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Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug, and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older adults and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth, and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
People diagnosed with a cancer in the U.S.
A coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges.
- Facilitates communication and collaboration among member organizations
- Provides information via the website regarding existing resources and linking to other organizations that can disseminate information about the collective resources of the member organizations
- Advocates on behalf of cancer patients who continue to bear financial burdens associated with the costs of cancer treatment and care.
Individuals in the United States with looking for assistance in finding a Community Action Agency
Community Action Agencies (CAA) are local non-profit organizations intended to promote self-sufficiency, primarily funded through the federal government. Programs administered include Head Start services for children, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) utility grants, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grants, and other emergency financial assistance and community services.
- Use the website to search by zip code or call to find your local agency
Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 21 and 39, finished with active treatment and live in the U.S. (no legal resident status required)
Expect Miracles Foundation's Samfund Grants Program 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, Expect Miracles Foundation 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 car payments and repair, rent/mortgage supplementation, dental, cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, continuing education expenses, laptops, utilities, family-building expenses, and basic needs such as groceries and gas
- Applications are offered twice each year in the Spring and Fall (usually around January and September)
- Webinars and other resources provide information on a range of Young Adult issues and challenges including dealing with medical debt, employment, insurance, and fertility.
Cancer patients and their families within the 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and U.S. territories
Dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment.
- Delivers financial education, resource navigation, and emergency relief funds to patients and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis.
- Patient must have a cancer diagnosis; be in active treatment or have completed treatment within 1 year; receive treatment within the US, Puerto Rico or US territories; be represented by a healthcare professional from the treatment center who can confirm diagnosis and treatment information.
Individuals and families facing cancer in the United States
To improve the lives of those affected by cancer
- Offers financial assistance to individuals with blood cancer; see website for eligibility criteria.
- Offers comfort kits to individuals with any type of cancer.
- Provides HeadtoHead peer support services to individuals with any type of cancer.
- Provides additional local support services and resources in Philadelphia, PA and New York area hospitals.
Financially challenged homeowners
Helps homeowners navigate financial challenges and avoid mortgage foreclosure.
- Guides consumers onto the path of sustainable homeownership and develops innovative solutions to preserve homeownership
- Provides comprehensive financial education and confidential foreclosure prevention counseling.
Families whose child is under the age of 21 and diagnosed with a pediatric cancer before age 18
To be a leader in childhood cancer research and advocacy while providing financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling cancer.
- Provides financial assistance for a variety of needs to pediatric cancer families while the child is undergoing treatment; social worker from treatment facility must apply on behalf of the family
- Works with funeral homes to provide assistance towards memorial costs for children whose battle with cancer has ended
- Funds pediatric cancer research.
Low income-eligible individuals and families
LIHEAP assists low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes paying a high proportion of household income for home energy, in meeting their immediate home energy needs. The program, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded by grants appropriated from the federal government. Each State has its own form and rules for applying for energy assistance.
- If the applicant meets certain income guidelines and other criteria, the local LIHEAP office may provide: help paying heating or cooling bills; emergency services in cases of energy crisis, such as utility shutoffs; and low-cost home improvements, known as weatherization, that make the home more energy efficient and lowers utility bills
Payments are usually made directly to local utility companies or vendors; the payment amount is figured according to the size and type of home, as well as type of fuel.
People needing financial assistance
To provide assistance, up to $200.00 for those who are able to demonstrate a financial need. NetWish will issue gift certificates or provide payments directly to pay bills. Apply online.
Families with kids fighting cancer anywhere in the United States
Helping kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support.
- Programs include Orange Envelope, All-Star Fund, and PACK Experience. Each program has its own set of eligibility requirements, please see website for eligibility requirements and how to apply for support.
Children with any type of cancer and their families, supporters, researchers
To empower volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.
- Become a Rally Researcher- Supports research projects affiliated with Children's Oncology Group or supported by the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Awards one year research grants through a rigorous competitive peer review process.
- Rally Family Emergency Fund- Offers financial assistance for children under age 21 in current cancer treatment. Fund has an annual cap of $500 and a lifetime cap of $750. Funds may be used to cover a patient's cancer-related medical bills or other family costs related to treatment, e.g. transitional housing.
- Become a Rally Kid- Personal stories of cancer patients and survivors, which are inspirational and encourage everyone to Rally in our efforts to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
- Rally Athlete Training Team- Provides independent athletes with personalized fundraising pages and the opportunity to run for a Rally Kid.
Families of children with cancer in the U.S.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation has four areas of focus: financial assistance, childhood cancer research, awareness and spreading positivity
- Provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer (application form and eligibility criteria are on the website)
- Fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in treatment protocols
- Increase awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for increased research funds
- Spread the B+ Message of being positive
Residents of the United States with a diagnosis of AML
To promote awareness of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and the vital need for bone marrow donors, and to provide financial and emotional support to AML patients.
- Offers financial assistance grant to AML patients in active treatment through the Katie Wesley Fund.
Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, survivors, health professionals
To improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.
- Provides financial and emotional support to families throughout the United States during their child’s cancer treatment. Financial assistance includes transportation fund and emergency assistance fund (See website for specific financial eligibility criteria.)
- The "Beyond the Cure" Survivorship Program (BTC) provides the most up-to-date information on survivorship to help survivors and their families adapt and celebrate life after diagnosis
- Online community provides a private network for parents, caregivers and survivors of childhood cancer to connect, share and offer support to one another
- Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation; call or see website for details
- Provides resources to healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of childhood cancer and the many challenges associated with survivorship
- Global Outreach Program partners with pharmaceutical companies to distribute donated cancer treatment drugs and medical supplies around the world.