8 | Coping with cancer

Women and teenage girls 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, teenage girls, 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.

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 younger than 10 years receive a handmade quilt with their favorite colors and characters.

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. 

Women and girls in all 50 states and many countries have received totes and support from Lydia.   Dedicated volunteers all over the nation help make outreach possible to women served.

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.

The Lydia 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.