Additional Resources

Where do you turn for financial assistance with the many, sometimes unexpected, medical expenses you may incur as a result of your illness? These resources may provide help ranging from medical flights for treatment to assistance with insurance co-payments.

 

Advocacy Organizations

 

PearlPoint Cancer Support 

The mission of PearlPoint Cancer Support is to create a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere. PearlPoint provides personalized guidance and compassionate support to any adult impacted by cancer, from the moment of diagnosis. Services are free of charge regardless of location and include: My PearlPoint, an innovative tool to track personalized information; an online Cancer Library with medically trusted articles, videos, and other resources on cancer and its treatment; clinical trial education and an easy-to-use clinical trial locator; nutrition consultations with registered dietitians; and one-on-one guidance from our supportive services professionals.

Visit:  https://pearlpoint.org/

Call:  1-877-467-1936 x101


Michael's Mission

Michael’s Mission is focused on improving the quality of life and treatment options for those suffering from colorectal cancer through education, research and patient support.

Visit: http://www.michaelsmission.org/

 

Colon Cancer Prevention Project 

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project’s mission is to eliminate preventable colon cancer death and suffering by increasing screening rates through education, advocacy, health systems improvement, and survivor support.
The Project was formed in 2004 and is based in Louisville, Ky.

Visit:  http://www.coloncancerpreventionproject.org/

Call:  1-800-841-6399
 

Hereditary Colon Cancer Takes Guts

HCCTakesGuts.org arms patients within the hereditary colon cancer community with educational and social resources and empowers them to confidently advocate for their health care.

Visit: http://www.hcctakesguts.org/

Call: 1-334-740-8657
 

Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Lazarex Cancer Foundation supports all end stage cancer patients and the cancer community by providing assistance with costs for clinical trial participation, navigation of clinical trial options, and community outreach and education.

Lazarex helps patients of all ages and walks of life, with all forms of cancer, to participate in FDA clinical trials. They provide resources to fill the gap that exists between when a patient is told there is no more hope and when they are truly done with their journey in life.

Visit:   http://www.lazarex.org/

Call:   1-877-866-9523

 

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

 

Smith Center is a nonprofit health, education, and arts organization with a mission to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer. Our programs focus on cultivating each person’s innate ability to heal, helping participants explore meaning and maintain hope—even in the face of life’s challenges.

Visit: http://www.smithcenter.org/

Call: 1-202-483-8600

Perthera

Perthera guides advanced stage cancer patients and their physicians to the best personalized cancer treatment options available by bridging the gap between the latest advances in molecular analysis and patient therapy. The company combines advanced molecular diagnostic testing, a proprietary Expert System, patient history analysis, and the input of board-certified oncologists to create a detailed analysis of a patient’s unique cancer.

Visit:  https://perthera.com/

 

Caring Bridge

Visit www.CaringBridge.org

Visit www.CaringBridge.org

CaringBridge provides free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier. CaringBridge is powered by generous donors.

CaringBridge websites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guestbook.

Visit:   http://www.caringbridge.org/

Call:    651.452.7940
 

Treatment Diaries

Treatment Diaries is a social network for those living with illness, newly diagnosed or caring for someone with a medical condition.  CONNECT with a real community who understands – NOT based on who you are, but through the everyday experiences captured in your own personal diary.  SHARE exactly how you feel, what you fear and need to know without revealing your true identity.  INSPIRE those living with a similar diagnosis or circumstance; receive mutual support and caring.  RELATE with individuals just like you.  Real medical experiences…Real people…Actual treatment insight.

Treatment Diaries is FREE and only takes seconds to join.  Start reading, sharing and scribbling today!

Visit:   www.treatmentdiaries.com

Call:  877.640.4814


Hope Connections

Our Mission:  To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope - all provided free of charge.

Visit:   www.hopeconnectionsforcancer.org

Call:  301.493.5002


BAG IT

BAG IT is committed to providing information and education to newly diagnosed individuals with cancer and their families. This information is designed to help them cope with their diagnosis, and empower them to become active members of the treatment team. The helplessness of being a “victim” begins to diminish with this type of support. Our slogan for BAG IT is “Fight the Fear.”

