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9500 Euclid Avenue
CA-53
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)
4thangel@ccf.org
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 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
programdept@abcdmentor.org
ABCD provides free, customized breast cancer information and one-to-one emotional support for patients, families and friends. Working as a complement to the medical team, the Mentor Matching Program connects people seeking help with someone who has gone through a similar experience. These highly customized matches pair people with the same diagnosis and treatment plan who also have common interests, personal traits and family dynamics. Additional support is available through its Breast Cancer Support Center. Online resources provide information on a variety of topics, including treatment and research, advocacy, financial challenges, and survivorship. Phone and online resources are available in Spanish. Callers may need to leave a message.
Categories: Peer/Buddy Programs

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)
info@abta.org
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 NW
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)
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. In addition to providing a wide variety of services and programs for cancer patients, family, friends, and caregivers, the ACS also supports cancer research, advocacy, and education. The Cancer Helpline, available 24 hours/day, connects callers with trained staff that can help answer general questions about cancer, recent diagnoses and treatment. Cancer Information Specialists can also provide information on support services and assist in finding local and national financial assistance programs.

Information is available in both English and Spanish, with select topics available in 11 other languages.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and programs may have been suspended. For up-to-date information on available services, visit the Support Programs and Services web page or contact the ACS at the phone number above.

ACS programs and services include:
Health Insurance Assistance Service: health insurance specialists provide information for those 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
Online Support Communities
Reach to Recovery: breast cancer support
Road to Recovery: rides to treatment
tlc (Tender Loving Care): catalog and website of hair loss and mastectomy products
Categories: Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Lodging & Travel, Medical Supplies, Wigs, Prostheses , Medication (includes co-payments), Screening, Treatment, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups
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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)
info@cancerhopenetwork.org
The 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 diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and overall demographics (age, gender, etc.). Talking About Clinical Trials (TACT) offers clients an opportunity to connect with volunteers that have been through a clinical trial. In addition to over-the phone support, LiveChat is available online. Support services are available in English and Spanish.
Categories: Peer/Buddy Programs

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)
info@cbtf.org
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

Suite 1066
1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1066
Washington, DC 20005
Local Phone: 202-628-0123
Free Line: 1-877-422-2030 (Helpline) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
info@ccalliance.org
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that provides support to patients and families, caregivers, and survivors. It works to raise awareness of preventive measures, and to inspire efforts to fund research. Online resources provide information on screening, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, as well as a variety of support services and information on financial assistance programs (including screening and treatment-related expenses). The Buddy Program matches survivors and caregivers with others in a similar situation for one-on-one support. Over-the-phone and online resources are available in English and Spanish.
Categories: Colorectal, Screening, Advocacy, Peer/Buddy Programs
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16057 Tampa Palms Blvd W
PMB #373
Tampa, FL 33647
Free Line: 1-866-288-7475 (1-866-288-RISK) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
info@facingourrisk.org
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, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, colorectal and endometrial (uterine) cancers. 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 website.
Categories: Breast, Other Cancers, Ovarian, Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs

4003 Kresge Way
Ste 100
Louisville, KY 40207
Local Phone: (502) 893-0643
Free Line: 1-866-374-3634 (English and Spanish)
staff@friend4life.org
Friend for Life is a network of cancer survivors and caregivers trained to provide free one-on-one emotional and psychosocial support to persons recently diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones. A wide array of criteria may be considered in matching clients and volunteers, such as type of cancer, treatment, age, and gender. One-on-one support is mainly offered via telephone, though other points-of-contact may be arranged. Volunteer support is available in several languages, including Spanish, French, and German.
Categories: Peer/Buddy Programs

1700 K Street NW
Suite 660
Washington, DC 20006
Local Phone: 202-463-2080
Free Line: 1-800-298-2436 (Lung Cancer Helpline)
support@go2foundation.org
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (formerly the Lung Cancer Alliance) is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with or at risk of lung cancer. Through the Lung Cancer Helpline, callers can access free one-on-one support, educational materials, guidance on screening, treatment and clinical trials, referrals and a variety of other resources. Programs include peer-to-peer support, support groups and online patient communities, clinical trial matching, webinars, and monthly presentations. Most resources, including their Helpline, are available in English only.
Categories: Lung, Screening, Treatment, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

3 International Drive, Suite 200
Rye Brook, NY 10573
Free Line: 1-800-955-4572 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
infocenter@lls.org
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 local support groups, online chat, an online patient community, and peer-to-peer support that links patients and their families with a trained volunteer who has experienced a similar situation.

