African American Breast Cancer Alliance (AABCA)
Facilitates peer support for African Americans diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at any time in their lives. Their programs include support groups, educational resources and retreats.
African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA)
A 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. AWCAA was established in 2004 by a coalition of African immigrant women health professionals in order to address disparities in awareness, prevention and access to healthcare for African immigrant and descent communities that face cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The group has grown to encompass healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and concerned individuals dedicated to eliminating these disparities within the Washington metropolitan area, the continent of Africa and beyond.
Black Women’s Health Imperative
Identifies the most pressing health issues that affect the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls, and invest in strategies, partners and organizations that ensure Black women live longer, healthier more prosperous lives.
A support and advocacy organization focusing on the needs of male cancer survivors. They are known for their men’s health programs for underserved populations, including African-American, GBT and Native American male cancer survivors.
Sisters Network Inc.
Provides financial assistance and educational resources for African Americans with breast cancer for utilities, rent or mortgage, medical accessories (prosthesis, medical bras, and compression arm sleeves.
Sister to Sister
At the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley, California, offers safe and welcoming support to African American/Black women. We offer a support group that meets every other week, cancer education workshops, wellness programs, and community outreach.
African American/Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a younger age and later stage. We also tend to have more aggressive forms of the disease. Increase your knowledge, care for your health, and enrich your spirit. Join Sister to Sister!
We also need Sister to Sister volunteers! Become a Community Health Advocate with Women’s Cancer Resource Center, and help bring vital information about cancer detection and treatment into the communities where we live, work, and worship. Volunteers also provide emotional support to women experiencing cancer.
To join Sister to Sister, please call (510) 809-0212.
Sister to Sister International, Inc. (STSI)
A nonprofit, non-governmental organization that links women, girls and families of African descent globally, to the resources that connect, advance and strengthen them. We do this through advocacy, education and the promotion of African culture. Developing healthy lifestyles is a cornerstone of the organization. Our primary areas of focus include Health and Wellness, Education and Global Affairs.
To this end, we sponsor health symposia and campaigns, personal and professional development workshops and seminars; fundraisers to enable charitable contributions and student scholarships; global briefings; communications & academic enrichment programs for youth; publish periodic Newsletters and a Newsflash to promote advocacy and information sharing; dialogue with legislators on key issues affecting women and families; support UN conferences, network with women from all over the world and collaborate with partners to advance our causes.
American Indian Cancer Foundation
Imagines a world where cancer is no longer the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Through hard work, culturally appropriate community-based programs and policy change that affords Native people access to the best prevention and treatment strategies, we see a day where American Indian communities are free of the burdens of cancer. We champion collaborations and partnerships that leverage community interest, resources, and investments. We engage tribes and mainstream health organizations through presentations, exhibits, media and social media. We identify prevention and healing approaches based on tribal teachings, sovereignty and self-determination. We develop and share model frameworks for community education and outreach, clinical systems innovations, and survivor support. The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established to address the tremendous cancer inequities faced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities. AICAF’s board members and employees have an array of experience serving the health needs of our people.
Native American Cancer Education for Survivors (NACES)
An American Indian community based non-profit organization which addresses the community’s health priorities in a culturally-respectful manner. Originally funded for breast cancer only, NACES has expanded because so many Natives are diagnosed with other cancers as well.
Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART)
A national cancer awareness research and training infrastructure intended to address and reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research by, for, and with the Asian American community. Their website contains fact sheets about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in several Asian languages.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Strives to enable Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being through policy education, advocacy trainings, and technical assistance. There is a Listserv community for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, researchers and clinicians. There is also a searchable resource guide to help you find clinics where they speak Asian and Pacific Island languages.
Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC)
Provides culturally competent health and education services to Asian-American and Pacific Islander residents throughout Colorado. They offer mammograms and clinical breast exams, and the Colorado Language Connection offers translation and interpretation services in over 50 languages.
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS)
Aims to reduce the burden of breast cancer among uninsured and underinsured Asian-American women by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering, through culturally and language-appropriate health education and support for clinical preventive services.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
Raises money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes—especially research into new treatments and cures—and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
- Childhood Cancer Symposium is a free annual conference for families of kids with cancer.
- Travel For Care Fund offers assistance to eligible families who need financial assistance for travel for childhood cancer treatment at medical institutions in the U.S. and Canada. May include help with transportation, lodging, and meals. Applications must be received on behalf of a social worker or another medical representative.
