Who Are We
The objective of a Rhea of Hope is to preserve the hopes and dreams of a family after a cancer diagnosis.
Who Are We
A Rhea of Hope Foundation is a national non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, dedicated to raising awareness among women and men about fertility options following a cancer diagnosis. When a man or woman is diagnosed with cancer, the medical treatment used to treat the illness can make it difficult to conceive a child.
Our trusted board of national and international medical advisors led by Dr. Togas Tulandi MD, MHCM provides members of A Rhea of Hope with the most up-to-date technology and options available. It is with their guidance that we are able to offer the best in patient education, access to fertility services and treatments through financial assistance and a scholarship program, as well as build continued awareness for men and women on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
We are committed to helping women, couples and families who struggle with fertility. Our mission is to provide sensible options, to be an advocate for those who lack the voice to be heard, and to bring awareness and education of fertility issues to families in need and to the healthcare providers who can help them.
To fulfill our mission, a Rhea of Hope will:
- Provide reliable information and encouragement to those facing infertility;
- Provide financial support to families who require a helping hand to protect their opportunity of one day having children to love, raise and cherish;
- Educate both the general public and healthcare providers about fertility preservation options;
- Support the research and development of new treatments relating to fertility issues and the causes and diseases that can lead to sterility;
Less than a generation ago, women and men with cancer were left with little hope. Survival was low and expectations for a full life were even lower. The improvement in survival reflects both progress in diagnosing certain cancers at an earlier stage and improvements in treatment. Today, thanks to medical advances, many women and men who are diagnosed with cancer now go on to lead long, healthy lives. The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2001 and 2007 is 67%, up from 49% in 1975-1977. (American Cancer Society, 2012).
At A Rhea of Hope, our vision is to give individuals sensible hope—and options.
We will raise public awareness of cancer related fertility issues. We will provide knowledge about and resources for the various fertility preserving methods and treatments available and as a result, we will accomplish our most important vision of all: Helping to provide hope and options for women and men who seek a safe haven from the worries and concerns of their cancer treatments.
Our vision tells the world that the creation and expansion of families is not only a dream, but a possibility.
American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2012.