Below is a list of resources for families of children and young adults with cancer that we have found over the years. We have tried to include a brief synopsis of the support offered by each organization, and qualifications for eligibility.
*Anyone interested in suggesting a resource to be added to this page or interested in updating resource information as a representative of that organization should please scroll to the bottom of the page and complete the form. Thank you.*
Our Partner Organizations
Team Impact is a nonprofit organization chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Open to children between 5-15 years of age diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness that has resulted in treatment and/or extended hospital stays within the past 3 years. Kids are partnered with a nearby sports team dedicated to encouraging and supporting the child as a means of improving their quality of life and instilling team-building skills.
Courageous Parents Network is about bringing these phenomena to other families who are caring for children with serious illness. It is about providing parents with the skills, tools and virtual support they need to cope and adapt during their child’s illness journey so as to make the impossible possible.
MaxLove Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing families fighting childhood cancers and life-threatening conditions with accessible, practical, and kid-friendly whole-body wellness. Click here to sign up for their resources and learn more.
The mission of the McKenna Claire Foundation is to cure pediatric brain cancer by raising awareness, increasing community involvement and funding research.
The Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation was created in SuperTy's memory to raise awareness for pediatric cancer through his courageous battle, and to help fund the progress that is being made in developing more effective, less harmful treatment for a range of pediatric cancers including brain and spinal tumors.
The SAMFund helps young adult cancer survivors recover from the devastating financial impact of cancer treatment. Offering financial support and resources to survivors age 21-39.
Dedicating to winning the fight against atypical teratoid rhaboid tumors.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
Andrew's Helpful Hands Organization is helping families going through Bone Marrow Transplant.
Endure to Cure's purpose is to aid the treatment and care for pediatric cancer patients, and help fund pediatric cancer research studies.
Liddle Kidz is the premier organization for infant massage and pediatric massage professionals worldwide.
A sanctuary for families with a child afflicted by cancer, offering a community of loving kindness and supportive activities to ease their experience with the disease in a peaceful, natural setting.
Team Continuum is dedicated to helping pediatric cancer patients fighting all types of cancer, and to help their families minimize the burdens of everyday life by providing immediate and vital assistance for non-medical essentials so they can focus on crucial medical care.
Additional Cancer Resources
Pinky Swear Foundation
Offering support such as non-medical financial assistance to cancer families. For their patient application and more info about their financial grant assistance program called "Envelopes," click here: http://www.pinkyswear.org/programs/envelopes
For newly diagnosed patients (within 6 months of diagnosis) they have an additional program called "Orange Envelopes." https://www.pinkyswear.org/programs-resources/orange-envelope
This Star Won't Go Out
TSWGO’s goal is to help families with children diagnosed with cancer through financial gifts given with no strings attached. These gifts can be used for medical expenses, items needed by the child with cancer, or personal expenses due to the financial strain of caring for a child with cancer. http://tswgo.org Application for funds can be found here.
Happy to Help Foundation
Provides non-medical financial support to cancer patients and their families. http://www.h2hboston.org/process-for-a-request
Family Reach Foundation
Family Reach is a national nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer. Working with more than 200 hospitals and cancer centers nationwide, the organization provides immediate financial assistance, education and navigation to families before they hit critical breaking points. Family Reach’s efficient, solutions-driven model bridges the gap between hospital and home, quickly providing the vital support families need to stay afloat. For more information visit www.familyreach.org. You can determine your family's eligibility and learn more about what expenses they cover at http://familyreach.org/family-eligibility/
Frankie’s Mission has identified the dire need to help families when they reach an out of control financial crisis due to the overwhelming nature of their child’s illness and medical care. All referrals must come to us via a medical professional or hospital social worker. http://www.frankiesmission.org/receive-help/
Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation
Their Helping Hands Fund provides emergency bridge payments directly to the utility companies and landlords. The Camp Scholarship Program allows children in remission to reconnect with friends and activities in which they love. The program provides funding for a camp of their choice; sports, music, art, science, horseback riding, skiing or whatever activities they missed most during treatment. http://childrenscancerrecovery.org/
Live Like Bella Foundation
Supports the entire family by providing resources for recreation (examples include games, gift baskets, movie tickets, etc). They additionally assist with co-payments for medications and treatment costs. http://livelikebella.org/apply-for-support/in-treatment-support/
Linked with Liam
Their Helping Hearts and Hands fund is designed to help with those indirect costs and other expenses that having a child with cancer can bring. They help with expenses that these families encounter when they are forced to put their lives on hold to be with their children. http://www.linkedwithliam.org/programs/request-assistance/
Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation
When no other resources are available, social workers at children’s hospitals across the country send us urgent requests on behalf of single parent families in financial crisis. **Includes funding for activities for siblings.** http://andreriveroflife.org/what-we-do-how-we-do-it/
