Fighting Chance is America’s oldest and largest free cancer counseling center that operates on a regional basis – in our case the Eastern End of Long Island, which is about 440 square miles and largely semi-rural.

Because of our regional service model, we can (and do) have a walk-in office in Sag Harbor where patients will find “boots on the ground.” That means licensed health care professionals – including a clinical psychologist and oncology social workers – who can meet with the patient in person.

In person counseling is the “gold standard” when helping a newly-diagnosed patient cope with the negative psychological effects of cancer that include hyper-anxiety, depression, insecurity and sleeplessness. In person counseling is better, by far, than telephone calls, email counseling, chat rooms or the use of two-way videos.

In 2017 our 501c3 charity celebrates its 15th anniversary. We now see about 250 newly diagnosed patients each year. We attribute our success to offering free-of-charge gold standard in-person counseling, providing a counseling team with over 75 years of experience navigating the cancer journey, thus eliminating most of the paperwork and red tape patients choke on in the healthcare system.