Frequently Asked Questions

Is SOS a nonprofit?

Yes, SOS is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

Where do donations go?

SOS is an entirely volunteer-driven organization. We have no staff and virtually no overhead, so the funds we raise go directly to fund patient needs. We help patients cover items that their insurance companies do not. These items include wigs, prosthetic bras, childcare for patients’ children during treatments, lodging for family members who accompany patients during treatment, gas cards for patient transportation to treatments, pain medication (beyond those covered by insurance), mortgage payments, utility bills and many other items helpful to breast cancer patients.

Where do you find patients?

In many cases, patients find SOS by word of mouth. We also work closely with the Hollings Cancer Center, Roper Hospital, and Palmetto Richland Memorial to find patients in South Carolina who need our help. Sometimes, a breast cancer patient’s medical team may contact the foundation requesting assistance. However, anyone who knows of a person in South Carolina who is suffering from breast cancer may refer the patient to SOS.

Who can apply for help from SOS?

The potential recipient must be presently treated by a healthcare provider who is informed about his or her condition. A patient must be a resident of South Carolina but may seek treatment outside of the area.

Please note that the SOS board must collect certain information regarding the patient’s medical condition. All information requested is strictly confidential and required to fulfill the patient’s wishes. If the patient or applicant cannot provide information regarding their medical condition, the board may be unable to process the request.

How can I help?

It is easy to donate to SOS through our donation page. If you have more time than money, we love that too. If you want to become a “Friend of SOS,” please email:, and a board member will contact you with more information.