About Us

Helping Cancer Patients Walk Taller

How We Help

Assistance in Healthcare, Inc. was established in 1983 by a group of volunteers in Zion, IL as a non-profit solely for the purpose of raising funds to support cancer patients and their families.

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We have provided financial support to patients undergoing active cancer treatment for over thirty years. We provide assistance for non-medical expenses. Thanks to the generous support of our extraordinary donors and volunteers, we are pleased to share that AIH has been serving patients who are being treated in Zion, IL, and across several other locations around the country.

AIH is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization, which receives no state or federal funding. AIH relies solely on the support of individual donors. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


Our mission is to help cancer patients in financial distress while they are in treatment by providing funds for non-medical expenses such as:

  • Mortgage/Rent
  • Food/Groceries
  • Utilities
  • Childcare

and other basic needs, which may be neglected during a patient’s treatment.

What we do

Assistance in Healthcare helps to keep patients focused on fighting cancer thus, alleviating financial worries and other stresses cancer can cause.

Who We Serve

Assistance in Healthcare helps cancer patients currently being treated in Zion, IL. Requests are presented to the local Assistance in Healthcare Patient Assistance Committee for review on a monthly basis.

AIH Zion Board of Directors

  • Jill Athans - President
  • Pamela Drysdale - Vice President
  • Anne Elfering - Secretary
  • Marcia Creekmore - Treasurer

Active Members

  • Marcia Creekmore
  • Tess Henby
  • Andrea Inman
  • Tammy James
  • Erica Marchese
  • Brittani McCafferty
  • Kristine Mickelson
  • Jill Richter
  • Maryl Smith
  • Omotayo Sosan
  • Tonya L. Taylor

Honorary Members

  • Marlene Bloxsom
  • Carol Lulinski
  • Carol Reusch

AIH Staff

Our Sponsors

  • BMO Harris Bank

Additional Sponsors