They have a Financial Assistance Program as well as a Co-Payment Assistance program. More on both here: http://www.cancercare.org/financial_assistance
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
They have funding available for things such as travel and co-payments for disease-related appointments. More here: http://www.lls.org/support/financial-support
Young Adults with Cancer
Allyson Whitney Foundation
The heart of the organization is to assist as many young adults as we can, an underserved demographic, through ‘life interrupted grants’™. Grants cover a wide range of needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, rent, utilities, car and health insurance premiums, IVF treatments, integrative therapies, travel expenses, computer, phone, hair pieces, etc. The maximum amount awarded is $1,500. Grant rounds will be two to three times a year, funds permitting. Must be between the ages of 15 and 36; presently undergoing treatment or finished protocol within 6 months; a citizen of the US. https://allysonwhitney.org/what-we-do/grants/
Nicki Leach Foundation
The primary mission of the Nicki Leach Foundation, a non-profit organization, is to provide modest financial assistance to young adults (18-30) afflicted with cancer. http://www.nickileach.org/assistance
We Believe Foundation
For 15-29 year-olds, for financial hardships including medical bills, replacement of lost part-time income, fertility preservation, travel and lodging expenses. http://www.wbfinc.org/assistance/resources/
Hope for Young Adults with Cancer
The “Giving Hope Fund” allows young adults currently battling cancer, as well as those who have been in remission for up to 5 years after their treatment, the opportunity to help pay for necessities they encounter in everyday life. For US citizens between the ages of 18 - 40, within 5 years of remission; application period open accepted twice per year. http://www.hope4yawc.org/giving-hope-fund/
3 Little Birds for Life
Granting wishes to cancer patients ages 18 - 40 (in active treatment or less than 6 months out). http://3littlebirds4life.org/contact-us/need-a-wish/
QUALITY OF LIFE/INTEGRATIVE THERAPY ASSISTANCE:
Kids Kicking Cancer
Our program is now open to all children facing the pain and discomfort of any illness. We offer one-on-one training and group classes for both pediatric inpatients and outpatients in over thirty hospitals and institutions around the globe. There is never any charge for our program. *Siblings welcome.*http://kidskickingcancer.org/
On Belay builds community among youth who have or have had a family member with cancer using adventure based programs that encourage participants to uncover their inner resilience. *Siblings welcome.* http://www.on-belay.org/
Sy's Fund helps help young adults ages 18-39 who are facing the challenges of cancer by funding their creative passions, pursuits, and hobbies as well as integrative therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology, and therapeutic massage. http://sysfund.org/
The KICKcancER Movement provides scholarships, to qualified families, so they can afford alternative therapies to help their children thrive, both during and after treatment. Throughout the year, the KICKcancER movement raises funds so that these therapies, otherwise not covered by insurance, are attainable. Some of the items offered include: essential oils, air purifiers, toxin free cleaning products, and more. http://www.kickcancermovement.com/
Magical Moon Foundation
Empowering children through fun and mysticism during treatment. http://www.magicalmoon.org/
Children's Miracle Network
Patients and families at partner hospitals have the opportunity for therapies such as massage while in the hospital. (Services available for caregivers!) Click here to find out if your hospital is a partner hospital, and for contact info to learn more: http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/Hospital/Search
Sara's Smiles Foundation
Offering "inspiration kits" to entertain children while in the hospital or anywhere, and providing compiled lists of resources to help kids thrive through treatment. http://www.saras-smiles.org/index.html
Children's Oncology Camping Association, International
A comprehensive site including all camps inviting childhood cancer patients. http://www.cocai.org/
Gap Service Dogs
Pairing service and therapy dogs with medically qualified recipients. http://gapservicedogs.org/
One Summit teams up pediatric cancer patients and their siblings with a U.S. Navy SEAL mentor at our Climb for Courage events. The Climb for Courage teaches resilience, hope, and self-confidence through a series of challenges encountered on the rock wall. The Climb for Courage coupled with the long-lasting relationship with their Navy SEAL provide the kids with an additional teammate and support system as they face the challenges of pediatric cancer head on. https://onesummit.org
Boston Cancer Support
Boston Cancer Support was founded to disseminate information to all who have been touched by cancer-whether you’re a patient, friend, or caregiver. While some resources on this site are focused on Greater Boston, most resources are helpful regardless of location. http://www.bostoncancersupport.org/
Health Library: Cancer at the University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati's Online Health Library offers a primer on talking with children about cancer, in addition to offering additional resources and documents for parents and teachers to explore. http://healthadministration.uc.edu/news-and-resources/articles/health-library-cancer
Alex's Lemonade Stand
In addition to funding pediatric cancer research, ALSF provides online support for anyone touched by pediatric cancer, free Treatment Journals to families, and sibling support through SuperSibs. www.ALSFFamilyServices.org
Transportation, lodging, and meal accommodations are available to eligible families who meet our criteria. https://www.alexslemonade.org/travel-for-care
Help Kids Hear
Check out their extensive list of financial resources available for those facing hearing loss, a common side effect of many types of treatment for childhood cancer.http://www.helpkidshear.org/resources/funding/otherorgs.htm
Fitzgerald Cancer Fund
Resources for battling neuroblastoma, including funds for families and caregivers with a child currently in treatment for neuroblastoma. http://fitzgeraldcancerfund.org/ Application for funds can be found here.
