The needs of patients, families and caregivers are vast. To be successfully addressed, they require a community of dedicated individuals and programs. We have prepared a list of resources and family support services offered by other organizations for your reference.
- The Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2) is a collaborative network of organizations and individuals supporting and serving the childhood cancer community.
- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation lists camps just for siblings of children with cancer.
- Camp Make-A-Dream offers cost free programs to children, teens, young adults, women and families affected by with cancer.
- Camp Sunshine offers a free retreat to families affected by life-threatening childhood illness. The camp has a session that gives families the opportunity to meet other families in similar situations.
- The Hole in the Wall Gang provides free camps to seriously ill children and their families.
- Clinicaltrials.gov is a registry and results database of clinical trials in all 50 states and in 185 countries.
- The National Cancer Institute provides information on how to find and pay for clinical trials, how to pay for clinical trials and research updates for patients, caregivers and researchers.
- Cancer for College gives scholarships to cancer survivors who plan to attend or are already enrolled in an accredited college.
- FinAid offers many scholarship resources to families affected by cancer.
- The National Children's Cancer Society's scholarship program Beyond the Cure provides scholarships to survivors of a childhood cancer or high grade anaplastic brain tumor.
- The Patient Advocate Foundation's scholarship program Scholarships for Survivors provides an academic scholarship to survivors of a chronic, life-threatening or debilitating diseases within the past five years.
- The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's scholarship program eases the financial hardships of a childhood brain tumor diagnosis and helps survivors reach their career goals.
- The American Childhood Cancer Organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer and their families.
- The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms is an online resource of cancer and medical terms.
- The National Parent Technical Assistance Center Network provides parent centers with innovative technical assistance, current information and educational resources and materials for children with disabilities.
- The PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families.
- Wrightslaw provides information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Financial Aid and Insurance Issues
- The American Cancer Society offers information on financial issues, sources for help and health insurance management.
- CancerCare offers financial assistance for cancer-related costs, including transportation, home care and child care. They also make referrals to other organizations that offer financial support.
- Family Voices gives families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families and serve as a trusted resource for health.
- Friends4Michael Foundation provides supplementary financial assistance to families, guardians or caregivers with financial needs resulting from expenses from a child's brain tumor treatment.
- Hogs for the Cause provides aid and relief to families for variabe expenses and economic burdens that families face while their child is being treated for cancer.
- The National Children’s Cancer Society's Transportation Assistance Fund provides relief for expenses associated with travel. They also have an emergency fund for families who have a child that has been inpatient for 30 consecutive days or away from home due to treatment for 30 days.
- The National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals.
- The Patient Advocate Foundation provides financial assistance to insured patients to help them pay for prescriptions and treatment.
- The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Butterfly Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families in nine states at 21 hospitals when children are in treatment and families are faced with loss of income and mounting medical bills.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal income program designed to help disabled people with little or no income pay for clothes, food and shelter.
- Cancervive provides information and helpful links on living with cancer and life after cancer.
- The National Cancer Institute’s online dictionary explains the meaning of cancer-related words and medications.
Grief and Loss
- CancerCare offers online and telephone support groups for caregivers and family members of brain tumor patients.
- The Compassionate Friends network provides support to families after a child dies.
- The Hospice Foundation of America offers information on end-of-life care to professionals, patients and families.
- The Solace Tree gives emotional support to grieving children, teens and families.
- The American Childhood Cancer Organization provides 24-hour online peer-to-peer support to connect with other caregivers, participate in online discussion groups and create a personal profile.
- The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation provides peer support programs.
- The Coalition Aganist Childhood Cancer's Family to Family program paris families together who have faced similar challenges to lean and support each other.
- Imerman Angels partners individuals seeking support with someone who is familiar with the experience.
- Cancer.net gives survivors information about life after treatment.
- The Children’s Oncology Group provides long-term follow-up guidelines for survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer.
- The National Cancer Institute's office of Cancer Survivorship Research provides resources of survivorship issues. They are dedicated to the quality of life of survivors by addressing their unique needs.
- Angel Flight America arranges free travel for any legitimate, charitable or medically related need. They primarily serve patients to and from the heartland region.
- Corporate Angel Network offers free travel to treatment centers across the country to cancer patients using empty seats on corporate jets.
- Lifeline Pilots provides free air transportation for financially distressed passengers with medical and humanitarian needs.
- The National Patient Travel Center is a helpline that provides information and referrals to all available sources of transportation help.
- CancerCare offers support groups and counseling face to face (in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), over the phone and online.
- CaringBridge is an online space where families can connect and receive support and hope.
- The International Brain Tumour Alliance brings together support, advocacy and information groups for brain tumor patients and caregivers in different countries. It also includes researchers, scientists, clinicians and allied health professionals.
- The Locks of Love Foundation provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
- Lotsa Helping Hands helps families easily organize meals and help from friends and family.
- The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities offers housing for children undergoing medical treatment and additional services. At locations across the U.S.