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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:
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • 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
  • 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.

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

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
Contact: 800-747-2820
Population served: Patients with Aplastic Anemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases and their families

Mission: To support patients and families worldwide living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases

Resources include:

  • Matthew Debono Memorial Scholarship Fund for students who are U.S. residents age 35 and under, diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure disease (aplastic anemia, MDS or PNH) and who meet all other eligibility guidelines.
  • Free educational materials, the latest medical and treatment information, and clinical trials information
  • Online Learning Center, with webcasts, interviews with experts, interactive learning modules, live webinars
  • Guidance for living well with bone marrow failure diseases
  • Support Connection enabling patients to talk with trained patient volunteers who share treatment experiences and provide emotional support
  • Communities of Hope: Volunteer-led local groups connecting patient and families for peer support and information exchange

Cancer Survivors' Fund
Population served: Young adult cancer survivors

Mission: To provide college scholarships and prosthetics for the benefit of persons diagnosed with cancer, receiving treatment for cancer or in remission, to give them a new purpose and meaning in life.

  • Provides scholarships for young adults to enable them to start or continue their college education
  • Provides financial help for prosthesis needs of young adults
  • Offers counsel, provides emotional support, and motivates young cancer survivors to channel their thoughts and dreams to a healthy and productive future
  • Supports young survivors to become volunteers themselves, give others courage and hope to develop a strong willpower to continue their fight with cancer.

Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation
Contact: 800-489-9812
Population served: Children with cancer and their families in Canada

Mission: Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by funding research and providing support and resources.

  • Provides scholarships for childhood cancer survivors
  • Provides Family Support Kit with information and support for families of newly diagnosed children
  • Offers a benevolent fund to assist with funeral expenses
  • Provides support groups for parents and survivors
  • Offers National Teen Network which allows diagnosed teens to get in touch with teen survivors who have experienced a similar type of cancer - parents can also speak to a teen or the teen's parents
  • Offers national newsletters, eNews and Teleconference services

Contact: Website only
Population served: Any prospective high school or college student looking for scholarship information in the U.S. There is additional information on scholarships for cancer survivors

Mission: Fastweb is an online resource for financial information when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. In addition, the website offers information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more.

  • Register for Fastweb and complete an online profile. The data collected is used to match you to scholarships
  • Fastweb is committed to providing a quality scholarship matching service while at the same time protecting the user's information.  The service remains free for students because Fastweb allows colleges and marketing partners to reach students. However, during the registration process, you can indicate whether or not you would like to be reached by these third parties.

Friends of Scott Foundation
Contact: 619-223-7268
Population served: Children with cancer and their families

Mission: To help children with cancer and their families; to ensure they receive the emotional and financial support needed to cope; to bring Childhood Cancer Awareness to the community.

  • National Scott Delgadillo Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to a few patients each year currently in treatment or cancer survivors. Recipients plan to attend technical school, vocational school, community college, or a four-year university
  • Special Events offered throughout the year for children with cancer and their families
  • Special Dreams for children who have been told by their doctors that they are losing their battle with cancer, and for children who desperately need an emotional boost to continue the fight
  • Free Books Program has volunteers visit the Oncology Unit weekly to deliver free books to children in the hospital.

Mesothelioma Group
Contact: 888-629-0613
Population served: Mesothelioma patients, families, caregivers, veterans

Mission: To help Mesothelioma patients and their loved ones by providing information and support.

  • Scholarship program available to students affected by cancer
  • Support groups for patients, caregivers and families

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation (NCCF)
Contact: 240-515-6262
Population served: Young adult cancer patients or survivors ages 18 to 35 and their families in the U.S.

Mission: To assist young adults and their families who are dealing with cancer and wish to pursue higher education.

  • Offers $1,000 scholarships for young adult cancer patients or survivors furthering their education
  • Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria
  • Program begins in March of each year.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
Contact: 800-532-5274
Population served: People in the U.S. with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating illnesses
Other language(s): Spanish, translation services available by phone

Mission: To provide professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life threatening and debilitating illnesses.

  • Offers an annual scholarship program for survivors
  • PAF Case Managers serve as active liaisons between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters as they relate to their diagnosis; may also be assisted by doctors and healthcare attorneys. PAF seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.
  • Offers PAF authored publications and content, distributes booklets and publications
  • PAF Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial assistance to insured patients who meet certain qualifications to help them pay for the prescriptions and/or treatments they need. This assistance helps patients afford the out-of-pocket costs for these items that their insurance companies require. For details, call 866-512-3861.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
Contact: 630-623-7048
Population served:  Seriously ill or injured children and their families in the U.S. and some international locations; non-profit organizations; students

Mission: To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.

  • Offers scholarships to students across the U.S.
  • 290 local chapters in 57 countries and regions
  • Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-away-from home for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost
  • Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital
  • Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles deliver pediatric health care services
  • Provides grants to non-profit organizations that also focus on the needs of children

Stupid Cancer
Contact: 877-735-4673
Population served: Young adult cancer patients and survivors, caregivers

Mission: To empower young adults affected by cancer by building community, improving quality of life and providing meaningful survivorship.

  • Formerly known as I'm Too Young For This
  • Provides listings of resources as well as books, magazines and other media
  • Offers online support groups, forums and message boards, social communities
  • Offers The Stupid Cancer Show, an international talk radio webcast
  • Presents The OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults annual oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement
  • Offers Stupid Cancer Boot Camps - evidence-based, single-topic, one-day mini-OMG! Summits hosted in your local community

The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS)
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.

  • "Beyond the Cure" Survivorship Program provides the most up-to-date information on survivorship to help survivors and their families adapt and celebrate life after diagnosis; provides college scholarship to childhood cancer surviviors.
  • Pediatric Oncology Program 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.)
  • 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
Population served:  Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 21 and 39, 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.

The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund
Population served:  U.S. citizens or permanent residents diagnosed with lymphoma or a recurrence between age 13 and graduation from high school

Mission: The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund is a non-profit corporation offering scholarship assistance to young people who are fighting lymphoma.

  • Applicants must be accepted into college or a qualified post-secondary program
  • A scholarship of $1,000 may be provided.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
410-964-0202 or 888-393-3863
Population served: Young adults aged 15 - 39 who are affected by cancer - through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one, primarily in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC areas

Mission: The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults enhances lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.

  • Provides financial assistance for individuals within the geographic region we serve. Scholarships have some national eligibility
  • Offers programs and services providing cancer support, information on health and wellness, advocacy, and education specific to young adults dealing with cancer
  • Promotes awareness through sports programs to empower individuals in the fight against cancer through active lifestyles
  • Some support provided is done in conjunction with other organizations to ensure the best outcomes.
last updated on Monday, March 02, 2015