Additional resources include educational programs, publications, home-care services, financial assistance, and information tailored to caregivers. Information specialists are available over-the-phone to assist with questions related to diagnosis and treatment, financial and social challenges, and support. Information is available in Spanish, with language interpretation 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, Health Insurance (includes co-payments), Medication (includes co-payments), Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

40 Monument Road, Suite 104
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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) (Breast Cancer Helpline) (Responds to calls in English)
mail@lbbc.org
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) aims to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and support. Tailored content is available for individuals at high risk for developing breast cancer, as well as for those newly diagnosed, in treatment, or years beyond treatment. Online resources include interactive message boards, webinars, guides and brochures, and transcripts/audio recordings of conferences. Additionally, resources are also available for select demographics, including younger women, Latina women, the LGBT community, and men with breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Helpline is a national, toll-free telephone service staffed by trained volunteers affected by breast cancer, and offers guidance, information, and support. Online resources are available in English and Spanish.
Categories: Breast, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

115 Broadway
Suite 1301
New York, NY 10006
Local Phone: 212-349-2910
Free Line: 1-800-500-9976
helpline@lymphoma.org
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)
info@lynchcancers.org
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

1615 L Street
Suite 430
Washington, DC 20036
Free Line: 1-877-363-6376 (1-877-END-MESO) (Responds to calls in English only)
info@curemeso.org
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is a nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma. The Meso Foundation aims to provide up-to-date information on the disease and its treatment, as well as to connect patients and families with specialists, support resources and community. Mesothelioma experts are available over-the-phone and via email. Patients traveling for an initial consultation and those enrolled in a clinical trial may be eligible for reimbursement of travel-related expenditures.
Categories: Mesothelioma, Lodging & Travel, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups
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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)
info@nbmtlink.org
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

PO Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Local Phone: 818-992-4242 (Responds to calls in English only)
Free Line: 1-800-685-5531 (Responds to calls in English only)
nccc@ashasexualhealth.org
The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving women with, or at risk for, cervical cancer and HPV disease. Its mission is to promote prevention through education about early vaccination, Pap testing and HPV testing, when recommended. Services include access to online educational materials (publications, videos and webinars), a variety of patient and family support resources, and information on free/low-cost Pap testing. Some resources are available in Spanish.
Categories: Cervical, Screening, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs , Support Groups

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)
nln@lymphnet.org
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)
nocc@ovarian.org
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

Number 205
3419 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Local Phone: 949-723-4400
info@oralcancerfoundation.org
The Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) is a nonprofit organization that provides information, patient support, research, and advocacy on oral cancer. Online materials include detailed information on risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancers, as well as access to a free Patient/Survivor Forum. A comprehensive list of resources is available to help patients find additional information, including: support organizations, financial assistance, governmental agencies, private cancer foundations, and cancer treatment and research centers.
Categories: Oral, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Peer/Buddy Programs

1500 Rosecrans Avenue
Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Local Phone: 310-725-0025 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
Free Line: 1-877-272-6226 (1-877-2-PANCAN) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
info@pancan.org
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. PanCAN provides patients, loved ones and healthcare professionals with free, in-depth and personalized resources and information on pancreatic cancer, including support services, such as:

Survivor & Caregiver Network, matching patients and loved ones with others who have been in their shoes
Clinical trials searches
Know Your Tumor® precision medicine service
Educational webinars
Lists of pancreatic cancer specialists
Local activities and opportunities to connect with others in the community

Information is available in English and Spanish.

PanCAN’s Patient Registry also gives patients and caregivers the opportunity to help advance research by sharing their experiences in an online database.
Categories: Pancreas, Advocacy, Educational Programs , Health Professional Referrals, Peer/Buddy Programs

775 East Blithedale, #334
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Local Phone: 415-381-7236 (Responds to calls in English only)
info@sarcomaalliance.org
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
info@sharsheret.org
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

Post Office Box 53
Locust Valley, NY 11560
Free Line: 1-800-377-0928 (Responds to calls in English only)
info@spohnc.org
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

Post Office Box 1545
New York, NY 10159
Free Line: 1-877-588-7904 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
thyca@thyca.org
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

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)
info@ulmanfoundation.org
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: Childhood, Scholarships & Camps, 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)
info@youngsurvival.org
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
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