- Childhood Cancer Treatment Journal- ALSF provides a free treatment journal (hard copy or online) to families of childhood cancer. Helps parents stay organized and keep track of important information.
- Hero Ambassador Program involves family members of childhood cancer heroes who choose to get more involved with ALSF.
- Parent to Parent Network provides the opportunity for families to connect with one another through emails, phone calls, or in person.
- Childhood Cancer Database Project aims to better understand how childhood cancer affects families. The goal is to measure the personal and economic impact of childhood cancer and find ways to support families through the journey.
- The ALSF SuperSibs program provides tools to help siblings, online activities, the opportunity to be an ambassador, and parent resources.
American Childhood Cancer Organization
Provides information for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, and advocates for their needs. ACCO offers free books and resources on all aspects of childhood cancer. Local affiliates provide direct support to patients and families through hospital and community based programs, such as face-to-face and online support groups and childhood cancer camps. Affiliates may also provide emergency financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments, car repairs, transportation, pre-paid gas cards, groceries, parking, and more.
American Children’s Society, Inc.
Assisting families of children undergoing bone marrow transplants
- Providing transportation to and from hospitals for families in need
- Financial support to families with overwhelming medical bills
- Providing a therapist for children in need at home and on inpatient floors
- Affording mortgage and utility bill assistance for families in need
- Providing dinners for children and their families at holiday times
- Distributing gifts for children on holidays
- Providing financial assistance for funeral expenses and family counseling
Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Provides grants to minimize the financial hardship that is directly attributable to the child’s illness; application form and eligibility criteria available on website.
Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation, Inc.
The mission of the Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation, Inc. is to raise funds for needy pediatric cancer families to help them pay their bills, to raise funds to support Ewing’s Sarcoma research and to support the four memorial funds named after Arielle.
Bryan’s Dream Foundation
Bryan’s Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2006 in memory of Bryan Timothy Opremcak. The purpose of the foundation is to fulfill Bryan’s dream by providing hope and financial support to children with brain tumors as well as their families and to ensure that no child’s life is ended prematurely.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Butterfly Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families of children in treatment at partnering medical facilities.
Childhood brain tumor treatment regimens are long and intense, requiring many parents to take unpaid leave from work to focus on their child and adding incredible levels of emotional stress on the entire family.
Out-of-pocket expenses, such as housing, transportation and groceries add up, and professional counseling, long-term rehabilitation, and other services often are not covered by insurance. These financial hardships pose serious barriers to patient care and can have devastasting effects on all family members.
The Butterfly Fund covers the following types of expenses:
- Rent and mortgage payments, utility bills (electric, gas, and water), car loan and car insurance payments
- Travel expenses associated with treatment away from home
- Items not covered by insurance or other means such as special medications, long-term rehabilitation services, hearing aids, wigs and prosthetic devices, home health services, etc.
- Professional counseling services that best support the family’s need: individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and grief counseling
- Funeral expenses
The child must be on active treatment and treated at one of the following partner institutions:
Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco
District of Columbia
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando
University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Boston
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy for families and survivors.
CBTF has a free publication, A Resource Guide for Parents of Children with Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors, and also co-sponsors conferences, teleconferences, and webinars for families, survivors, and health care professionals. CBTF offers a toll-free support line where you may speak with pediatric neuro-oncology social workers. CBTF’s Family 2 Family Network allows families to share their experiences with those having similar concerns. CBTF also hosts and sponsors events, such as the Kids Cruise or Brain Tumor Week at Camp Sunshine, which offer families fun while building relationships within the community. The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation funds research to identify the causes of childhood brain tumors to find effective treatments.
Children’s Health Insurance Program
A state and federal partnership that provides free or low-cost health coverage for children age 18 and younger childhood whose families earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to purchase private health insurance coverage. States have considerable flexibility to establish income eligibility rules for CHIP, but children enrolling in the program must be otherwise uninsured. Callers will be referred to the CHIP program in their state for further information about what the program covers, who is eligible, and the minimum qualifications.
Children’s Leukemia Research Association (CLRA)
Patient Aid Program offers limited funds (up to $1,500 per year) to assist with certain treatments, services and prescriptions; funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Matching Dollar Program matches up to $1,500 in donations raised by the applicant, family or friends during a specific time period
Childrens Organ Transplant Association (COTA)
Strives to make the transplant journey less stressful for patients and their families.
