Freebies and Discounts for Cancer Patients

Air Fare:

Corporate Angel Network, Inc. (CAN) Free airfare for cancer patients who can walk and travel without life-support or medical attention. www.corpangelnetwork.org

 

Basic Needs:

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF). For patients ages 18-40.  Provides services to meet daily needs not covered by insurance. Typically $600 of medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs, and groceries; http://www.bmcf.net; 661-310-7950

National Children’s Cancer Society. Financial assistance, meals during treatment, phone cards, lodging during treatment, health insurance premiums, medical expenses not covered by insurance. Child must be diagnosed on or before his/her 18th birthday) 314-241-1600; 800-532-6459; www.thenccs.org

 

Breast Prostheses and Post-mastectomy Bras:

Breast Form Fund. These items are free for underserved women. Also provided is professional support and information for anyone coping with breast cancer. [email protected]. Contact Breast Form Fund: 413-584-6673.

 

Camping (for kids with cancer as well as programs for siblings):Most are free

Camp directories by state and city:

http://www.ped-onc.org/cfissues/camps.html

Camp Kesem. Camp for kids whose parents have had cancer. A free week of games, arts, crafts and facilitated conversations for six-to sixteen-year-olds. Parents may be living with cancer or have died of cancer; http://campkesem.org; [email protected]; 260-225-3736.

 

Classes:

Counseling, Tai Chi, yoga, exercise classes, meditation, guided imagery. Support groups for family members, on-line forums for survivors. Free through the Wellness Community in many cities. www.cancer.supportcommunity.org; 888-793-9355

American Cancer Society. “I Can Cope.” Class via phone from your home addressing issues like nutrition, finances, emotional well-being and pain management.  800-ACS-2345

American Cancer Society. “Look Good…Feel Better.” Cosmetics and workshop on making yourself up. Free. For women undergoing treatment.  800-ACS-2345

 

Colon Cancer Help:

A $300 grant for colon cancer patients in treatment to help with rent, utilities, food, or other essentials.  For colon cancer patients making less than $75,000 a year. Blue Note Fund of the Colon Cancer Alliancehttp://www.ccalliance.org; 202-628-0123

Ostomy supplies.Free for uninsured colon cancer patients. Call for other free supports  like educational programs. Colon Cancer Alliancehttp://www.ccalliance.org; 202-628-0123

 

Gasoline:

Free GasUSA. Assistance paying for gas to get to treatments, grocery shopping, and other places of necessitywww.freegasusa.org

 

Lodging During Treatments:

Joe’s House/Hope Lodge. 800-ACS-2345. Discounted lodging during treatment; www.joeshouse.org

American Cancer Society.  Lodging at downtown and suburban hotels for cancer patients. Discounted; 877-824-0660

National Association of Homes and Hospitality. Keeps a directory of nonprofits that offer free or significantly discounted lodging to patients during treatment; http://www.nahhh.org

 

Lymphedema Alert Band Alerts medics that you have or tend toward lymphedema. Free for patients with or at risk of developing lympedema.www.lymphedema.com/alertband.htm; 1-800-29-EDEMA

 

Meals:

Meals on Wheels. Free Inhome-delivered meals for income-eligible adults and children. Available in most areas of the country. Some programs also offer other home-related assistance, such as grocery shopping; 703-548-5558; www.mowaa.org

 

Medications/Health Care:

Cancercare.org. Financial Assistance for cancer care. 800-813-HOPE (4673); www.cancercare.org

Needymeds. One-stop resource to find financial assistance for medications and health care costs. www.needymeds.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Helps uninsured and financially struggling patients access healthcare and prescription assistance programs that offer medicines for free or nearly free. www.pparx.org; or 1-888-4PPA-NOW.

 

Ovarian Cancer Tumor Profiling Testing:

Free or discounted test, analysis and report. Downloadable  application: http://www.clearityfoundation.org/financialform.aspx

 

Pampering:

Lydia Project. Tote bag with “goodies” inside.Free. www.thelydiaproject.org/secure/requestatote.asp

 

Rent or Utilities:

Breast Cancer Charities. For breast cancer patients during treatment. Those who qualify receive up to $500. Must be submitted by social worker or nurse;www.thebreastcancercharities.org/

 

Retreats:

Casting for Recovery.Woman affected by cancer learn fish flying in a peaceful natural setting, while making friends.  Counseling, education, facilitated by health/psychosocial professionals.  Offered throughout most of the United States. 1-888-553-3500 http://castingforrecovery.org

First Descents. Kayaking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures for young adults with cancer. Offered in six states. Free. Travel scholarships available to those in need. 303-945-2490; http://www.firstdescents.org

 

Transportation to and from treatments and doctors appointments

Road to Recovery. Free. 800-ACS-2345; http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/road-to-recovery

Patient Travel Foundation. Long ground trips (and flights) http://www.patienttravel.org

Vacations and Other Special Wishes:

Dream Foundation. Grants final dreams from the heart to adults with life-threatening illnesses. May include vacation with a couple of family members, help with a utility bill, an appliance, or gift for ill adult’s child. 805-564-2131; http://www.dreamfoundation.org/contact-us

 

Web-based Support Communities:

www.lotsahelpinghands.com. Forum for help organizing assistance with meals, rides, and other support. Provides a platform for sharing information.

www.caringbridge.org. On-line features include care journal to update family and friends, guest book for messages of support, photo gallery, and support for using the service

www.carepages.com. Displays updates on the patient’s condition, photos, message board for visitors, open forums to connect to other CarePage members; researched health information

www.MyLifeLine.org. Forums for updating friends and family, guest book for leaving messages, photo gallery for posting pictures, planner to facilitate scheduling help

 

Wigs:

Wigs for Kids. For children under the age of 18. Free.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure. To locate a chapter near you; http://ww5.komen.org/affiliates.aspx