The months following a cancer diagnosis can be the hardest months of your entire life. Fortunately, you are not alone. Your network of support is bigger than you could ever imagine.
Below, we have compiled a list of local and national resources available to cancer patients and their loved ones.
ACS focuses on cancer research, education, and advocacy.
The goal of BMTInfoNet is to educate oncology patients who are facing a bone marrow, peripheral stem cell, or cord blood transplant.
Cancer and Careers educates cancer patients and survivors to help them thrive in the workplace.
The CLRC offers information on cancer-related legal issues.
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer connects patients and caregivers with education and outreach services.
LLS empowers patients and caregivers affected by blood cancer by providing free educational resources.
SHARE is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers women affected by breast, ovarian, or metastatic breast cancer.
Survivorship A to Z provides information on insurance, government benefits, managing finances, employment issues, and more.
CCSA is a national nonprofit that works to ensure affordable and accessible child care for all families.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services offers child care subsidies to eligible families.
The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program is a free program designed to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-olds.
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving helps older adults and adults with disabilities in Wake County live independently by providing services like shopping, light yard work, respite care, and more.
Cleaning for a Reason alleviates the burden of household chores by offering two free home cleanings to individuals with cancer.
Through the Homebound Food Delivery program, volunteers with the Council on Aging deliver food donations to seniors throughout Buncombe County.
Meals on Wheels America empowers seniors by ensuring food access.
Mecklenburg County delivers meals to home-bound seniors each week. A short-term option is also available for individuals recovering from hospitalization or rehabilitation.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides in-home aide services, including home management assistance, to eligible individuals.
Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service is a nationwide nonprofit that connects young adults with seniors, single parents, veterans, and disabled adults who need help with yard work.
Samaritan Maids serves women in the Piedmont Triad who are undergoing cancer treatment by offering professional housekeeping services.
An extension of Novant Health, the Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center offers individual and family counseling, support groups, educational events, and more.
Camp Bluebird is a multi-day retreat in the mountains of western North Carolina for adult cancer survivors.
CFR provides free outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer. Retreats are regularly hosted in western North Carolina.
FCA provides webinars, classes, support groups, and workshops for caregivers of individuals with chronic debilitating health conditions.
First Descents introduces young adults (ages 18 to 39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions to the healing properties of outdoor adventure programming.
Imerman Angels connects cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers with one-on-one mentors.
Atrium Health offers clinics and programs to support cancer patients and their families.
LUNGevity empowers individuals diagnosed with lung cancer through peer-to-peer matching, in-person survivorship programs, and oncology social worker support.
The National LGBT Cancer Network offers peer groups for LGBTQUI+ cancer patients and survivors.
The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center offers free webinars for cancer caregivers.
St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte offers monthly cancer support groups.
Located in Tryon, Wind River Cancer Wellness empowers cancer survivors through in-person wellness retreats and virtual workshops.
The ALSF SuperSibs program helps siblings of children with cancer process their brother or sister’s diagnosis.
Based in Stokesdale, Camp Carefree provides free, week-long summer camps for kids with chronic illnesses.
The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation provides online and community support programs for children and families affected by a brain or spinal cord tumor.
The Dougy Center offers grief resources for kids and young adults who are grieving a death or living with an advanced illness.
The Sibling Support Project is dedicated to providing emotional support to the siblings of children with special health needs.
Based in Randleman, Victory Junction offers immersive camping experiences to children with chronic illnesses.
The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children with cancer.
CancerCare provides financial assistance for cancer-related costs such as transportation, home care, and child care. Co-payment assistance is also available.
Cancer for College offers need-based college scholarships to cancer survivors.
The Caring Community Foundation works hand-in-hand with social workers at partner hospitals in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties to connect patients with financial resources.
The Children’s Leukemia Research Association connects leukemia patients of all ages with needed financial resources.
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance offers lump sums to cancer patients to help with daily expenses like household bills, groceries, and child care.
The Expect Miracles Foundation equips cancer patients and caregivers with financial resources.
Family Reach is a nonprofit dedicated to removing the financial barriers of cancer treatment.
Good Days provides financial resources to underinsured patients diagnosed with chronic and life-altering diseases.
The goal of the HeathWell Foundation is to defray the costs of cancer treatment by covering insurance premiums, co-payments, and other out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
The LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program is available to blood cancer patients struggling to pay for the cost of treatment.
Meredith’s Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation provides financial support to individuals aged 40 and under who are undergoing treatment for colon cancer.
The PAN Foundation provides co-payment assistance to patients who are struggling to afford out-of-pocket costs.
PAF CPR offers direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products.
The Caring House at Duke Cancer Institute provides comfortable and affordable housing for adult outpatients and their caregivers.
Based in Pinehurst, the Clara McLean House is a haven for out-of-town patients, families, and caregivers.
The American Cancer Society offers free lodging to patients receiving care near Greenville, N.C.
The Hospitality House of Charlotte provides lodging for cancer patients who are receiving treatment at a local medical facility.
Duke Patient Information Services sponsors the Host Homes program. This program allows Duke Cancer Center patients to stay in a private home while receiving treatment.
Joe’s House is a nonprofit organization that connects cancer patients and their loved ones with discounted lodging when they must travel for treatment.
The Rathbun House is a place where families can stay at no charge while loved ones receive treatment at healthcare facilities in Asheville.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging for families of critically ill children who are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
While receiving treatment at UNC Hospitals, patients and caregivers can stay in a SECU Family House in Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem, or Wilmington.
Based in Fayetteville, the Stanton Hospitality House offers a temporary place for patients and caregivers to stay during treatment.
Air Charity Network provides free flights to people in need of medical treatment.
The ALSF Travel For Care program supports children with cancer and their families by offsetting travel expenses.
ChemoCars provides patients in Charlotte with free transportation to and from chemotherapy, radiation, and certain non-surgical cancer treatment appointments.
Mercy Medical Angels offers long-distance ground or air transportation for patients who must travel for medical care.
Miracle Flights provides free air transportation for children and adults with life-threatening illnesses.
The mission of the National Volunteer Transportation Center is to connect all Americans with access to safe, affordable transportation.
The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services provides free transportation services to individuals who are 60 years of age or older.
PALS arranges free air transportation for individuals needing medical treatment who cannot afford to fly commercially.
Be the Match helps patients in need of life-saving bone marrow or umbilical cord transplants find a donor match.
The Cancer Card Xchange
The Cancer Card Xchange distributes gift cards to cancer patients across the country.
COTA helps children and young adults in need of life-saving transplants by promoting organ, marrow, and tissue donation. COTA also helps to defray the cost of transplants.
The Heavenly Hats Foundation distributes hats to individuals who have lost their hair because of cancer or another illness.
The mission of Locks of Love is to provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 21.
Look Good Feel Better is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the self-esteem of cancer patients undergoing treatment through complimentary beauty sessions.
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