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The who, what, where and why of the Legal Information Network for Cancer 

A Much-Needed LINC

The Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) was founded in 1996 by cancer survivors Phyllis Katz, a lawyer with Sands, Anderson, Marks and Miller; and Ann Hodges, a professor at the University of Richmond law school. LINC is a nonprofit organization of volunteers committed to helping cancer patients resolve issues arising from the diagnosis or treatment of cancer. LINC provides information, education, counseling and referral services for legal assistance to individuals confronted with the decisions and dilemmas associated with cancer.

This year, Katz says LINC will help more than 300 cancer patients with wills, creditor issues, and insurance, Medicare and disability coverage appeals. "We deal with the business of dealing with cancer," she explains.

Katz has known Sarah Jessica Parker since she was 3 1/2 year old, when she first met Parker's mother. "Sarah's mother came and cared for me through my two bouts of cancer," Katz says. "We are best friends."

She says Parker jumped at the chance to do anything she could to help LINC raise money. "This is not unusual for Sarah," Katz says. "She give so much of her time to nonprofits and is very committed to causes. Her generosity is just
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