Free Resources For Cancer Patients

Here are a list of free resources for cancer patients below that I have come across in my adventures and travels through Cancer Land.  I plan to add to the list as I become aware of other opportunities.  It is my hope that this list will be a source of blessing and encouragement to others going through treatment.  If you are aware of other free resources/fun opportunities for cancer patients , please add them in the comments section to this thread on the website. 🙂

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http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization partnering with maid services to offer free professional house cleanings to improve the lives of women undergoing cancer treatment.

When I signed up, a very gracious owner of a maid service (who was volunteering her services in honor of her Mom) cleaned my house four times free of charge while I was going through chemo. It sure was nice to have a sparkling clean house when I was so exhausted and not feeling well.

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Our family was selected to participate in a free, one week retreat at a “Little Pink House of Hope” in N.C. in September 2012. The vacation was like a great big hug from the Lord: absolutely FABULOUS!  Here’s the web site: www.littlepink.org

 

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http://www.campkesem.org./

This a a great , free week long overnight summer camp for kids with a parent with cancer (or who has died from cancer). It is held in different states by University students who support it through fund raisers and who run the whole thing. This past year they opened it to kids up to age 16. (The web site I just checked that is linked above says it is up to age 13 so I don’t know if there’s a change so I sent an email to inquire). I believe the application process begins in January for camp next summer–we squeeked in at the last minute before camp started because I heard about it late. Apparently slots fill up fast usually.

This is an awesome camp experience: the Camp Kesem my girls attended in Florida is usually used as a Girl Scout Camp. It had a zip line, rock climbing wall, boating, swimming pool, air conditioned cabins, all sorts of fun activities along with no-pressure sessions where kids could open up about their feelings about cancer if they wanted to and were able to connect with peers with similar experiences. It was a fun and refreshing time for two of my children who participated. Kids are welcome to attend more than one year and the couselors seemed outstanding.

Our kids go through so much right along with us, what a blessing to have an outreach addressed specifically to their needs!

I got a reponse from my email to a Camp Kesem director re: age eligibility I mentioned above . Here it is copied and pasted below:

“No change for next year. You don’t mention which chapter you are part of,
but I can assure you that if your chapter had teen camp this summer, they
will have it next year too.

Camp Kesem was originally created for children ages 6 to 13. Over the past
12 years, as the organization has grown – and as chapters grow, and our
campers grow up – Camp Kesem has added Teen Programs for 14 to 16 year olds.

We are in our third summer of Counselor in Training Programs (17-18yrs olds)
at several chapters too. The CIT program was developed by two teen campers
who wanted a way to bridge the gap from being “camper” to becoming a
“college student leader.” They are both now in college and volunteering as
student leaders to create Camp Kesem for the next generation of campers.”

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The “Look Good, Feel Better Program is a “cheerin’ uppin” sort of thing to do during cancer treatment whether you are into wearing makeup under normal circumstances or not IMHO.

http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/

“Look Good…Feel Better is available free of charge in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Look Good…Feel Better holds group workshops that teach beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Look Good…Feel Better also offers programs for teens, individual consultations in select areas, Spanish language and Spanish/English programs, and a Web site for men undergoing cancer treatment. Since 1989, Look Good…Feel Better has served more than 800,000 women in the United States and is supported by more than 15,000 volunteers.

Group Programs

Group programs are step-by-step makeover learning sessions led by cosmetology professionals using products donated by the cosmetic industry. Each two-hour, hands-on workshop includes a 12-step skin care and makeup lesson, nail care techniques, and professional advice on how to deal with hair loss using wigs, scarves, hats, hairpieces, and other accessories.
Patients at various stages of treatment receive personal attention and take home instruction booklets and complimentary cosmetic kits in shades that match their skin tones. Each year, more than 50,000 individuals participate in small groups of five to 10 that create a sense of support and community.
Group programs are offered nationwide in comprehensive cancer centers, hospitals, local American Cancer Society offices, and other community settings. Find a local group program via the link above.
One-on-One Consultations

One-on-one consultations are offered in salons in some areas by Look Good…Feel Better volunteer cosmetologists using the individual’s own makeup as learning tools.

Self-help Materials

Self-help materials, including a video or DVD and instructional booklet, are available to those who cannot locally access Look Good…Feel Better. Please call 1-800-395-LOOK (5665) to request a kit in English or Spanish.”

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Here’s another beautiful blessing available without cost:

http://www.goodwishesscarves.org/index.html

Info from their web site:

Our Mission

“Our mission is simple: to provide free of charge, one beautiful It’s a Wrap© or Good Wishes Scarf to anyone experiencing the thinning or loss of hair as a result of illness or treatment. Our goal is to in some small way ease their journey, provide a small bit of comfort and share the power of positive thinking and good wishes with these individuals on their path to healing and recovery.
How It Works

When possible, we ask people, or their friends and loved ones, to choose three or more fabrics that suit their taste and style and then contact us through our online request form, by phone (888-778-5998) or e-mail (info@goodwishesscarves.org). We then send a wrap or scarf in a fabric of their choosing directly to these individuals along with the support and Good Wishes of all of our staff!. If someone does not have access to the internet, we are more than happy to talk with them about their pattern and color preferences to select something beautiful for them. [Shipping may take 3-6 weeks depending upon stock and demand. International requests will need to pay shipping costs only.]”

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This sounds like a boost during the rigors of chemo:
I know some folks that signed up for Chemo Angels and they really enjoyed the encouragement and support during cancer treatment.
“Chemo Angels is a volunteer organization dedicated to adding a ray of sunshine to the lives of those undergoing IV chemo treatment. They believe people going through the physical, emotional and mental rigors of chemotherapy deserve lots of encouragement.Since their service is provided through the postal mail, your location is unimportant. They have many international patients and volunteers as well.”

http://www.chemoangels.net/In%20the%…ic_stories.htm

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Many American Cancer Society offices offer free wigs, hats and scarves, mastectomy bras, and breast prosthetics to help patients cope with the changes in appearances that come with cancer treatment.
1-800-227-2345.
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Someone I know received some free hats during chemo through this organization:http://www.heavenlyhats.com/heavenly…ts/default.asp
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Oct 2012 Offer:
(The offer also includes the washing and styling of wigs for cancer survivors)
Here’s a photo of Barbie after her free visit to the JC Penny Salon in October   She’s gone through  chemo-induced menopause like so many of us.
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I saw the resource but don’t know anyone who has used this service:HOPE LODGEhttp://www.cancer.org/Treatment/Supp…opeLodge/indexQuote from their website:”Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away – an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.
Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. Accommodations and eligibility requirements may vary by location. To find out more about a Hope Lodge, please select a location below. If there is not a Hope Lodge in your area, please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for more information. Also you can visit Joe’s House for additional lodging resources or enter your zip code on cancer.org’s Find Local Resourcespage and select the category/Announcements
  • Hope Lodge Staff Awarded National Certification—August 2012
    House Professionals certification recognizes professional competence and quality of services provided to Hospitality House Guests.
    Hope Lodge Volunteer Receives Prestigious Award–April 2012
    Volunteer Tangerine Zielinski has donated approximately 8,000 hours of his time to the American Cancer Society and our mission.
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Here is an ad I saw:
“If you are a woman of reproductive age & a US citizen who has received a new cancer diagnosis and wish to undergo fertility preservation PRIOR to the start of cancer treatment, you can now receive certain FREE fertility medications.

Walgreens and Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. are collaborating to provide free access to certain fertility medications (specifically Bravelle, Menopur, and Novarel) and educational resources including informational guides detailing how cancer treatment affects fertility, access to highly specialized nurses, multimedia materials outlining potential fertility options patients may wish to discuss with their physician, and specialized modules to teach injection training.
Have your physician call Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy at 888-347-3415 with a verbal prescription and the medication will be shipped via UPS to either the physician’s office or the patient. “

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Air Fare:Air Care Alliance (ACA). Provides listing of nonprofit organizations, nationwide, that fly patients to treatments at no charge. 800-296-1217; www.aircareall.orginfo@nationalpatienttravelcenter .org; Charlee@patienttravel.orgCorporate Angel Network, Inc. (CAN) Free airfare for cancer patients who can walk and travel without life-support or medical attention. www.corpangelnetwork.orgNational Patient Travel Center Helpline Gateway leading to options to pay airfare as well as for ground transportation for trips up to 300 miles to get to and from treatment. 1-800-296-1217; info@nationalpatienttravelcenter.org; http://www.patienttravel.org/Air Charity Network
877-621-7177
www.aircharitynetwork.orgAir Charity Network matches people in need of free air transportation to health care facilities.Kid’s Wings
810-599-8765info@kidswings.orghttp://www.kidswings.orgKid’s Wings provides free air transportation to children’s families who are in financial and inmedical need of treatment at distant facilities.
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http://curechief.com/kathy-speaks-fr…-means-to-her/The Story of CUREchief ® (Copied and pasted from their website)“It began with some very special people… My daughters Steph and Allie and my best friend Patti. The girls are into the hottest of fashion, and my friend Patti has survived cancer. This simple little triangle of fabric, that we have named the “CUREchief”®, brings HOPE and warm and fuzzy feelings around the world to cancer patients as well as those with Alopecia and other conditions that may cause hair loss. Both children and adults wear the CUREchief®, on their head like a kerchief, or around their neck as a cool scarf. Every CUREchief® is handmade by volunteers, who we refer to as “Caring People Brought Together Through Fabric”® CUREchiefs® are delivered to people of all ages. They are a constant reminder that they are in the thoughts of others who care, and that they are not alone.”
***to insure delivery of your complimentary CUREchief you must make a $5 donation to cover their costs for shipping & handling. ***
The CUREchief Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 charity ——————————-

