Population served: Financially disadvantaged children in Canada who are facing an illness or disability
To support and enhance the physical and emotional well-being of disadvantaged children by providing products and services not otherwise provided by levels of government, insurance or other organizations. Children are usually referred to the organization by a health or social care professional.
Programs include Angel Hair for Kids and Kids Life-Line. Types of help include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
- Medical equipment (durable)
- Limited in-home nursing care or therapy
- Required short term therapies
- Ground transportation
- Parking permits for hospital visits
- Medication not covered by government or insurance
- Dental procedures not covered by government or insurance
- Specialized or needed furniture and equipment
Population served: Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, young adults, healthcare professionals and researchers related to childhood cancer
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.
- Childhood Cancer Symposium is a free annual conference for families of kids with cancer.
- Travel For Care Fund offers assistance to eligible families who need financial assistance for travel for childhood cancer treatment at medical institutions in the U.S. and Canada. May include help with transportation, lodging, and meals. Applications must be received on behalf of a social worker or another medical representative.
- 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.
- The ALSF SuperSibs program provides tools to help siblings, online activities, the opportunity to be an ambassador, and parent resources.
Population served: Residents of British Columbia and the Yukon who have been diagnosed with cancer and are referred by a physician
To cover the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, and through to rehabilitation; to reduce the incidence of cancer, to reduce the mortality rate of people with cancer, and to improve the quality of life of people living with cancer
- Operates five regional cancer centres, providing assessment and diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and supportive care
- Communities Oncology Network - a collaborative partnership with 19 community-based cancer centres, six community-based cancer services, and 10 consultative clinics across the province, in conjunction with the BC Cancer Agency’s five regional cancer centres. Supports appropriate delivery of patient care and support in 27 other community hospitals
- Pediatric Oncology Network enhances the community care of children and families by bringing multidisciplinary teams together to diagnose, manage, and follow-up pediatric patients with malignancies and blood disorders.
- Family Practice Oncology Network assists the BC Cancer Agency in its mandate to improve cancer control in the province, by providing support and connections to family physicians
- Surgical Oncology Network brings together surgeons from across BC, along with other healthcare professionals, to improve the quality of surgical oncology care
- Hereditary Cancer Program provides information, genetic counseling, and in some cases, genetic testing for individuals and families with a strong history of cancer. The HCP team includes genetic counselors, physicians, other health care providers and researchers with expertise in cancer and medical genetics
Population served: All Canadians in need of blood or blood products, including stem cells
Other language(s): FrenchMission:
To manage the blood and blood products supply for Canadians; is a not-for-profit, charitable organization.
- Collects approximately 850,000 units of blood annually and processes it into the components and products that are administered to thousands of patients each year
- Manages the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network whose mission is to secure, in an expeditious way, donors for Canadian bone marrow transplant patients and for patients abroad
- Screens every donor and tests each unit of blood or blood product collected for a variety of transmissible diseases. Ensures that Canadian transfusion medicine research and development remains at the cutting edge.
- Committed to blood safety, effective screening and testing processes.
Population served: Cancer patients and caregivers in Canada
Other language(s): French, Spanish, Chinese, Punjabi. They also have fact sheets available in Cree, Hindi, Italian, Ojibwe, Ojicree, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Ukrainian and Urdu.Mission:
The eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer in Canada; is a national community-based organization of volunteers. Programs vary by location although cancer information and support services are available Canada-wide.
- Provides information about cancer and its treatment
- Limited, short-term assistance towards cancer-related transportation, at times through a volunteer driver program
- Limited, short-term assistance for accommodation expenses, and/or accommodation at a Canadian Cancer Society lodge
- In some provinces/territories, partnerships may be able to assist with access to symptom management drugs
- CancerConnection connects people living with cancer and caregivers with trained volunteers who offer encouragement and share ideas for coping – all from their unique perspective as someone who’s been there
- The online community, CancerConnection.ca, helps people who have cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers share their experiences and build supportive relationships
- Community Services Locator is a searchable database of over 4,000 cancer-related services and resources Canada-wide.
Population served: Children and adults in Canada diagnosed with cancer
To assist children and adults who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis; to improve mental, social and emotional well-being while helping to minimize the concerns that cancer can cause.
- Camp Scholarship Program allows children in remission to reconnect with friends and activities by providing funding for a camp of their choice (sports, music, art, science, horseback riding, water skiing or other activities)
- Helping Hands Fund provides emergency bridge payments directly to utility companies and landlords, ensuring that each child has a warm, safe place to call home while recovering from cancer.
Population served: People affected by cancer in the U.S.
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To provide support, education and hope to people affected by cancer; to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
- Offers support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates and 100 satellite locations
- Cancer Support Helpline® - offers resources and emotional support via phone or live chat, and is staffed by licensed mental health professionals
- MyLifeLine - create a private, personal webpage to help keep family and friends involved and informed
- The Living Room - an online support community where you can connect 24/7 with others going through similar cancer experiences
- Group Loop – an online community designed to address the needs of teens (13-19) touched by cancer to connect to find support, education and hope while dealing with a cancer diagnosis
- Frankly Speaking About Cancer® – education series that provides trusted information on a variety of topics important to people affected by cancer; information is available in a variety of formats
- Open to Options – helps patients identify important questions about treatment options and decisions based upon personal needs
- CancerSupportSource® - a tool that assesses distress in key areas (such as sleep, nutrition, worry about the future) and provides referral and follow-up care for all patients
- Cancer Experience Registry - a unique online community that brings people impacted by cancer together to make their voices heard, connect with each other, share experiences, learn from and help others
- Cancer Transitions – an evidence-based programs for cancer survivors who have completed their treatment (in partnership with LIVESTRONG).
