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Suite 300
1000 Elmood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
Local Phone: 585-563-6221 (Headquarters - responds to calls in English only)
13thirty Cancer Connect (formerly Teens Living with Cancer) is a Web-based resource for adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer, their families, and friends. 13thirty serves people ages 13 to 30 and provides online information about cancer and treatment, provides opportunities to interact with other AYA patients living with cancer through an online community, and offers links to relevant resources.
Categories: Support Groups

9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Local Phone: 216-445-8734 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-520-3197 (Responds to calls in English only)
The 4th Angel Mentoring Program provides free and confidential telephone or e-mail support to cancer patients and their caregivers. Participants are matched with trained mentors, who are cancer survivors themselves or have been a caregiver to a cancer patient. Participants are matched based on similar characteristics including gender, age, cancer diagnosis, and treatment type. Opportunities are also available for cancer survivors and their caregivers to volunteer as mentors.
Categories: Peer/Buddy Programs

5775 N Glen Park Road
Suite 201
Glendale, WI 53209
Free Line: 1-800-977-4121 (Monday - Saturday)
ABCD provides free, personalized information and support to people affected by breast cancer: patients, families and friends. Through ABCD's One-to-One mentoring service participants are matched with a trained volunteer who has experienced breast cancer as a patient, family member or friend. Matches are made based on medical and demographic information supplied by mentors and participants. ABCD also provides support through its Helpline and Resource List. Services are also available in Spanish.

Free Line: 1-877-621-7177 (Responds to calls in English only)
Air Charity Network (ACN) provides access for people in need who are seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or to distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis. ACN consists of member organizations which cover specific geographic areas and serves all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Call or visit the website to learn about patient qualifications and to find the contact information for an affiliate in your area.
Categories: Lodging & Travel

8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60631
Local Phone: 773-577-8750 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-886-2282 (1-800-886-ABTA) (Responds to calls in English only)
The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) provides information about childhood and adult brain tumors for patients, family members, and health professionals. Support resources for patients and caregivers include the ABTA Connections Online Support Community and the ABTA CommYOUnity™ Connect , a peer-to-peer mentoring program. The ABTA also maintains a list of treatment facilities with brain tumor programs. Those interested in more information about ABTA services can leave a message on the ABTA CareLine or contact ABTA by email; inquiries are generally responded to within one business day.
Categories: Brain, Peer/Buddy Programs

250 Williams Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Local Phone: 404-320-3333 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-227-2345 (1-800-ACS-2345) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
TTY: 1-866-228-4327
TTY Line: 1-866-228-4327
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. The ACS offers a variety of services and programs for patients and their families. The ACS also supports research, provides printed materials, and conducts educational programs. Staff can accept calls and distribute publications in Spanish.

Support programs include:

- Online support communities
- Health Insurance Assistance Service: assistance to cancer patients and survivors who have lost, or are in danger of losing, their health care coverage
- Hope Lodge: lodging for patients and caregivers
- I Can Cope: online cancer education classes for patients and loved ones
- Patient Navigator Program: personal cancer guide
- Reach to Recovery: breast cancer support
- Road to Recovery: rides to treatment
- Tender Loving Care(tlc): catalog and website of hair loss and mastectomy products

In addition to these ACS-supported programs, the ACS has a database of other local and national programs that offer services to cancer patients and their loved ones. For information on these and other services, visit the Support Programs and Services webpage or call the toll-free number above.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Medication (includes co-payments), Screening, Treatment, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

Post Office Box 498 (Mailing Address)
Kensington, MD 20895
Local Phone: 301-962-3520 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-855-858-2226 (Responds to calls in English only)
The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) provides information for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, and advocates for their needs. ACCO offers free books and resources on all aspects of childhood cancer. Local affiliates provide direct support to patients and families through hospital and community based programs, such as face-to-face and online support groups and childhood cancer camps. Affiliates may also provide emergency financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments, car repairs, transportation, pre-paid gas cards, groceries, parking, and more.
Categories: Childhood, General Living Expenses, Lodging & Travel, Scholarships & Camps, Advocacy, Support Groups

1759 R Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20009
Local Phone: 202-328-7744
Free Line: 1-800-843-8114
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) funds research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity, and weight management to cancer risk, interprets scientific literature on cancer prevention, and educates people about choices they can make to reduce their chances of developing cancer. AICR also provides nutritional information for cancer patients during and after treatment. The AICR Nutrition Hotline connects people with a registered dietician by email or phone where they can receive personalized responses to their questions. Questions are generally responded to within 3 business days.
Categories: Educational Programs

55 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601
Free Line: 1-800-LUNGUSA or 1-800-586-4872
The mission of the American Lung Association® (ALA) is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. Among their many services are support groups and online support communities for lung cancer patients and their families. They also offer a smoking cessation program, Freedom from Smoking. Lung health experts are available via live chat, email, or phone.
Categories: Lung, Advocacy, Counseling, Educational Programs , Support Groups

Suite 201
154 Hansen Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Local Phone: 434-293-5350 (Administrative Office) (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-276-7443 (1-866-APOS-4-HELP) (Helpline) (Responds to calls in English only)
The mission of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) is to advance the science and practice of psychosocial care for people with cancer. APOS strives to ensure that all people with cancer have access to psychosocial services as a part of their quality cancer care. APOS offers a toll-free Helpline to help people with cancer, caregivers, and advocacy organizations find local counseling services throughout the United States. The program connects cancer patients and their caregivers to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and counselors skilled in the management of cancer-related diseases. APOS also offers online continuing education courses for health professionals, including multidisciplinary training in psycho-oncology.
Categories: Counseling, Health Professional Referrals

500 N. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1206
Local Phone: For calls from outside the U.S.: 763-406-8140 (Patient Services) or 763-406-5800 (general information)
Free Line: 1-888-999-6743 (Patient Services for patients and families), 1-800-627-7692 (1-800-MARROW2) (for general information)
Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, Be The Match is the largest and most diverse bone marrow registry in the world. The registry includes more than 11 million volunteers willing to donate bone marrow and 185,000 units of donated umbilical cord blood. Be the Match supports patients, caregivers and families before, during and after a transplant through one-on-one support, referrals and free educational resources. They also offer financial aid programs to help patients pay for the cost of a donor search and for some post-transplant expenses.

Calls are answered in English and Spanish.
Categories: Treatment, Health Professional Referrals

Free Line: 1-800-333-4636 (1-800-FED-INFO) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish) (formerly is the official benefits Web site of the U.S. Government. The Web site is designed to help users find government benefit and assistance programs for which they may be eligible. The Benefit Finder on the Web site has a list of Core Questions to identify which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Categories: General Living Expenses, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Scholarships & Camps, Counseling

4915 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 202
Bethesda, MD 20814
Local Phone: 301-215-9099 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-888-901-2226 (1-888-901-BCAN) (Responds to calls in English only)
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness about bladder cancer, advancing bladder cancer research, and providing educational and support services for the bladder cancer community. BCAN offers an online support community and in-person support groups where survivors, families, friends, and caregivers can connect. The Bladder Cancer Profiler (available on the BCAN Web site) is an interactive tool designed to help patients make treatment decisions. BCAN conducts patient forums at various sites across the country and brings together medical professionals, researchers, bladder cancer patients, caregivers, and loved ones.
Categories: Bladder, Other Cancers, Advocacy, Support Groups

PO Box 452
Culver City, CA 90232
Local Phone: (260) 225-3736 (Responds to calls in English only)
Camp Kesem is a free one-week overnight summer camp for kids ages 6-16 with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. Run by highly trained college students, the camps are located throughout the U.S. The camps are intended to provide the campers with the extra attention and support they need. If contacting Camp Kesem by phone, prepare to leave a message and receive a return call.
Categories: Scholarships & Camps

159 West 25th St
8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Local Phone: 646-929-8032 (Responds to calls in English only)
Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer so that they may thrive in their workplace. The organization provides a comprehensive website (in both English and Spanish), free publications, career coaching, resources to help with a job search, and a series of support groups and educational seminars. There are also resources of interest to healthcare providers, employers and coworkers.
Categories: Educational Programs , Legal Issues, Support Groups

The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a coalition of organizations that help cancer patients manage their financial challenges by educating them about existing resources. Patients or health care providers can search the CFAC database for organizations that help with specific cancer diagnoses or that provide a specific type of assistance or need. CFAC is a coalition of organizations and cannot respond to individual requests for financial assistance via e-mail or telephone. Patients may contact each CFAC member organization individually for guidance and possible financial assistance.
Categories: General Living Expenses, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Medication (includes co-payments), Scholarships & Camps, Treatment

2 North Road
Suite A
Chester, NJ 07930
Local Phone: 908-879-4039 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Free Line: 1-877-467-3638 (877-HOPENET) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Cancer Hope Network is a nonprofit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families in the U.S. and Canada. Cancer patients and/or family members are matched with trained volunteers who have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience. Matches are based on the type of cancer, the similarity of treatment(s), the side effects experienced, and overall demographics (age, gender, etc.). Online Chat is available through the website.
Categories: Peer/Buddy Programs

350 S. Grand Ave.
Suite 1520 (mailing address only)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Local Phone: 213-736-1455
Free Line: 866-843-2572 (Calls answered in English and Spanish)
The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a program of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) and provides information and support to cancer patients, their families, healthcare professionals and advocates on cancer-related legal issues, such as: maintaining employment through treatment, accessing healthcare and government benefits, taking medical leave, and estate planning.