 

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Casting For Recovery

(I got to do this in the midst of cancer treatment and it was a blast! :))

http://castingforrecovery.org/wordpress/home/

WHAT WE DO

  • Offer a 2½ day retreat for 14 women per retreat, at no cost to participants.
  • Provide fly-fishing instruction and breast cancer information in a setting that helps lessen isolation, providing a recreational activity with both physical and emotional benefits
  • Help participants go forward optimistically with new knowledge and new friends
  • Provide an experience that promotes coping and problem-solving skills
  • Provide methods to gain self-esteem, network, make new friends, and learn new skills as a commitment to the future.
  • Provide a forum to broaden understanding about breast cancer treatment and enable sharing among participants

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….Passing along some info I hope is helpful. to others…

What a BLESSING to cancer patients in these areas of the country! :)
“Angie’s Spa Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds FREE (in-hospital) massages and other integrative medicine services to men and women undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. These services are designed to alleviate painful side effects, provide relaxation to enhance traditional treatments, and give cancer patients a self-esteem boost.
Angie’s Spa is a funder only. We are not a retail spa, but rather a non-profit foundation that funds accredited programs in qualifying cancer centers. We distribute a Request for Proposal to the Cancer Center or Integrative Medicine Department of a hospital interested in applying for a grant. Those Centers design their own programs that if funded, will use their own staff or outside contractors. If the Center is selected then we enter into a contract with them. They submit an interim and final report and we are in touch with them regularly for advice and feedback and visit the Center at least once a year, sometimes quarterly depending on the needs and requests of the Center. The Centers also administer a questionnaire to the patients that provide them and us with feedback. They promote and publicize their program and we encourage them to fundraise for it. All the money received in any fundraiser goes directly to their program.
Angie’s Spa prides itself on the fact that 100% of our donations go directly toward the patients services at each hospital program. This is possible due to the generosity of the hospitals assuming all overhead costs and pro bono services for the establishment and day to day operations of the organization.
We post current articles in the support of cancer patients using therapeutic massages and other treatments. Please visit the Research In the News section under Calendar and News on this website for more information as well as our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter @angiesspa.Program Descriptions
New Grants awarded for 2012-2013 are as follows:1. Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge, CA- $40,000, a continuing grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages for men and women with any type of cancer, inpatients and outpatients. In addition Northridge has been offered a matching fundraising grant of up to $3000.
2. Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT- $25,000, a contiuning grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages, acupuncture, reflexology and yoga for all as well as manicures and haircuts for inpatients.
3. Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY- $7500, a continuing grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages and reiki for outpatients undergoing chemotherapy.
4. Health Alliance Hospital of U Mass Medical Center, Fitchburg MA, $15,000- a new program providing FREE therapeutic massages, acupuncture and therapeutic yoga for outpatients http://healthalliancefoundation.org/…nds-Sinon.aspx
5. MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX- $21K for a continuing grant to provide FREE massage therapy and Acupuncture services for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Services also offered to caregivers of patients.
6. University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center Deerfield Beach, FL-$20K grant to provide FREE therapeutic massages to outpatients.”

(Copied and pasted from: http://angiesspa.org/)

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33 Responses to Free Resources For Cancer Patients

  1. Kathy Geiger says:

    Paula,
    You are magnificent! You are so gracious and dedicated to helping others. I will ask my oncologist if there is someplace that this list may be hung so others can benefit from it as well.
    I had my last herceptin treatment on October 10. Then turned around and had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand on October 15. I am recovering nicely and get the bandages off October 26. Hopefully I will get some regular feeling back in my hand soon, God willing.
    I HOPE and pray that this finds you and your family doing well.
    God Bless. Lovingly, Kathy

  2. Paula says:

    http://firstdescents.org/

    This looks like sooooooooooo much fun to me! I’m past their age guideline at 54 but I called and inquired about the age restriction and spoke to someone at First Descents who said to apply anyway, that there is talk that they might expand that in the future. My friend went on a surfing weekend recently with them and loved it. The description below is copied and pasted from their website. Fellow Cancer Survivors: anybody here go on one of these trips already or interested in going? First step is to apply!
    Paula

    “First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.
    Our programs are all over the country and range anywhere from 2 days to 1 week. Any young adult with cancer is eligible regardless of physical challenges, diagnosis or prognosis!”

    • Paula says:

      http://www.athletes4cancer.org/programs

      “Athletes 4 Cancer is dedicated to enriching lives through the healing powers of the elements and the outdoors as a way to move forward after cancer.

      Camp is open to young survivors who have been diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 40. Camps are FREE for survivors to attend! On occasion, we host special trips where a fundraising component may be required. Participants must arrange and cover their travel to camp.

      We believe that every survivor should have access to the healing characteristics that the elements and the outdoors offer. Athletes 4 Cancer creates life-changing experiences for cancer fighters and survivors through outdoor adventure programs that challenge, support, and inspire individuals to rebuild their lives after cancer.

      We recognize an immediate need for viable resources and survivorship-focused programs in our community. Cancer survivors face unique challenges after cancer, with life turning upside down physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Cancer may have spared these individual their lives, but the scars left behind are often more severe than the fight itself.

      A4C introduces fighters and survivors to the snow or ocean environment, empowering them to find healing and achievement through surfing, standup paddling, outrigger canoeing, snowboarding, and other outdoor adventures. Our goal is to transform survivor outlook on life, empower them to find confidence to thrive, succeed and inspire others facing cancer to do the same.

  3. Paula says:

    Here are some more free resources, services, and “stuff” for cancer patients:

    http://www.bethesdaskincare.com/press/detail.php?magazine=76

    Free bar of Bethesda sunscreen soap to cancer patients
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    This resource that looks great to me:

    http://www.indiegogo.com/CancerRelief
    “You Can Thrive”
    Free Integrative services in New York City (Interesting brief video clip of survivors)

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    Copied and pasted from: http://www.magnoliamealsathome.com/

    “Magnolia Meals at Home™ is a free meal delivery program that provides nutritious meals for patients living with breast cancer and their families. Currently, the program is for patients who live within a predefined area of Rockland and Bergen Counties, NJ, Westchester County, NY, and Andover, MA, and is a partnership between Magnolia: the Eisai Women’s Oncology Program, CancerCare, Cancer Support Community and Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA).
    Breast cancer treatment is often accompanied by challenges, which can make it more difficult to manage everyday tasks, such as food shopping or preparing meals. But meals with loved ones are important for everyone to come together, enjoy one another’s company and strengthen the family bond. Magnolia Meals at Home is a meal delivery program that aims to help patients by providing nourishing meals to households affected by breast cancer so loved ones can spend more quality time together.
    Through the program, currently being piloted in and around Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and Andover, Massachusetts, participants will receive up to 6 monthly home meal deliveries, each of which will include up to 7 meals that are designed to meet the nutritional needs of people living with breast cancer, and up to 10 meals for family members.
    Magnolia Meals at Home is brought to you by The Eisai Women’s Oncology Program – Magnolia, in collaboration with CANCERcare, Cancer Support Community (CSC) and Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)

    Enrollment in Magnolia Meals at Home is Simple and Direct!
    Magnolia Meals at Home is being piloted in and around Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Andover, MA. Metastatic breast cancer or breast cancer patients in these areas are eligible to enroll if they meet at least one of the following criteria*+:
    Currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy
    Underwent chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the last 3 months
    Has been discharged from a hospital (admission was cancer related) in the last 3 months
    Receiving adjuvant or neoadjuvant treatment
    *This can include men or women diagnosed with breast cancer
    +There are no requirements for financial need to participate in the program “

  4. Paula says:

    http://www.bethesdaskincare.com/press/detail.php?magazine=76
    Free bar of Bethesda sunscreen soap to cancer patients

    http://www.cupwithlove.org/
    “The Cup With Love Project was founded in a living room, over a cup of tea and amongst good friends. Inspired by simple, but thoughtful acts of kindness bestowed upon her during her cancer treatment, Cup With Love founder, Molly Ximenez was inspired to share that same compassion with newly diagnosed cancer patients. The concept of gifting a tea cup to those on a cancer journey, or those whose lives have been impacted by cancer, grew from these humble beginnings and today has profoundly touched the lives of individuals world-wide.

