Resources

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Cancer Resources

The Andrew Weishar Foundation

The mission of Weish4Ever is to provide support and financial relief to families with young adults and adolescents battling cancer (Ages 15-39). We pride ourselves on making a powerful and immediate impact on the lives of these families facing the most difficult moments of their lives. For additional information, please visit weish4ever.org.

Angels of Hope

Angels of Hope is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2004 that offers financial assistance, volunteer teachers, portraits, and holiday programs to families affected by Cancer. For additional information, visit their website at angelsofhope.org or call (586) 226-3146.

The Betty Kearns Cancer Fund *

The Betty Kearns Cancer Fund can help patients who struggle to meet basic, daily living needs so that they can focus on their health and healing. A patient is eligible to apply for up to $1,000, and in extenuating circumstances, the committee can approve help beyond that amount. Applications are available year-round. For additional information, visit their website at stclairefoundation.org/fund/betty-kearns-cancer-fund.

The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan

The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to addressing the emotional, financial, and social needs of patients and families affected by blood cancer across Michigan for nearly 70 years. Master’s level professionals personalize critical education and support services to each patient and family member, elevating their ability to cope and heal – from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. For additional information, visit their website at bloodcancerfoundationmi.org or call (800) 825-2536.

CancerCare

CancerCare is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. For additional information, visit their website at cancercare.org or call (800) 813-HOPE.

Camp Kesem

The Camp Kesem is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2000 that offers week long summer camps specifically catered to children between the ages of 6 to 16 with a parent affected by cancer. For additional information, visit their website at campkesem.org or call (260) 225-3736.

Cancer Legal Resource Center

Provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line (includes insurance appeals, employment rights and leave time, access to healthcare and government benefits, estate planning, etc.) For additional information, visit their website at disabilityrightslegalcenter.org or call (866) 843-2572.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a Private, for-profit operator of cancer treatment hospitals and outpatient clinics founded in 1988 that offers and utilizes leading technology to aggressively treat cancer. They also support their patients with nutrition and other therapies, because they recognize that managing the side effects of cancer treatment is half the battle. For additional information, visit their website at cancercenter.com or call (800) 931-0599.

Cleaning for a Reason

The Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that offers professional house cleaning to women experiencing cancer. For additional information, visit their website at cleaningforareason.org or call (877) 337-3348.

Family Reach

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. For more information, visit their website at familyreach.org.

Five Points of Hope

The Five Points Of Hope Cancer Care Fund is a Michigan-based non-profit organization founded in 2007 dedicated to assisting individuals experiencing financial difficulties while dealing with the diagnosis of cancer.  For additional information, visit their website at fivepointsofhope.com.

GRYT Health

GRYT Health is a digital oncology company that empowers people to be in charge of their own health through education, engagement and support. We offer a community free from judgment that focuses on humanity and the value each person brings. Our mission is to improve quality of life and increase survival for people facing cancer through the relentless focus on patient experience. We put patients first and work with healthcare organizations that do the same. We use the patient voice to enhance drug development and access; and together, we are helping to move healthcare forward. For additional information, visit their website at grythealth.com or call (844) ITS-GRYT (487-4798).

Hero Foundation

The Hero Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2009 dedicated to helping Michigan families financially while they battle cancer.  They also offer a summer weekend camp for children who have a parent with cancer, children who have lost a parent to cancer, or children who are themselves suffering from cancer.  For additional information, visit their website at herofoundationmi.org.

Joe’s House

Joe’s House is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization that was created by Ann W Calahan in memory of her late husband Joe. The Joe’s House website lists thousands of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatments centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones. For additional information, visit their website at joeshouse.org.

Keep Swimming Foundation

Keep Swimming Foundation provides financial aid for patients and their families so that they may afford the essential, non-medical expenses required to remain together throughout long-term inpatient hospitalizations. For additional information, visit their website at keepswimmingfoundation.org.

Kids Kicking Cancer

The Kids Kicking Cancer is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1999 that offers weekly classes in mind-body techniques found in the martial arts to children affected by cancer, both inpatient and outpatient. For additional information, visit their website at kidskickingcancer.net or call (248) 864-8238.