Those who wish to contact the CLRC national telephone assistance line may have to leave a voicemail message; it can take up to 2 business days to receive a return call. CLRC encourages those interested in their services to contact CLRC by email.
Categories: Legal Issues

Suite 500, 1050 17th Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20036
Local Phone: 202-659-9709 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-888-793-9355 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Cancer Support Community (CSC) is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. It offers a global network of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. These free services include support groups, counseling, education, and healthy lifestyle programs. These support services are available online and through a network of 50 local affiliates with more than 100 satellite locations. CSC also offers online bereavement support groups.
Categories: Counseling, Educational Programs , Support Groups

22nd Floor
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Local Phone: 212-712-8400 (Administrative)
Free Line: 1-800-813-4673 (1-800-813-HOPE) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
CancerCare provides free professional support for anyone affected by cancer. CancerCare programs include counseling and support groups, cancer education workshops, information on financial assistance, and practical help. Counseling is provided by oncology social workers and is available over the phone and face-to-face (available at offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut). Support groups are offered online, via telephone, and in face-to-face groups. CancerCare also provides free publications, including some in Spanish.

CancerCare also provides limited financial assistance to people affected by cancer. For men and women with breast cancer, limited assistance is available for pain and anti-nausea medication, oral hormonal medication, lymphedema support and durable medical equipment. Assistance with costs of transportation, home care and child care may be available depending on the patient’s location and diagnosis.

For details about eligibility, currently available funding and how to apply, visit the website ( or call the toll-free number above. If assistance is not available, CancerCare’s oncology social workers can refer to other financial assistance resources.

Co-payment assistance for chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs might also be available from CancerCare. For information, contact the CancerCare Co-payment Assistance Foundation (1-866-552-6729;
Categories: Breast, General Living Expenses, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Medication (includes co-payments), Treatment, Counseling, Educational Programs , Support Groups

22nd Floor
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Local Phone: 212-601-9750 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Free Line: 1-866-552-6729 (1-866-55-COPAY) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps people being treated for cancer afford insurance co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs. To qualify for assistance, patients must meet certain criteria related to their financial, medical, and insurance situation. Patients must currently be in active chemotherapy or targeted treatment when they apply and at the time of approval. The types of cancer covered by the Foundation vary. For the latest information on eligibility and available funding, contact the Foundation or visit the website.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Medication (includes co-payments), Treatment

Palazzo San Calisto
Vatican City State V-00120
Local Phone: + 39 06 698 797 99
Caritas Internationalis is a network of 165 Catholic organizations working in humanitarian emergencies and international development in over 200 countries and territories. Caritas is devoted to reducing poverty and campaigning for social justice. Caritas works in six main areas: peace & reconciliation, emergencies, economic justice, climate change, HIV & AIDS, and women & migration. Information on the organization's Web site is also available in Spanish and French.
Categories: International

2050 Ballenger Ave
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Local Phone: 703-549-1390 (Responds to calls in English only)
Catholic Charities USA is a national network of agencies serving poor and vulnerable persons and families, regardless of faith. There are member agencies in nearly every state and in many U.S. territories which offer services based on the needs of the local community. Examples of services that may be available include: food banks, soup kitchens, home delivered meals, temporary shelter, transitional housing, health-related services, immigration and refugee services and counseling and mental health. Find a local agency at the link below:
Categories: General Living Expenses, Lodging & Travel, Counseling
Additional Resources:

Suite 1004
274 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Local Phone: 212-448-9494 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Free Line: 1-866-228-4673 (1-866-228-HOPE) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy for families and survivors.

CBTF has a free publication, A Resource Guide for Parents of Children with Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors, and also co-sponsors conferences, teleconferences, and webinars for families, survivors, and health care professionals. CBTF offers a toll-free support line where you may speak with pediatric neuro-oncology social workers. CBTF's Family 2 Family Network allows families to share their experiences with those having similar concerns. CBTF also hosts and sponsors events, such as the Kids Cruise or Brain Tumor Week at Camp Sunshine, which offer families fun while building relationships within the community. The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation funds research to identify the causes of childhood brain tumors to find effective treatments.
Categories: Brain, Childhood, Other Cancers, Scholarships & Camps, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

Free Line: 1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KIDS-NOW) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a state and federal partnership that provides free or low-cost health coverage for children age 18 and younger childhood whose families earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to purchase private health insurance coverage. States have considerable flexibility to establish income eligibility rules for CHIP, but children enrolling in the program must be otherwise uninsured. Callers will be referred to the CHIP program in their state for further information about what the program covers, who is eligible, and the minimum qualifications.
Categories: Childhood, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Health Professional Referrals

5526 West 13400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84096
Local Phone: 801-999-0455 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation strives to unite patients, physicians, caregivers, and public and private institutions in the collaboration, understanding, research, and education of cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Their mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by cholangiocarcinoma We fund research, offer an annual conference, and provide patient/caregiver education and advocacy. We offer publications in English, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.
Categories: Other Cancers, Support Groups
Additional Resources:

Post Office Box 146
Lewisville, TX 75067
The Cleaning for a Reason Foundation offers free professional housecleaning and maid services for women undergoing cancer treatment. Women age 18 or older currently undergoing cancer treatment for any type of cancer qualify for this service. The Foundation recruits professional residential maid services that are insured and/or bonded (and performs background checks on their employees). Maid service partners are located in all 50 states, D.C., and Canada. The companies offer four free cleanings - one a month for four months. The Foundation accepts cancer patient applications online, obtains doctor verification of treatment, and then matches patients with their partner maid services. Interested applicants should see if a maid service partner is available in their area by clicking on the "Locations" tab on the Foundation's Web site (see link in Additional Resources section below). The application process is handled through the Foundation - do not contact the maid services directly.
Categories: General Living Expenses

421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
Local Phone: 757-952-0118 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-512-3861 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief (CPR) program provides co-payment assistance to insured Americans who financially and medically qualify. CPR provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients by offering co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products (chemotherapy, injections, and pharmacy prescriptions). CPR call counselors work directly with the patient, as well as with the provider of care, to obtain necessary medical, insurance, and income information to advance the application process. CPR assists patients diagnosed with certain conditions; contact the program to find out if you are eligible for assistance. Information on the Web site is also available in Spanish.
Categories: Medication (includes co-payments)

Suite 1066
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20005
Local Phone: 202-628-0123
Free Line: 1-877-422-2030 (Helpline) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance, formerly the Colon Cancer Alliance, is a national nonprofit organization that provides support to patients, survivors and loved ones. It works to raise awareness of preventive measures and to inspire efforts to fund research. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance provides a Helpline staffed by patient and family support navigators. Through the Buddy Program survivors and caregivers are matched with others in a similar situation for one-on-one support. Financial assistance is offered for screening and for treatment-related expenses for patients currently in treatment.
Categories: Colorectal, Advocacy, Peer/Buddy Programs
Additional Resources:

Mail Stop K-64
4770 Buford Highway, NE.
Atlanta, GA 30341
Free Line: 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
TTY Line: 1-888-232-6348
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) helps states and tribes across the U.S. increase colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women aged 50 years and older. Funds awarded by the CRCCP are used by states to promote colorectal cancer screening. Through this program, six states also provide direct colorectal cancer screening and follow-up services to people who meet specific criteria. Those states are: Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, and Washington. Other programs that do not offer screening services may refer to local resources for those seeking screening. Click on the link below to look up contact information for local programs:
Categories: Colorectal, Screening