Offers guidance to families who undertake fundraising efforts to pay for medical expenses for a child undergoing a transplant. Provides information to the family’s community to assure them the funds raised for transplant-related expenses are raised ethically and used appropriately. Because COTA is the trustee and manager of the money raised in your community, these funds are not taxable income and do not jeopardize participation in assistance programs. Additionally, COTA offers each patient fundraising campaign a challenge grant of up to $10,000
Staff travels to meet with patients, volunteers and transplant professionals, in addition to an in-house staff that is in regular communication with our families.
Children’s Treehouse Foundation
The nation’s only organization providing hospital-based, cancer-focused, psychosocial intervention training and programming dedicated to improving the emotional health, stress, anxiety, and fear of children whose parents have cancer.
From assistance with medical bills to helping make a child’s dream come true with a special gift or trip, our goal is to assist in any way a family sees as their greatest area of need. As parents who have dealt with the daily financial challenges that go along with fighting cancer, help is needed in many areas. We help these families with day to day expenses that many may not think of. Gas to get to and from appointments, parking and tolls, child care for their other children, etc. A family may need help with insurance payments, utilities, food or mortgage payments.
Provides funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.
First Hand Foundation
FHF provides funding for clinical necessities (such as medication, therapy and surgery), medical equipment and travel related to a child’s care. Included are:
- Treatment: clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
- Equipment: wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
- Displacement: lodging, food, gas, parking and transportation for families of seriously ill children who must travel during treatment
- Vehicle modifications: lifts, ramps and transfer boards.
Provides supplementary financial assistance to families, guardians or caregivers with financial needs resulting from expenses associated with the child’s brain tumor treatment. This program covers specific non-medical costs related to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. Direct medical expenses will not be covered. The Family Assistance Committee (FAC) within the Freinds4Michael (F4M) Foundation processes all requests for the Foundation. Grants of up to $500.00 per family, guardian or caregiver are available for those families that meet the following criteria:
· The patient must be a child (defined as a person age of 18 or younger at the time of diagnosis.)
· The patient must be undergoing treatment for a brain tumor as defined by doctors the Foundation consults within the medical community.
· The request for assistance must be submitted by a certified Social Worker on the behalf of the family.
· The request/need must be validated by a member of the FAC via telephone interview with the submitting Social Worker.
· Grant checks will be made directly to the child’s parents. If the child’s parents are not involved in the care of the child or have abdicated their responsibilities, grant checks will be made to the child’s legal guardian or caregiver.
· Families are eligible to receive one Family Assistance grant every 12 months.
Glenn Garcelon Foundation
The Glenn Garcelon Foundation exists to empower and support brain tumor patients and their families by providing financial assistance to those who meet our criteria.
IronMattFamily Assistance Program
The IronMatt Family Assistance Program is available to qualified families in need assistance who have a child undergoing treatment for a Brain or Central Nervous System (CNS) cancer.
The IronMatt Family Assistance Program sets our Foundation apart. We are one of only a few foundations that gives direct financial assistance to families regardless of their socio-economic status, the type of brain tumor (malignant or benign) or the progress of the disease.
Offers a hotline, survivor matching programs and educational groups for the children of breast cancer patients.
Ronald McDonald Houses
Mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
- 290 local chapters in 57 countries and regions
- Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-away-from home for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost
- Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital
- Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles deliver pediatric health care services
- Provides grants to non-profit organizations that also focus on the needs of children
- Offers scholarships to students across the U.S.
Smiles for Sophie Forever
From the time of diagnosis until Sophie’s death, the heart-wrenching emotional strain was compounded by the financial burden that accompanied Sophie’s care and treatment. Marc and Emily realized how fortunate they were to have financial support which allowed them to do things for Sophie which they would not have otherwise been able to do. Consequently, providing financial assistance to families is one part of the Smiles For Sophie Forever mission.
The National Children’s Cancer Society
Strives to improve the quality of life for childhood cancer patients and their families worldwide. The NCCS provides support through four programs:
Pediatric Oncology Program (offers direct financial support) including during treatment, transportation to and from treatment, long distance telephone cards, lodging during treatment, health insurance premiums, and medical expenses not covered by insurance. The application for financial assistance is available in both English and Spanish. In addition, NCCS offers free publications for order or download from their Web site, as well as access to helpful videos and educational telephone conferences.
