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2-1-1
Population served: Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.
  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs

 2-1-1 Canada
Population served:
Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
Contact:
610-649-3034
Population Served: Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, young adults, healthcare professionals and researchers related to childhood cancer

Mission: To raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes-especially research into new treatments and cures-and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

  • Travel Fund offers assistance to families who need to financial assistance for childhood cancer treatment at select medical institutions across the U.S. May include help with transportation, lodging, and meals. Applications must be received on behalf of a social worker or another medical representative. For more details, click here.
  • Childhood Cancer Symposium is a free annual conference for families of kids with cancer.
  • Childhood Cancer Treatment Journal- ALSF provides a free treatment journal (hard copy or online) to families of childhood cancer. Helps parents stay organized and keep track of important information.
  • Hero Ambassador Program involves family members of childhood cancer heroes who choose to get more involved with ALSF.
  • Parent to Parent Network provides the opportunity for families to connect with one another through emails, phone calls, or in person.
  • Childhood Cancer Database Project aims to better understand how childhood cancer affects families. The goal is to measure the personal and economic impact of childhood cancer and find ways to support families through the journey.
  • SuperSibs! ALSF joined forces with SuperSibs, which temporarily suspended its direct sibling support services due to a lack of funding. To sign up for updates about SuperSibs program, click here.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: 800-227-2345
Population served: People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
Other language(s): Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese

Mission: In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

  • Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
  • Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges. For more details, click here
  • Provides education materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
  • Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
  • Look Good, Feel Better program for female adults and teens helps with self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Cancer Survivors Network, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings.
  • American Cancer Society's Wig Bank provides free wigs from limited supply to needy patients suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. Intended for those with insufficient insurance coverage for wigs. For more details, click here.

Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Contact: 302-654-6207
Population served: Families of children with cancer in the U.S.

Mission: To fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in chemotherapy; to provide emotional support and financial assistance nationwide for families of children with cancer.

  • Provides grants to minimize the financial hardship that is directly attributable to the child's illness; application form available on website.

Angel Wheels to Healing
Contact: 800-768-0238
Population served: Patients in need of ground transportation to reach medical treatment in the U.S.

Mission: To ensure that no financially stressed patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical transportation.

  • Provides non-emergency long-distance ground transportation to patients in need. The typical trip is a nominal 70-250 miles one-way

Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Contact: 800-578-5284
Population served: Cancer patients, health professionals, hospices
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission:  To provide aid to cancer patients, hospices, health care providers, and other non-profit organizations that assist the poor and less fortunate in times of illness by sending much needed products free of charge.

  • Anyone with cancer can apply via application on website, health professional signature required
  • Assistance programs include such items as:
    o Liquid nutritional supplements and vitamins
    o Adult diapers, bed pads, and exam gloves
    o Fans and seasonal gift boxes
    o Lotions and ointments
    o Food items
    o Various medical supplies and non-prescription medicine
    o Toys, clothing, and hygiene Items

CancerCare
Contact: 800-813-4673
Population served: Individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved in the U.S. affected by a cancer diagnosis
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer.

  • Door to Door Program for patients with multiple myeloma provides grants to cover transportation costs such as gasoline, taxi, bus or train fare to and from their doctor's office; must meet certain eligibility criteria
  • Oncology social workers are available for telephone counseling services to provide support, information and resources to help in coping with cancer
  • Offers online support groups and educational publications
  • Connect Education Workshops in which leading experts in oncology provide up-to-date information in one-hour workshops over the telephone or online
  • Financial assistance may be available for transportation to and from cancer treatment, home care, child care, pain medication, and lymphedema supplies (breast cancer patients only).

Cord Blood Registry
Contact: 888.CORD.BLOOD or 888.932.6568
Population served: Patients, families, caregivers
Other language(s): Spanish and Chinese

Mission: To advance the clinical application of newborn stem cells by partnering with leading research institutions to establish FDA-regulated clinical trials, exclusive to CBR families, for conditions that have no cure today.

  • Newborn Possibilities Program® offers free cord blood and tissue processing and five years of storage to qualifying families in the U.S.
  • Genetic counselors are available to discuss your family's medical history and to answer questions about how newborn stem cells might be applicable to your family.

Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS)
Contact: (866) 340-3567 United States
            +49 70 719 430 Germany
            020 3176 7620 United Kingdom
            22 882 9400 Poland
Population Served: Individuals willing to donate bone marrow and patients looking for a match worldwide
Other Language(s): Spanish, German and Polish

Mission: To delete blood cancer by empowering people to take action, give bone marrow and save lives.

  • Has over 3 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide
  • Raises awareness about the urgent need to increase the number and diversity of  bone marrow donors 
  • Provides information about registering to be a donor, organizing donor drives, and the process of donating bone marrow
  • Covers all costs for the donor during the bone marrow/stem cell donation procedure
  • Provides a suitable match of bone marrow/stem cells for the patients.

Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
Contact: (800) 500-9976
Population served: Patients with lymphoma and their families, caregivers, health professionals

Other language(s): Spanish, other languages available by phone

Mission: To fund innovative lymphoma research; to provide people with lymphoma and health professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer; to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.

  • Provides Lymphoma Helpline and Clinical Trials Information Service
  • Provides educational materials, conferences, webcasts
  • Offers limited financial assistance to patients in active treatment
  • Lymphoma Support Network is a one-to-one peer support program that matches lymphoma patients or caregivers with volunteers who have had similar lymphoma-related experiences
  • Funds biomedical research focused on the origins, treatment and identification of a cure for lymphoma
  • Raises public awareness of the disease.

Nicki Leach Foundation
Contact: 904-686-1010
Populations Served: Young adults between 18-30 who have been diagnosed with a life threatening, malignant medical condition.

Mission: To provide financial assistance to young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 diagnosed with a life threatening, malignant medical condition.

  • Funding may help with car payments, clothes, hair or makeup, purchasing a camera, computer, or travel costs.

Rise Above It
Contact: alexis.vinick@raibenefit.org
Population served:
Young Adult patients between 15-39, who are currently undergoing or actively pursuing clinical trial treatment options.

Mission: To provides financial assistance to young adult patients between 15 -39, battling cancer who are undergoing or actively pursuing clinical trial treatment options.

  • Requests may be made for medical expenses, housing costs, travel expenses as well as food, clothing and utility bills.

The National Children's Cancer Society
Contact:
314-241-1600 or 800-532-6459
Population served: Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, survivors, health professionals

Mission:  To improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.

  • Pediatric Oncology Program (POP) provides financial and emotional support to families throughout the United States during their child's cancer treatment.  Financial assistance for lodging, meals, transportation, health insurance and medical expenses not covered by insurance. (See website for specific financial eligibility criteria.)
  • The "Beyond the Cure" Survivorship Program (BTC) provides the most up-to-date information on survivorship to help survivors and their families adapt and celebrate life after diagnosis
  • Online community provides a private network for parents, caregivers and survivors of childhood cancer to connect, share and offer support to one another
  • Provides resources to healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of childhood cancer and the many challenges associated with survivorship.
  • Global Outreach Program partners with pharmaceutical companies to distribute donated cancer treatment drugs and medical supplies around the world.

The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
Contact:
617-938-3484
Population served:  Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35, finished with active treatment and residents of the U.S.

Mission: The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the U.S. as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance, in-person and online support, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and educational goals.

  • Grants cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs (must be related to the cancer experience), such as current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs
  • The 2-part application process is open in June of each year
  • Webinars provide information on a range of Young Adult issues and challenges including dealing with medical debt, employment, insurance, and fertility.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation 
Contact:
1-855-698-4223
Population served: Children age 16 and younger, who have commercial health insurance.

Mission: The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a non-profit charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of children's lives through much needed medical grants. These medical grants help improve access to medical services and items that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family's current commercial health insurance plan. 

Besides being 16 years old or younger and covered by a commercial health insurance plan, a child must be diagnosed with a current or ongoing medical need, be receiving treatment by a qualified medical practitioner in the US and meet certain financial criteria to qualify.

Grants may be provided for:

  • Help with medical services costs
  • Help with medication costs
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Costs associated with transplant
  • Air and ground transportation for medical appointments
last updated on Monday, July 21, 2014
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