Westchester County Airport
One Loop Road
White Plains, NY 10604
Local Phone: 914-328-1313 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-328-1313 (Patient Line) (Responds to calls in English only)
The Corporate Angel Network arranges over 2,500 free flights per year on corporate jets (using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business) for all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients who are able to walk up and down the steps to a private plane without assistance and do not require oxygen, IV, or any other form of life support during the flight. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary. Transportation is provided only if patients travel to or from a recognized cancer treatment center (American College of Surgeons or National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center). To obtain free air transportation, contact the Corporate Angel Network Toll-Free Patient Line or via e-mail to register within 3 weeks of a specific appointment at a recognized cancer treatment center and provide a phone number where you can be reached. Back-up travel arrangements should be made with a travel agency or airline because the Corporate Angel Network cannot guarantee a flight.
Categories: Lodging & Travel

4600 East West Highway
Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20814-3457
Free Line: Toll Free: 1-800-458-6223
CureSearch for Children's Cancer is a national non-profit foundation that funds and supports innovative childhood cancer research at all points along the research continuum from fellowships for young investigators to funding research which may lead to new treatments. The website also provides information and resources for patients and loved ones affected by children's cancer. Topics include school support, community support, grieving and palliative care.
Categories: Childhood, Support Groups

Free Line: 1-800-677-1116 (Responds to calls in 150 languages)
TTY Line: Dial “711” for relay, ask to connect to 1-800-677-1116
Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging and helps older adults and their families access home and community-based services, including transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services. The goal is to provide users with the information and resources they need to help older persons live independently and safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
Categories: General Living Expenses, Lodging & Travel
Additional Resources:

1005 Boylston Street #332
Newton Highlands, MA 02461
Local Phone: 857-636-8674
Fertility Within Reach (FWR) is a national, non-profit organization which aims to increase access to assisted reproductive treatment for those who need it. They provide education and resources to help people access infertility health benefits. FWR’s Banking on the Future program awards financial grants to cover the cost of storing reproductive cells of adolescent and young adult cancer patients (post puberty up to the age of 21) prior to treatment. For more information about this program and to access the application please visit the link below or contact FWR at the email address or phone number above.
Additional Resources:

Suite 204
1414 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Local Phone: 703-548-1225 (Responds to call in English only)
Free Line: 1-877-427-2111 (1-877-4CRC-111) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Fight Colorectal Cancer is a community of activists who find it unacceptable that colorectal cancer - a preventable disease - is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. In 2005, we were founded by survivors and family members who believed in making a difference.
Since then we have grown to be a leading, national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. known for our advocacy.
Our team plays an important role in making medical information practical for survivors and their families and provides trusted resources that guide patients from diagnosis through survivorship.
We unite the colorectal cancer community by empowering anyone impacted by this disease to share their story, advocate for better policies and get involved in the research process.
Our Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) program trains advocates who participate in the research process.
We are one million strong and we won't stop fighting until there's a cure.
Categories: Colorectal, Advocacy, Educational Programs

FinAid! The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid is a Web site that contains comprehensive student financial aid information. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site. The Web site has a page with information about scholarships for cancer patients, childhood cancer survivors, children of a cancer patient or survivor, students who have lost a parent to cancer, and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment.
Categories: Childhood, Scholarships & Camps

767 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Local Phone: 303-945-2490
First Descents offers young adults with cancer (ages 18 to 39) a free weeklong outdoor adventure experience where they will learn to surf, kayak and climb. Each session is limited to 15 participants and ensures individualized care, medical attention and an intimate experience with fellow survivors. These programs are available to young adults with cancer regardless of financial means. All program costs (food, lodging and activities) are provided free of charge. Travel scholarships are available and are awarded based on need. The programs are offered from April through October and take place across the U.S. and internationally.

Fax: 303-474-3005

Categories: Scholarships & Camps

PMB #373
16057 Tampa Palms Boulevard, West
Tampa, FL 33647
Free Line: 1-866-288-7475 (1-866-288-RISK) (Responds to calls in English only)
FORCE: Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE offers a toll-free, peer-support helpline staffed by volunteers who can discuss issues with callers, offer referrals to resources, or match callers with another peer counselor with similar experiences. FORCE also provides access to board-certified genetic counselors to answer general questions about genetics. Publications such as newsletters, brochures, and other print materials are available on the Web site.
Categories: Breast, Ovarian, Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs

1 Point Place, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53719
Local Phone: 608-833-7905
Free to Breathe is a lung cancer advocacy organization that works to increase lung cancer awareness and to fund research with the greatest potential to save lives. Free to Breathe supports a nationwide network of grassroots lung cancer advocates through its program. Information and free publications about lung cancer are available on their website including an information kit for newly diagnosed patients. One of the booklets titled, "Living with a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer" is available in Spanish.
Categories: Advocacy, Lung

4007 Kresge Way
Louisville, KY 40207
Local Phone: (502) 893-0643
Free Line: 1-866-374-3634 (English and Spanish)
Friend for Life Cancer Support Network (FFL) is a network of cancer survivors who provide one-on-one support to cancer patients and their loved ones. These services are free of charge. Friend for Life will match recently diagnosed patients with a trained volunteer who has experienced the same type of cancer and similar course of treatment. When possible, volunteers are also matched for age and gender. One-on-one support is mainly offered via telephone. Some volunteers are bilingual and services may be available in Spanish as well as other languages. Contact FFL for further details.

Categories: Peer/Buddy Programs

Suite 200
6900 North Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75024
Local Phone: 972-608-7141 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-877-968-7233 (Responds to calls in English only, 8am-5pm CST)
Good Days, formerly known as the Chronic Disease Fund (CDF), helps patients with chronic medical conditions (including cancer) who have limited financial means get access to the medications they need. Good Days helps qualified patients pay their insurance co-pays so they can get access to prescription medications. The organization assists patients throughout the United States who meet income guidelines and have valid medical insurance coverage.

Good Days also offers assistance with costs related to travel for healthcare appointments such as transportation, lodging, parking, fuel and meals.

The diseases and drugs covered may vary throughout the year depending on funding; for current information visit the website or call Good Days at the number above.
Categories: Lodging & Travel, Medication (includes co-payments)
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P.O. Box 1439
Gresham, OR 97030
Free Line: Toll Free: 1-800-542-9730
The Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc. (HHN) is a nationwide professional association of nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families, and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities. These hospital hospitality houses provide free or reduced-cost lodging. To locate lodging, contact HHN at the toll-free number or search at the link below:

Find lodging:

Categories: Lodging & Travel

200 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
Local Phone: Help Center: 1-800-318-2596 (available for questions 24/7) is the first U.S. Department of Health and Human Services central database of health coverage options, combining information about public programs (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid) with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans. Consumers can search online for health insurance options specific to their life situation and local community. also has information about the Affordable Care Act (the law which put into place comprehensive health insurance reforms). The enrollment period opens November 1 each year.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Educational Programs

Post Office Box 4133
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Free Line: 1-800-675-8416 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The HealthWell Foundation® provides full or partial financial assistance to eligible individuals who cannot afford their insurance copayments, premiums, deductibles for certain treatments, and other out-of-pocket health care expenses. To qualify for assistance, you must meet the Foundation's insurance, income, and medical criteria. The Foundation will pre-screen over the telephone and if you qualify you will be sent an application. Another option is to answer a few questions online to immediately learn if you qualify for assistance. The Foundation provides assistance for numerous diseases and medications. A full list of the diseases and medications covered is provided on the Foundation's Web site. The amount of assistance you receive will depend on your income, your insurance coverage, the amount of funding the Foundation has available for assistance, and other factors.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Medication (includes co-payments), Treatment

Room 10-105
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Free Line: 1-800-638-0742 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish); 1-800-492-0359 (Maryland residents only/Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Hill-Burton is a program in which health care facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) that received construction and modernization funds from the Federal Government must provide a reasonable volume of services for free or at low cost to people who meet eligibility guidelines. Information about Hill-Burton facilities is available by calling the toll-free number or visiting the Web site below.
Categories: Screening, Treatment

205 W. Randolph, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Free Line: 877-274-5529
Imerman Angels provides one-on-one support to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in the United States and internationally. Those seeking support are matched with someone with a similar background, either as a patient or caregiver. Matches are based on type of cancer, age, and gender. Volunteers lend support and empathy while helping patients and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options, and create their own support system. Mentors and mentees communicate in whatever way they choose; examples include connecting by telephone, email, video chat, and face-to-face.
Categories: Support Groups

