Providing financial assistance to Arlington residents affected by cancer since 1998…

The Sanborn Foundation helps Arlington Massachusetts residents pay for expenses related to their cancer care and treatment. Since its inception, the Foundation has helped hundreds of Arlington MA residents pay for cancer-related expenses.

Examples of past grants include payments for items such as:

  • cancer medications
  • hospital and doctor co-payments
  • transportation
  • medical equipment such as a wheel-chair or lift chair
  • liquid food supplements
  • home health aide
  • hospice residence fee
  • house cleaning in preparation for stem-cell procedure
  • integrative therapies such as acupuncture  and massage
  • other expenses related to the cancer diagnosis

Applying for funds is very easy, find out how by visiting our How to Apply Page


  • News and Events

    *  Bark for Life:   Saturday, May 11, 2019  – Arlington Reservoir Beach  – 10:00am

    Visit our table to get a treat for your four-footed friend!

    Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games. For more information: 


    * The Conversation… Reclaiming Our Bodies After Cancer: Thursday, May 23   Kickstand Cafe -7:00 – 9:00

    Join Steve Almond for this conversation with breast cancer survivor and advocate Catherine Guthrie, author of the acclaimed memoir FLAT: Reclaiming my body from Breast Cancer; fellow survivor and Arlington author Amy Yelin and Radiation Oncologist and Sanborn Foundation Board member, Robin Schoenthaler. Sponsored by Arlington Community Education $20.00 registration fee.


    *  Relay for Life:   Saturday, June 8, 2019 – Arlington High School  – 6:00 pm

    Come visit us – we’ll have a table by the tent!


    *  Feast of the East: Saturday, June 15th – 12:00 – 4:00 pm

    We’ll have a booth set up with a fun Arlington trivia game- hope we see you there!


    *  Camp Kesem, Harvard  August 18th-23rd. 2019 –  Camp Watitoh in Becket, MA

    There are still spaces available – go online to register!

    Camp Kesem, a nationwide community that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, provides free summer camp experiences and year-round support to over 8,000 children affected by a parent’s cancer. We provide a safe and supportive network, where children befriend peers who can relate to their unique situation, and gain the confidence needed to cope with their parent’s illness or death. For more information:




  • Past Events and Highlights

    The Sanborn Foundation has been a proud sponsor of the following events:

    Pulling for Hope, Arlington

    Arlington Public School Tobacco Education Program

    Arlington Relay for Life

    Shoot for the Cure

    aCatpella Festival to Belt Out Cancer