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Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug, and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older adults and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth, and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, young adults, healthcare professionals and researchers related to childhood cancer
To change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.
- Travel For Care Program offers financial assistance to eligible families for travel for childhood cancer treatment at medical institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Patient must be diagnosed by age 18 and be under 21 and in active oncology treatment following a relapse, or enrolling in or currently participating in a clinical trial for active oncology treatment or a treatment innovation not available at their local institution. Applications must be submitted by a social worker or medical representative.
- Childhood Cancer Treatment Journal is a free treatment organizer for families of childhood cancer to help parents keep track of important treatment information.
- Ambassadors Program involves family members and friends of a childhood cancer hero who choose to get more involved with ALSF.
- My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series aims to better understand how childhood cancer affects families.
- SuperSibs Programs aim to comfort, encourage and empower siblings during their family’s battle against childhood cancer.
- Offers a free guide for education professionals to help patients, their siblings, and classmates cope with a diagnosis or death in their school community.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
- Provides educational materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information on topics such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
- Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
- Cancer Survivors NetworkSM, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings
- Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
- Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges.
Individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved in the U.S. affected by a cancer diagnosis
To provide free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer.
- Oncology social workers are available for telephone counseling services to provide support, information and resources to help in coping with cancer
- Offers online support groups and educational publications
- Cancer Out Loud: The CancerCare Podcast features conversations with people living with cancer, caregivers, survivors, loved ones and the bereaved
- Connect Education Workshops in which leading experts in oncology provide up-to-date information in one-hour workshops over the telephone or online
- Financial assistance for transportation, medications, home care, child care, pet care, or durable medical equipment may be available for patients in active treatment. Eligibility guidelines vary depending on diagnosis, gender and geographic location. Call for details
- Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp - a free retreat for families with children coping with the loss of a loved one to cancer
- Financial assistance for insured cancer patients in treatment in the US to help with co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment medications who meet certain financial, medical and insurance eligibility criteria. Check the website (http://cancercarecopay.org/) or call 866-552-6729 for details.
Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation for Young Adults
Adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors
To guide young adults with cancer to social support programs and services that can help them manage their mental healing as well as their physical battle.
- Survivorship program in Northern Michigan consists of 6 days of adventure-based learning at no cost
- Travel Assistance for young adults to attend an approved survivorship program in the US
- Annual Base2Summit Scholarship for a Michigan resident who is accepted to an accredited school of higher learning; see website for details
- Lists a variety of survivorship resources related to support, finances, legal, etc.
Cerner Charitable Foundation
Children 18 years of age or younger, or 18 to 21 years of age if the applicant is in a child-like mental state
Cerner Charitable Foundation (formerly First Hand Foundation) is building healthier tomorrows and stronger communities around the world by providing individual medical grants and wellness programs, engaging volunteerism, community initiatives and strategic partnerships. Limited international resources are available.
- Treatment: clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
- Equipment: wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
- Displacement: lodging, food, gas, parking and transportation for families of seriously ill children who must travel during treatment
- Vehicle modifications: lifts, ramps and transfer boards.
Compass To Care Childhood Cancer Foundation
Families with children under age 18 in active cancer treatment in the U.S.
To ensure all children can access life-saving cancer treatment by helping them travel from home to the hospital.
- Provides help with travel to the hospital to parents with demonstrated financial need, whose child is under 18 years old and in active cancer treatment
Cancer patients and their families within the 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and U.S. territories
Dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment.
- Delivers financial education, resource navigation, and emergency relief funds to patients and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis.
- Patient must have a cancer diagnosis; be in active treatment or have completed treatment within 1 year; receive treatment within the US, Puerto Rico or US territories; be represented by a healthcare professional from the treatment center who can confirm diagnosis and treatment information.
Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Cancer patients in the US
To improve access to clinical trials for cancer patients
- Helps cancer patients navigate clinical trial options
- Offers financial assistance (such as lodging and transportation costs) for participation in FDA approved clinical trials; call for eligibility details
Provides community outreach and education.
Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation
Families whose child is under the age of 21 and diagnosed with a pediatric cancer before age 18
To be a leader in childhood cancer research and advocacy while providing financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling cancer.
- Provides financial assistance for a variety of needs to pediatric cancer families while the child is undergoing treatment; social worker from treatment facility must apply on behalf of the family
- Works with funeral homes to provide assistance towards memorial costs for children whose battle with cancer has ended
- Funds pediatric cancer research.
Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
Patients with lymphoma and their families, caregivers, health professionals
To fund innovative lymphoma research; to provide people with lymphoma and health professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer; to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.
- Provides Lymphoma Helpline and Clinical Trials Information Service
- Provides educational materials, conferences, webcasts
- Offers limited financial assistance to patients in active treatment
- Lymphoma Support Network is a one-to-one peer support program that matches lymphoma patients or caregivers with volunteers who have had similar lymphoma-related experiences
- Funds biomedical research focused on the origins, treatment and identification of a cure for lymphoma
- Raises public awareness of the disease.
Mercy Medical Angels
Patients who need help with air or ground transportation in order to receive medical care in the US
To ensure that no one in need is denied medical care because of a lack of transportation.
- Patients must be ambulatory, medically stable, and meet a financial guideline; see website for details and to apply
- Air transportation may be provided by volunteer pilots or commercial airlines
- The Angel Wheels ground transportation program may provide low-income patients with gas cards, bus or train tickets for medical care more than 50 miles away and generally not exceeding 300 miles.
More Moments More Memories Foundation
Cancer patients in the US referred to a clinical trial by a physician and demonstrating financial need
To provide grants that help people access oncology clinical trials for potentially life-saving treatment, offering more moments and more memories with loved ones.
- Assists eligible patients with travel and lodging related expenses for participation in clinical trial in the contiguous United States
- Geographic preference given to residents of Clayton County or Fayette County in Iowa, and then US residents.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Families of children with cancer in the U.S.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation has four areas of focus: financial assistance, childhood cancer research, awareness and spreading positivity
- Provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer (application form and eligibility criteria are on the website)
- Fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in treatment protocols
- Increase awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for increased research funds
- Spread the B+ Message of being positive
The National Children’s Cancer Society
Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, survivors, health professionals
To improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.
- Provides financial and emotional support to families throughout the United States during their child’s cancer treatment. Financial assistance includes transportation fund and emergency assistance fund (See website for specific financial eligibility criteria.)
- The "Beyond the Cure" Survivorship Program (BTC) provides the most up-to-date information on survivorship to help survivors and their families adapt and celebrate life after diagnosis
- Online community provides a private network for parents, caregivers and survivors of childhood cancer to connect, share and offer support to one another
- Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation; call or see website for details
- Provides resources to healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of childhood cancer and the many challenges associated with survivorship
- Global Outreach Program partners with pharmaceutical companies to distribute donated cancer treatment drugs and medical supplies around the world.