    Molly’s vision lead to the formal creation of “the Cup With Love Project” in 2005, as a recognized not-for-profit organization. Since then, the Cup With Love Project has collected cups, wrapped and provided those gifts of love to thousands of cancer survivors undergoing treatment. Thanks both to the continued efforts of Molly and a band of loving volunteers, the same acts of compassion and kindness continue.

    Sacramento, California (USA)-based, the Cup With Love Project serves to empower those traveling through their cancer journey with love and hope, by letting them know they are not alone and that they have the inner strength to fight the fight through the Cup With Love Project community.”

  5. Paula says:

    Tips for managing the financial cost of caregiving

    http://www.curetoday.com/index.cfm/f…-of-caregiving
    BY ELIZABETH WHITTINGTON | JUNE 24, 2009
    “In Hard Times, caregivers learn the cost of cancer caregiving can be both expensive and surprising. Not only do caregivers and patients deal with lost wages, co-pays, and deductibles, but also the hidden costs, such as travel expenses, support services, and special meals, in addition to time spent on researching, coordinating appointments, and endless hours on the phone with insurance companies. Caregivers who don’t live with the patient must also factor in time away from work or their own family, possible travel and lodging expenses, and paid help when they are away from the patient.
    Here are a few financial tips to get caregivers over the hump:
    1. Set up a free website, such as CaringBridge, Lotsa Helping Hands, Share The Care, and the Patient/Partner Project, for your support team (and have them invite their friends and family who can help!) to let them know when you need help with child care, transportation, meals, errands, and other services. Many times people want to help, but they don’t know how to ask or what to do. Having a list of needs available to everyone will prevent 15 calorie-rich casseroles on your doorstep the first week.
    2. Several organizations offer free or discounted rates for travel and lodging if a patient must travel for treatment. Corporate Angel Network offers free rides for patients traveling to treatment. Joe’s House offers discounted hotel rooms, and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers free lodging for patients and caregivers.
    3. Tap into services that help pay for cancer care, such as the Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief and various drug assistance programs.
    4. It may take time, but it’s worth keeping insurance statements, bills, and medical records organized. Follow a strategy to make sure you’re getting the most out of your insurance plan.
    5. Take advantage of tax exemptions for cancer expenses, including mileage and transportation costs associated with treatment.
    6. It may take some searching online, but there are grants and services available through various local organizations that may help pay for child care, house cleaning, transportation, and other basic needs. Your local hospital and non-profit cancer organizations may also have information on these services.
    7. Look into services and grants provided by non-profit organizations that focus on your cancer type. For example, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides financial assistance to patients in significant financial need, and the Colorectal CareLine Financial Aid Fund provides assistance for travel, lodging, and child care.
    8. Don’t hesitate to flash the “cancer card” sometimes, even if the patient is past treatment. Ask about special discounts provided by companies for products or services used during cancer treatment. Many airlines offer discounted rates if traveling to a specific hospital. Childhood cancer survivors (and children of adult cancer survivors) are eligible for specific college scholarships from various organizations.
    Know any other tips to help shoulder the finanical burden of cancer caregiving? Please add your own!”

  6. Paula says:

    Copied and pasted from: https://www.thelydiaproject.org/secure/requestatote.asp

    Lydia totes are always free of charge to any woman currently undergoing any kind of cancer treatment anywhere in the world, and include twelve months of ongoing support as needed. Requests for recipients outside the Augusta, GA area are asked to pay shipping charges. . Each tote is unique and constructed by dedicated volunteers. The tote will include a card with your name as the requestor and will be shipped the next business day.

    Tucked inside each handmade bag is an inspirational journal, lotion, and other supportive items. In the front pocket is a card indicating the name of the volunteer seamstress as well as a prayer request card.

    All information regarding the tote recipient is kept confidential. If she would like further support she may return the Prayer Request Card enclosed in her tote. On this card women may list specific prayer concerns and ask for notes, phone calls and e-mails from the Lydia support team. *Please note: Totes are not mailed within the Augusta, GA area. If you are requesting a tote for yourself or someone who lives in the Augusta area, please come by the office at 2501 McDowell Street or call the agency at 706-736-5467 (weekdays 9am-3 pm M-F) to request local delivery. A Lydia volunteer will bring the tote directly to you or your loved one.

    Emergency Relief ServicesOften women coping with cancer need financial help as they struggle to afford insurance co-payments, do not have drug coverage, or temporarily lose their income while fighting their illness. At The Lydia Project they are not alone. Lydia’s Emergency Relief Services provides funds to help stop evictions and utility shut-offs or help with prescription costs for women coping with cancer. This service was implemented with seed funding from the CSRA Women in Philanthropy.

    To be eligible for this program women must reside in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, or Richmond County and currently be receiving treatment for cancer.

    Two services are available:
    Up to $500 for past due rent/mortgage and/or utility bills
    Up to $150 for prescription drug assistance at Barney’s Pharmacy

    Women referred to Lydia also receive a handmade tote filled with encouraging items and monthly correspondence if the recipient chooses to request ongoing support.

    To Apply for Funds
    Physicians can complete and sign a Emergency Relief Services Referral Form and fax completed form to 706.736.5142. A staff member will promptly follow up on the request. Individuals or physicians with questions please e-mail contactus@thelydiaproject.org

  7. Paula says:

    For survivors in the greater seacoast NH/ME area: http://mybreastcancersupport.org/whowehelp.htm
    (Copied and pasted from the website)

    How We Help:
    “Working with the hospitals in Portsmouth, Exeter, Dover, York and the Cancer Care Center of York County, we provide the following to patients right here in the Greater Seacoast area:
    Gas cards, dinner gift certificates and movie passes through our Hope Chest program
    Assistance with household needs (cleaning, groceries, repairs)
    New Patient Gift Bags that include Breast Cancer Journey Planners, scarves, relaxation CDs and other comforting gifts
    Children’s books that help them to better cope as their parent goes through breast cancer
    Travel scholarships to breast cancer conferences and retreats
    Outings that bring local patients together
    A social networking website called Seacoast Breast Cancer Connection where seacoast area patients can connect with other local patients outside of their own treating hospital
    A database of Support Pals willing to talk with a patient or even sit with them during a treatment
    We will even fulfill a last wish …

    And the BreastCancerStories.org website continues to be a comforting way for a patient to read, write and share their story with loved ones and with one another.

    We also remain so very thankful to the individuals and organizations who donated gifts and services to the patients as well! See a list of those who have helped!”

    ©2013 BreastCancerStories.org * info@mybreastcancersupport.org * 603.759.5640
    PO Box 1576 * Portsmouth, NH 03802-1576

  8. Paula says:

    Link to free stuff for women with breast cancer in New Zealand:
    http://breastcancernirvana.co.nz/free-stuff/
    (Info from the site copied and pasted below)

    “1. The Government’s Bra and Prosthesis Subsidy
    The Breast Prosthesis Service Payment is payment to people who have undergone a partial or full mastectomy, either unilateral or bilateral, and/or have undergone a lumpectomy, have congenital needs, or have had failed reconstructive surgery, as specified by a specialist or general practitioner. The service payment is available to cover the cost of the following items only:

    breast prosthesis or breast forms (these may include standard breast forms, swim form, foam filler, shell prosthesis and lumpectomy shells)
    special bras to hold the breast prosthesis or breast forms
    surgical bras and normal bras
    modifications to bras to hold a prosthesis or breast form
    prosthetic nipples.
    The entitlement is $613.33 (GST incl) per side for a four-year period. You may claim any amount up to the total amount of $613.33 (or $1226.66 for bilateral) at any time during the four-year entitlement period.

    Please talk to your Breast Surgeon, Breast Nurse, the Ministry of Health or your local specialist bra and prosthesis fitter for more information. See the following resources from MoH, Breast Cancer Support and Breast Cancer.Org for more information:

    2. The Government’s Subsidy for Wigs and Hairpieces
    This Wigs and Hairpiecess Subsidy is a payment to people who suffer from serious hair loss because of a medical condition or from certain cancer therapies. The payments are to reduce the cost of purchasing and maintaining a Wig or Hairpiece or other related products. The service payment is available to cover the cost of the following items only:

    Wig or Hairpiece
    headwear (hats, turbans etc).
    If you are an adult (18 years or over), the amount you are entitled to depends on whether your hair loss is permanent or temporary. If you are under 18, your entitlement is the same whether the hair loss is temporary or permanent.

    For adults (with temporary hair loss), the entitlement is $408.88 (GST incl) over a one-year period. You can claim all of or part of your $408.88 entitlement at any time over the one-year period.

    For further information, talk to the Cancer Society, your Breast Nurse, the Ministry of Health or a wig supplier recommended by the Cancer Society.

    3. Look Good Feel Better (LGFB)
    Look Good Feel Better is a free service offered to women undergoing treatment for cancer. LGFB helps restore and enhance the appearance of cancer patients during and after treatment. During a two and a half hour workshop, attendees are shown by trained cosmetic volunteers how to cope with the physical side effects of their treatment, such as dry flaking skin and pigmentation changes.