LIVESTRONG Foundation

Livestrong is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1997 that provides information and guidance during all stages of your cancer journey, offers cancer support for patients, children and caregivers, as well as addresses common concerns related to a cancer diagnosis. For additional information, visit their website at livestrong.org or call (855) 220-777.

Look Good Feel Better

The Look Good Feel Better is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1989 that offers Tips for Teens, Men and Women affected by cancer. Workshops for women that are 2-hour, hands-on workshops that include: A detailed description and demonstration of the 12-step skin care and makeup program, Instruction on options relating to hair loss, including wigs (types/care), turbans, and scarves, nail care and helpful suggestions on clothing and ways to use flattering colors and shapes, as well as ways to camouflage areas of concern during cancer treatment. For additional information, visit their website at lookgoodfeelbetter.org or call (800) 395-LOOK.

A Mother’s Wish

A Mother’s Wish embraces and supports Oakland County, MI women and families impacted by breast cancer by easing the day-to-day burdens associated with a diagnosis while offering opportunities for hope, comfort, family togetherness and healing.  For additional information, visit their website at amotherswishmichigan.com.

Needy Meds

NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization founded in 1997 that maintains a website of free information and resources to cancer patients including assistance programs, free/low-cost/sliding scale clinics and medication discount coupons. NeedyMeds also publishes information about resources for specific types of cancer.  All information is accessible online, at no charge and without registration.  For information, visit their website at needymeds.org.

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Patient Advocate Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 that provides patients with mediation and arbitration services to help resolve healthcare issues.  Through supported grants, partnerships and targeted donations, PAF operates programs to assist with financial issues.  This includes a Co-Pay Relief Program for those meeting disease and income eligibility guidelines. For additional information, visit their website at patientadvocate.org or call (800) 532-5274.

Patient Resource

The goal of Patient Resource LLC is to empower people who are suffering with life-altering diseases by giving them the most comprehensive and up-to-date guides to treatment and facilities for their disease free of charge. Comprehensive financial and advocacy resources are also available on their website. For additional information, visit their website at patientresource.com.

The Pink Fund

The Pink Fund is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2007 that offers up to 90 days of non-medical financial aid to cover basic cost of living expenses to breast cancer patients who have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment. For additional information, visit their website at pinkfund.org or call (877) 234-PINK (7465).

Remember Betty

Remember Betty is a Non-profit organization founded in 2015 whose mission is to help minimize the financial burden associated with breast cancer for patients & survivors by providing direct financial support.  For additional information, visit their website at rememberbetty.com.

The Sam Fund

The Sam Fund is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2003 that offers financial assistance and free online support and education to young adult cancer survivors (between ages of 21 and 39).  For additional information, visit their website at thesamfund.org or call (617) 938-3484.

Shades of Pink

Shades of Pink is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2005.  Whether it’s helping with a mortgage payment, rent, transportation, or insurance premiums, Shades of Pink Foundation is committed to easing the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis for patients in the Detroit metropolitan area. For additional information, visit their website at shadesofpinkfoundation.org or call (248) 318-6603.

Share A Smile

Share A Smile is a Michigan-based charitable organization founded in 1999 to meet the needs of ordinary citizens struggling with financial crisis, due to unemployment, health crisis, or natural disaster.  For additional information, visit their website at shareasmile.org or call (248) 792-9406.

Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer’s mission is to help empower everyone affected by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer by ending isolation and building community. Stupid Cancer offers a lifeline to the adolescent and young adult cancer community by providing age-appropriate resources to help navigate treatment and survivorship on your own terms. For additional information, visit their website at stupidcancer.org or call (212) 619-1040.

Triage Cancer

Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that works with cancer community partners, healthcare professionals, and other experts to connect people to relevant, practical, and personal information on cancer survivorship issues, such as access to healthcare, treatment options, psychosocial care, survivorship care planning, and the practical, legal, and financial issues that arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis. For additional information, visit their website at triagecancer.org or call (424) 258-4628.

Social Services

ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services)

The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) strives to enable and empower individuals, families, and communities to lead informed, productive, and culturally sensitive lives. As a nonprofit model of excellence, we honor our Arab American heritage through community-building and service to all those in need, of every heritage. ACCESS offers a wide range of social, economic, health, and educational services. For additional information, visit their website at accesscommunity.org or call (313) 842-7010.

