Empower Yourself With Knowledge

Patient, Survivor and Caregiver Support:

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American Cancer Society
cancer.org
Dedicated to helping persons who face cancer; supports research, patient services, early detection, treatment and education.

Cancer Hope Network
cancerhopenetwork.org
Free and confidential one-on-one suport to cancer patients and their families.

Cancer Support Community
cancersupportcommunity.org
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.
Cancer support helpline: 888-793-9355

Imerman Angels
imermanangels.org
Provides personalized connections that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

LIVESTRONG Foundation
livestrong.org
The LIVESTRONG Foundation improves the lives of people affected by cancer now.  The Foundation povides free services for cancer patients and survivors today and advocates for policies that improve their access to care and quality of life.

The National LGBT Cancer Project
lgbtcancer.com
Our country’s first and leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization

Triage Cancer
triagecancer.org
Dedicated to helping survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals navigate cancer survivorship issues by connecting them to experts, information, and resources

 

Organizations for Specific Cancers

 

Bladder

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
bcan.org

Brain

American Brain Tumor Association
abta.org

National Brain Tumor Society
braintumor.org

Breast (see also “Women Only”)   

Susan G. Komen
komenchicago.org (local)
komen.org (national)

A Silver Lining Foundation
asilverliningfoundation.org

Sisters Network
sistersnetworkchicagochapter.org   (local)
sisternetworkinc.org   (national)
The nation's largest African American breast cancer
survivorship organization

Latina Association for Breast Cancer
alas-wings.org
ALAS-WINGS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is
dedicated to empowering Hispanic/Latina women about
breast cancer awareness through comprehensive
education and support for all women faced with breast
cancer diagnosis and survivorship.

ROW - Recovery on Water
recoveryonwater.org
ROW is a rowing team that gives survivors of breast
cancer the unique opportunity to interact, become active
in the recovery and gain support from fellow survivors.

Sharsheret
sharsheret.org
National not-for-profit organization supporting young
women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds,
facing breast cancer.

Colorectal

Colon Cancer Alliance
ccalliance.org

Gynecological or
Hereditary Breast & Ovarian

Bright Pink
bebrightpink.org

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
facingourrisk.org

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
ovarian.org

Women's Cancer Network
wcn.org

BASSER Research Center (University of Pennsylvania)
penncancer.org

Kidney

Kidney Cancer Association
kidneycancer.org

Leukemia & Lymphoma

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
LLS.org

Leukemia Research Foundation
leukemia-research.org

Lymphoma Research Foundation
lymphoma.org

Lung

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
lungchicago.org

Lung Cancer Alliance
lungcanceralliance.org

Melanoma

Melanoma International Foundation
melanomaintl.org

Myeloma

International Myeloma Foundation
multiplemyeloma.org

Oral, Head and Neck

SPOHNC: Support for People with Oral, Head
and Neck Cancer

spohnc.org

Pancreatic

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
pancan.org

Prostate

Us Too International
ustoo.org

Thyroid

Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Association
thyca.org

Transplant Resources

National Marrow Donor Program
marrow.org

 

 

Pediatric

12 Oaks
12oaksfoundation.org
Helps defray the costs of sports and community programs for children and families impacted by cancer and financial hardship.

Bear Necessities
bearnecessities.org
Provides hope and support to children impacted by cancer through bear hugs, financial assistance for the family and various social events

Children’s Oncology Services Inc (Camp One Step)
onestepcamp.org
Offers children the opportunity to enjoy the experiences of childhood while living with cancer, through camps, excursions, education and scholarships.

Group Loop
grouploop.org
Online community designed to address the needs of teens ages 13-19

Make-a-Wish
wish.org
Grants wishes to eligible children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy.

Super Sibs
supersibs.org
National nonprofit organization ensuring that siblings of children with cancer are honored, supported and recognized so they may face the future with strength, courage and hope

 

Young Adult

Survive and Thrive Expeditions, Inc.
survivethrive.org
Survive & Thrive Expeditions Inc. is dedicated to combining travel, adventure and in-depth reflection and exploration of the cancer journey into one unique life changing experience.

Young Survival Coalition
youngsurvival.org
Non-profit organization oriented to support and educate about breast cancer in younger women

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
www.ulmanfund.org
Provide tailored emotional, financial, educational, physical, and practical support services. Programs include; cancer to 5kscholarshipsremote patient navigation.

 

Women Only

Click HERE for resources about reduced cost or free mammograms.

Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP)
cancerscreening.illinois.gov/
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women.  Even if a woman has already been diagnosed with cancer, she may receive free treatment if she qualifies.  The program has been providing breast and cervical cancer screenings to the women of Illinois since 1995.

Second Act
secondactchicago.com
A boutique where individuals facing the challenge of living with cancer can learn about and purchase products to help them regain and maintain a positive self-image.

The Heartwood Foundation
heartwoodwomenandcancer.org
Free and reduced-fee alternative or holistic therapy services for women living with cancer

 

Grief/Bereavement

The Compassionate Friends
compassionatefriends.org
Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life-altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

SLAP'D (Surviving Life After a Parent Dies)
slapd.com
This organization provides support and resources to young people who are coping with the death of a parent.

 

Financial or Legal Assistance

Cancer1Source
cancer1source.org
Through Cancer Resource Foundation, this organization assists in providing financial assistance for genetic screening co-pays (or free screenings in those who are not insured in certain states).

Heaps of Hope
heapsofhope.org
Financial assistance for women living with cancer

Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)
www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/cancer-legal-resource-center
The CLRC provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line.  The CLRC also conducts national education and outreach programs for community groups, employers and healthcare professionals and is actively involved in community activities to raise public awareness of cancer-related legal and public policy issues.

 

Other Resources

Cancer and Careers
cancerandcareers.org
Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

Culinary Care
culinarycare.org
Free meal delivery for individuals or families impacted by cancer

IMD Guesthouse
imdguesthouse.org
Provides affordable accomodations to serve as a home-awa-from-home for families and friends of loved ones receiving medical care in the Illinois Medical District area.

J. Crager Alternatives
jcrageralternatives.com
Specializes in helping women (and men) who are experiencing hair loss as a result of chemotherapy or other medical disorders or treatment.

Fresh Tech Maids

https://freshtechmaids.com/

(847) 392-0888

Free cleaning service for members currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. (Additional requirements may apply.)


 Suburban Support

Geneva

Living Well Cancer Resource Center
Livingwellcrc.org

Grayslake

Cancer Wellness Center North
Cancerwellnsscenter.org

Hinsdale   

Wellness House
Wellnesshouse.org

Homewood/Mokena   

The Cancer Support Center
Cancersupportcenter.org

Munster, IN

Cancer Resource Centre
Cancerresourcentre.com

Normal, IL

Community Cancer Center
Cancercenter.org/support-services.html

Northbrook

Cancer Wellness Center
Cancerwellness.org

Palatine

Wellness Place
Wellnessplace.org

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