Free Nationwide Programs for Cancer Patients and Families

Free Programs for Cancer Patients and Families
This page was originally published May 20, 2018 and updated March 24, 2024.

Cancer Care News is a 501(c)(3) charity on a mission to help and support people who have been diagnosed with cancer because we understand just how tough this fight can be.

It’s our goal to provide nationwide resources that ease the physical, financial and emotional burdens that accompany a cancer diagnosis. From the latest financial support to brand new freebie offerings, to cancer-specific assistance, Cancer Care News provides access to hundreds of free programs, products, and services for cancer patients and families that are updated daily.

All programs listed provide services nationwide and at no cost. Here are just a few of the over 350 programs, products and services available to cancer patients and families in the USA. Please check our national directory here for even more. ❤️

Free Grant Programs

A cancer diagnosis can be one of life’s most difficult challenges. Not only does it bring with it physical and emotional struggles, but oftentimes the financial burden is overwhelming. The grants below can help offset some of the costs associated with a cancer diagnosis – giving much needed support to those who need it most.

Modest Needs Foundation (short-term emergency financial assistance between $750.00 and $1,250)

The Rally Foundation (covers up to $750 for cancer-related expenses including treatment, utilities, and housing)

❤️ More grant programs for cancer patients in the USA here in our national directory.

Free Vacation Programs

When facing a cancer diagnosis, the last thing anyone should have to worry about is how they will afford a much-needed break from treatments and hospital visits. These programs provides an unforgettable getaway that helps individuals and families step away from their battles with cancer, regroup, relax and enjoy quality time together feeling refreshed for whatever comes next.

Jack and Jill Foundation (free week-long program for children whose parent have been diagnosed with a late-stage cancer)

Epic Experience (free one-week outdoor adventures to current/former cancer patients 18 years of age and older)

❤️ Visit this page for more free vacations and day trips for cancer patients and families.

Free Wish-Granting Foundations

These organizations below provide an incredible source of comfort and strength by granting wishes for those battling cancer, helping make difficult days just a little bit brighter.

Fill Your Bucket List Foundation (grants wishes to adults facing a life-threatening cancer diagnosis)

Clayton Dabney Foundation (free wish program for children to age 18 with late-stage cancer)

❤️ Our national directory includes additional wish-granting programs for cancer patients in the USA.

Free Transportation

Anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis knows how difficult it is to manage the treatments, appointments and other aspects of managing the disease. One additional challenge that often goes overlooked is obtaining quality transportation services. These amazing organizations provide free transportation for people coping with cancer.

Miracle Flights (free commercial flights for adults and kids who need treatment out of the area)

Angel Wheels (free, non-emergency long-distance ground transportation for treatment)

❤️ Visit our directory for additional transportation and housing programs for cancer patients in the USA.

Free Medical Equipment Programs

The organizations below provide support to those in need by offering medical supplies without charge. From prosthetics and adaptive clothing to mattress pads and IV poles, many options are available that provide essential items at no cost.

LifeNets Wheelchair Program (matches available donated wheelchairs to those in need all at zero cost to the recipient. )

Friends of Man (free financial help for hearing aids, medical equipment, mobility equipment, and orthopedic shoes, prostheses, and wheelchairs)

❤️ Additional no-cost medical equipment for cancer patients are included in our directory here.

Free Care Packages

Free care packages provide comfort and bring cheer into cancer patients’ lives as they go through the challenging journey created by their diagnosis and treatment plan. Below are two such programs available at zero cost to cancer patients in the USA.

Chemocessories (free care package for women undergoing cancer treatments)

Stronghold Ministry (free faith-based care package for anyone fighting cancer)

❤️ Visit our directory for many more free care packages for cancer patients.

Free Photography Services

The free photography packages below are centered around capturing meaningful moments during a difficult time. From family portraits to special occasions and precious milestones, there is a no-cost program to suit all.

Love Not Lost offers free professional family portraits for those who are faced with a life-threatening illness.

The FILM Project provides free photography sessions for people of any age who are either currently receiving treatment for cancer or have been cancer-free for under two years. 

Signup form here.

❤️ Visit our directory for more photography programs for cancer patients and families.

More Free National Programs

We believe good, useful information empowers us to be our own best advocates. Our sincere hope is that our national directory of 350+ no-cost programs, services, and products provides a quick and easy way for cancer patients and families across the USA to get the help needed to ease the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of this terrible disease. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, many national nonprofits stand ready to help you all at zero cost. Please reach out using the links above and visit this link on our website for hundreds more. ❤️

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