At Cancer Care News, we list hundreds of national programs that offer free services and products to cancer patients and families. Most of the programs are not cancer specific but rather are designed to help everyone regardless of the specific cancer diagnosis. If, however, you or someone you know has breast cancer free programs are available. Here is a list of no-cost programs and services just for breast cancer patients and families:
There are many cancer navigator programs available to help breast cancer patients and their families. These programs provide guidance and support throughout the cancer journey at zero cost to you. Cancer navigators can help you understand your diagnosis, find treatment options, cope with side effects, manage your finances, and connect you with community resources.
The American Cancer Society coordinates the Reach to Recovery program which provides free support via phone or in person for anyone dealing with a possible breast cancer diagnosis, recurrence, or advanced-stage breast cancer.
This breast cancer support program is available at no cost.
To locate a volunteer in your area, call toll-free (800) 227-2345 or visit https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/reach-to-recovery.html.
The Donna CareLine, funded by the Donna Foundation and staffed by PAF, is a free service that helps patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
The CareLine will provide you with an experienced navigator who will work with you on access-to-care-issues, insurance denials, workplace issues, and much more.
Visit https://donna.pafcareline.org/ to complete the assessment form online get the assistance you need at zero cost to you. Help is also available over the phone by calling toll-free (877) 236-6626.
Grants can help you pay for treatment, travel to appointments, child care, and other expenses related to your cancer journey. Here are three such programs available to breast cancer patients and families in the USA.
The Breast Cancer Charities of America Grants Program provides up to $1000 per calendar year for breast cancer patients currently going through active treatment.
Applications are accepted online here: http://thebreastcancercharities.org/help-now-fund-application/.
The Breast Cancer Charities of America also has a free Feeling Beautiful Again Bag of HOPE for women facing breast cancer in the USA. Gift bags typically include makeup, tools and tips to get the most out of your beauty regimen. Use the individual request form at the bottom of this page http://thebreastcancercharities.org/feelingbeautifulagain/ to request your free Bag of HOPE.
The Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AIRS) provides free grants for medical expenses relating to breast reconstructive surgery after mastectomy.
Each grant is unique to the individual patient. Grants awarded may range from co-pays to the full cost of reconstructive surgery, hospitalization, and other related medical expenses.
For the next open application period and to apply online, visit http://airsfoundation.org/apply-for-grant/.
Wishing for Mommy offer grants up to $500 for kids 3-18 whose moms have been diagnosed with breast cancer or undergoing treatment within the last 24 months.
Kids who want to earn a grant from Wishing for Mommy will need to write about how the money will help make their mommy happier.
To help a child you know apply for this grant program, visit http://wishingformommy.org/make-your-wish/.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, the following nonprofit agencies have special scholarship programs just for you. Award amounts vary depending on financial need but can be up to $5000 per semester, renewable each term for those who qualify.
The PinkRose Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship assistance to children who have lost a parent to breast cancer.
Since 2004, the PinkRose has awarded $1000 scholarships to 87 students. Application period is usually June 1-July 31 each year.
For a complete description of this free scholarship program, current application period and to apply online, please visit the PinkRose Foundation website here: http://www.pinkrose.org/scholarships/.
Susan G. Komen has scholarships for those who have lost a parent or guardian to breast cancer or be a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at 25 years or younger.
The scholarship is an award of $5000 per semester and is renewable for up to 4 years to complete undergraduate studies. For more program information, see this PDF: https://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/2013-14%20Komen%20FAQ.pdf.
For additional information regarding the scholarship program contact ISTS by email at email@example.com. When emailing be sure to reference the Susan G. Komen for the Cure College Scholarship Program.
Vacations & Day Spas
In addition to financial assistance, there are also vacation programs available for breast cancer patients and their families. These programs can provide a much-needed respite from the stresses of daily life.
Little Pink Houses of Hope provides free, week-long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families to encourage taking time out to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate.
Retreats are held at locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Florida, and California.
All expenses except travel to and from the retreat are included. For help on travel costs, please see our transportation and grant sections. Applications are usually open each year from October to August. To find out when the next retreats are being held and to submit an application, please visit https://www.littlepink.org/retreats/apply-for-retreat/.