    They are taken through a step by step skincare and make-up regime, and given guidance on how to apply cosmetics to help camouflage loss of eyebrows, eyelashes and skin colour fluctuations. For more details, please contact LGFB or the Cancer Society.

    4. Casting for Recovery Retreat (CFR)
    Casting for Recovery provides retreats at no cost to participants, which allow people whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn to fly fish.

    It offers participants an opportunity to experience the peace and solitude and the chance to be in the moment that fly fishing provides. The retreat also incorporates a range of other services to promote well-being. The 2.5 day retreat weekend is one of fun and support with the mission of our trained volunteers being that of empowerment and achievement to whatever level you are capable of. Contact Sherrie, the Director at Casting for Recovery.

    5. Book: Life Happiness…& Cancer by Phil Kerslake
    Phil Kerslake wrote Life, Happiness…& Cancer in 2005 after recovering from his sixth cancer battles. This book shows the reader how to use action and attitude to support their recoveries illustrating:

    How to cope much better with a cancer battles
    What being ‘a fighter’ really means
    What being an ‘active patient’ involves in practice
    How to turn faith and hope into verbs and wishes into actions
    How to run a life path audit that will feed your will to live
    How to live in accordance with your own way of ‘being, relating and creating’ to support recovery prospects and to improve your quality of life
    To create a life with more balance, meaning and fulfilment.
    Phil Kerslake’s Book-For-Patients Programme aims to make free copies of his book available to patients at locations where they are receiving their diagnoses, treatments, or support. The Programme has already resulted in around 6,000 copies being donated for the benefit of patients in Wellington, Auckland and Central Otago. In Wellington, the book is available for those going through cancer treatment from the Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington Hospital. Please also see Phil’s website.

    6. Silky pillows
    Silky pillows are crescent shaped, satin covered pillows available free for women who have had breast surgery to protect the underarm area. They are so soft and soothing when healing. Available from the Cancer Society and through the surgical wards.

    7. Funky purses for drains
    There are little cute material purses made to fit drains post-surgery. So if you have a drain (or even four as I did), you can hide the drains in the purses and go for a walk. These are available through the Surgical Ward or through the Cancer Society.

    8. Sweet Louise : Positive Lives with Breast Cancer
    Sweet Louise supports women with secondary breast cancer. They provide information, practical help and therapies to assist in living a positive life with breast cancer. For help and more information, please contact http://www.sweetlouise.co.nz/ or call their free phone 0800 112277.

    9. BCAC Step by Step Support Pack
    BCAC’s Step by Step support pack is free to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand

    A diagnosis of breast cancer is a life-changing moment for over 2700 New Zealand women every year. If you are one of these women – BCAC and the Step By Step support pack are here to help. The information contained in each pack will help women understand their diagnosis, empower them to ask questions of their medical team and so make informed choices about their treatment options.

    Each Step by Step pack contains:

    An information booklet about breast cancer, treatments, support organisations and other useful resources.
    A diary to organise medical and treatment information, record appointment times and note down any questions women may wish to ask their medical teams.
    A journal for recording personal thoughts, with inspirational messages from other women who have experienced breast cancer.
    To order your free Step by Step support pack, please complete the form on BCAC’s website.

    10. Transport to Hospital Appointments
    The Cancer Society runs shuttles and a volunteer driver programme so please contact the Cancer Society for details.

    The Red Cross also run community health transport shuttles. In Kapiti, the phone number is (04) 298 4316 (donation/koha appreciated).

    11. Support for Carers and Partners
    The Cancer Society provides a range of support services and programmes for carers and partners as well as cancer survivors. The Cancer Society also provides free individual counselling and support groups for carers and partners.

    The Cancer Society’s Support Services
    The Cancer Society has many roles and one of them is to provide a range of support services for people with cancer and their family/caregivers.

    The Cancer Society offers a number of excellent, free support services which give you:

    Cancer Information
    Support from cancer specialists
    Peer support and networking with others affected by cancer
    Practical support during treatment and
    Post-treatment support services

    1. Cancer Information
    The Cancer Society has New Zealand’s largest sources of information about cancer and its effects. They have a range of cancer resources including:

    Booklets and information sheets on cancer types, treatments, living with cancer etc.
    A library with the latest cancer related books, magazines, tapes, videos, DVDs and CDs.
    A Cancer Information Directory and recommendations to credible internet sites.
    A quarterly Cancer Society magazine (CanTalk) with articles on recent research and support services.
    An online forum (called CancerChat NZ) and Facebook page.
    Specialist advice from cancer nurses on-site.
    Workshops and courses on cancer and wellbeing e.g. A course on practical ways of living well, building self-knowledge, self-confidence and self-help skills for anyone affected by cancer or survivorship (the Living well education programme).
    Information and resources are available:

    In person. Visit your local Cancer Society office, talk to a cancer nurse or participate in a workshop.
    Phone the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER (226 237) and/or talk to a nurse.
    On the website. Download resources on the Cancer Society website http://www.cancernz.org.nz/, visit the online forum Cancer Chat NZ or check out their Facebook page.
    Email the Cancer Society at admin@cancer.org.nz or a specialist nurse on info@cancersoc.org.nz.

    2. Support from Cancer Specialists
    It is really helpful to talk to people specialised in working with those affected by cancer and really understand your situation. The Cancer Society provides the following cancer specialists for you to talk to:

    Cancer Nurses. The Cancer Society provide a telephone support help line on 0800 CANCER (226 237) staffed by experienced cancer nurses. Or visit in person or email a nurse on info@cancersoc.org.nz
    Counselling. The Cancer Society provides cancer specialised counsellors, psychologists and therapists at no cost. Phone the Cancer Society for an appointment.

    3. Peer Support and Networking with Others Affected by Cancer
    It can be great to talk someone going through a similar cancer experience to you. The Cancer Society provides a number of ways to do this e.g. support groups, courses, workshops, by phone and an online forum:

    a) Support groups (called Can Support) provide the opportunity to discuss (in small groups) experiences and concerns with others who have cancer. All groups are facilitated, meet monthly and invite guest speakers at times.

    b) Courses, programmes and workshops. The Cancer Society provides a number of courses and workshops for those affected by cancer. These are great for education and also allow you to meet others experiencing the cancer journey.

    c) Telephone support. The Cancer Society has a peer networking service (called Cancer Connect NZ) where you are linked to a person who has had a similar cancer type to you and can assist you in your cancer journey. If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with cancer, and you’d like to talk to someone who has been through a similar experience, contact the Cancer Society 0800 CANCER (226 237).

    d) An online forum. The Cancer Society has an online support forum (called CancerChatNZ) where you can talk to people with similar experiences, ask questions, and share information anonymously. CancerChatNZ offers a safe and supportive on-line forum connecting people through their experience of cancer. If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, please visit the forum. All posted messages are viewed by Cancer Society moderators.

    Please contact your nearest Cancer Society for information, check the website or read the latest edition of CanTalk.

    4. Practical Support During Treatment
    The Cancer Society provides some fantastic practical support services for those affected by cancer. These include:

    Transport to hospital appointments with volunteer drivers
    Free car parking while at hospital appointments
    A place to wait and unwind between appointments in the Cancer Society rooms
    Accommodation during treatment
    Financial assistance (short term)
    Advocacy and help with work, budget, travel and family issues
    Coping with cancer side effects: Help with makeup, hats and wigs through Look Good Feel Better
    Massage (fees on a sliding scale)
    Lymphedema assessment and management clinic ($15 per session)
    Silky pillows to help make you comfortable after breast and underarm surgery and
    Hospital orientation/familiarisation tours
    The Cancer Society also offers excellent educational and support programmes depending on where you are in New Zealand. These include:

    A course on practical ways of living well, building self-knowledge, self-confidence and self-help skills for anyone affected by cancer or survivorship. This course is called the Living Well education programme and includes information on cancer, nutrition, relaxation, stress and communication.
    Art therapy and writing
    Workshops on nutrition, medications, complimentary therapies etc.
    Dealing with fatigue, stress management, sleep and relaxation courses
    Exercise programmes such as:
    The Lebed Method (a programme called Healthy Steps)
    Tai Chi Qi Qong
    Nordic walking
    Aqua-aerobics

    5. Post-treatment Support Services
    The Cancer Society provides a range of support services for those who have completed cancer treatment (cancer rehabilitation):

    The CanNow – Moving Forward programme is an end of treatment programme to promote improved wellbeing. The programme offers one on one cancer specialist advice provided by a cancer specialist nurse following treatment for early breast cancer. You are able to discuss your concerns and regain direction and energy for life after cancer. Email info@cancersoc.org.nz or phone the Cancer Society.
    Counselling is also available from the Cancer Society.
    Additional client services are available in some divisions and centres. Please call or email. To find out more about any of the services available in your area, contact your local Cancer Society or call the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER.”

  9. Paula says:

    http://www.imermanangels.org/

    Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors. These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.