Population served: Children with cancer and their families in Canada
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by funding research and providing support and resources.
- Provides Family Support Kit with information and support for families of newly diagnosed children
- Provides scholarships for childhood cancer survivors
- 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
Population served: Anyone seeking information or support for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
To help reduce suffering and to improve the care and quality of life of CML patients; to provide support, education and information on CML, current and emerging treatments, and research initiatives, for people living with CML and their families.
- Helps patients access medical, mental health and wellness professionals
- Organizes quarterly meetings for information sharing
- Disseminates the latest information through the website, newsletters and periodic targeted emails
- Organizes seminars to share information from medical conferences
Population served: Patients in Canada needing assistance with prescription medications
Other language(s): FrenchMission: Drug Coverage Canada is dedicated to helping Canadians access reimbursement for prescription medications by providing information on the various types of private insurance plans, provincial/ territorial drug benefit programs, drug funding by provincial cancer agencies, and federal drug plans available in Canada.
Population served: End-of-life care resources for professionals, patients and families
Other language(s): ChineseMission:
Hospice Foundation of America provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it.
Population served: Palliative care and hospice workers
To collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.
- Works with individuals and organizations in developing multiple strategies targeted to raise awareness among the affiliates of the civil society and decision makers so that palliative care is provided and available to those individuals in need, to increase access and availability to analgesics and other medications, to increase the provision of services by adequately trained professionals and caregivers.
Population served: People diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and their loved ones, worldwide
Other language(s): Spanish, FrenchMission:
To offer mutual support and encouragement to the Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia community and others with an interest in the disease.
- Provides information and educational programs that address patients' concerns
- Promotes and supports research leading to better treatments, and ultimately, a cure
- Hosts online forum, telephone and email lifeline network
- Offers support groups for patients, caregivers and families.
Population served: Financially-disadvantaged Canadians of all ages, with a wide variety of illnesses and health issues
Other language(s): FrenchMission:
To arrange free flights for Canadians who are in financial need and must travel to healthcare.
Population served: Patients, caregivers and those concerned with lymphoma in Canada
Other language(s): FrenchMission:
To empower lymphoma patients, and the lymphoma community, through education, support and research.
- Provides education and support for individuals with lymphoma and their support network
- Funds medical research to find a cure for lymphatic cancer
- Advocates for the best treatment and care for lymphoma patients
- Promotes further research and new treatments in lymphoma and rapid access to new developments.
Population served: Patients with lymphoma and their support network
LFC provides education and support, funds medical research to find a cure for lymphatic cancer and advocates for the best treatment and care for lymphoma patients.
- Provides general and more specific information about non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphomas including causes, symptoms and information for the newly diagnosed
- Offers support groups through local chapters
- Offers information about medication reimbursement
- Offers downloadable questions to ask the physician and provides Lymphoma Newsletter
- Offers a downloadable NHL Resource Manual to track treatment and healthcare team information, provides information about disease, each subtype, staging and treatment, includes a schedule/symptom diary and journal pages
Population served: Children with life-threatening medical conditions in Canada between the ages of 3 and 18 years
Other language(s): FrenchMission:
To grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
- Grants magical wishes to children in need from coast-to-coast
- Referrals can come from family, friends, medical personnel, teachers or social workers
- Immediate family may be included in the wish experience
- The child’s doctor will be contacted for authorization that the child meets the medical criteria for a wish
- The child cannot have received a prior wish from any wish-granting organization.
Population served: People with myeloma and their caregivers in Canada
Other language(s): FrenchMission:
To provide education and support, raise awareness of myeloma and help to drive efforts toward improving access to clinical trials and new treatments
- Provides educational resources
- Offers support services to patients, families and caregivers
- Collaborates with regional and international patient groups, leading myeloma experts, hospitals, industry, research institutions, other cancer organizations and governments
- Offers national conferences, regional InfoSessions, scientific meetings
- Advocates to facilitate patient access to treatments
- Offers support groups for patients, caregivers/family including peer matching.
Population served: pediatric blood cancer patients, their caregivers, and healthcare providers specializing in pediatric catastrophic diseases worldwide
To improve the survival rates of children with catastrophic illnesses worldwide, through the transfer of knowledge, technology and organizational skills.
- Program develops partnerships with medical institutions and fund-raising organizations to facilitate the involvement of other agencies and organizations to support key programs and the education of local personnel.
- Sharing knowledge and technology with the local governments, healthcare providers, and the private sector to increase the survival rates of children all across the globe.
- Pediatric specialty committed to caring for and supporting children with cancer regardless of the family’s financial or healthcare resources.
- Clinical trials designed to provide the best available care while answering important research questions.
- Hosts visiting fellows at its campus in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Partner sites in various countries. Please see the website for more details on locations.
Population served: Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, survivors, health professionals
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
- 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.
Population served: All cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, health professionals in Canada. Locations in Ontario and Alberta.
Other language(s): Translation services available by phoneMission:
Wellspring provides a wide range of cancer support programs and services, at no charge, to meet the emotional, social, psychological and informational needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them.
- Provides information about helpful government programs as well as programs that assist in preparing people for returning to work
- Provides support through groups, short-term counseling and peer volunteers.