Kids Wish Network
The loss of a child is one of the most devastating experiences a family can go through; Kids Wish Network is honored to help. This assistance is available to the family for up to 30 days after the child has passed. Kids Wish Network assists the families of our wish kids who have passed away prior to 21 years of age, to help ensure a proper end of life ceremony. http://kidswishnetwork.org/programs/funeral-assistance/
Live Like Bella Foundation
The Foundation works with families and funeral homes across the country to help provide a memorial plaque or urn for their child who has passed away from cancer. http://livelikebella.org/apply-for-support/memorial-support/
Comfort Zone Camp
A nonprofit organization that provides free therapeutic programs for children ages 5-25 who have experienced the death of a parent, guardian, or sibling. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Our programs empower children to be able to grieve, heal, and grow in healthy ways. Learn more at http://www.comfortzonecamp.org/
Boston Cancer Support's Partnership with LYFT
5 free rides for cancer patients and their families - fill out form and find more information here: http://www.bostoncancersupport.org/lyft/
Offering free rides to visiting family/friends from the South Shore to chosen Boston hospitals. http://www.faheyfoundation.org/schedule-a-ride
Cops for Kids with Cancer
Typically award grants of $5,000 to children being treated in New England. http://copsforkidswithcancer.org/contact-us/
Looking & Feeling Fab, Inc.
This nonrprofit offers skin care treatments, products and education to those who are suffering from cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and numerous non-cancerous medications can cause moderate to severe side effects on the skin altering ones quality of life. Programs offered in several cities across Massachusetts. www.lookfeelfab.org
Annie's Angels offers grants for various types of expenses, and can also serve as the fiscal sponsor for fundraising events. The Annie’s Helping Hands program offers massage, soothing facials and meditation for cancer patients on the seacoast. *Services available for caregivers.* Available for families in New Hampshire. http://anniesangels.org/
Offering free yoga classes for cancer patients and their caregivers in seacoast New Hampshire and Maine. Also offering scholarships to yoga teachers interested in learning oncology-specific techniques.
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation Financial Assistance Program provides grants up to $700 to cancer patients and their families battling cancer, allowing them to focus on treatment and recovery. All candidates must be receiving active cancer treatments, provide verification of a cancer diagnosis, and documentation of financial need. We serve patients throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. http://joeandruzzifoundation.org/assistance
Jacob's Heart offers various types of service, including direct financial assistance, to families in some parts of California. http://jacobsheart.org
A Mother's Kiss
Providing emotional and financial support to the families of childhood cancer patients in the Long Island and Metro-New York area. http://www.amotherskiss.org/
Friends of Karen
Friends of Karen’s mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them strong, functioning and able to cope. Familes of children with cancer in certain areas of NY, NJ, and CT are eligible for support.http://www.friendsofkaren.org/
The Robbie Foundation
Robbie Foundation serves children from birth to 20 years of age by funding adaptive equipment, assistive technology and therapy treatment not covered by insurance. This organization advocates for early intervention and improving the quality of life for children with special needs. For families in Maine. Learn more about their scholarships here.
Patient AirLift Services (PALS) arranges volunteer medical flights and free air transportation for needy individuals throughout the greater Northeast region, from Virginia to Maine, Ohio to Massachusetts. www.palservices.org
Other organizations offering resources and information:
The Cord Blood Center
Umbilical cord blood has helped children survive over 80 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia and is now being used in older patients. Cord Blood Center provides the latest up-to-date information and free resources for expecting parents. Their mission is to help others understand how they can benefit and help save the lives of sick children in need. http://cordbloodbanking.com
Sister site https://cordbloodguide.com offers a free downloadable guide as well as user friendly content relating to cord blood and how cord blood banking works.
Medical Malpractice Center
Cancer misdiagnosis is the most common form of medical malpractice. This organization offers free resources and information for those interested in learning more about medical malpractice. www.malpracticecenter.com/misdiagnosis/
Requesting an addition to the Resources page
This list is carefully curated by the limited staff of Lucy's Love Bus. If you would like your organization to be added to this list, you must offer FREE care or resources to pediatric cancer patients or their families. If your organization fits that criteria, please complete the request form below. We reserve the right to determine which resources are added to this page, and will add approved resources/organizations to this page in 3-5 business days. We may not be able to respond to all submissions; please check this page 3-5 business days after submitting your request to see if your suggestion was added if it fits our criteria. We do not pay for content or collaborations.