Care to Share Cancer Connection Program provides a private network for parents, caregivers and survivors of childhood cancer to connect, share and offer support to one another.
Global Outreach Program partners with pharmaceutical companies to distribute donated cancer treatment drugs and medical supplies around the world.
Beyond The Cure provides the most up-to-date information on survivorship to help survivors and their families adapt and celebrate life after diagnosis. Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation; call or see website for details
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
A non-profit charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of children’s lives through much needed medical grants. These medical grants help improve access to medical services and items that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family’s current commercial health insurance plan. Besides being 16 years old or younger and covered by a commercial health insurance plan, a child must be diagnosed with a current or ongoing medical need, be receiving treatment by a qualified medical practitioner in the US and meet certain financial criteria to qualify.
Grants may be provided for:
- Help with medical services costs
- Help with medication costs
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Costs associated with transplant
- Air and ground transportation for medical appointments
LATINAS and LATINOS
California Health Collaborative
California Health Collaborative is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life and health of people of California. The organization implements an array of health promotion and disease prevention programs, public health surveillance systems, and a variety of capacity-building and networking activities.
An English-Spanish bilingual Care Coordinator provides Project participants with emotional support, linkages to and coordination with a variety of financial and supportive services, guidance in securing coverage for treatment, and educational materials. Find other offices in Oakland, Chico, Merced and Sacramento.
Circulo de Vida
Provides an invaluable service to Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area who are living with cancer. They also offer many support groups that provide a safe place in which individuals with similar medical conditions can assist one another with support, understanding and encouragement, and provide an extended family unit to rely on when their cancer or its treatment reaches a critical stage.
Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer
Organized exclusively for educational purposes, more specifically to reduce the cancer disparity among Hispanic and all other minorities in the community through advocacy, education, referral, increasing awareness and access to services in a culturally sensitive way by overcoming barriers.
As a non-profit organization, we operate with volunteers and two part-time employees. Our services are offered in both Kansas and Missouri and services are provided in Spanish and English.
Comadre a Comadre
Comadre a Comadre serves the Hispanic/Latina women and their loved one through advocacy, education, information, services and support for breast health and breast cancer. All the services are free and provide English and Spanish assistance.
Hispanic Health Initiate educates and connects medically under-served families with health education and services, available to them in their areas, by disseminating accurate information in a culturally sensitive and linguistically component manner.
Latina/Latino Cancer Care Navigation
Provides cancer navigation, emotional support, and education to members of the Latino/Latina community, in your own language and in support of your cultural values. Navegación del cáncer, apoyo emocional y educación a mujeres Latinas en su propio idioma y mantienen sus valores culturales. For more information please call the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley, California (510) 809-0215.
Latinas Contra Cancer
Provides cancer health education, patient navigation and psychosocial family support group services focused on underserved, low income and Spanish-speaking women. They offer patient navigators, culturally and linguistically appropriate education, case management and psychosocial family support groups. Their website and services are available in both English and Spanish.
Support and empowers Latinas whose lives are affected by cancer (breast and cervical), and to advocate for and facilitate the timely access to state of the art cancer care, including screening, diagnosis, treatment and high-quality care. Resources are available at Nueva Vida in both English and Spanish.
This organization provides access to screening, diagnostics, and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay
For women without insurance we offer the option of a cash payment. We also have knowledgeable staff that assists uninsured women in determining if they qualify for financial assistance.
If a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, our Empower Her® sponsorship program provides guidance through the medical maze. Empower Her includes Patient Navigators who are by the patient’s side when the diagnosis is shared and offers one-on-one advocacy and mentoring support through the entire process of diagnosis, to physician referral, to treatment.
A support and advocacy organization focusing on the needs of male cancer survivors. They are known for their men’s health programs for underserved populations, including African-American, GBT and Native American male cancer survivors.
Provides direct client services to LGBTQ people with cancer.
National LGBT Cancer Network
Improves the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by educating the LGBT community about their increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection; training health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and advocating for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.
National LGBT Cancer Project
Our country’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cancer survivor support and advocacy non-profit organization. Their online support group community, Out With Cancer, is committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors with peer to peer support, patient navigation, education and advocacy.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers.
TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Allyson Whitney Foundation, Inc
Assists young adults with rare cancers with ‘Life Interrupted’ Grants™ allowing them to focus on healing rather than financial concerns.
Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation
Presents an unrestricted annual cash award to young people who have survived a life-threatening illness.
