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The Lois Merrill Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: To help people affected by carcinoid cancer through funding research for new treatments, providing financial support for patients and their families, and promoting awareness and education for carcinoid and other rare cancers.

Results: - The Lois Merrill Foundation has had over 600 attendees at our events since inception - Since 2006, The Lois Merrill Foundation has paid out over $82,000 in Foundation Grants to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation and other carcinoid support foundations to further research and education - Since 2009, when Medical Assistance Grants became available, The Lois Merrill Foundation has paid out over $15,000 in Medical Assistance Grants to 6 individuals suffering from two different types of rare cancers.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6-8

Geographic areas served: United States

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Angela at LMF is wonderful to deal with! I love that they support patients in getting the treatment that a rare cancer requires. LMF was great in helping us help others through our carcinoid awareness race. We are in a state where carcinoid treatment is not close at hand and expenses can get the better of the patient. Every patient deserves the chance to fight and LMF helps make that possible. Thanks for all you do!!!!


Rating: 5

A year ago when I learned my carcinoid cancer had metastasized to my liver, my sister decided to organize an awareness race in our community. She began researching existing non-profits to whom we could send our proceeds, and when she found LMF, I thought it was the perfect fit! After my recent experience, I had a renewed sense of the importance of helping patients with expensive travel-related costs, surgeries, and LIFELONG therapy for this rare cancer. Hats off to LMF for the amazing work you do!