    Imerman Angels is a federally registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    Mission
    Imerman Angels provides personalized connections that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

  10. Paula says:

    Crickett’s Answer for Cancer

    http://crickettsanswer.startlogic.com/

    (Copied and pasted from the website)

    “Crickett’s Answer for Cancer is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization* that was formed in memory of Crickett Julius, who passed away in October of 2006, only four months after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 39. As her mother and cousin, we founded Crickett’s Answer for Cancer to support women with breast cancer. We provide wigs, mastectomy and lymphedema products, massage, facials, and other pampering services, as a way to help women feel feminine and beautiful despite losing their hair and/or breasts.

    A woman with breast cancer often feels a loss of her identity and self-esteem as a woman, but may consider these frivolous items for which she should not spend money. Like many women, she may be busy caring for her children, family, and possibly even her own parents… all at once. As a result, she may place herself last on the priority list. Crickett’s Answer for Cancer reminds women with breast cancer to care for themselves too, as feeling good about themselves and having time for relaxation are important for healing, and for managing life with breast cancer. By providing no-cost products and services, we honor these courageous women with breast cancer, as well as the memory of Crickett Julius.

    We rely on the kindness and generosity of our supporters, including a number of hair stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians who so graciously offer their services to the patients we serve. You may also support our cause by becoming a volunteer, placing a coin collection canister in your business, sponsoring our golf tournament, or making a tax-deductible donation to Crickett’s Answer for Cancer. In each of these ways, you CAN make a difference in the life of a woman with breast cancer. If interested, please contact us for more information.

    ~~Requests for assistance are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact us to ensure that we can honor your request at this time.~~

    *Crickett’s Answer for Cancer is a registered 501(c)(3) public breast cancer charity as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Our tax ID # is 37-1571067. All donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law”

  11. Paula says:

    Circle of Hope

    “Financial support is granted to clients who meet the criteria and is used to alleviate expenses associated with breast cancer treatment.1 Breast cancer patients who cannot afford expenses associated with the treatment of breast cancer due to financial hardship are at a serious disadvantage. Circle of Hope believes that by easing the burden of debt, a breast cancer patient can focus on recovery. Circle of Hope may provide support for:

    Circle of Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit breast cancer organization located in Santa Clarita Valley, California. We are dedicated to making a difference today, for a brighter future tomorrow. Circle of Hope is the only breast cancer organization in the Santa Clarita Valley that provides financial, emotional, and educational support services for uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer, their families, and the local community. We have helped over 130 clients to date, issuing over $100,000 in financial support.About Circle of Hope, Inc.

    Doctor/Facility Co-payments
    Insurance/COBRA Premiums
    Chemotherapy/Radiation Costs
    Pharmacy Expenses
    Second opinions
    Circle of Hope offers emotional support in the form of its Breast Cancer Support Group. Meetings are held monthly at the Circle of Hope office. The support group is free and open to all breast cancer patients and survivors. Each month will cover a different topic to help guide a breast cancer patient through the treatment process. The Breast Cancer Support Group aims to offer a positive and caring environment. Support group participants are paired with mentors, survivors who have completed breast cancer treatment, to provide personal encouragement and assistance with individual concerns.

    Team Pink is a cancer awareness and community outreach program developed by Circle of Hope. Acting as the educational support branch of the organization, Team Pink promotes healthy eating, exercising, balancing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight. These behavior choices are associated with cancer risk reduction and early detection.

    We are devoted to helping local individuals in our community–clients must live in, work in, or receive treatment in Santa Clarita Valley. 100% of the proceeds raised and donated are used to give back to the SCV community and support its breast cancer patients and their families.”

    (Copied and pasted from the we bite: http://www.circleofhopeinc.org/)

  12. Paula says:

    About Deliver the Dream
    http://www.deliverthedream.org/about-us
    (Application is on web site)

    “Our Mission
    Through consistent advocacy, stewardship and productive partnerships, we will deliver highly effective programs that enable those undergoing crisis or chronic illness to regain strength, mend spirits and become families and kids again.

    The Need
    Almost all families are touched by illness or crisis during the course of a lifetime, but some families are struck particularly close to home. When a child develops a life-threatening disease, or a parent is diagnosed with a debilitating illness, the impact on the entire family is intense and often overwhelming. Sadly, families facing serious illness or crisis have little opportunity for respite from the stresses of their daily lives. While there are many camps that assist children facing illness, there are very few programs specifically designed to help the entire family unit. That is why Deliver the Dream Family Retreats are so important. Our program helps meet a vital need for families struggling to endure during times of crisis.

    August 16-18, 2013
    “Families who have a parent with cancer”
    The Florida FFA Leadership Training Center – Haines City, FL

    Contact Deliver the Dream
    Deliver the Dream, Inc.
    3223 NW 10th Terrace, Suite 602
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

    Phone: (954) 564-3512
    Fax: (954) 564-4385

    1-888-OUR DREAM (687-3732)
    E-mail: contact@deliverthedream.org

  13. Paula says:

    http://theloveyoushare.org/ (For cancer patients in New York State)

    “The mission of The Love You Share is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients in need while they are receiving treatment. The hope is that by sending a gift card from a local grocery delivery service and reimbursing patients for transportation costs to and from hospital and doctor appointments, The Love You Share will be able to make life easier, even if only for a short time, for someone who is fighting for life.
    On October 23, 2013, the organization, The Love You Share, was granted Federal Tax Exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, all contributions made to The Love You Share are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
    Please understand that since The Love You Share is a newly formed, small non-profit organization and is currently finalizing the details of its operations, we are only able to address applications for service in New York State at this time. In addition, as The Love You Share has just been officially initiated, it may take time for us to respond to you.”

  14. Paula says:

    http://www.circleofhopeduluth.org/
    (direct quotes copied and pasted below from this web site)

    Our Primary Missions:
    Circle of Hope is located out of Duluth, MN and is an organization committed to serving breast cancer patients in northern Minnesota and northern
    Wisconsin. It is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization serving the public interest of helping people of any age in poverty and financial distress with a breast
    cancer diagnosis.

    Our mission is achieved in several ways.

    1. We pay payments for breast cancer treatment bills from designated funds that have been raised from fundraisers, third party fundraisers, small grants and designated donor money. These payments are paid to the providers of the services not to patients. They fill out the paper work.

    2. Circle of Hope has set up a fund for paying bills to help breast cancer patients with rent/mortgage, utilities, food and gas cards. Bus passes are also available.
    The money from this account comes from donations, fundraisers, third party fundraisers and grants. A large grant for this purpose solely came The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Minnesota affilate. This is a 7 page application with a cover letter initiated by a social worker or financial worker. This is for Minnesota residents of northern and middle Minnesota.

    3.Sometimes other organizations specify a donation for patient bill paying. There is limited money for Wisconsin but there are always new donors who want to help the cause. It is best to call and ask.

    Circle of Hope is committed toward helping people with a breast cancer diagnosis by improving their lives. Financial assistance will be given to patients as
    the funds are provided and clients qualify.

    This group is on hold at the moment: Circle of Hope has a support group called “Circle of Support” which is for any breast cancer survivor and/or gynecological patient. Supporters will be included if there is room if confidential matters are not being discussed. Gynecological patients will be given help in this
    new start up initiative by being a part of the Circle of Support group and participating in various activities of their choosing.
    Personalized 1 on 1 conferences: At this time, someone can meet with you on an individual basis. If you would like personalized time or 1 on 1 time to discuss any issue call and we will set up a time that we can meet you. It maybe in the office or we can go out for coffee. We have a resource library of materials.1.218.525.1905, ask for Peggy or call our office at 1.218.464.1626.
    A partnership of ours: abcd-after breast cancer diagnosis-the power of one-to-one, Take Your Breast Cancer Journey With Someone Who’s Been “In Your Shoes.”Call 1.414.977.1780 or 1.800.977.4121, You can get immediate support from beast cancer survivors, helpline mentors, be lined up with individualized matches from Match Mentors, and they can even connect you with more resources. This is a free service. Also check out their website at: http://www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org

    Circle of Hope is exclusively educational and charitable.

    (Approved by the Board on 7/2/12.)
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    Breast Cancer Treatment bills include breast cancer surgery, oncology/chemo, radiation, dental work (related to chemo), lymph edema expenses and
    prescription loophole drug coverage Payments are made to the providers of services. Patients need to apply for help. Circle of Hope is often the last
    payee in the process. They help those in financial distress and poverty. There are income guidelines and criteria.

    There are a couple of ways patients can apply. A client can fill out the grant form online, get the form at their clinic/hospital or call or have the forms
    sent in the mail (218.525.1905 or 218.464.1626). Bills must be submitted with the application or sent in the mail with the Authorization For Use or
    Disclosure of Information Form. The forms need to be filled out by the patient as these are legal documents.

    How does the block grant treatment payment program work? Financial help will be given based on the application and meeting specific criteria from
    a grid developed from the application. Patients should always go through their clinics and hospitals to see what financial resources are available first. After
    this procedure, clients should contact Circle of Hope. This organization follows H.I.P.P.A. policies, adheres to patient privacy and pays directly to
    providers for breast cancer treatment services.