Suite 316
925B Peachtree Street, NE.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Local Phone: 678-767-2955 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-425-3678 (1-866-IAL-FORU) (Responds to calls in English only); 1-800-305-0117 (Speak to a Larynx Cancer Survivor in English only)
The International Association of Laryngectomees (IAL) is a nonprofit, voluntary organization composed of member clubs and recognized regional organizations. These clubs are generally known as Lost Chord or New Voice clubs. Club membership ranges from 10 to more than 300 laryngectomees. The purpose of the IAL is to assist these local clubs in their efforts toward the total rehabilitation of the laryngectomee. The IAL exchanges ideas and disseminates information to member clubs and to the public, facilitates the formation of new clubs, fosters improvement in laryngectomee programs, and improves the minimum standards for teachers of post-laryngectomy speech. The IAL Voice Institute trains laryngectomees and prospective instructors of speech in an intensive 5-day course that emphasizes speech restoration as the central component to multidisciplinary total rehabilitation. A directory of laryngectomee-experienced speech instructors in the United States is available on the IAL Web site. Some Spanish materials are also available.
Categories: Head and Neck, Oral, Other Cancers, Educational Programs , Health Professional Referrals, Support Groups

The International Cancer Information Service Group is a worldwide network of more than 50 organizations that deliver cancer information. The ICISG strives to provide high quality information services and resources on all aspects of cancer to those affected by or concerned about cancer throughout the world. Members share information and expertise and assist groups interested in starting a CIS program. A CIS Tool Box has been developed by ICISG based on the worldwide experiences of people who are managing quality cancer information services. The CIS Tool Box may be used as a planning guide for new CIS offices and offers new ideas for improving and expanding current services. The ICISG provides a list of cancer organizations that provide cancer information in various languages including Chinese, Korean, Spanish and many other languages.
Categories: International, Health Professional Referrals
Additional Resources:

Suite 206
12650 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, CA 91607
Local Phone: 818-487-7455 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Free Line: 1-800-452-2873 (1-800-452-CURE) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure. The IMF Hotline answers questions from patients and family members and provides information about medical services, pharmaceutical access, and patient support groups. Free IMF publications include the IMF Multiple Myeloma Patient Handbook; Multiple Myeloma: A Concise Review of the Disease and Treatment Options; and the Understanding Series – treatment specific brochures on new therapies and clinical trials. The Foundation conducts Patients & Family Seminars to educate patients on the latest information about current therapies, research advances, and emerging treatment options. A comprehensive network of support groups from around the world are also available to assist patients and their families. The IMF operates Bank-On-A-Cure®, a unique global gene bank to advance myeloma research. The IMF's research grant program funds research projects around the world for both multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.
Categories: Multiple Myeloma, Educational Programs , Support Groups

6144 Clark Center Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34238
Local Phone: 941-927-4963 (Responds to calls in English only) Fax: 941-927-4467
The International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) provides encouragement and support to people with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) and offers information and education programs that address patient's concerns, and promotes and supports research leading to a cure. The IWMF offers many patient publications, including a New Patient Information Package (Info Pak). IWMF-Talk is an e-mail talklist for discussion of every aspect of WM (available in English, French, German, Spanish, Nordic Countries, U.K.). Telephone Lifeline Support provides telephone numbers of IWMF volunteers who will answer questions about their first-hand experience with specific treatment for WM. IWMF also provides telephone and e-mail network lists that connect patients and caregivers. IWMF provides funding to researchers studying a treatment or cure for Waldenstrom macrogloblinemia or related blood cancer. Information on the Web site is available in French, Spanish, and German.
Categories: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Educational Programs , Support Groups

Suite 17E
505 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
Free Line: 1-877-563-7468 (1-877-JOESHOU) (Responds to calls in English only)
Joe’s House is an online nationwide service that helps cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers. Joe’s House offers over 2,000 lodging facilities, including individual homes, hospitality houses, other nonprofit housing such as Ronald McDonald Houses and Hope Lodges, apartments, hotels, hostels, and more. You may search on the Web site to locate lodging by selecting a state, then selecting a city or healthcare facility. Information on each lodging facility is available, including complete contact information, amenities, rates, reservation methods, and requirements.
Categories: Lodging & Travel
Additional Resources:

Post Office Box 96503
Washington, DC 20090
Local Phone: 847-332-1051 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Free Line: 1-800-850-9132 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals globally. The KCA offers a variety of services: educating patients and families and helping those with kidney cancer cope with the disease, advancing medical research and providing education for physicians and nurses, and serving as an advocate on behalf of patients. Contact the Nurse Hotline to find answers to questions about the treatment of kidney cancer and referrals to physicians in the United States. The KCA Web site provides free publications, calendars for support groups and patient conferences, online forums and chat rooms, and videos and podcasts. KCA responds to calls in English and Spanish.
Categories: Kidney, Other Cancers, Advocacy, Health Professional Referrals, Support Groups

Local Phone: 914-949-5213 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-955-4572 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and services to patients and caregivers. Support services include in-person and online support groups and peer-to-peer support that links patients and their families with a trained volunteer who has experienced a similar situation. Numerous other resources include education programs, free educational materials, online support programs, and information about home-care services. You can contact LLS by phone, email or Live Chat. Callers to LLS who speak languages other than English may request the services of a language interpreter; medical interpretation services are available in 170 languages. LLS has chapter offices located throughout the United States and Canada.
Categories: Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Other Cancers, General Living Expenses, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

Post Office Box 12268
Newport News, VA 23612
Free Line: 1-877-557-2672 (1-877-LLS-COPAY) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Co-Pay Assistance Program offers financial assistance to patients in meeting their private insurance or Medicare premiums, and co-pays for prescription medication and allowable treatment costs. Only certain blood cancer diagnoses are covered by this program and they are subject to change - check the Co-pay Web site for the latest information. Prescription insurance coverage is required to qualify for this program.
Categories: Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Other Cancers, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Medication (includes co-payments)

2201 E. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78702
Free Line: 1-855-220-7777 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
LIVESTRONG helps anyone affected by cancer; patients, caregivers, family members, and friends. LIVESTRONG provides free, confidential support through education, referrals, and counseling services to help patients and their loved ones manage the physical, emotional, and practical effects of cancer. Call or visit the website to be connected with a LIVESTRONG navigator who can refer you to appropriate programs and resources. Support services include peer to peer matching, counseling, managing financial and insurance concerns, and locating local support groups.

Additional Services offered by LIVESTRONG:

LIVESTRONG Fertility is dedicated to providing reproductive information and financial support to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. The LIVESTRONG Fertility Discount Program offers assistance to men and women to help offset the costs of sperm banking or egg and embryo freezing. Fertility resources can also be found on their website by searching city, state and zip code.

Services for Young Adults
LIVESTRONG also has specialized services and resources for adolescents and young adults (15-40) cancer patients and survivors. These services include navigation services, survivorship care plans, and Critical Mass: the Young Adult Cancer Alliance. More information can be found in the link below.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Medication (includes co-payments), Educational Programs

Suite 224
354 West Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Local Phone: 484-708-1550 (Responds to calls in English only); 610-645-4567 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-888-753-5222 (1-888-753-LBBC) (Survivors' Helpline) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) aims to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. LBBC provides specialized programs and services for the newly diagnosed, young women, women with advanced breast cancer, women at high risk for developing the disease, and African American and Latina women. The LBBC Survivors’ Helpline is a national, toll-free telephone service staffed by trained volunteers affected by breast cancer. Helpline volunteers offer guidance, information, and hope. Spanish-speaking helpline volunteers are available. LBBC publishes Insight (quarterly educational newsletter), provides interactive message boards, and offers comprehensive guides, brochures, and transcripts and audio recordings of conferences. LBBC also offers education programs and services to help health care professionals counsel women affected by breast cancer. The LBBC Web site is available in Spanish.
Categories: Breast, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

62 Route de Frontenex
Geneva 1207
Local Phone: + 41 22 809 1811
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a membership organization devoted to all aspects of cancer prevention and control. UICC members from 155 countries include major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes and patient groups. These organizations serve as resources for the public and may have helpful information about cancer, treatment facilities, and financial assistance.

