The Foundation helps indigent cancer patients from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo, Texas with financial assistance for travel and lodging as they seek second opinions or receive treatments in other cities.

Financial help for local cancer patients.


Established in 2002, the Foundation is the creation of James’ family and his three closest friends. The Foundation was developed in memory of James who passed from esophageal cancer at the age of 28 on Christmas Eve 2001.

James Richard Closner Foundation

The community of the Rio Grande Valley is geographically and socially isolated and is in desperate need of a place in which indigent cancer patients and their families can reach out to seek financial help for traveling and lodging.

Through fundraising and private donations, the Foundation seeks to ease the financial burden on local cancer patients in the Rio Grande Valley.