Casting for Recovery provides breast cancer survivors with a unique weekend-long retreat that combines fly-fishing with comprehensive peer support.
From the website, “The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature.”
Retreat locations are available nationwide. For more on this program and retreat location near you, please visit https://castingforrecovery.org/breast-cancer-retreats/locations/.
The Diva for a Day program treats breast cancer patients to a day at the spa free of charge.
For participating spas across the US, see http://www.divaforaday.org/participating-salons/.
If you know a deserving Diva who has been recently diagnosed, is currently in treatment, or is less than 6 months out from the completion of treatment, you can nominate them for the Diva for a Day program here: http://www.divaforaday.org/nomination-form/.
Send Me on Vacation has four different vacation programs available to breast cancer survivors.
Mermaids Empowerment and the Wellness Vacation are for survivors only; the FreeStyle and Staycations are designed for survivors and families.
Meals, taxes and housing are usually covered but flights are not. To check current availability, eligibility requirements and to complete an application, visit https://sendmeonvacation.org/our-programs/.
Care packages are another way to get support during your cancer journey. These packages typically contain items like books, blankets, journals, relaxation services, and more. All programs are free to breast cancer patients in the USA.
Awesome Breast Forms has free handmade knitted and crocheted prosthetic breast forms for women who have lost a breast due to lumpectomy or mastectomy.
This all-volunteer run non-profit provides all gifts for breast cancer patients for free. Volunteers custom make these custom breast forms by hand based on each person’s needs, preferences, and breast cup size. Ordering is quick, simple and online.
To request your free breast forms, visit http://awesomebreastforms.org/index.php/how-to-order-awesome-breastforms-2/.
Knitted Knockers provides free knitted prosthetics as a replacement for silicone after mastectomy.
According to their website, “Knitted Knockers are a light comfortable knitted prosthetic that when placed in a bra has the shape and feel of a real breast, and are more comfortable than silicone prosthetic breasts.”
Request your free knitted knockers here: http://knittedknockersusa.org/free_knockers.13.htm.
The Warriors in Pink More Good Days provides breast cancer patients with two free meal kits that will put food on the table quickly and easily.
Meal kits are provided by Green Chef’s meal kit delivery service which sends fresh, organic ingredients and delicious, chef-crafted recipes right to your doorstep.
For current program availability and to submit your application for these gifts for breast cancer patients, visit this link: http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com/more-good-days-resources/more-good-meals.
EBeauty Community Inc. offers a free national wig exchange program. Women can donate wigs that are in turn cleaned and refurbished and then sent, free of charge, to women in need.
Those seeking wigs can select style, color and other customizable options via the website.
To learn more about this free wig exchange program for breast cancer patients, please visit the site here http://www.ebeauty.com/wigs-color/.
Lump to Laughter provides free personalized Hope Packages to eligible women who are newly diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
These care packages include inspirational items that vary based on availability but may include a pink bible, scripture cards, crocheted items and port pillow.
For current availability and application for these free gifts for breast canver patients, please visit this link: https://lumptolaughter.kindful.com/register/hope-package-request-2015.
BreastRecon USA has a free breast reconstruction magazine with tips to plan and manage a speedy recovery.
It’s an essential, practical download that will help you in getting and staying organized during treatment and beyond.
You can find the link to download this free breast reconstruction magazine on their website here on this page: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/for-medical-professionals/publications/breast-reconstruction-magazine.
If you need help paying for your medications, help is available. Here is one such program that will pay for prescribed treatment medication for breast cancer patients getting care in the USA:
The Assistance Fund provides help obtaining free medications for certain diseases, one of which is breast cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are having trouble affording your medications, please give this free prescription drug program a try.
For complete program information, eligibility, and an online application, please visit the Assistance Fund’s website here https://tafcares.org/patients/apply/ or, if you prefer, you may call (855) 845-3663 for free help over the phone.
These are just a few of the breast cancer free programs from service providers who can help you during your breast cancer journey but many, many more are available to you and all at no cost. We maintain hundreds of listings on everything from free financial help, to peer and pro support to no-cost transportation, to vacations, grants and free care packages for all cancer patients.
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