Visit - www.bagit4u.org

 

Financial Assistance

 

American Cancer Society

Visit:   www.cancer.org

Call:    (800) 227-2345

Email: Click here to contact online.

The American Cancer Society provides access to referrals for financial assistance for patients diagnosed with any type of cancer. Some local offices may provide transportation assistance, temporary housing, wigs or prescription assistance.

 

CancerCare

Visit:   www.cancercare.org or View services offered for patients with colorectal cancer.

Call:    (800) 813-4673

Email: info@cancercare.org

CancerCare programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

 

Patient Advocate Foundation Colorectal Care Line

Visit:   www.colorectalcareline.org

Call:    (866) 657-8634

Email: CCL@patientadvocate.org

Patient Advocate Foundation's Colorectal CareLine is a patient/provider hotline designed to provide assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and are seeking education and access to care. The Colorectal CareLine also offers financial aid through the Financial Aid Fund for those diagnosed with colorectal cancer who need financial assistance.

 

Medication and Copayment Assistance


CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

Visit:   www.cancercarecopay.org

Call:    (866) 552-6729

Email:  information@cancercarecopay.org

The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation addresses the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer.  Household income must be at or within 400% US Federal Poverty guidelines for people residing and receiving treatment in the United States or its territories. Colorectal cancer patients are eligible.


Chronic Disease Fund

Visit:   www.cdfund.org

Call:    (877) 968-7233

Email: info@cdfund.org

The Chronic Disease Fund is an independent non-profit organization that helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need. Currently supported are patients with over a dozen diseases and cancers (including colorectal). Eligible US patients must meet income qualifications, have private insurance or a Medicare Part D plan, but cannot afford the co-payments for their specialty therapeutics. The CDF helps with out-of-pocket costs directly to the provider, eliminating cash flow problems that can prevent patients from getting their medications.


HealthWell Foundation

Visit:   www.healthwellfoundation.org

Call:   (800) 675-8416

Email: info@healthwellfoundation.org

HealthWell Foundation is a charitable organization that helps patients with colorectal carcinoma with out-of-pocket costs and drug costs.

 

Medicaid – Prescription Drug Program

Visit:   www.cms.hhs.gov or www.medicaid.gov

Call:    (800) 633-4227

Write: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21244-1850

Medicaid will cover most prescription drugs.

 

Medicare – Prescription Drug Program

Visit:   www.medicare.gov

Call:    (800) 633-4227

Write: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21244-1850

Review Medicare & You 2010 for Medicare information.

 

Needy Meds

Visit:   www.needymeds.com

Email: info@needymeds.com

This site, run by both an MD and a social worker, provides information and links to pharmaceutical prescription programs.

 

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Visit:   www.pparx.org

Call:    (888) 477-2669

Email: Click here to contact online.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free. The PPA provides free help to match patients with appropriate assistance programs.  The PPA is a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies.


Patient Access Network Foundation

Visit:   www.panfoundation.org

Call:    (866) 316-7263

Email: contact@patientaccessnetwork.org

The Patient Access Network helps thousands of underinsured patients afford the copayments for their cancer or chronic disease medications.  Grants are based on financial need and are awarded annually.


Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief Program

Visit:   www.copays.org

Call:    (866) 512-3861

Email: Click here to contact online.

Provides direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured patients (including Medicare Part D beneficiaries) who financially and medically qualify. Offers assistance colon cancer patients.


Pillbot – Pillbot Drug Index

Visit:   www.pillbot.com

Call:    (800) 505-7279

Email: info@pillbot.com

Pillbot's database provides pricing comparisons for prescriptions and is updated daily.


RX Assist – Volunteers in Health Care

Visit:   www.rxassist.org/default.cfm

Call:    (401) 729-3284

Email: info@rxassist.org

Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need.


Together RX Access

Visit:   www.togetherrxaccess.com

Call:    (800) 444-4106

This free prescription drug card, based on financial need, is sponsored by several large pharmaceutical companies and provides discounts on over 250 medications.

 

Medical Flight Programs


Air Care Alliance

Visit:   www.aircareall.org

Call:    (888) 260-9707

Email: mail@aircareall.org

The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations who provide a central listing for free air transportation services provided by volunteer pilots and dozens of charitable aviation groups.

