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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
Open to entering freshman students who have been accepted into a university or college, and who have been impacted by cancer
To offer scholarships to college students to honor the legacy of mesothelioma cancer patients
- Students will be required to submit a written essay or video about how cancer has impacted their lives; see website for additional eligibility details.
Any cancer survivor who is a US resident enrolled in an accredited university or college (includes community college and graduate school)
To provide hope and inspiration to cancer survivors by granting college scholarships and professional mentoring services.
- Scholarship application period opens November 1 and closes January 31 each year. See website for details.
- Mentorship program seeks to partner members of the community with cancer survivors who have an interest in pursuing a career within the donor’s field of expertise.
Individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved in the U.S. affected by a cancer diagnosis
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.
- 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
- Cancer Out Loud: The CancerCare Podcast features conversations with people living with cancer, caregivers, survivors, loved ones and the bereaved
- 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 for transportation, medications, home care, child care, pet care, or durable medical equipment may be available for patients in active treatment. Eligibility guidelines vary depending on diagnosis, gender and geographic location. Call for details
- Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp - a free retreat for families with children coping with the loss of a loved one to cancer
- Financial assistance for insured cancer patients in treatment in the US to help with co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment medications who meet certain financial, medical and insurance eligibility criteria. Check the website (http://cancercarecopay.org/) or call 866-552-6729 for details.
Adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors
To guide young adults with cancer to social support programs and services that can help them manage their mental healing as well as their physical battle.
- Survivorship program in Northern Michigan consists of 6 days of adventure-based learning at no cost
- Travel Assistance for young adults to attend an approved survivorship program in the US
- Annual Base2Summit Scholarship for a Michigan resident who is accepted to an accredited school of higher learning; see website for details
- Lists a variety of survivorship resources related to support, finances, legal, etc.
Children with cancer and their families in Canada
To create victories for Canadian children with cancer through investment in national, collaborative, lifesaving research, empowering education and community programs.
- Provides information and support for families of newly diagnosed children plus special events
- Provides scholarships for childhood cancer survivors
- Offers a benevolent fund to assist with funeral expenses
Students who are legal residents of the US, are enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the upcoming semester, and who have been impacted by cancer
To assist students who have been impacted by cancer, whether as a patient or by the cancer diagnosis of a family member or close friend.
- Please see website for eligibility details and scholarship requirements. One student will be selected annually to receive a $1,000 award.
Any prospective high school or college student looking for scholarship information in the U.S. There is additional information on scholarships for cancer survivors
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.
Students in the U.S. who need help paying for college or career school
The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.
- Patients receiving cancer treatment, and for six months following the conclusion of treatment, may be eligible for a deferment of their federal student loan payments. Call or check website for details and forms.
Students affected by leukemia or lymphoma and interested in pursuing a law degree in the US
To assist a current or future law student who has been affected by leukemia or lymphoma by helping to defray the cost of law school expenses.
- Offers an annual scholarship of $1,000 for law school tuition and/or books
- Applicant must submit an essay and complete online application
- Check website for additional eligibility criteria and rules.
Blood cancer patients or survivors diagnosed at age 25 or younger
To provide up to $7,500 to cover tuition for virtual or in-person vocational, two-year, or four-year post-secondary education.
- Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US or a US territory
- See website for application details and requirements.
Young adult cancer patients or survivors ages 18 to 35 and their families in the U.S.
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.
Survivors of childhood cancer, age 25 and under, and their siblings
To provide scholarship assistance to cancer survivors who plan to continue their education in college or a vocational school program.
- Offers annual renewable $5000 scholarships for survivors of childhood cancer and their siblings. Program opens in December until the end of January each year and is administered by Scholarship America.
People in the U.S. with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating illnesses
To provide professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life threatening and debilitating illnesses.
- 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
- Offers an annual scholarship program for survivors
- 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.
Seriously ill or injured children and their families in the U.S. and some international locations; non-profit organizations; students
To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
- 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
- Offers scholarships to students across the U.S.
Childhood cancer patients and survivors, and their families; healthcare professionals
To raise childhood cancer awareness, to offer programs that enhance the quality of life of children with cancer, and to fund childhood cancer research.
- Childhood cancer survivors or their siblings may inquire about possible scholarships for a college education. Call or check website for details.
- Child-life specialists and social workers may refer children with cancer and their families for a variety of local programs and activities in the South Florida area
- Helps to fund pediatric cancer research.
High-achieving college students in the U.S. who have battled leukemia or been affected by it.
To help provide a chance for students affected by leukemia to secure a better future
- Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S.
- Essay and transcript required
- Selection committee determines winner of $1,000 scholarship
- Check website for more details and to apply.
Cancer and transplant patients and families, caregivers, survivors
To improve the quality of life for cancer and transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, comprehensive resources, educational information, physician referrals, and emotional support programs.
- CancerBuddy provides a user-friendly digital experience to help people affected by cancer across the US find buddies, share experiences and resources, provide support, and build a supportive community of peers
- Clinical Care Counseling provides confidential individual and family supportive counseling, financial guidance and resource referrals for cancer, transplant patients, and family members
- Patient Navigators provide guidance and support to anyone faced with a cancer diagnosis or needing a bone marrow transplant
- Ask the Expert enables individuals to anonymously pose questions concerning transplantation and to have them answered by transplant specialists
- Lifeline Fund provides financial support to help cover the costs of donor searches, medications, home and child care services, medical equipment, transportation, cord blood banking, housing costs and other expenses associated with transplant
- Carelines provides social media tools for crowdfunding, journaling and a volunteer task calendar for anyone with a cancer diagnosis or receiving a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant
- Your Transplant Journey Handbook provides comprehensive transplant information and resources
Childhood cancer patients or survivors and their siblings in the US
To support and recognize the personal triumphs of exemplary students who have survived the cancer journey.
- Offers academic scholarships to children nationwide with cancer (or survivors of childhood cancer) and their siblings. Check website for eligibility criteria.
Students who have dealt with cancer personally, or within their families or close friends
To provide financial assistance to college students, who have been impacted by cancer, in their pursuit of higher education.
- Offers a scholarship program available to students who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma) or have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer.
- Check website for eligibility criteria and to apply.
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.
Adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors
The Ruth Cheatham Foundation (TRCF) champions adolescents in their fight against cancer, while inspiring hope and providing resources for survivors to excel throughout their lifetime. TRCF supports survivors to ensure access to higher education and completion of a degree.
- Scholarship for cancer survivors
- Education & support services for scholarship recipients
- Advocacy & outreach