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. 🙂
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.
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
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.”
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.
“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 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 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, 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.”
Here’s another beautiful blessing available without cost:
Info from their web site:
“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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.]”
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.”
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.
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.
I saw the resource but don’t know anyone who has used this service:HOPE LODGEhttp://www.cancer.org/Treatment/Supp…opeLodge/index
Quote 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 Resources
page 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.
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. “
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 ——————————-
Casting For Recovery
(I got to do this in the midst of cancer treatment and it was a blast! :))
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
….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
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/)