    What are other resources that are available to breast cancer patients?
    Other resources include financial help with bills (rent/mortgage, utilities, gas cards. bus cards, and food cards). More money is available in Minnesota.
    If you would like to donate, let us know by sending your donation in the mail or adding a donation by credit card online. These applications will be available
    through clinics/hospitals, as there are specific people who need to fill out portions before the patient fills out his or her section. Talk to an oncologist social
    worker or financial worker.

    What are other ways a breast cancer patient can receive help?
    There are other services offered as well by Circle of Hope. If one does not qualify for financial help, the secretary can point out the resources that are
    available locally, statewide and nationally to get the needed help.

    What are ” feel good social activities”?
    Some services may be achieved through our community support group called Circle of Support, telephone calls, one-to-one meetings or
    participation in inclusive group activities. Circle of Support group meets the last Wednesday of the month (except in August and December).
    The new time is 4 p.m.-5 p.m.at 314 W. Superior Street, # 610.To participate RSVP to Peggy at 525-1905 or e-mail for details to:
    peggy@circleofhopeduluth.org.
    -Clients will need to fill out a simple form the first time they attend.
    -We are know including gynecological cancer patients along with breast cancer patients in our support group and activities.
    -Circle of Hope has a resource library of materials, books, and CD’s.

    We have partnered with a few other organizations that can help breast cancer patients. One is: abcd after breast cancer diagnosis,
    the power of one-to-one. This is the former Y-Me staff and the organization is located in Glendale, Wisconsin. Call and they will line you up
    with a trained mentor or companion with your same diagnosis to speak to about unanswered questions you may have. They want your calls and
    there is “the power of one-to-one.” There is no cost. It is a non-profit as well. Call 1.414.977.1780 or toll free: 1.800.977.4121. Their website is: http://www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org

    Another partner we are recommending is the The Cancer Support Community, a global network of Education and Hope. This group has an
    online support group that is great. They are located out of Washington, D.C. Both of these agencies Peggy talked to in Texas and has written them. http://www.CancerSupportCommunity.org. This is a free service.

    What about gynecological patients? They can call Peggy at 218-525-1905 to participate in support group or participate in activities.

  15. Paula says:

    Cancer Financial Assistance Collition

    CFAC is a coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges, through:

    Facilitating communication and collaboration among member organizations;
    Educating patients and providers about existing resources and linking to other organizations that can disseminate information about the collective resources of the member organizations;
    Advocating on behalf of cancer patients who continue to bear financial burdens associated with the costs of cancer treatment and care.
    member organizations
    The 14 member organizations of CFAC are:

    American Cancer Society
    CancerCare
    CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
    Chronic Disease Fund
    HealthWell Foundation
    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s
    Co-Pay Assistance Program
    Lymphoma Research Foundation
    The Max Foundation
    National Organization for Rare Diseases
    National Marrow Donor Program
    Patient Access Network Foundation
    Patient Services Incorporated
    Sarcoma Alliance
    Learn more…

    contact us
    CFAC is a coalition of organizations and cannot respond to individual requests for financial assistance. To find out if financial help is available, please search the CFAC database. You may also contact each CFAC member organization individually for guidance and possible financial assistance.

    http://www.cancerfac.org/about.php

  16. Paula says:

    Here’s another resource for anyone in this situation:

    http://inheritanceofhope.org/compone…ticle/461.html

    INHERITANCE OF HOPE LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

    The Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship is awarded to a college-bound high school senior who is living with a terminally ill parent and who demonstrates a compelling personal and financial need, a strong sense of family, and collegiate promise. The award amount is a one-time payment of $1,000. All three parts of the application must be received by May 31, 2015; the full submission can be done online for your convenience.

  17. Paula says:

    Free patient resource guide for Her2 Positive Metastatic breast cancer:

    http://www.patientresource.com/userf…Breast2013.pdf

    Other Cancer Patient Resource Guides:
    http://www.patientresource.com/Cancer_Guides.aspx

    These come in hard copies they will mail you or some are in pdf format as well. There’s some very helpful info in them in the midst of lots of advertising.

  18. Paula says:

    “Peppermint & Ginger Comfort Kits are FREE kits created to help provide comfort and help alleviate some of the more common side effects caused by chemotherapy. An “Adult Kit” contains peppermint and ginger teas (which can help ease nausea), a soft bristle toothbrush, alcohol free mouth wash and toothpaste and lip balm (to help ease oral side effects experienced as a result of treatment), warm socks and a relaxation CD. When possible, P&G adds in other goodies as well. Their “Pediatric Kit” contains hot chocolate instead of teas and it’s contents will vary depending on the age of the patient.

    If you know of a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy or if you yourself are a patient and would like one of these comforting kits, please go to: http://www.pandgcomfortkits.org/index.php/component/chronoforms/?chronoform=Request_Kit to request one.”

  19. Paula says:

    https://www.portpillows.com/

    “Hello my name is Amanda Rosen! A couple months ago I came up with an idea to make Port Pillows after some friends of mine said that the seat belt was hurting them when they were in the car driving to and from infusions.

    They told me that they would stick the seat belt behind their back, so that it would not rub them. My goal was to find a safer way. This is when I reached out for help from the community. I was able to get supplies donated and people to donate their time to sew pillows. The response was amazing! We donated over 1,600 pillows locally and have personally mailed more then 400 special individual requests both in the United States and internationally. We have delivered pillows to all the Levine Cancer Institute Infusions Centers, Levine Children’s Hospital, Healthy & Home and Home Infusion Locations. We have expanded quickly as you can imagine to several hospitals and support groups across the country. We have just completed an order for a cancer support group in England.

    Shipping all over the world. Port pillows are for anyone that has a port! We have all different colors, themes, special interests and children fabric like superhero’s, princesses and themes that are popular for children and adults! We even take special requests if we can!

    The best part is that the pillows are 100% free to all patients with a port and that includes shipping. We are asking for donations for supplies and that also supports us being able to continue to provide something so small during such a difficult journey for these very couragous patients. We have had an outpouring of support from volunteers reaching out to see how they can help. It takes all kinds of support to continue this wonderful project and we can’t do it without all of you. A very special lady Mrs. Robin Ciarico Harris is an amazing woman who jumped into action and has become an extension of our family. She is our sewing expert and has put so many hours into this project. We need continued help and support. I have also met a wonderful lady Ms. Susan Morgan with Springs Creative Products Group that has made so many generous donations of amazing fabric. Again the tremendous outreach from the community goes from “Charlotte and Beyond. The community has been great!

    We have created a Paypal Donation link because people have wanted to donate and do not know where to go to donate. This money will be used for supplies and shipping! More details to follow regarding a local “Sew-A-Thon/BYOM” at the Morrison YMCA. I’m incredibly inspired by the kindness and generosity. The patients are the courageous ones fighting the fight and if we can provide a little comfort during their journey that is what it is all about.

    Many Thanks!”

    Amanda Rosen

    • Paula says:

      http://www.athletes4cancer.org/programs

      “Athletes 4 Cancer is dedicated to enriching lives through the healing powers of the elements and the outdoors as a way to move forward after cancer.

      Camp is open to young survivors who have been diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 40. Camps are FREE for survivors to attend! On occasion, we host special trips where a fundraising component may be required. Participants must arrange and cover their travel to camp.

      We believe that every survivor should have access to the healing characteristics that the elements and the outdoors offer. Athletes 4 Cancer creates life-changing experiences for cancer fighters and survivors through outdoor adventure programs that challenge, support, and inspire individuals to rebuild their lives after cancer.

      We recognize an immediate need for viable resources and survivorship-focused programs in our community. Cancer survivors face unique challenges after cancer, with life turning upside down physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Cancer may have spared these individual their lives, but the scars left behind are often more severe than the fight itself.

      A4C introduces fighters and survivors to the snow or ocean environment, empowering them to find healing and achievement through surfing, standup paddling, outrigger canoeing, snowboarding, and other outdoor adventures. Our goal is to transform survivor outlook on life, empower them to find confidence to thrive, succeed and inspire others facing cancer to do the same.”
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      Looks like fun! The next camp coming up without a waiting list and dates to be determined is in Hawaii in the spring. See below:
      2016 Retreat Schedule:

      Schedule is subject to change before Jan. 1 for the following year. For complete retreat dates, check back in January.

      March 27-April 2 Skiing & Snowboarding – Mt. Hood, Oregon – FULL

      April 17-23 Surf & Standup Paddling – Hawaii – FULL

      April 25-May 1 Surf & Standup Paddling – Hawaii – FULL

      November 6-12: Surf & Standup Paddling — Maui, Hawaii – Waitlist

      November 14-20: Surf & Standup Paddling — Maui, Hawaii – Waitlist

      Spring 2017 Dates TBD: Surf & Standup Paddling — Maui, Hawaii

      Hope someboody (ies) here get to enjoy this!