 

Air Charity Network

Visit:   www.aircharitynetwork.org

Call:    (877) 621-7177

Email: Submit questions online at http://aircharitynetwork.org/ContactUs/tabid/201/Default.aspx

Air Charity Network is comprised of independent member organizations identified by specific geographical service areas working to coordinate volunteer pilot missions in the continental United States as well as Alaska and Hawaii.


Air Compassion America

Visit:   www.aircompassionamerica.org

Call:    (866) 270-9198

Email: info@aircompassionamerica.org

Air Compassion America helps patients and families undergoing a difficult health crisis by offering them compassionate counseling and working to lower air ambulance and medically assisted travel costs.


Angel Flight America

Visit:   www.angelflight.com

Call:    (918) 749-8992

Email: angel@angelflight.com

Angel Flight America is a non-profit charitable organization of pilots who provides the patient and a support person a free flight. Their services are available to individuals, and health care organizations. We will also arrange transportation of those people who are financially distressed, or who are in a time-critical, non-emergency situation due to their medical condition.  The flight distance cannot be greater than 1000 miles.


Corporate Angel Network

Visit:   www.corpangelnetwork.org

Call:    (866) 328-1313

Email: info@corpangelnetwork.org

The Corporate Angel Network’s mission is to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers, using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary.

 

 

Flight Programs for Military and Veterans

 

Air Compassion for Veterans

Visit:   www.aircompassionforveterans.org

Call:    (888) 662-6794

Email:  OPS@AirCompassionForVeterans.org

Air Compassion for Veterans ensures that no financially-stressed wounded warrior / veteran / active duty military person or their family member(s) is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation. 

 

 

Regional Flight Programs

 

Angel Flight at NIH (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD)

Visit:   www.angelflightatnih.org

Call:    (301) 451-9646

Email: meddy@mail.nih.gov

In 2003, the NIH Office of Rare Diseases and the National Human Genome Institute joined with Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic to provide on-site travel assistance so more patients could benefit from leading-edge treatments at the new Hatfield Clinical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland.


Kid's Wings (Member of the Air Care Alliance)

Visit:   www.kidswings.org

Call:    (810) 599-8765

Email: info@kidswings.org or  dick@kidswings.org

Kid's Wings is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in SE Michigan that provides free flights to those in financial and medical need of transportation to, from or through this area for treatment. Their focus is on children but the service is available to all who meet the requirements, regardless of age.  Flights are provided in small, privately owned or leased aircraft at no cost to the recipient.

 

Lodging


National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc.

Visit:    www.nahhh.org

Call:    (800) 542-9730

Email: helpinghomes@nahhh.org

NAHHH is an association of more than 150 nonprofit organizations located throughout the U.S. that provide family-centered lodging and support services to families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities. Cost for accommodations, per family, range from free to $15 per night.


Ronald McDonald House Charities

Visit:    www.rmhc.com

Call:    (630) 623-7048

Email: info@rmhc.org

RMHC provides families with a "home-away-from home" while their children receive medical treatment. Families are asked to make a $5 - $20 dollar donation per night, although their stay may be free.

 Wellness

Rachel Brumberger, M.Ac, L.Ac.

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine & Wellness
Third Space Wellness

thirdspacewellness.com

Email: rachel@thirdspacewellness.com

Call: 240.424.0376

Living with Colorectal Cancer? Acupuncture can support you in living well.

Rachel Brumberger has more than 12 years of experience working with non-profit and education organizations delivering program management, customer service and strategic planning and communications services to organizations including The American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She decided to pursue a career in Chinese Medicine to fulfill her commitment to working meaningfully with people and having herself come into greater wellness after receiving acupuncture.

Rachel received her Master of Acupuncture in April 2013 and Post-Master’s Certificate in Women’s Holistic Health in January 2013 from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly Tai Sophia Institute. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland College Park (2002) and a Certificate in Non-profit Management from The Duke University (2008). Her consulting work and volunteer contributions include service to Habonim Dror Camp Moshava, Virginia Virtuosi, CounterPoint, and The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).

She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband Matt, two cats, and her beloved family close by. For Rachel, the most important thing is living life with more ease, less suffering and being present so that we can enjoy our loved ones and show up as our fullest, most vibrant, selves. 

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