Affordable Rental Housing

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) offers assistance to those in need with housing, education and community resources to overcome housing challenges.  For additional information, visit their website at michigan.gov/mshda.

ASIST Helpers

ASIST has provided a document with resources for families and individuals living in Oakland county. For additional information, please CLICK HERE.

CERA

The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program is a use of additional federal funds available to help tenants facing pandemic-related hardships avoid eviction while also ensuring landlords can recoup owed rent. MSHDA administers CERA through its statewide network of local nonprofit agencies. We encourage everyone who is eligible to apply today and take advantage of a program that can help restore housing stability. For additional information on how to apply, please CLICK HERE.

DTE Assistance

DTE has partnered with the Salvation Army to help make energy payments more affordable with DTE’s Low Income Self-Sufficiency Plan. For additional information on how to apply, please CLICK HERE.

FindHelp (previously Aunt Bertha)

Search for free and reduced cost social service programs in your zip code. For additional information, visit the website at findhelp.org.

Home Repair Services *

Home Repair Services provides critical repairs, inspections, accessibility modifications, education, and financial counseling for Kent County homeowners. For additional information, visit the website at homerepairservices.org or call (616) 241-2601.

MiBridges

MI Bridges can help you to access more than 30,000 state and local services across the state, apply for benefits, manage your case, and explore resources. For additional information, visit their website at michigan.gov/mibridges or call (844) 799-9876.

Michigan 2-1-1

Michigan 211 is largely funded by the United Way is available to all Michigan residents.  It provides access to a confidential information and referral service that connects you with a broad range of community, government and faith-based services that can help with rent & utility costs, shelter & housing connections, nutritional and basic food benefits and transportation coordination and assistance.  For additional information, visit their website at mi211.org or call (844) 875-9211.

Oakland County Basic Needs Resources *

Oakland county has provided a document with emergency and basic needs resources for families and individuals living in Oakland county. For additional information, please CLICK HERE.

THAW: The Heat and Warmth Fund

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is stabilizing and empowering Michigan families, keeping them healthy, safe and warm. For additional information, visit their website at thawfund.org or call (800) 866-THAW (8429).

United Way

United Way 211 connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives. For additional information, visit their website at unitedway.org or dial 2-1-1.

Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) *

The Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) is a two year program that provides funding to eligible, low-income homeowners to assist with water bills, water conservation, and self-sufficiency initiatives. For additional information, visit their website at waynemetro.org/WRAP or call (313) 386-9727.

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Pediatric Resources

The Andrew Weishar Foundation

The mission of Weish4Ever is to provide support and financial relief to families with young adults and adolescents battling cancer (Ages 15-39). We pride ourselves on making a powerful and immediate impact on the lives of these families facing the most difficult moments of their lives. For additional information, please visit weish4ever.org.

American Childhood Cancer Organization

The American Childhood Cancer Organization, established in 1995, provides information, resources, books and support for parents, children, and adolescents with cancer to provide grassroots leadership through advocacy and awareness, and to support research leading to a cure for all children diagnosed with this life-threatening disease.  For additional information, visit their website at acco.org or call (855) 858-2226.

Camp Kesem

The Camp Kesem is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2000 that offers week long summer camps specifically catered to children between the ages of 6 to 16 with a parent affected by cancer. For additional information, visit their website at campkesem.org or call (260) 225-3736.

The Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation

The Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation supports young adults (16-39) during their cancer diagnosis, treatment, and beyond through a variety of advocacy and programming. For additional information, please visit cassiehinesshoescancer.org or call (586) 322-0991.

Children’s Cancer Resource Fund

Children’s Cancer Research Fund is a national nonprofit organization that offers information relevant to parents and immediate family about survivorship, diagnosis, treatment, research and cures of childhood cancer.  For additional information, visit their website at childrenscancer.org or call (888) 422-7348.

Camp Casey

The Camp Casey is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2003 that offers 3 unique programs to children with cancer and their families. Cowboy Camp Outs are overnight mini-vacations at dude ranches in Michigan; Horsey House Calls bring a horse to the doorstep of kids too ill to attend an overnight retreat and; Outlaw Outings provide family-oriented activities, like attending professional sports games, without the expense or hassle of planning. Programs are offered to families with children facing pediatric cancer, sickle cell anemia, and/or aplastic anemia. For additional information, visit their website at camp-casey.org or call (877) 388-8315 or (248) 705-2780.

