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Impact of Giving

By supporting Closer to Free, you help us turn bold, innovative ideas into powerful new cancer therapies. Your donations not only advance great science, your contributions also support our deep commitment to personalized medicine.


The Closer to Free Fund has provided funding for the survivorship clinic at Smilow Cancer Hospital, which is available to all cancer survivors. The Clinic evaluates patients post-treatment and creates an individualized care plan including diet, exercise, supportive care, and cancer surveillance. The Clinic also provides patients and their families with vital information on cancer prevention, wellness, supportive services, and the latest health research related to cancer survivorship.

The funding from Closer to Free also helps to provide genetic counseling support to patients at high risk through the Smilow Genetics and Prevention Program. Patients considered at risk for a familial or hereditary cancer receive genetic counseling and testing so that informed medical decisions can be based on their own personal risk assessment. These interventions can have a huge impact on a person’s life by allowing them to better manage their health and reduce their risk of ever developing cancer.

Some of the many ways your donations are put to work include:

There are over 150 Yale Cancer Center clinical trials available for patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Funds have been used to support the availability of trials, testing new treatment options for patients where standard therapies are not an option.

Number of patients enrolled on therapeutic clinical trials last year supported by funding from Closer to Free.

In addition to the comprehensive services provided at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, we also have individualized and innovative local care at many Care Centers in Connecticut. Your support directly impacts services at these locations.

Number of new cancer cases that will be diagnosed in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society. Your donations support prevention, wellness and treatment efforts at Smilow Cancer Hospital every day.

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