Connections for CancerDealing with a cancer dianosis and looking for support? It came to our attention that many did not know where to turn for resources after receiving a cancer diagnosis. But we knew there were many programs in the area, ready to help provide support to those and their families during their time of need. Neighbors 4 Neighbors in collaboration with our community partners gathering these available cancer support services throughout Miami Dade, and Broward Counties and putting them into one place. Here.
The South Florida Cancer Control Collaborative in Partnership with the Health Council of South Florida has complied a site with links to resources, speakers and data and programs to help navigate through a cancer diagnosis.
Health Council of South Florida
Click here for links to many local resources
Serving, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach Counties
Hereditary Cancer/BRCA Advocate. This organization provides education, advocacy, support, and resources about and for hereditary cancer, cancer genetics, genetic counseling & testing, BRCA gene mutation, cancer previous (gene mutation carriers or those at high risk for cancer due to family history) that have not actually had cancer, cancer survivors, BRCA related cancers: breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, melanoma, colon cancer, male breast cancer.
They have One to One support - 561 254-1867 and also provide public speaking about being a BRCA 1 gene mutation carrier, my personal healthcare choices to reduce my cancer risk, plus information & resources are provided. (honorarium/travel fee)
Join their private Facebook support group for women (only) who have an increased risk for cancer. Must email request to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/brcasisterhood/ free
Genetic Cancer Social Media live Tweet Chats & Support: Every 2 months on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GenC_SM free
Assisting those with Pediatric Cancer
Serving the entire US
They provide monetary grants to families battling cancer to help relieve some of the financial burden they are facing. Log on to their website to contact them for assistance.
Serving Primarily Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Palm Beach
Camp Kesem is a week long summer camp offered to children (ages 6 -16). Our mission is to support children through and beyond their parent's cancer will innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community. The camp is completely free of cost as we understand the financial burden that medical bills can place on a family during such trying times. This year's camp will be held from August 6 - 12 and will be held at Camp Winona in DeLeon Springs, FL. Transportation will be provided from the University of Miami (Coral Gables campus) free of cost. For any questions or more information regarding how to apply, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate
Serving: Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe
Funds local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment programs.
Komen's National Breast Care Helpline provides breast cancer education, psychosocial support and information about resources for financial assistance and other needed services. You may reach this program by calling 1-877-GO KOMEN
Provides Breast Health Awareness and Education – Log on to www.komenmiaftl.org for more information related to breast cancer awareness facts and campaigns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has a very compressive site with resources, survivor stories, work and financial advice and more.
Serve: Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe
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Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences.
Genetics for Life, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian
cancer. Embrace, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer.
Thriving Again, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors.
Best Face Forward, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment.
Family Focus, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members.
Serving: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach
Programs: MASS: Mammograms After Sunday Service The MASS program provides uninsured women access to FREE breast health education and mammography screenings at their place of worship
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of South Florida
Blood cancers: Leukemias, Lymphomas, Multiple Mylomas
Serving: Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe
Patient Support Programs, http://www.lls.org/southern-florida/article/patient-support-programs-southern-florida
Copay Assistance Program, http://www.lls.org/support/financial-support/co-pay-assistance-program
Free Patient Education, http://www.lls.org/southern-florida/article/patient-support-programs-southern-florida
Susan Lang Pay-it-Forward Travel Assistance Program, http://www.lls.org/patient-travel-assistance-program
Weekly Online Chats for Cancer Patients, Caregivers & Young Adults, http://www.lls.org/support/online-chats
Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program is a peer-to-peer program that matches newly diagnosed patients and their families with trained volunteers who have been touched firsthand by a blood cancer and shared similar experiences. http://www.lls.org/support/peer-to-peer-support
Gilda's Club South Florida
We accept all cancer diagnoses
Primary County Broward
Support groups for all those impacted by cancer including caregivers and children both with a diagnosis and those impacted by a cancer diagnosis. We also provide group support for those living with a cancer related loss.
Healthy Lifestyles groups including yoga, book club, writing group, watercolors, improv for all those impacted by cancer
Educational Workshops include opportunities to hear from local experts on all types of issues that impact cancer patients and their families.
Women Partnering with Women-a
community outreach program that brings cancer prevention, screening and
treatment information to women who partner with women throughout Broward
Gilda's on the Go-Cancer Support Groups provided outside of the Clubhouse.
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Information Center
Serving all counties in Florida
TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE: If you or your loved one needs a ride to treatment, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to be matched with a volunteer or a community transportation partner. Patients must be traveling to an appointment required to begin or complete cancer treatment, or to an appointment for complementary therapy during cancer treatment.
LODGING ASSISTANCE: Hotel Partners Program -The American Cancer Society, in a cooperative effort with hotels across the country, provides overnight accommodations to cancer patients who must travel for outpatient treatment and need assistance with lodging. The program is open to cancer patients of all ages, including pediatric patients accompanied by a parent, and patients traveling with children. All accommodations are provided based on eligibility requirements and are subject to availability and to restrictions imposed by the participating hotels. To request lodging assistance, call 1-800-227-2345.
NATIONAL CANCER INFORMATION CENTER provides information and support to those facing cancer by calling 1-800-227-2345. Trained cancer information specialists are available via phone, or live chat on cancer.org, providing accurate, up to date cancer information to patients, family members, and caregivers and connecting them with valuable services and resources in their communities. We’re here to help – in 12 different languages – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Primary County Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Emergency Financial Assistance Program: represents the core of the Foundation's mission. JJCCF 's assistance relieves crisis, provides stabilization during the initial shock period as spending is adjusted, and allows families to focus on the treatment and health of the child. The program has effectively provided emergency financial assistance, hope and compassion and love to nearly 4,000 children and family members fighting childhood cancer to-date. Since inception, JJCCF has raised over $2.2 million while achieving a high level of expense efficiency (97% of total expenses were program expenses as reflected in JJCCF's 2015 audited financials). JJCCF is able to keep its overhead at a minimum using donated office space offered by the Broward Health Foundation. JJCCF has established partnerships with pediatric oncology treatment centers that refer families for temporary assistance; it serves qualifying Florida residents via partner hospital referrals and serves patients of all (7) hospitals treating pediatric oncology in South Florida.
Advocacy Program: is able to further assist families with extreme needs which exceed JJCCF's limited resources. Through targeted fundraising, contributions were generated from postings on JJCCF's website and social media, e blast newsletters, fundraising events, media broadcastings/press and collaborating charities. This program was effective in generating additional funding for qualifying families in crisis to have access to additional financial support. Children in our Advocacy Program: http://jjccf.org/category/children-urgent-needs/
Share the Joy Program: a contribution program which encourages local businesses, groups and individuals to donate $2,000 for the sponsorship of a family in crisis battling childhood cancer. 100% of the funds donated provide the family with check payments or gift cards to cover their basic human necessities. "Share the Joy" ceremonies include the benefiting child, family members, JJCCF staff, donor(s) and optional guests. Ceremonies vary from an intimate setting to a bigger audience depending on the donor and the child's health. In lieu of a ceremony, donors can request the story and photo of the benefiting child. Share the Joy results are of impact both to the donor and to the benefiting family who share feelings of joy from either giving or receiving a meaningful gift.
Help With Medication
NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can't afford medications and healthcare costs. More than 1.3 million patients, family members, healthcare professionals, social workers and patient advocates use the NeedyMeds website each year. We regularly update data on over 9,000 assistance programs, 15,000 free/low-cost/sliding scale clinics and nearly 1,500 drug discount coupons. We also publish information about resources for specific diseases. All our information is accessible online, at no charge and without registration.