Camp-Mak-A-Dream

The Camp-Mak-A-Dream is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1991 that offers Medically-supervised, cost free camp experiences to children, siblings, teenagers, young adults, and women affected by cancer. In addition, they also offer conferences for teenagers and adults (Age 18-35) with brain tumors. For additional information, visit their website at campdreammich.org or call (248) 723-5575.

Camp Quality of Michigan

The Camp Quality of Michigan is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1987 that offers community-based camping experiences and ongoing support programs to children with cancer (Ages 4 to 17) within five years of their diagnosis. For additional information, visit their website at campqualityusa.org or call (231) 582-2471.

Children with Hair Loss

The Children with Hair Loss is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2000 that offers hair replacements once a year to all children who have medically-related hair loss up to age 21. For additional information, visit their website at childrenwithhairloss.us or call (734) 379-4400.

The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan

The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan is a non-profit organization that offers financial assistance, a special needs fund, social workers, case managers, resource room, peer support network, holiday programs, and ticket programs to Michigan residents facing the challenges of leukemia, lymphoma, and blood-related disorders. For additional information, visit their website at bloodcancerfoundationmi.org or call (800) 825-2536.

Dougy Center

At Dougy Center, our mission is to provide grief support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families can share their experiences before and after a death. We provide support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children who are grieving. For additional information, visit their website at dougy.org or call (503) 775-5683.

For a Day Foundation

The For a Day Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2000 that offers programs such as Queen for a Day, Hero for a Day, and Designer for a Day to seriously ill children and their families. For additional information, visit their website at foradayfoundation.org or call (248) 217-7656.

Kids Kicking Cancer

The Kids Kicking Cancer is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1999 that offers weekly classes in mind-body techniques found in the martial arts to children affected by cancer, both inpatient and outpatient. For additional information, visit their website at kidskickingcancer.net or call (248) 864-8238.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1984 that offers the opportunity of having a wish granted to a child with a life-threatening medical condition who is between the ages of 2 and 18. For additional information, visit their website at michigan.wish.org or call (734) 994-8620.

The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1985 that offers the opportunity for a child (Ages 2 to 18) with a life-threatening or terminal illness to have a wish granted, academic scholarships, cancer family events, and case managers. For additional information, visit their website at rainbowwishconnection.org or call (248) 601-9474 or (877) 649-4743.

The Sam Fund

The Sam Fund is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2003 that offers financial assistance and free online support and education to young adult cancer survivors (between ages of 21 and 39).  For additional information, visit their website at thesamfund.org or call (617) 938-3484.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases.  Consistent with the vision of the founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.  For additional information, visit their website at stjude.org or call (800) 822-6344.

Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer’s mission is to help empower everyone affected by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer by ending isolation and building community. Stupid Cancer offers a lifeline to the adolescent and young adult cancer community by providing age-appropriate resources to help navigate treatment and survivorship on your own terms. For additional information, visit their website at stupidcancer.org or call (212) 619-1040.

Wigs for Kids

The Wigs 4 Kids is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2010 that offers hair replacement, support services, counseling, and fieldtrips for children ages 3-18, living in Michigan and suffering from hair loss as a result of illness. For additional information, visit their website at wigs4kids.org or call (586) 772-6656.

Young Adult Cancer Connection

Young Adult Cancer Connection provides a rare opportunity for young adults (18-39) and their caregivers to come together and work through the issues unique to our age group, discover emotional and clinical resources, and ultimately know that we’re not alone in our cancer experience. For additional information, visit their website at yacancerconnection.org.

Retreats

Inheritance of Hope

The Inheritance of Hope is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 that offers legacy retreats, scholarship resources, book resources, continuing support post-retreat, and webinars to families consisting of children under 18 years of age, and a parent who has a life-threatening illness (Cancer Stages 3 or 4). For additional information, visit their website at inheritanceofhope.org or call (914) 213-8435.

Little Pink Houses of Hope

Little Pink Houses of Hope is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that offers week long vacation retreats for breast cancer patients and their families.  For additional information, visit their website at littlepink.org or call (336) 213-4733.