List of Current UICC Members:

Categories: International

701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Local Phone: 703-836-7112 (Responds to calls in English only)
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for a network of community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. The United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income stability, and health. Local United Way organizations create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. Common focus areas include helping childhood patients and young adults achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and independence, and improving people’s health. Information on the Web site is available in Spanish.
Categories: Childhood, General Living Expenses, International, Lodging & Travel, Medication (includes co-payments)
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Post Office Box 41
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0041
Free Line: 1-855-698-4223 (1-855-MY-UHCCF) (Leave a message)
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is dedicated to improving access to medical-related services for children who have medical needs that are not fully covered by their insurance. The Foundation provides grants for children (age 16 and younger) whose commercial health care plan does not cover or does not completely cover their medical services. Grant applications must be submitted online.
Categories: Childhood, Health Insurance (includes co-payments)

1000 Corporate Boulevard
Linthicum, MD 21090
Local Phone: 410-689-3700 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-828-7866 (Urology Health Line) (Responds to calls in English only)
The Urology Care Foundation supports research and education for urologic diseases and disorders. The Foundation provides information on cancers of the bladder, ureter, renal pelvis, prostate, kidney, penis, testicles, and urethra. Their website also offers an online directory of urologists. Some resources are available in Spanish.
Categories: Bladder, Kidney, Other Cancers, Other Male Reproductive, Prostate, Urinary System, Health Professional Referrals

2720 S. River Road
Suite 112
Des Plaines, IL 60018-4106
Local Phone: 630-795-1002 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-808-7866 (1-800-80-Us TOO) (Support Hotline) (Responds to calls in English only)
Us TOO® International, Inc. is a nonprofit organization offering support and education to prostate cancer patients and their families. Us TOO provides free publications, a toll-free patient support line, peer-to-peer support, more than 250 local support groups, online discussion communities, and resource kits for newly diagnosed patients. A limited selection of Spanish-language publications is available.
Categories: Prostate, International, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

80 Broad Street
Suite 1700
New York, NY 10004
Local Phone: 646-257-3000 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-877-972-1011 (1-877-YSC-1011) (Responds to calls in English only)
The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) focuses on issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers, and the medical, research, advocacy, and legislative communities to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients age 40 and younger. YSC can help young survivors find a support group, or match survivors with volunteers who’ve had a similar experience. YSC offers online resources including educational and support materials, discussion boards, and information about conferences and symposia.

Some publications are available in Spanish, and Spanish-speaking volunteers are available to serve as survivor matches in its peer-support program.
Categories: Breast, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

515 King Street
Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free Line: 1-888-245-9455
ZERO's mission is to end prostate cancer by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support to men and their families. ZERO's website provides educational information on prostate cancer, referrals to financial and support resources, and has a national database of free or low-cost prostate cancer screening sites.
Categories: Screening
Additional Resources:

Free Line: 1-800-395-5665 (1-800-395-LOOK) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Look Good...Feel Better® (LGFB) is a free national public service program that helps individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence. LGFB offers advice to cope with the appearance-related side effects of treatment through group programs, a toll-free information and referral line, self-help kits, one-on-one consultations, and brochures. The LGFB Web site contains various make-over steps, hair help, and before and after photos. The program also has a self-help brochure for men who are seeking information on appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Translators for many other languages are available to respond to calls.
Categories: International, Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Educational Programs

Free Line: 1-800-395-5665 (1-800-395-LOOK) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Look Good…Feel Better® for Teens is a hospital-based public service program created to help girls and guys age 13 to 17 deal with the appearance, health, and social side effects of cancer treatment. The program offers on-site sessions in 16 cities. A 2bMe Web site was specifically developed for teens and provides the option to privately explore the different challenges caused by cancer on their own. The Web site is divided into four main areas: “About Face”, “Head Way”, “Health Esteem” and “Social Circles." Topics include skincare, nutrition advice and information on social issues relevant to teens.
Categories: Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Educational Programs

Suite 150
888 16th Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20006
Local Phone: 202-463-2080 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-298-2436 (Lung Cancer Information Line) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish); 1-800-698-0931 (Clinical Trials Matching Service) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) is dedicated to providing support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for lung cancer. LCA programs include a Lung Cancer Information Line which provides support, information, and referrals for lung cancer patients, survivors, and their family and friends. The Phone Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer support program that matches survivors or their family members/caregivers with patients or caregivers who have gone through similar medical and social situations. LungLoveLink is a new online support community for people living with lung cancer as well as family members and caregivers. The Clinical Trials Matching Service is designed to help lung cancer patients and their families identify possible clinical trials. LCA also sponsors Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a national education and advocacy campaign; the quarterly newsletter Lung Cancer Alliance Times; and LCA Advocacy Action, where advocates can receive alerts to participate in or respond to important lung cancer issues.
Categories: Lung, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

415 Crossways Park Drive
Suite D
Woodbury, NY 11797
Local Phone: (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-789-1000 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Lustgarten Foundation is dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer. The foundation's website provides patients and caregivers information about diagnosis, treatment, research, supportive care, and organizations that provide publications, financial assistance, and support services. A free patient handbook, "Understanding Pancreatic Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers," is available in hard copy or electronically.
Categories: Pancreas, Educational Programs , Health Professional Referrals

115 Broadway
Suite 1301
New York, NY 10006
Local Phone: 212-349-2910
Free Line: 1-800-500-9976
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is a voluntary health organization devoted to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health care professionals with information on the disease. LRF’s support programs include the Lymphoma Support Network, a one-to-one peer support program that matches lymphoma patients or caregivers with volunteers who have had similar lymphoma-related experiences. Trained staff members are available to answer questions, offer individual support, and search for clinical trials on the Lymphoma Helpline and Clinical Trials Information Service. LRF’s Patient Aid Grant program provides limited assistance to lymphoma patients currently undergoing treatment for help with medical bills, transportation, temporary lodging, and childcare.

The research goals of LRF are focused on engaging and educating junior researchers and bringing together investigators focusing on specific diseases or other focal points. The Foundation has launched several special research programs, including an initiative to study mantle cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that is especially challenging to treat. The Foundation advocates on behalf of the lymphoma community to increase federal funding for lymphoma research and education, and to ensure access to high-quality cancer care for every patient.

Categories: Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, General Living Expenses, Lodging & Travel, Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

Post Office Box 19
Madison, CT 06443
Local Phone: 203-779-5034 (Responds to calls in English only)
Lynch Syndrome International (LSI) provides support for individuals afflicted with Lynch syndrome (a hereditary disorder that places a person at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and various other types of aggressive cancers), increases public awareness of the syndrome, educates members of the general public and health care professionals, and provides support for Lynch syndrome research endeavors.

LSI is an all volunteer organization founded and governed by Lynch syndrome survivors, their families, and health care professionals who specialize in Lynch syndrome. The LSI Web site has comprehensive information on diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up issues for people with Lynch Syndrome.
Categories: Colorectal, Other Cancers, Advocacy, Peer/Buddy Programs

7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
Free Line: 1-877-267-2323 (Responds to calls in English only)
Medicaid (Medical Assistance) is a jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who fit into an eligibility group that is recognized by federal and state law. Although the Federal Government establishes general guidelines for the program, Medicaid is a state-administered program, and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services. Information about coverage is available from local state welfare offices, state health departments, state social service agencies, or the state Medicaid office. The Vaccines for Children Program (VCP) provides immunization services for children 18 and under who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured, and receiving childhood immunizations through a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Clinic, or are Native American or Alaska Native. Spanish-speaking staff are available in some offices.
Categories: Childhood, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Medication (includes co-payments)

7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
Free Line: 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
TTY Line: 1-877-486-2048
Medicare is a Federal Government health insurance program that is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare is divided into four parts - Parts A, B, C, and D. Part A is Hospital Insurance and helps pay for inpatient hospital care and care at nursing facilities, hospice, and home health care services. Part B is Medical Insurance and covers doctor services, outpatient care, and some preventive services. Part C is the Medicare Advantage Plans, which allow you to get Medicare benefits through private companies approved by and under contract with Medicare (includes Part A, Part B, and usually other benefits Medicare doesn't cover). Most plans also provide prescription drug coverage. Part D is Prescription Drug Coverage and is run by private companies approved by Medicare. Medicare reimburses patient care costs for its beneficiaries who participate in clinical trials designed to diagnose or treat cancer. To receive information on eligibility, explanations of coverage, and related publications, call Medicare or visit their Web site. Some publications are available in Spanish.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Medication (includes co-payments)

250 Mapleflower Road
Glenmoore, PA 19343
Local Phone: 610-942-3432 (Philadelphia Area) (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-463-6663 (Outside Philadelphia Region) (Responds to calls in English only)
The Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) creates and supports melanoma programs for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of melanoma. Educating patients about clinical trials as well as providing funds for patient travel and lodging for clinical trials and second opinions are included in MIF’s patient services. MIF provides a hotline to help melanoma patients and their families understand their pathology, what clinical trials are available, and how to get the best palliative care. MIF also provides early detection education and teaches skin self-examination and sun safety. An online forum is available to provide community support for people with melanoma and their caregivers. MIF’s educational programs range from educating new parents through high school students. MIF also offers webinars and workplace education programs to bring melanoma awareness and education to corporations across the country.
Categories: Melanoma, Other Cancers, Lodging & Travel, Educational Programs , Support Groups

1253 Thomas Street
Seattle, WA 98109
The Merkel Cell Carcinoma (Seattle) Support Group is a non-profit organization that provides support and resources for patients and their families with this rare and highly aggressive form of skin cancer. The MCC Support Group offers phone consultations, face to face support (in the Seattle, WA area), MCC research, resources and news articles, as well as a listing of MCC Specialists nationwide.

