Community & Friends

Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a part of Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System, offers support and education for anyone affected by cancer to help people cope with their individual cancer and its treatments in the best way possible.  Our unique approach to cancer education and support using both Oncology Certified Nurse Educators and Licensed Clinical Social Workers provides a one-of-a-kind partnership for addressing all the needs of someone experiencing cancer in their life.

Our Nurse Educators offer individual and family consultations to deliver information about specific cancers, and step-by-step guidance through individualized treatment plans providing information on how to best manage side-effects and how to get the most from your healthcare team.  Licensed Clinical Social workers facilitate support groups, individual and family counseling, and consultation for assistance in times of crisis, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Life with Cancer also offers complementary therapies, community presentations, and other resources to understand and cope with cancer.

Since 1988, Life with Cancer has become the region’s leading cancer education and support organization, and currently offers between 40-50 classes per month at our Family Center, as well as at various other locations.  Life with Cancer, under the Inova Health System Foundation, a 501 c(3) organization, offers all program services entirely free to anyone with cancer and their loved ones, regardless of their treatment location.

The Family Center is located at 8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA 22031.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

Shop with the Sheriff

This is a program made available by donations and the generosity of Target to provide children in need to go shopping with a Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy for clothing and school supplies to start the school year.

Paws of Honor

The goal of Paws of Honor (POH) is to provide veterinary care and products at no charge* for retired military and law enforcement K-9’s in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area that have served our country, locally or globally. Retired K-9’s deserve accessible, high quality veterinary care in return for their commitment and sacrifice for our country and the monetary burden associated with veterinary care should not fall on the shoulders of the officer/handler/owner once the K-9 has been decommissioned.
*Based on charitable contributions

Hercules Foundation

The Hercules Foundation was established to honor Ryan’s legacy. We are commited to preserving and promoting the characteristics that made Ryan so memorable – his compassion for others, dedication to excellence, and love of competition.

Our foundation evolved out of a memorial golf tournament held in May 2016 to honor Ryan’s memory. After seeing the large out-pouring of support from Ryan’s fellow officers, his friends, and his family, the tournament organizers felt there was an opportunity to establish an organization geared towards giving back to the community that Ryan patroled day-in and day-out.

In September 2016, The Hercules Foundation was officially born.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations and funds that are raised by The Hercules Foundation will be used to:

  • Establish an educational scholarship fund in Ryan’s name
  • Assist families in our local community who have been struck by tragedy and are in need of help with household projects, especially those with ties to the law enforcement community
  • Provide financial support as well as actively participating with charities that share Ryan’s values 
  • Provide financial support to local families in need of assistance during the holiday season

As The Hercules Foundation continues to evolve we will constantly be searching for areas in which the foundation can make a difference and continue the legacy of our beloved Hercules.