      Paula

  20. Paula says:

    Copied and pasted from: http://www.divaforaday.org/

    Diva for a Day Foundation, Inc. is a non profit organization founded in 2010 by two friends who recognize the benefits of a day to escape from the daily stresses a woman will face while dealing with cancer.

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    Through the program, special Divas are selected to enjoy a complete day of pampering at a FABULOUS full service Salon/Spa.

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    It is a day to rest, relax and restore.
    The Divas have a BEAUTIFUL day that they will always remember.
    Please help us to continue to spread love and joy to all who need it.

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    If you know a deserving Diva simply click on the nomination form and let us know

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    Copied and pasted from ; https://compassionthatcompels.org/home/

    What’s inside a free Compassion Bag?

    Be Strong Tote – Anyone who is battling cancer has at one time stuffed their clothes into an oversized plastic bag.
    Jesus Calling Devotional – God’s word reminds you, a cancer overcomer, that you’re first an overcomer in Christ.
    DaySpring Notebook – To phonetically write down all those big, Latin sounding words that confirm this won’t go away with antibiotics, and wish you’d paid more attention in science class.
    DaySpring Journal – To record those thoughts between you and God.
    Custom Pen – You can never find a pen when you need one.
    Organic Decaf Tea- Because hospital coffee at 6 pm is often thick as glue.
    BPA-Free Mug – For when coffee glue can’t be found.
    Scripture Candy Soft Mints – During treatment your mouth is always dry or suddenly becomes dry when you see a doctor approaching with your chart in hand.
    $5.00 Chick-fil-A Gift Card – Just to get away from a hospital to a land flowing with sweet tea and nugget sauce.
    Soft Custom Blanket – To cover you with His love. Besides, if you’re not freezing, the person next to you probably is.

  21. Paula says:

    http://www.knittedknockers.org/

    “Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Our special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.”

  22. Paula says:

    http://chemocessories.org/

    (If you can’t get through to the web site, try again another time. It looks like they are having technical difficulties right now but it’s an active link and they recently sent me a lovely hat, pin, necklace, scarf, and earrings that coordinate well together)

    Nonprofit Overview
    Mission: Our mission is to help women with cancer hold onto their strength and sense of themselves during treatment. We create personalized sets of accessories, including jewelry, scarves and turbans, that are designed to lift spirits and remind each woman that treatment in no way diminishes the beautiful woman within.
    Results: We have donated over 1100 sets to women in 37 states.
    Target demographics: Women with Cancer
    Direct beneficiaries per year: 380 Cancer Survivors
    Geographic areas served: Los Angeles , South Bay and throughout the United States
    Programs: Provides sets of scarves, turbans and jewelry to women going through Chemotherapy and hair loss.

  23. Paula says:

    The Cancer Card Xchange is a 501c3 tax-exempt charity.
    CCX collects monetary and gift card donations and then distributes gift cards to verified cancer patients simply to brighten their day.

    http://www.cancercardxchange.org/p/referrals.html

    They give free gift cards to cancer patients in active treatment. They do run out periodically but right now is a good time to request one if you are interested.

    Hope it’s a blessing to folks here!

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    2017 Applications to attend a free Little Pink Houses of Hope Retreat are now OPEN!
    http://www.littlepink.org/retreatapplication/

    Our family was selected to attend a retreat during my first round of breast cancer several years ago and I have been a volunteer at three retreats since (also sooooo much fun!). A Little Pink Houses of Hope Retreat is a WONDERFUL opportunity!

    https://vimeo.com/186509412

    Retreat Schedule
    2017 Retreat Locations and Dates

    Sunday, April 23 to Saturday, April 29 – Carolina Beach, NC

    Sunday, April 30 to Saturday, May 6 – St John, USVI (Couples only retreat)

    Saturday, May 13 to Saturday, May 20 – Scottsdale, AZ

    Sunday, May 14 to Saturday, May 20 – Hatteras Island, NC

    Sunday, June 4 to Saturday, June 10 – Sedona, AZ

    Sunday, June 18 to Saturday, June 24 – Key West, FL

    Sunday, August 20 to Saturday, August 26 – Emerald Isle, NC

    Sunday, August 20 to Saturday, August 26 – Gulf Shores, AL

    Sunday, September 10 to Saturday, September 16 – Oak Island, NC

    Saturday, September 23 to Friday, September 29 – Lake Tahoe, CA

    Monday, September 25 to Sunday, October 1 Buxton, NC – (Couples only retreat)

    Sunday, October 15 to Saturday, October 21 – Myrtle Beach, SC

    Sunday, November 5 to Saturday, November 11 – New Smyrna, FL

    December TBA – Southern CA

    • Paula says:

      Ford Warriors in Pink

      “One of the most requested resources during breast cancer treatment is help with meals. That’s why we’re working with Green Chef to provide patients with an easy, healthy way to help put food on the table.

      Green Chef’s meal kit delivery service sends fresh, organic ingredients and delicious, chef-crafted recipes right to your doorstep. The kits include everything patients or caregivers need to make a nourishing home-cooked meal in about 30 minutes. Each delivery includes healthy ingredients and instructions for cooking up to three meals for two. And family-sized boxes provide up to two meals for four.

      Now, Ford Warriors in Pink is giving 500 patients two complimentary boxes of Green Chef meals* that best suit their dietary preferences. If you’re currently undergoing breast cancer treatment and would like to apply to receive these meal kits, please answer the questions below.** We’ll send you a response within 7-10 days, along with a unique code to use on the Green Chef website if you’re approved.”

      http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com/m…ore-good-meals

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      We’re looking for breast cancer patients and survivors
      who want to try something new!

      https://ford.exposuremarketing.com/m…ion2017-170505

      Ready to take on a new adventure? Reinvent yourself? Get motivated? Ford Warriors in Pink® wants to inspire you to do all of these things! So we’re heading across the nation on a More Good Days Tour to offer a unique series of empowering experiences.

      From hot-air balloon rides to rumba classes to glassblowing workshops – and a whole lot more – each experience is designed to give breast cancer patients and survivors more good days.

      Take a look at the activities in the cities below, then tell us why you would be a great candidate for a good day experience. If you’re chosen, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in something new. Some experiences even include a spot for a co-survivor, so you can share your good day with someone special.

      DENVER
      REGISTRATION OPEN:
      MAY 26 – JULY 14
      MIAMI
      REGISTRATION OPEN:
      JUNE 05 – AUGUST 04
      SEATTLE
      REGISTRATION OPEN:
      JUNE 14 – AUGUST 25
      CHICAGO
      REGISTRATION OPEN:
      JULY 05 – SEPTEMBER 15
      ATLANTA
      REGISTRATION OPEN:
      JULY 21 – OCTOBER 06
      NEW YORK

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      Warriors in Pink® is teaming up with A Little Easier Recovery to offer breast cancer patients in treatment and recovery helpful tools to add ease to their journey.

      The Jacki® jacket: A unique design helps patients manage post-surgical discomfort. Features such as pockets for drains and easy-open enclosures offer patients independence, full functionality and sophisticated discreetness.

      A patient organizer: Sometimes, something as simple as keeping track of important paperwork can be tough during treatment and recovery. This patient organizer is pre-labeled and filled with helpful information so that you can keep important documents in one place.

      Ford Warriors in Pink is providing breast cancer patients with complimentary Jacki jackets and patient organizers in hospitals and treatment centers* and to a select number of patients who apply online.** If you’re heading into surgery or currently undergoing treatment and would like to receive one of these complimentary items, here is the link:
      http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com/m…jacki-jackets/

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      https://www.pinkfund.org/

      Real Help Now = Real Hope Now

      The Pink Fund provides 90 day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment for breast cancer, so they can focus on healing, raising their families, and returning to the workplace.

      The Pink Fund distributes short-term financial aid, for basic living expenses, on behalf of breast cancer patients who have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment. Payments are made directly to the patient’s creditors.

      Short term is defined as a period of up to three consecutive months of non-medical financial assistance with a cap of $3,000, based on available funding. Please note our ability to provide support varies based on the number of qualified applicants and available funding. We suggest you seek out additional resources.

      Basic living expenses considered are health insurance premiums, mortgage or rent payments, car payments, car insurance, utilities and car repairs. The Pink Fund does not make payments for any medical treatments, prescription drugs (including hormone therapy), medical co-pays, insurance deductibles, prostheses, wigs, food, gasoline.

  24. Paula says:

    https://www.cancercommons.org/

    “No matter your cancer type or stage, our expert network can help you tap into the world’s collective cancer knowledge. Get your questions answered quickly, clearly, and free of charge.

    Cancer is thousands of distinct, molecular diseases, with hundreds of potential treatments. Experts seldom agree on the optimal way to treat any cancer. Cancer Commons levels the playing field by bringing the world’s collective knowledge and resources to each patient and continuously refining that knowledge based on clinical results.”

    “What we can do for you:

    Imagine that you or someone you loved was just diagnosed with cancer. You’re overwhelmed, confused, and terrified all at once. Forced to make life-or-death decisions, under the gun. With no data. You consult Dr. Google and get thousands of search results, most of which are irrelevant to you. You seek second opinions and get conflicting recommendations. Often, the right path is unclear. Occasionally, there are no paths at all.