BrainTrack Financial Aid Guide
Broad coverage of financial aid, including from government, school, private, and scholarship sources. Offers guidance on finding aid for special student profiles, such as those affected by cancer.
Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund
The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF) supports patients ages 18-40 as they undergo cancer treatment. It provides services to meet daily needs that are not covered by insurance. Typical grants cover $500 worth of medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs, and groceries.
Since Brenda founded it in 2001, the Fund has provided $280,888 in services for 406 young adults across 30 different states. She built it for young adults her age to maintain self-respect during months of treatment and minimize the stress of associated financial challenges. Even though she is no longer with us, we are working to fulfill Brenda’s vision of a nationwide support organization that helps young adults fight – and beat – the disease.
Cameron Siemers Foundation For Hope
Offers life grants to young adults with life threatening illnesses inspiring a new generation of survivors to create a life of hope and possibility.
Caporal Assistance Network
Provides financial aid to individuals 18-40 whose fertility may be compromised and connect those affected by a cancer diagnosis with community support.
A community-powered advocacy organization on a mission to transform the care and treatment of young adults with cancer. They are a group of non-profits, medical institutions, patient advocacy groups, government agencies, clinicians, researchers and dedicated individuals all united by a shared passion to improve the lives of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer.
Hope for Young Adults
The “Giving Hope Fund” allows young adults currently battling cancer, as well as those who have been in remission for up to 5 years after their treatment, the opportunity to help pay for necessities they encounter in everyday life. This includes but is not limited to obligations, such as rent and mortgage payments, cell phone and credit card bills, clothing, work and educational related materials along with department store and grocery gift cards. We would of course be remiss if we didn’t include the opportunity to make payments on all forms of medical bills, healthcare premiums, doctor visits and prescription co-pays.
Nicki Leach Foundation
Lifestyle scholarships and financial assistance for adolescent and young adult cancer survivor students that provide for everyday expenses like car payments, clothing and more.
Creates outdoor adventures for young adult cancer fighters and survivors, removing them from their cancer experience and creating the space to play, sweat, connect and have fun outdoors. Send It programs are multi-day adventures in Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay Area, and are designed around activities such as biking, skiing, surfing, and most all the community created through shared experience. All food, lodging, gear and activities are included, and free of charge for participants. Send It creates a unique and intimate experience, weaving together adrenaline-filled adventure, family-style meals, yoga, fireside storytelling, belly laughs, and meaningful connection over the course of a long weekend. Send It brings the camaraderie built on the trail and the chairlift into the day-to-day, reminding fighters to live for today and to Send It. If you or someone you know would benefit from a Send It adventure, please contact us!
We provide life-changing adventures for young adults (ages 21-40) battling cancer, free of charge. This Spring and summer, Send It has been exploring the California coast on two incredible adventures with15 cancer warriors. In May, 8 participants surfed the waves of Stinson Bean and mountain-biked the trails of Mount Tamalpais. Earlier in June, 7 participants kayaked Tomales Bay, beach camped, and hiked the Point Reyes seashore. Catching a wave for the first time, riding single track through the Redwoods, and cheering each other on in these endeavors encourages and empowers participants at a time when it is needed most.
The experience of adventure and connecting with a community of peers brings strength, courage, and positivity to the cancer fight.
Provides funding for meaningful gifts and integrative therapies for young adults ages 18 through 39 with cancer or ongoing medical issues related to cancer or cancer treatment.
Provides support to young adults who are struggling financially due to cancer. Twice a year, gives grants to survivors aged 21-39 to help with medical bills, living expenses, educational/professional development, graduate tuition, student loans, cosmetic or reconstructive procedures, family building options/procedures, health insurance supplementation, mental health, physical therapy, residual and current medical expenses, transportation-related expenses, legal expenses and rent/mortgage supplementation.
The We Believe Foundation
Raises awareness and providing financial assistance for teens and young adults battling cancer ages 15-29 years of age.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Supports, educates, and connects young adults (ages 15-39) and their loved ones affected by cancer. UCF offers remote (by telephone and e-mail) and on-site (in Maryland and DC) patient navigation programs that provide access to support resources, treatment information, and tips on effective communication with the patient’s health care team. UCF provides meet-ups and support groups in the Maryland/DC area. UCF also offers a competitive college scholarship program to young adult cancer survivors and loved ones. Applications for scholarships are available on the UCF website