Patient in Treatment
First Descents is dedicated and passionate about providing healthy meals and nutrition education at our programs. We believe in the healing properties of food and the benefits that can be gained from sharing amazing meals (description from site).
Our cakes are free of charge, regardless of financial need. We serve medically qualified children and their siblings (description from site).
In Treatment Support: The Live Like Bella® Foundation honors Bella’s desire to serve other by assisting pediatric cancer families while undergoing treatment. We assist families with medical co-pays, basic needs such as: gas, food and utilities and everything in between. You are not alone (description from site).
Memorial Support: Burying a child is a horribly painful burden no parent should ever have to bare. We work closely with funeral homes to provide a memorial plaque or urn for children who’s battle with cancer has ended (description from site).
Lucy's Love Bus delivers comfort to children with cancer by paying for any therapy that helps to balance traditional cancer care and improves the quality of life for a child. We offer funding awards in increments of $500 for anyone who was diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21 years, either currently undergoing treatment or suffering from the late effects of cancer treatment. We connect families to local integrative therapists and pay practitioners directly for their services. We are currently accepting applications for children in the New England area (description from site).
MIB Agents is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to Making it Better (MIB) for kids with osteosarcoma. Through direct patient support, funding osteosarcoma-specific research and organizing the only Osteosarcoma Conference that brings together the doctors, researchers and advocates for kinder treatments, #TogetherWeWill #MakeItBetter!
MIB Ambassador support OsteoWarriors in their area who are in active treatment. Ambassador Sponsors support this program with donations for MIB Agents’ Totes. MIB Totes provide both items of comfort and necessities while in treatment.
Stillbrave’s mission is to provide non-medical, supportive care to children with cancer and their families. We are committed to helping the families of children battling cancer in any way we can. So while they are fighting the toughest war of their lives, we will fight their lesser battles, so they don’t have to. We are not only here to support children with cancer, we are here to help ease the burden of the family and the caregivers who are fighting battles of their own (description from site).
Sending care packages to pediatric cancer patients and their families was Mathias’ idea and he gave specific instructions on what should be included. Mathias felt strongly that the care packages should include items for the entire family, especially siblings, and he wanted every patient that received a package to know it was made just for them. We include items that are useful as families go through treatment, as well as fun and personal items chosen with the child and siblings’ interests in mind. Per Mathias’ instructions, we do not hand deliver packages to patients. Instead, they are mailed or given to a family friend (description from site).
The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation has created four primary programs for providing assistance to families who have Raindancers. Our Programs are developed to further our mission of ‘filling in the gaps’ that other services are unable to fill, so families with children who have special needs or who are going through a medical crisis can be properly supported. We envelop a family into a warm, comforting embrace while providing them with resources, assistance, emotional support and guidance. Along with this holistic approach, SJGF also strives to bring our Raindancers (and their siblings) as much JOY as possible by providing these inspirational children with gifts to bring comfort, happiness, and often times dramatically improve and change their lives (description from site).
Unique healing environment of hospital and retreat housing facilities, where families find hope and comfort. Since 1986, Believe In Tomorrow has provided over 300,000 overnight accommodations, helping families stay together in the midst of a medical crisis (description from site).
First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer (description from site).
Located in Baltimore, Maryland
Financial Resources for Patients
The Northwest Sarcoma Foundation goal is to create and actively participate in the direction of a national alliance with other sarcoma foundations and affiliated groups guiding a coalition among private and public concerns furthering research for a cure of sarcomas. Although this organization is more directed towards the Northwest states, the information contained in it is pertinent to all patients. The Jenna Westerholm Pediatric Help$ Program is available to provide grants of $1,000 to sarcoma patients under the age of 18 and currently undergoing treatment in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana (description from site).
Wish Granting Foundations
A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. Founded in 1982, A Special Wish Foundation was one of the first wish-granting organizations in the United States, and now has chapters across the U.S. and one in Moscow, Russia. Since 1982, wishes have been granted to thousands of qualifying children (description from site).
Wish Coordinators make up a professional team with over 20 years of experience in creating unique, carefree wishes that, depending on the type of wish, include all travel arrangements, accommodations, tickets, full detailed itineraries, expense money, volunteer support, carefully planned presentations to fit the family’s schedule, and the promise of lots of surprises along the way. Every detail is planned to perfection, allowing the family to enjoy "Family Time", creating precious memories to forever cherish (description from site).
The Dream factory grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen. The Dream Team of volunteers roll up their sleeves and get to work making reservations, finding contacts for celebrities, sports figures and other famous people, finding gifts-in-kind and other volunteers. In essence, whatever it takes to make a dream come true that will provide a memorable and inspirational experience for the children and families alike (description from site).
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, they’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes (description from site).
For more than 25 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness (description from site).
General Cancer Support
Group Loop is a safe place online for teens with cancer away from the daily pressures of classes, after school activities, family and work responsibilities, let alone treatment schedules. Many teens with cancer are unable to leave their homes, drive cars, or attend social activities. Group Loop will serve as a unique place for teens with cancer to "connect" with other teens and forge friendships while battling unwanted aloneness, loss of control and loss of hope associated with the disease (description from site).
Adolescents and young adults have very specific concerns and needs when faced with a cancer diagnosis. This is the time when you want to meet others, focus on school and start a family. A cancer diagnosis can present many challenges, and we’re here to help you (description from site).
We offer a lifeline to the young adult cancer community by helping those in need feel normalized and connected to their peers. We end isolation and educate our community about the age-appropriate resources they didn’t know they needed, to navigate the crap with dignity and on their terms. Our mission is to empower, support, and improve health outcomes for the young adult cancer community (description from site).
This is where we "share our sh*t", literally and figuratively. It's for those who are ready to leave pediatrics or have already gone, but are nowhere near geriatrics. Beware, this isn't only about ranting; while we definitely recognize the importance of a good rant. The Real Time Cancer Community is all about the open, honest, pursuit of the positive, so all the stories you find here will be from the heart and inspiring (description from site).