 

Emotional/Grief Support

CancerCare

CancerCare is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. For additional information, visit their website at cancercare.org or call (800) 813-HOPE.

Cancer Hope Network

Provide free one-on-one confidential support to all people (patients, family or friends) impacted by cancer, along the entire continuum from diagnosis through survivorship. They provide support by training volunteers who faced similar experiences who are matched to those needing our services. Through this process they instill hope and make a positive difference in the lives of people touched by cancer. For additional information, visit their website at cancerhopenetwork.org.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a Private, for-profit operator of cancer treatment hospitals and outpatient clinics founded in 1988 that offers and utilizes leading technology to aggressively treat cancer. They also support their patients with nutrition and other therapies, because they recognize that managing the side effects of cancer treatment is half the battle. For additional information, visit their website at cancercenter.com or call (800) 931-0599.

Chemo Angels

The Chemo Angels is a Non-Profit Volunteer Organization founded in 2000 that matches patients with the support of an Angel throughout their journey.  Your Angel will send (via USPS) cards, uplifting messages, supportive words and lots of positive energy. The encouragement these Angels provide gives the comfort and confidence of knowing you are not alone in your fight. For additional information visit their website at chemoangels.com.

Gilda’s Club

The Gilda’s Club is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1998, that is available in multiple areas and offers support groups, education lectures, workshops, children/teen specific activities and groups, bereavement support groups, and social events for men, women, teens and children living with cancer, as well their families and friends.  For additional information, visit their website at gildasclubdetroit.org or call (248) 577-0800.

Imerman Angels

The Imerman Angels is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2003 that matches those affected by cancer with a cancer survivor or survivor’s caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer. For additional information visit their website at imermanangels.org or call (877) 274-5529.

The Lake House

The Lake House is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 2011 that offers cancer support groups, one-on-one cancer support consultations/guidance, health and wellness talks/activities, stress management activities, and social events to those affected by cancer.  For additional information, contact The Lake House at (586) 777-7761.

A Mother’s Wish

A Mother’s Wish embraces and supports Oakland County, MI women and families impacted by breast cancer by easing the day-to-day burdens associated with a diagnosis while offering opportunities for hope, comfort, family togetherness and healing.  For additional information, visit their website at amotherswishmichigan.com.

New Normal Grief Consulting

New Normal Grief Consulting is an emotional support organization that supports individuals experiencing grief from a diagnosis or the loss of a loved one. Grief can make you feel alone, hopeless, and paralyzed as you wonder what to do next. It takes courage to gather up those broken pieces and move forward, not move on, toward a new normal. That’s where New Normal comes in. We understand grief and heartbreak. We know what it is like to look at your world shattered into sorrow. We have had the courage to dare to build something beautiful from those pieces.New Normal offers flexible consult methods and client-based goals to discover a beautiful new normal. For additional information, visit their website at newnormalgriefconsulting.com or call (248) 825-3529.

SandCastles, also featuring Camp Erin

The SandCastles is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1997 that offers support groups and Camp Erin, which is a week long camping retreat for children ages 3-18 who have experienced a loss. For additional information, visit their website at aboutsandcastles.org or call (313) 874-6881.

Shields of Hope *

Shields of Hope is a 501c3 non-profit organization run by local public safety professionals in the West Michigan area. The mission is to spread hope, love and encouragement to those in the local community affected by cancer. They will visit those women, children, men and families; to let them know they’re not in the fight alone and continue to develop a relationship with other cancer organizations that are not for profit. For additional information, visit their website at shieldsofhopewestmi.com.

What’s Your Grief

As mental health professionals who have experienced significant losses, the individuals at What’s Your Grief knows individual grief is unique and there is no “right” way to cope. Their goal is to create a community that provides hope, support, and education to anyone wishing to understand the complicated experience of life after loss. What’s Your Grief also offers online and in-person continuing education training for grief support professionals. Using an accessible approach and a combination of practical and creative tools, we strive to help participants utilize relevant and useful theories, tools, and techniques in their work with people grieving a wide range of losses. For additional information, visit their website at whatsyourgrief.com or call (800) 273-8255.

Wings for Widows

Wings for Widows is a non-profit 501c3 that provides personalized financial wellness coaching to help widows move forward with confidence and hope. For additional information, visit their website at wingsforwidows.org or call (888) 946-4749.