1317 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Local Phone: 703-879-3820 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-877-363-6376 (1-877-END-MESO) (Responds to calls in English only)
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is a nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma. Services provided include a dedicated nurse practitioner who works with patients to provide current information on mesothelioma and to connect patients with mesothelioma treatment specialists. The practitioner also offers emotional support and access to community forums available through their Web site. An annual symposium offers patients, family members, and caretakers the opportunity to learn from and interact directly with the world's top experts on mesothelioma. Financial aid for medical travel is available to newly-diagnosed patients to consult with a mesothelioma expert. Contact the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to obtain a free book titled "100 Questions & Answers About Mesothelioma.” The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation also funds research projects around the world.
Categories: Mesothelioma, Lodging & Travel, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Health Professional Referrals, Support Groups

5th Floor
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Local Phone: 203-229-0464 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) aggressively funds research that will accelerate the development of multiple myeloma treatments and extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. MMRF provides information for newly diagnosed patients, patients starting treatment, and relapsed/refractory patients. MMRF has two publications, Multiple Myeloma: Disease Overview and Multiple Myeloma: Treatment Overview, available free for download from their Web site. MMRF offers a Myeloma Mentors program that provides trained and certified staff who share their experiences with multiple myeloma with patients, physicians, industry, and others in the myeloma community. The Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) is the sister organization to MMRF and partners with pharmaceutical and academic sponsors to facilitate clinical trials of the most promising investigational compounds and new combination treatment approaches for myeloma.
Categories: Multiple Myeloma, Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs

55 Madison St., Suite 750
Denver, CO 80206
Local Phone: 720-883-8715 is a nonprofit organization where cancer patients, survivors and caregivers can create free, customized websites that allow friends and family to be informed and involved in their cancer journey. A patient, family member or friend creates the site and invites guests to visit and participate in the online community. Patients can share their cancer experience and receive support via messages and photos.
Categories: Other Cancers, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

Free Line: 1-866-708-3378 (1-866-708-FERT) (FERTLine) is a Web site that provides information on the potential effect of cancer (and other serious diseases) and treatment on fertility, options for preserving fertility, and resources for discussing these issues with a doctor. The Web site features printable documents on topics such as female and male fertility options, and questions to ask your doctor prior to starting treatment. Many survivor videos are available for viewing on the site. Survivors share their experiences, decision making, and advice. Expert videos provide information on basic fertility information, common questions, and information on female, male, and childhood fertility procedures and treatment. The Web site has a physician finder resource to search for a physician who can assist with fertility preservation options. Patients can also call the toll-free FERTLine to talk to a Registered Nurse Patient Navigator who can help patients wade through the difficult decision process of fertility preservation. This Patient Navigator can also help make referrals to outside centers. The Web site is also available in Spanish.
Categories: Childhood, Health Professional Referrals

Suite 800
2301 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Local Phone: 816-783-8500 (Help Desk) (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-470-6242 (1-866-470-NAIC) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the organization of insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 5 U.S. territories. A state insurance regulator's primary responsibilities are to educate the public about insurance and protect the interests of insurance consumers, and the NAIC helps regulators fulfill that obligation. NAIC assists people who do not have insurance and also fields insurance complaints. NAIC has a Consumer Information Source (CIS) tool on its Web site that provides information on insurance companies that you can review before purchasing insurance. You can obtain information such as closed insurance complaints, licensing information, and key financial data. The Internet address for the CIS tool is listed in the Additional Resources section. Through its award-winning Insure U consumer-education program, the NAIC helps consumers evaluate their options and get smart about insurance. The Insure U Web site provides basic information on the major types of insurance: life, health, auto, and homeowners/renter’s insurance.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments)

Suite 108
20411 West 12 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48076
Local Phone: 248-358-1886 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-546-5268 (1-800-LINK-BMT) (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLink) is a nonprofit organization specifically serving stem cell transplant patients, their caregivers, families, and health professionals. The nbmtLink provides information and support services, including a volunteer peer support program, resource referrals for patients and health professionals, and educational guides, videos, and Webcasts. The free nbmtLINK Online Library contains hundreds of journal articles, booklets, and reference materials, as well as comprehensive links to additional online information. Information on how to become a donor is also available.
Categories: Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Other Cancers, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

55 Chapel Street, Suite 200
Newton, MA 02458
Local Phone: 617-924-9997
The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States. They are committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors. NBTS supports research initiatives which advance the understanding of brain tumors in order to find new and more effective treatments. NBTS provides free publications, such as "Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Brain Tumors," a resource guide that provides information on brain tumors in an easy-to-read format. NBTS also has information on their website to help brain tumor survivors and their families connect with support programs and organizations.
Categories: Brain, Advocacy, Support Groups

Mail Stop K-64
4770 Buford Highway, NE.
Atlanta, GA 30341
Free Line: 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. Screening support is provided in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 11 American Indian/Alaska Native tribes or tribal organizations. Services include clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests, HPV tests, pelvic exams, diagnostic testing if results are abnormal, and referrals to treatment. In 2000, Congress passed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act, which enables women in the NBCCEDP program to access treatment through Medicaid.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Health Professional Referrals
Additional Resources:

Suite 1300
1101 17th Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20036
Local Phone: 202-296-7477 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-622-2838 (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) is the nation's largest breast cancer advocacy group. NBCC's sister organization, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCCF), empowers and trains NBCC members to take a leadership role beside legislative, scientific, and clinical decisionmakers. Once trained, these advocates represent NBCC as they influence public policies that impact breast cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. NBCC is developing a patient-focused Web site that provides information on research, screening and risk, diagnosis and testing, treatment options, and quality of life. The NBCCF booklet, How to Get Good Care for Breast Cancer, contains essential messages about quality care and focuses on empowering patients to ask questions and learn about evidence-based care.
Categories: Breast, Advocacy

6520 Platt Avenue
West Hills, CA 91307
Local Phone: 818-992-4242 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-685-5531 (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is a coalition of women, family members, caregivers, health care professionals, and cervical cancer organizations and associations focused on providing a safe and educational place for women who have or have had cervical cancer and HPV. Services include a phone/e-mail pen pal program, toll-free hotline, parents-educating-parents program, NCCC newsletters, NCCC annual survivor/clinical awareness conferences, and speaker panels. NCCC also serves as a clearinghouse for free brochures and pamphlets about cervical cancer, cancer care issues, and cervical disease. Some pamphlets are available in Spanish.
Categories: Cervical, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

500 North Broadway
Suite 1850
St. Louis, MO 63102
Local Phone: 314-241-1600 (General) (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-532-6459 (1-800-5-FAMILY) (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) provides emotional, financial and educational support to children with cancer, their families and survivors. Types of financial assistance available include emergency assistance for living expenses, travel costs related to cancer treatment, and college scholarships for childhood cancer survivors. NCCS also provides information and support during and after treatment, including information on the late effects of childhood cancer and a list of long-term follow up clinics. Please visit the website for more details about the services offered by NCCS.
Categories: Childhood, General Living Expenses, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Scholarships & Camps, Support Groups
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Suite 770
1010 Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Local Phone: 301-650-9127 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-888-650-9127 (Responds to calls in English only); 1-877-622-7937 (1-877-NCCS-YES) (To Order Cancer Survival Toolbox®) (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is a survivor-led cancer advocacy organization. NCCS’s primary goal is to advocate for quality cancer care for all Americans and empower cancer survivors. Resources provided include the Cancer Survival Toolbox® (free, self-learning audio program), NCCS publications, Surviving with Confidence program (dispels misconceptions about chemotherapy), Cancer Care Planning, and Journey Forward (program that promotes clear steps for care and monitoring after active cancer treatment). NCCS also provides a Resource Guide, a database of organizations that can be searched based on cancer type, treatment issues, side effects, cancer-related information (e.g., long-term survival clinics), and state.
Categories: Advocacy, Educational Programs

2000 M St. NW
Suite 505
Washington, DC 20036
Local Phone: 202-677-4300
Free Line: 1-800-388-2227 (English only) 1-800-682-9832 (Spanish only)
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is the nation's largest financial counseling organization and its network of member agencies includes community-based organizations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. NFCC member agencies provide clients with comprehensive money management services based on their individual needs. Services include counseling on credit and debt matters, housing, and bankruptcy. The website offers a variety of consumer tools.

