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The Bright Spot Network provides young cancer survivors who are parents of small children with a safe space for individual and familial healing, recovery, and reconnection.
Cancer and Careers is dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events.
Through Caring Bridge’s website, users can set up secure pages to communicate with family and friends during a loved one’s illness. Online tools include journals, guestbooks, and planners, allowing users to organize and share tasks with friends and family who want to help during a difficult time.
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 offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.
KnowCancer.com is an online community dedicated to connecting, educating, and empowering all people affected by the many forms of Cancer. They have created an environment where people can learn, interact, and ultimately find what they need through education and community support.
The Livestrong Foundation provides answers to your questions from diagnosis through treatment and beyond, helping you take cancer head-on. They look at the experiences of the cancer community, find problems, and develop solutions to roll them out to help more people in similar situations.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the critical need to support the increasing number of cancer survivors transitioning from completing their cancer treatment to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal.” The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not the disease.
The Cancer Conversation helps cancer patients and the people in their support systems to communicate, prepare, and plan. It provides a boxed set of 40 large cards, each printed with thought-provoking questions and answers about cancer’s emotional and practical aspects.
The Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club) offers emotional and social support as well as educational workshops to all people affected by cancer.
The Holt Brothers Foundation supports educational, emotional, and community services for youth overcoming the adversity of having parents with cancer. The Holt Foundation was established in 1999 by NFL stars Torry and Terrence Holt on behalf of their mother, the late Ojetta Holt-Shoffner.
The Single Fathers Due to Cancer program, based at UNC-Chapel Hill, is dedicated to helping fathers nationwide who have lost their spouses to cancer. The program is the first of its kind in the United States and currently runs a monthly support group for fathers in NC to help to create other support groups around the country. Through their website, fathers from across the country can find support, information, and resources to help manage grief while learning how to be a single parent to a grieving child.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 geographic Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
Founded in Germany in 1991 by Peter Harf, who lost his wife to an acute form of blood cancer, Delete Blood Cancer leads the fight to delete blood cancer by empowering people to take action, give bone marrow and save lives. With more than 4 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide, Delete Blood Cancer is part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.
Mesothelioma.com has been dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure since 1996, making us one of the strongest and longest-running authorities in this space. Our organization provides a wealth of information and resources for patients and their families. We engage with communities that can benefit from knowing more about mesothelioma research, news, and preventative measures.
Mesothelioma.net is an advocacy and support group dedicated to providing all the latest in cancer research, treatment, and aid. Their team works diligently with health professionals to compile fact-checked and physician-approved information regarding this disease and how it affects the body and how it can be treated.
Triage Cancer® is a national, nonprofit organization that provides free education on legal and practical issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials, and resources. The Legal & Financial Navigation Program offers one-on-one help with issues such as work, health and disability insurance, finances, and estate planning. CancerFinances.org is an online toolkit to help people manage finances after a cancer diagnosis.
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors, ages 18-39, a free outdoor adventure experience. It’s 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.
Jasper Health is a hybrid cancer support solution that improves the lives of individuals affected by cancer, as well as the lives of their caregivers. Spanning diagnosis through remission, palliative, and end-of-life care, our end-to-end digital oncology platform provides psychosocial support while enabling connected care with the broader healthcare system. Jasper Health was founded at Redesign Health, and we are a team of seasoned leaders with decades of experience in digital health, clinical care, data science, and consumer engagement all of whom believe that powerful technology and passionate people can relieve some of the stress of organizing care.
Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals. Through a range of dynamic programs and services, community outreach initiatives, and strategic partnerships, Bright Pink is creating a movement of brilliant, bold, and bright young women who are proactive advocates for their health.
Since 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has been helping patients win the fight against cancer using advanced technology and a personalized approach. They provide a national network of fully accredited cancer hospitals. The CTCA earned Full Standards Compliance from the Joint Commission and recognition for delivering high-quality care and exceeding patient safety standards from numerous renowned healthcare organizations, such as the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the American College of Radiology.
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) funds and develops the newest and most promising cancer treatments to help patients today. SU2C dramatically accelerates the rate of discoveries by connecting top scientists in unprecedented collaborations to create breakthroughs. SU2C innovations lead to better cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, which means that we can help save lives now. If you’re interested in exploring new treatment options that may also light the path to better treatments for other patients, a clinical trial may be the right option for you. Watch this video to learn more about SU2C and clinical trials.
The US Oncology network of affiliated and partnered medical groups provides critical oncology services to its patients. The network includes more than 1,400 highly-credentialed medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, urology, oncology surgery and other specialists. The network and its affiliated physicians treat more than 800,000 patients annually at over 400 sites of care in more than 25 states.
Camp Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, providing a unique opportunity for youth to increase hope, enhance self-esteem, and learn that they are not alone.
The Moyer Foundation provides comfort, hope, and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction through its two signature camp programs: Camp Erin (above) and Camp Mariposa. Their newest initiative, The Moyer Foundation Resource Center, is a user-friendly, comprehensive online library of resources that provides the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences.
Pickles Group provides free peer-to-peer support and resources to kids affected by their parent or guardian’s cancer.
Stupid Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the dominant healthcare brand for millions affected by young adult cancer. Our innovative and award-winning services serve as a bullhorn to propel the young adult cancer movement forward, and our charter is to ensure that no one affected by young adult cancer goes unaware of the age-appropriate support resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living.
The Children’s Treehouse Foundation provides psychosocial intervention through its CLIMB program (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery). The CLIMB program is offered for children affected by a parent’s cancer in hospitals and cancer centers throughout the United States. The standardized program, delivered by trained mental health professionals, helps children understand and cope with their parent’s illness and helps parents communicate with their children.
The Widowed Parent Program at the University of North Carolina is dedicated to serving mothers and fathers who are raising children on their own following the death of their spouse/partner. They run support groups for parents in North Carolina and are helping to create others around the country. The program also has a website for widowed parents that offers guidance, resources, and a series of short videos about the unique challenges of being an "only" parent.
Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing free mentoring support programs and services to the children of parents, guardians, or siblings who have cancer or have succumbed to cancer- one child at a time, one heart at a time. Our programs include group Friendship Activities, Heart to Home art therapy, Hope for the Holidays gifts, Molly’s Corner for books about grief, Junior Mentor Program, Fred’s Future Young Leaders Scholarship for higher education, and Temporary Family Support Program.