Unfunded Drugs

Choose an amount to donate

Choose an amount to donate


Provincial regulatory bodies determine the drugs that can be used for each type of cancer and in which situation. Some are funded by government, some are not. 

Unfunded drugs may be new and still awaiting final approval from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) yet be indicated for certain types of cancer where other drugs have not been effective. Others may be part of a ground-breaking treatment that is expensive and complex to deliver. Yet novel therapies can be life-saving. 

There are countless reasons patients ask to try a new medication and Grand River does all it can to fulfill their request. Receiving a new drug can mean living with their disease under control, or living well for years longer during a palliative period – long enough to walk a daughter down the aisle or celebrate a milestone birthday. For many, trying a different line of medication would not be an option without financial support.  

*You will receive a tax receipt for the full amount in an email following your donation.

Every quarter, we grant over $250,000 to the hospital for unfunded cancer drugs. 


Select your donation amount, or enter a custom donation amount above.

Once you have selected your donation amount and clicked donate, it will take you to a shopping cart experience. From there you can review your total and then click complete payment at the bottom of the screen before being taken to a secure payment information page.


Tax receipts are automatically sent once you have completed your payment information and checked out. If you do not see an email come through with your tax receipt, please check your junk or spam email folders. The email subject line is Grand River Hospital Foundation Donation Receipt.

If you still cannot find it, please contact Jesse Borden, Fulfillment Manager & Donor Advocate at 226-750-2074 or info@grhf.ca for support. 

When donating, any information entered in the billing address fields on the payment screen will be used to generate an automatic tax receipt. If a company name is added here, the tax receipt will be issued to the company.

If your donation is in honour of a friend or loved one, you can email them a digital e-card upon making a donation.

E-cards are available for donations made in memory and in celebration of someone, and each e-card allows you to customize the message being sent. In order to send an e-card, you will need to know the recipient's email address.

When you reach the completed payment screen, you will see the available e-card options, or you can click this link to send an e-card and message directly.

The Foundation will only notify individuals upon request. You can use the cart note function to provide a message and contact details for the recipient.