To find a local member agency, call the toll-free number or visit the link below:
Categories: Counseling, Educational Programs

Suite 100
1731 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Local Phone: 703-837-1500 (NHPCO Office) (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-658-8898 (Caring Connections Helpline) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish); 1-877-658-8896 (Responds to calls in Spanish only)
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is a membership organization representing programs and professionals that provide hospice and palliative care in the United States. NHPCO's mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end-of-life. NHPCO offers publications, information about how to find a hospice, and information about the financial aspects of hospice. On the NHPCO Web site you are able to search for hospice/palliative care programs in the United States. Caring Connections is a national consumer and community engagement program of NHPCO to improve care at the end-of-life. Caring Connections provides a toll-free number, Web site, and a wide range of free materials about end-of-life care (such as hospice and palliative care information, advance care planning, caregiving). Information on the Caring Connections Web site is provided on Planning Ahead, Caring for Someone, Living with an Illness, and Grieving a Loss. Some Spanish-language publications are available, and staff are able to answer calls in Spanish.
Categories: Advocacy, Educational Programs , Health Professional Referrals

2288 Fulton St.
Suite 307
Berkeley, CA 94704
Local Phone: 510-809-1660 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-541-3259 (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) provides education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals, and the general public by providing information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. The NLN provides referrals to lymphedema treatment centers, health care professionals, training programs, and support groups. Lymphedema garments are also available for patients who meet eligibility criteria. Limited information is available in Spanish.

Information is available on the website or via the toll-free number. If you call the toll-free number, you may need to leave a voicemail message.
Categories: Childhood, Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Treatment, Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups
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Suite 435
2501 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
Local Phone: 214-273-4200 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-888-682-7426 (1-888-OVARIAN) (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and providing education and support for women with ovarian cancer and their families. NOCC has a toll-free number for information, referral, support, and education about ovarian cancer. NOCC also offers support groups, a national newsletter, and educational materials on issues such as symptoms, risk factors, and treatment. Committed volunteers continue to build a network of NOCC Chapters throughout the country to advance the ovarian cancer awareness movement in local communities.
Categories: Ovarian, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

Free Line: 1-800-296-1217 (Patients) (Responds to calls in English only)
The National Patient Travel Center (NPTC) provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical transportation network. NPTC has information on the following types of assistance which may be available for patients and an escort:

-charitable airline ticket programs
-volunteer pilot organizations
-air ambulance coordination
-long distance ground transportation for ambulatory patients traveling for treatment (typical distance is 70-250 miles one-way)

Categories: Lodging & Travel

Post Office Box 219
Gloucester, MA 01931
Local Phone: 978-281-6666
Free Line: 1-800-503-6897 (Responds to calls in English only)
NeedyMeds is an online information resource on programs that provide assistance to people who are unable to afford their medications and health care costs. NeedyMeds has information on patient assistance programs supported by various pharmaceutical companies. These programs make drugs available for free or at low cost to patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Co-pay programs are also available for some drugs. Information on other assistance programs, such as discount drug cards, disease-based assistance (programs that help with costs associated with specific diseases), and free or low-cost clinics is also provided on the website.

The toll-free helpline (open from 9 am to 4 pm, ET) assists those who do not have access to a computer or who might need further assistance.

Categories: Medication (includes co-payments), Health Professional Referrals

Number 205
3419 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Local Phone: 949-646-8000 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) is a nonprofit organization that provides information, patient support, sponsorship of research, and advocacy related to oral cancer. A major focus of OCF is the promotion of an annual oral cancer screening and outreach to the dental and medical communities to provide this service as a matter of routine practice. OCF provides a free online Patient/Survivor Forum that is open to the public and is a message board and chat room area where you may ask questions, share ideas and opinions, and learn about other people’s experiences dealing with oral cancer. A comprehensive resource list that links to other pertinent oral cancer data on the Web and elsewhere is also available.
Categories: Oral, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

Suite 1190
910 17th Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20006
Local Phone: 202-331-1332 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-399-6262 (Responds to calls in English only); 1-800-535-1682 (OCNA Clinical Trials Matching Service) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) advances the interests of women with ovarian cancer by advocating for increased federal funding for ovarian cancer research; increasing awareness that early recognition of symptoms is the best way to save lives; and educating medical and other health care professionals about ovarian cancer diagnosis and the need to provide referrals to gynecologic oncologists. OCNA has a “Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives” program that enhances medical, nursing, and physician assistant students’ understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms and risk factors. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Clinical Trials Matching Service provides information on current clinical trials in the United States and Canada. Women can customize their searches based on a range of criteria that includes the specific ovarian cancer type, stage, treatment history, and place where she can enroll. A Clinical Trial Specialist is assigned to each caller to guide her through her confidential search.
Categories: Ovarian, Advocacy, Educational Programs

1500 Rosecrans Avenue
Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Local Phone: 310-725-0025 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Free Line: 1-877-573-9971
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is a nationwide network of people dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients and caregivers, and advocating for those affected by pancreatic cancer. PanCAN’s Patient Central provides free, personalized information, educational materials, support resources, and information on pancreatic cancer specialists and cancer centers. PanCAN’s Survivor & Caregiver Network matches patients and loved ones with volunteers who have experienced pancreatic cancer. Educational materials and services are also available for health professionals and researchers. Information on the website is also available in Spanish.
Categories: Pancreas, Advocacy, Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs

421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
Free Line: 1-800-532-5274
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national non-profit charity that provides direct services to patients with chronic, life threatening or debilitating diseases to help them access care and treatment recommended by their doctor. PAF's case management program provides one-on-one assistance to help patients, caregivers or providers resolve healthcare issues.

Educational resources that address topics such as finding financial assistance, understanding and accessing health insurance, maintaining employment and more are available on PAF's website and as hard copy publications. PAF has a Scholarship for Survivors program and awards college scholarships to individuals under the age of 25 who have been diagnosed and/or actively treated for a chronic, life threatening or debilitating disease within the past 5 years. For more details about PAF's services call the toll-free number above or visit the web page below.

Additional Resources:
Frequently Asked Questions

PAF Publications

Patient Resources

Scholarships for Survivors
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Scholarships & Camps, Legal Issues
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Suite 500
1600 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Local Phone: 703-836-4412 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-227-2732 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Prevent Cancer Foundation funds research on cancer prevention, educates the public about how to prevent cancer, and reaches out to communities across the country with resources and events, and partners with other organizations. The Foundation focuses its energies and resources on those cancers—breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin, testicular—that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or detected and treated in their early stages. The Foundation has several community outreach programs and exhibits available for community events. The Prevent Cancer Foundation has many childhood initiatives and educational programs targeting children and adolescents/young adults.
Categories: Childhood, Educational Programs

One Kroc Drive
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Local Phone: 630-623-7048 (Responds to calls in English only)
The three core programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) are the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Ronald McDonald Houses are places where out-of-town families can stay while their children are being treated for a serious illness. Families with childhood patients either stay at no cost or are asked to make a donation of up to $25 per day, depending on the house. The Ronald McDonald Family Room program provides a room located just steps from neonatal or pediatric intensive care units. Families of critically ill children can use the Ronald McDonald Family Room to rest, take showers, grab a bite to eat, and even do laundry. Through relationships with local health care providers, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program brings cost-effective medical, dental, and health education services directly to underserved children in both rural and urban areas around the world. All services are provided in a state-of-the-art vehicle built specifically for delivering pediatric health care services. RMHC also offers scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. Scholarships are for students in the United States living in areas where there are participating local Chapters.
Categories: Childhood, International, Lodging & Travel, Scholarships & Camps

101 Queen Victoria Street
Local Phone: 020-7332-0101 (National); 44-20-7332-0101 (International)
The Salvation Army International Headquarters offers a wide variety of services worldwide, including addiction rehabilitation programs, health services, social work, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters. A world map is featured on the organization's Web site that allows you to click on a country to obtain contact information.
Categories: International

Post Office Box 269
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22313
The Salvation Army fulfills its mission through community and fellowship (youth camps, Kroc centers, music), rebuilding lives (missing persons, disaster relief, prisoner rehabilitation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, fighting human trafficking), and providing comfort and support (Christmas charity, elderly services, and loneliness). You can enter your ZIP Code on their Web site to get a list of Salvation Army locations nearest to you in the United States.
Categories: General Living Expenses, Lodging & Travel, Scholarships & Camps

775 East Blithedale, #334
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Local Phone: 415-381-7236 (Responds to calls in English only)
The Sarcoma Alliance strives to extend and improve the lives of sarcoma patients through accurate diagnosis, improved access to care, education, and support. The Alliance offers financial assistance (grant maximum: $500) for expenses related to second opinion consultations. Support is available through their Peer-to-Peer Network which matches individuals affected by sarcoma with members who have had a similar experience. The Alliance also maintains a list of medical centers and hospitals specializing in sarcoma.
Categories: Other Cancers, Sarcoma, Lodging & Travel, Treatment, Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs

1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 3A
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Local Phone: 201-833-2341
Free Line: 1-866-474-2774
Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national organization which supports young Jewish woman and families facing breast and ovarian cancer. They offer a peer support network that connects women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences. They also provide support and education programs addressing advanced breast cancer, genetics, parenting, cosmetic side effects of treatment as well as programs for caregivers and those facing ovarian cancer. Genetic counselors are available to discuss family history, concerns about cancer risk and the implications of genetic counseling. Sharsheret’s programs are open to all women and men.