    Cancer Commons is here to help.
    We don’t give you a second opinion, we give you the best “second opinion” available.

    We alert you to brilliant science, delivered with a great bedside manner.

    We don’t list every clinical trial, we highlight the best trials for you.

    If there are no good trials, your case will be reviewed by experts.

    If you’re out of options, we can connect you directly with cancer researchers who may have promising investigational therapies.”

    “Cancer Commons is a great first step to help you understand your disease, clarify decisions you have to make, and access the latest treatment information your community-based oncologist may not have.”

    “Cancer Commons is one of the few organizations that is actively promoting patients having a strong, educated voice in their treatment.”

    “Cancer commons was amazing in providing support and info on possible clinical trial options. There was nothing else like it to help wade through all the info and find relevant trials.”

  25. Paula says:

    https://www.breastfriends.org/support-services/patients-and-survivors/during-treatment/hat-project/

    Hat Project – Free Hats for Cancer Patients

    We understand that humor is key to survival. As they say, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Indeed it is. That is why Breast Friends developed the Hat Project. When one of the co-founders was given a funny hat that said, “No Hair Day,” it changed her world. Where she had been afraid to go out in public out of fear that people would stare, she was suddenly excited to be seen in public. The funny hat allowed people to talk to her, rather than about her. Portland artist Jo Gefre met Breast Friends and created a hat that truly helps! Pink or blue hats, complete with a funny caption (‘Has Anyone Seen my Hare?’ or ‘Temporarily Bald, Permanently Beautiful’), can help turn the heartbreak of hair loss due to chemo therapy in to an opportunity for laugh therapy.
    Tackling a tough situation “head on” often is the key to getting to the other side. When we laugh endorphins actually diminish physical and psychological pain. We believe that you can heal through laughter and that this hat can be a reminder to laugh often and laugh well.
    “Thank you so much for the cute hat! I will wear it with pride”
    ~Miss Bonnie
    Breast Friends sends these hats out free to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer patients only who are in active treatment and experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy (within the United States*).
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    Casting For Recovery Expanding Their Outreach https://castingforrecovery.org/about-casting-for-recovery/:

    Inaugural Retreat for Native American Women
    In October 2017, the Casting For Recovery AR/OK program will host a pilot retreat exclusively for Native American women who have experienced breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Native American women and access to resources is often limited. Women who reside in Oklahoma, affiliate with a tribe, and have received a breast cancer diagnosis are eligible to apply. Building on the experiences from this first retreat, CfR hopes to expand this program to serve Native American women in other areas of the country.

    https://castingforrecovery.org/breas…nsas-oklahoma/

    CfR has international program partners in Canada, UK/Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

    Casting for Recovery piloted their first program specifically catered toward women with Stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer in 2016. Recognizing that women with advanced stage disease have specific needs, CfR plans to expand metastatic retreats in the future.

    In 2017, we will host 3 retreats for women with Stage IV breast cancer: one in TX, one in GA and on in CO. Women with metastatic BC living in those states may apply to attend the metastatic retreat in their state. Note: Women living in these states who previously attended a CfR retreat may apply again to attend their local metastatic retreat.

    If you have Stage IV breast cancer and there isn’t a metastatic-only retreat in your area, you may apply for the regular CfR retreat in your area Our regular retreats are open to women of any age, in any stage of breast cancer.

    We hope to expand our metastatic retreats to new areas each year.

    Inaugural Retreat Held for Military Women with Breast Cancer

    In Spring 2017, Casting for Recovery teamed up with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) to hold a retreat exclusively for female disabled veterans and active duty military women who have experienced breast cancer. Thirteen women, representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, came together on April 21-23, 2017 at Harman’s Log Cabins in West Virginia to support one another and experience the peace and serenity of fly fishing.

    The participants came from all over the U.S. and ranged in age from 36 to 66. Medical and psychosocial sessions supported women navigating issues related to their military and cancer experience, such as treatment options, side effects, PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and depression. Fly fishing served as an outlet for coping with the challenges of these topics, and provided a simple, authentic connection with nature.

    Huge thanks to BAE Systems, Harman’s Log Cabins, Fly Fisherman magazine, Yeti, Costa, and Cheeky Fishing for sponsoring this inaugural retreat. This retreat program is the first of its kind in the country, and Casting for Recovery is currently making plans for expanded retreat opportunities for military women in 2018.

    “Being with other veteran women that have been/are fighting breast cancer helps me connect to people that understand what I am going through. Through our shared experiences it made it easier for me to ask questions about my condition and not be judged.” – 2017 retreat participant

    —————
    Casting for Recovery provides free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer
    70% of the women who attend Casting for Recovery retreats have never been to a support group
    CfR currently offers 55 retreats across the country, serving 800 women each year. To date 8,000+ women have been served
    CfR relies on the support of more than 1,600 volunteers nationwide, including medical and psychosocial professionals, fly fishing instructors and alumnae
    National sponsors include Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Stevinson Automotive, Sage, Sisters on the Fly, Simms, Ashford Hospitality Trust and Orvis

  26. Paula says:

    As part of the Sisters Network, a leading voice for African American breast cancer survivors, this program provides FREE services to women facing financial challenges during treatment, radiation and chemotherapy.

    EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2017, The New Guidelines for the Breast Cancer Assistant Program will provide financial assistance for the following:

    Utilities
    Medical accessories (prosthesis, medical bras and compression arm sleeves)

    Sisters Network® Inc. national Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) was established in 2006. BCAP provides assistance to breast cancer survivors, currently in treatment and facing financial challenges. Financial assistance is paid directly to third party providers and cover medical accessories, utilities, mammograms and ultrasounds.

    http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org/programs.html

  27. Paula says:

    https://www.jillswish.org/get

    GET A WISH

    Jill and Bart Conley experienced how earth-shattering a cancer diagnosis can be, and just how much havoc it can wreck on your finances. It doesn’t matter what your circumstance was before cancer, what matters is you need help.

    Jill’s Wish offers grants of up to $1500 on a rolling basis to cover non-medical living expenses for those with newly-diagnosed or terminal breast cancer. The grant is for your housing expenses (rent or mortgage), utility bills and any car payments. We pay your bills directly to the housing lender, landlord, utility company and auto loan holder, so you don’t have to worry. It is one more thing you can rest assured is taken care of while you spend time with friends and family and rest and recover.

    WHO QUALIFIES

    Those applying for a Jill’s Wish grant must satisfy the following requirements:

    Be 18 years or older at the time of the application
    Received a breast cancer diagnosis within 12 months from the time of application, or have terminal breast cancer
    Have not received a grant from Jill’s Wish within the past calendar year from the time of application
    Have not received the maximum of two grants in a five-year period from the time of applic

  28. Paula says:

    https://www.projectkoru.org/camp-koru

    We use adventure-based experiences such as surfing, outrigger canoeing, standup paddling, skiing, and snowboarding, as channels of healing and renewal to treat the mind, body, and soul. Project Koru’s programs aim to help young survivors not just survive, but thrive in all aspects of life with and after cancer.
    https://www.projectkoru.org/why-we-exist/

    Surf or snow adventure camp

    Free to survivors (excludes travel to/from camp)

    Open to new or Project Koru alumni survivors

    Ages 18-39

    3-6 days

    2018

    APRIL 1-7: MT. HOOD, OREGON

    Skiing & Snowboarding | Registration Now Open

    APRIL 22-28: MAUI, HAWAII

    Surf & Standup Paddling | Registration Opens September 12, 2017

    APRIL 30-MAY 6: MAUI, HAWAII

    Surf & Standup Paddling | Registration Opens September 12, 2017

  29. Paula says:

    https://www.breastfriends.org/support-services/patients-and-survivors/during-treatment/hat-project/

    Hat Project – Free Hats for Cancer Patients

    We understand that humor is key to survival. As they say, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Indeed it is. That is why Breast Friends developed the Hat Project. When one of the co-founders was given a funny hat that said, “No Hair Day,” it changed her world. Where she had been afraid to go out in public out of fear that people would stare, she was suddenly excited to be seen in public. The funny hat allowed people to talk to her, rather than about her.

    Portland artist Jo Gefre met Breast Friends and created a hat that truly helps! Pink or blue hats, complete with a funny caption (‘Has Anyone Seen my Hare?’ or ‘Temporarily Bald, Permanently Beautiful’), can help turn the heartbreak of hair loss due to chemo therapy in to an opportunity for laugh therapy.
    Tackling a tough situation “head on” often is the key to getting to the other side. When we laugh endorphins actually diminish physical and psychological pain. We believe that you can heal through laughter and that this hat can be a reminder to laugh often and laugh well.
    “Thank you so much for the cute hat! I will wear it with pride”
    ~Miss Bonnie
    Breast Friends sends these hats out free to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer patients only who are in active treatment and experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy (within the United States*).

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