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Ishan Gala Foundation

Address PO Box 7692
Charlottesville, Virginia 22906
Phone (434) 234-4644
Website http://ishangala.org/
Primary Contact Ashley Cherrix
Primary Email info@ishangala.org
Executive Director Mayank Gala
Primary Focus Area Children/Youth (non-education)
Service Areas
  • Statewide

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be present in lives of children and their families fighting cancer to improve their quality of life during and after treatment.


The Ishan Gala Foundation (IGF) is a growing Charlottesville, 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to change the future for children with cancer. IGF works to improve the quality of life for local families who are fighting pediatric cancer.

IGF was founded in 2008 by Mayank and Sejal Gala after the loss of their son, Ishan, to Neuroblastoma. It has since been their mission to help other families going through such a burden, and help find a cure so that no other family would have to go through such pain. Over the course of ten years, IGF has brought together hundreds of families through events and raised thousands of dollars to raise awareness about the disease and grant some of the leading experts and institutions to fund cutting-edge treatment trials.

IGF has recently partnered with UVa Children’s hospital to provide support within the local hospital system. We are also expanding our community work and impact on children’s cancer through increased family programming and partnerships with local businesses.

Key Programs

Program 1
Title:Financial Assistance
Description:Financial Assistance is available to families in active treatment to help pay for bills at home and costs associated with travel for treatment.
Program 2
Title:Care and Comfort packages
Description:Individually designed gift bags to lift the spirits of the child diagnosed, their siblings, and caregivers.

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1