Categories: Breast, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

2922 Rosedale Street
Houston, TX 77004
Local Phone: 713-781-0255 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-781-1808 (Responds to calls in English only)
Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI) is a national African American breast cancer survivorship organization that addresses the breast health needs of African American women through its affiliate chapters and partnerships with existing service providers. Sisters Network has a breast cancer assistance program (B-CAP) that provides assistance to women facing financial challenges after diagnosis. The program provides financial assistance for mammograms, copays, office visits, prescriptions, and medical-related lodging and transportation. An application form to apply for assistance may be obtained by calling or sending in a request via e-mail.
Categories: Breast, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Medication (includes co-payments), Screening, Educational Programs

149 Madison Avenue
Suite 901
New York, NY 10016
Local Phone: 212-725-5176 (Responds to calls in English)
The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) is dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer through research, public education, and awareness. The Foundation’s website and publications provide information on all forms of skin cancer, detection, and prevention. SCF’s website also features a searchable database of skin cancer physicians. In addition, SCF offers physician education and training programs, supports research into new diagnostic techniques and therapies, and promotes public education programs abroad. Information is available in many languages.
Categories: Melanoma, Other Cancers, Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma), Educational Programs , Health Professional Referrals

Windsor Park Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235
Free Line: 1-800-772-1213 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
TTY Line: 1-800-325-0778
The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Social Security provides a monthly income for eligible retired persons, surviving spouses and family members, and the disabled. SSI supplements Social Security payments for aged, blind, and disabled people with little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Information on eligibility, coverage, and how to apply for benefits and file a claim is available from SSA. The SSA has a new Compassionate Allowances initiative that allows Social Security to target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that can be obtained quickly. Information on the initiative and a list of qualifying conditions are available at the Web site located in the Additional Resources section below. Information on the SSA Web site is available in Spanish and in many other languages.
Categories: General Living Expenses

117 Youth Development Court
Winchester, VA 22602
Free Line: 888-930-2707 | Fax: 540-667-8144
Special Love sponsors Camp Fantastic and other retreat programs in addition to creating a community of support for children, teens, and young adults with cancer and their families. Camp Fantastic is a week-long summer camp held in Virginia each August for children ages 7-17 with cancer. For information on Special Love’s programs and a calendar of events, please visit the website or call the toll-free number above.
Categories: Scholarships & Camps

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a state program funded by the Federal government to provide information, referrals, and counseling to Medicare recipients and their families/caregivers. Specifically, SHIP counselors provide information on Medigap policies, long-term care insurance, Medicare health plan choices, Medicare rights and protections, and assistance with filing an appeal. The programs in each state often have different names but they all have the same purpose. Services may be received on the telephone or in face-to-face counseling sessions. SHIP counselors are available in every state and in several territories. To find a SHIP counselor, go to the Web site listed in the URL field above. On the left side of the page, under "Search by Organization Name" you can select “SHIP - State Health Insurance Assistance Program” and then select a state or territory from the "Choose a State/Territory" option. Inquirers may also ask their doctor, social worker, or pharmacist about eligibility for other programs.
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments)

Free Line: 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Ulman Foundation creates a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. Ulman Navigators (available by phone & email, or onsite in Maryland & D.C.) provide a person-centered approach to patient care. They help to facilitate communication, fertility preservation, emotional and practical support. Ulman sponsors meet-ups and support groups in the Maryland/DC area, offers a national scholarship program for survivors and loved ones between the ages of 15 - 39, and a free run/walk exercise program for cancer survivors.
Categories: Medication (includes co-payments)

Post Office Box 53
Locust Valley, NY 11560
Free Line: 1-800-377-0928 (Responds to calls in English only)
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the emotional and physical needs of people with oral and head and neck cancer. The organization offers support groups facilitated by local chapters; current information on oral and head and neck cancer through its newsletter, "News From SPOHNC,"; free publications on topics such as treatment for head and neck cancer and dental care, recipes and resource guide to cope with eating challenges, and a survivor’s guide. SPOHNC also offers a National Survivor Volunteer Network, which pairs survivors or family members with volunteers who have had a similar diagnosis and treatment program.
Categories: Head and Neck, Oral, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

c/o The Nonprofit Center
89 South Street, LL 02
Boston, MA 02211
Local Phone: 617-938-3484 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-866-439-9365 (Responds to calls in English only)
Surviving And Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer assists cancer survivors in the United States between the ages of 17 and 35 with their transition into a successful posttreatment life. The foundation distributes grants and scholarships in an effort to enable survivors to pursue their educational or professional goals, as well as to help pay for living, job search, and lingering medical expenses. Examples of expenses covered include a wide range of posttreatment financial needs such as undergraduate and graduate tuition and loans, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, current and residual medical bills, fertility-related expenses, gym memberships, and transportation costs. Funds may not be available to all that apply. The SAMFund also offers outreach and information about the post-recovery transition to those approaching the end of treatment.
Categories: General Living Expenses, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Scholarships & Camps

Suite 250
5005 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75244
Free Line: 1-877-465-6636 (1-877 GO KOMEN) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is a grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. The 1-877 GO KOMEN helpline provides free, professional support services to anyone with breast health and breast cancer concerns, including breast cancer patients and their families. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has funded research grants and community-based outreach projects that focus on breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment for the medically underserved. Staff can respond to calls in Spanish, some publications are available in Spanish. A version of their Web site is available in Spanish.
Categories: Breast, Scholarships & Camps, Advocacy

Post Office Box 1545
New York, NY 10159
Free Line: 1-877-588-7904 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. (ThyCa) is a national nonprofit organization of thyroid cancer survivors, families, and health care professionals dedicated to educate, communicate, and support early detection for thyroid cancer. ThyCa offers a toll-free survivors’ line, publications, e-mail support groups, local support groups, a person-to-person network, newsletters, and conferences. ThyCa also offers a free packet of educational materials for newly diagnosed patients. In addition, ThyCa is active in raising funds and providing grants for thyroid cancer research. The organization has volunteers who are fluent in Spanish, and sections of the Web site are available in Spanish.
Categories: Other Cancers, Thyroid, Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

Free Line: 1-877-880-8622 (1-877-880-TNBC) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
The Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Helpline offers free support services to patients and families coping with a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer. The TNBC Helpline is staffed by experienced oncology social workers with specific knowledge of triple negative disease. The Helpline was launched by a partnership between the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and CancerCare, a national nonprofit that provides free counseling and education services to individuals and families affected by cancer. In addition to counseling, TNBC Helpline staff can assist callers with information on other services offered by CancerCare, such as helping patients apply for financial assistance, transportation, and other social services.
Categories: Breast, Counseling

451 Seventh Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20410
Local Phone: 202-708-1112 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-569-4287 (HUD-Approved Counseling Agencies) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
TTY Line: 202-708-1455
The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all. The primary programs administered by HUD include mortgage and loan insurance, grants to help communities with economic development, job opportunities and housing rehabilitation, and HOME Investment Partnership Act block grants to develop and support affordable housing for low-income residents. Other programs include rental assistance, public or subsidized housing for low-income individuals and families, homeless assistance provided through local communities and faith-based and other nonprofit organizations, and fair housing public education and enforcement. HUD continues to play a major role in providing shelter for America's most vulnerable populations: the working poor, minorities, Native Americans, people with disabilities, people with AIDS, the elderly, and the homeless. Information on the Web site is also available in Spanish.
Categories: Lodging & Travel

1215 East Fort Avenue
Suite 104
Baltimore, MD 21230
Local Phone: 410-964-0202 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-888-393-3863 (1-888-393-FUND) (Responds to calls in English only)
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) supports, educates, and connects young adults (ages 15-39) and their loved ones affected by cancer. UCF offers remote (by telephone and e-mail) and on-site (in Maryland and DC) patient navigation programs that provide access to support resources, treatment information, and tips on effective communication with the patient's health care team. UCF provides meet-ups and support groups in the Maryland/DC area. UCF also offers a competitive college scholarship program to young adult cancer survivors and loved ones. Applications for scholarships are available on the UCF website.
Categories: Childhood, Scholarships & Camps, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups
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