How can I get financial assistance for my cancer-related expenses?
There are several local and national organizations to help with the expenses of cancer. Click here to read an article about getting assistance.
General Financial Assistance
Cancer Cares – For women with cancer – 800-813-4673
JD Breast Cancer Foundation – 216-791-9447, www.jdbcfoundation.org
Journey of Hope – 216-262-0612 – ask at your oncologist’s office for this application, funds available for a variety of costs.
Karen P. Nakon Foundation – 440-930-8000 – breast cancer, www.nakonfoundation.com
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – for all blood cancers, contact Debbie Kendig, 216-910-1234
Rise Above It – for young adults, www.raibenefit.org , PO Box 40054, Bay Village, 44014
Specific Financial Assistance
For chemotherapy, every pharmaceutical company has a “compassionate care” program that you can apply for. They each have their own application forms and ‘hoops’ to jump through, but it is worth the effort. You will need to know the names of all the drugs you are taking to then find out who is their manufacturer. I can help with that if you aren’t sure. Click here for a complete listing of pharmaceutical assistance programs
Also, Cancer Resources offers a cancer copay assistance program at http://www.cancercarecopay.org/
- Buying a Wig
The Gathering Place opened HairPeace, a wig salon offered synthetic wigs at no cost. Synthetic wigs are donated to us and then professionally cleaned. We have free wigs east and west, and ask that you make an appointment first.
NEO Wig Bank – free wigs, 440-725-5565, www.inspiratowigs.com
Hair Peace Charities in Pittsburgh, PA offers financial aid for women needing help purchasing a new wig. Go to www.hairpeace.org
For transportation, there are several companies that offer free airfare to cancer patients and their family members. Click here for their phone numbers and webpages.
Options When Seeking Treatment Out of Town:
- Household Assistance
Cleaning for a Reason 877-337-3348
HEAP – Home Energy Assistance Program, electric & gas bills 800-282-0880
- Insurance Issues
For assistance with insurance matters, Click here.
- Make-a-wish programs
Angel Foundation -”Making special wishes come true for adults in Ohio with terminal illness” 419/238-6726, Van Wert, www.theangelfoundation.org
Making Memories – for women with stage IV breast cancer, email@example.com
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