Financial Support

Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations by Cancer Type

This directory lists the Government Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations available to patients with cancer, organized by specific cancer type.
Brain Cancer

Darren Daulton Foundation

This foundation provides financial assistance to patients with brain cancer, brain tumors, and brain injuries. Applicants must have a diagnosis of brain cancer, brain tumor, brain disease, or brain injury; currently be receiving treatment for the diagnosis; and show financial hardship because of the diagnosis. Benefits are paid directly to companies from bills or statements received from the patients once financial assistance is approved.

Friends4Michael Foundation


This foundation provides supplementary financial assistance to families or caregivers with financial, nonmedical costs related to a pediatric primary brain tumor diagnosis. Grants of up to $500 per family are available and will be issued directly to the child’s parents or caregiver. The request for assistance must be submitted by a certified social worker on behalf of the family, and families are eligible to receive 1 family assistance grant every 12 months.

Glenn Garcelon Foundation


This foundation provides limited financial assistance to help with the costs of treatments, medical equipment, respite care, home care, and general living expenses for patients with brain tumors and their families.

Matthew Larson Foundation For Pediatric Brain Tumors


This foundation offers family assistance to anyone age 21 or younger who is currently receiving treatment for a brain tumor. Applications must be completed in full and submitted by a hospital social worker. The foundation only makes payments directly to third-party service providers.



This foundation provides financial assistance to the families of children (age 17 and younger) and for adults who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The assistance is offered through bill payment on behalf of the family and the patient. Outstanding bills to be covered may include rent, mortgage, utilities, medical bills, credit cards, and more. Patients must provide a digital photo of themselves and/or their family, a copy of the pathology/MRI report, and a complete application.

Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information


This foundation’s Brain Tumor Drug Copayment Assistance Program provides financial assistance to families who need help covering the cost of certain drugs (Avastin, Gliadel, Optune, and Temodar) used to treat primary malignant brain tumors (grade 3 or 4). Patients must be insured and either be unemployed (because of the illness) or have an annual income of less than 500% of the federal poverty level. Reimbursement is given on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds run out, with a yearly maximum of $5,000 per person.

Owen Lea Foundation


This foundation is focused on families living with neuroblastoma and provides assistance where other organizations may not, by covering insurance gaps, transportation, treatment, lodging, and household support.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Scholarship Program


This program offers a 1-year award of $500 (paid directly to an accredited academic institution) for a student who was diagnosed at or before age 19 with a primary malignant or nonmalignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor.

Smiles For Sophie Forever


This foundation provides grants of $1,000 to families living with childhood brain cancer. Applicants must be a parent or a legal guardian of the diagnosed child, and all applications must be accompanied by the child’s birth certificate or other documentation on guardianship and a letter from the child’s physician. Families may request assistance once yearly.

Thompson-Mason Brain Cancer Foundation


This foundation assists patients with brain cancer by providing funds for travel, living expenses, copayments, and medical bills. Payments will be made directly to vendors, and patients can reapply every 6 months for assistance.

Breast Cancer

All4One Alliance


Patients who are receiving treatment for breast cancer are eligible for the All4One Alliance programs if they have a household income below 250% of the federal poverty level. All4One assistance programs include the Breast Form Fund, the Garment Fund, the Best Friends for Life Company Program, and the LympheDIVAs Program.

American Breast Cancer Foundation


The American Breast Cancer Foundation provides direct financial assistance to uninsured and underserved women and men of all ages for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests through the Breast Cancer Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program, and the Community Advocacy Program.

Avon Foundation For Women


The Avon Foundation for Women, specifically through the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, links medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. The foundation provides targeted, customized approaches to help low-income, underinsured, and other marginalized populations obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America


Through this organization’s Help Now Fund, patients in active treatment for breast cancer who have not been funded in the past 12 months with $1,000 from this fund and who can provide documentation of past-due rent and/or utility bills may qualify for one-time emergency financial assistance. The maximum amount of assistance is $1,000 per approved applicant and can only be used for rent, electric, water, or gas bills. Applications are only accepted the 1st through the 5th of the month; patients will be contacted by the 15th of the month. Applicants who were not approved may submit a new application the following month.

The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation

The Catherine Fund Grant Program provides financial aid grants for basic, nonmedical life necessities to women and men with breast cancer, who are struggling financially as a direct result of the diagnosis and treatment. Patients must be in active treatment (within 3 months of breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation), have a financial hardship as a direct result of the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, have less than $5,000 in liquid assets, and be able to provide documentation that they have been employed for 4 of the 12 months before diagnosis.

Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation


This foundation offers the Survivors Thrive Grant Program that benefits patients with breast cancer who have significant financial burdens specifically from medical surgeries, treatments, or hospitalization related to their breast cancer. Those within 1 to 2 years of treatment and with medical debt may receive this one-time grant; 90% of funding is allotted specifically for New Jersey residents.

My Hope Chest


This national breast reconstruction organization works to fund breast reconstructive surgery for uninsured or underinsured women. Applicants must be 65 years old or younger, free of medical complications that would preclude safe surgery, and be able to demonstrate need.

The Pink Fund


The Pink Fund distributes short-term financial aid to patients with breast cancer who have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment after a breast cancer diagnosis or recurrence in the past year. This nonmedical financial assistance supports basic living expenses (including health insurance premiums, mortgage or rent payments, car payments, car insurance, or utilities), and lasts for up to 3 consecutive months, with a cap of $3,000. Payments are made directly to the patient’s creditors. The Pink Fund does not make payments for any medical treatments, prescription drugs (including hormone therapy), medical copays, insurance deductibles, prostheses, wigs, food, gasoline, or car repairs.

Sisters Network, Inc


The Breast Cancer Assistance Program provided by this national African American breast cancer survivorship organization provides financial assistance for expenses including utility bills, rent, medical bills, and mortgage. Patients must provide a copy of 1 outstanding bill to be eligible.

Smiley Wiley Breast Cancer Foundation


Patients with medical insurance who are having trouble meeting their insurance deductibles and treatment costs can apply for a maximum of $5,000 in financial assistance from Smiley Wiley. Eligible patients can apply once yearly and must be currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and have a household income of less than $55,000.

Tigerlily Foundation


This foundation supports young women (age 15-45 years) before, during, and after breast cancer. For young women diagnosed under age 45 who are currently in treatment for breast cancer, the Funds for Families Program offers financial assistance for medical treatment, rent, utilities, and necessities. The At Home Program offers house cleaning and grocery gift cards.

United Breast Cancer Foundation


For patients who are currently being treated for breast cancer or are within 3 to 10 years of remission, this foundation offers an Individual Grant (for medical, insurance, living, and travel expenses), Holistic Care Grant (for diet and nutritional services, as well as mind-body therapies and treatments), and Breast Reconstruction Grant (for breast reconstructive surgery). All eligible applicants will receive assistance. To be eligible, patients must have a household income up to 2.5 times the federal poverty level and are required to make a “Pay It Forward Contribution” of either $25 or $50 (depending on the grant).

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer Alliance


This organization’s Blue Hope Financial Assistance program offers a one-time $200 financial stipend to help cover treatment-related expenses for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, with a total household income equal to or less than $75,000.

Meredith’s Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation


This organization’s Miracle Granting program awards grants to patients with colon cancer who are 40 years old or younger. Recipients must be referred by a medical professional.

Gastric Cancer/GIST

GIST Support International


This organization’s Bob Spiegel and Brad Clark Memorial Second Opinion Fund for Travel and Treatment provides financial assistance for needy patients with GIST or their guardians who are traveling to seek a second opinion from a GIST specialist for the treatment of GIST. Covered expenses include travel, meals during travel, lodging, long-distance calls, and parking.

Stomach Cancer Relief Network


This organization offers one-time–only grants for patients diagnosed with gastric cancer, or for the caregiver of the person with gastric cancer. Grant amounts are based on available funds and can be used for whatever financial needs the patient deems necessary.

Kidney (Renal-Cell) Cancer

American Kidney Fund


This foundation has a number of financial assistance funds available for patients with kidney failure, including the Health Insurance Premium Program and Safety Net Program (for patients on dialysis).


Children’s Leukemia Research Association


This organization’s financial assistance programs are open to adults and children with any type of leukemia, with no proof of income required. Medicaid recipients are not eligible. The Co-Pay Assistance Programs help with medical bills, including, but not limited to, office visits, lab tests, chemotherapy, and prescriptions. The maximum assistance to each patient is $1,500. Programs are open every January 1 on a first-come, first-served basis until full.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient financial support programs provide limited financial assistance (including financial support toward insurance copayments, insurance premium costs, and travel expenses) to patients with significant financial need who are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma.

The Shannon Mosher Memorial Foundation


This foundation’s patient assistance program provides patients with leukemia financial aid in the form of reimbursements for certain expenses that are not covered by insurance companies.

Liver Cancer

American Liver Foundation


This foundation has partnered with NeedyMeds to offer the American Liver Foundation Drug Discount Card, which is accepted at more than 63,000 pharmacies. There are no income, insurance, or residency requirements, although the discount card cannot be combined with insurance. However, the discount card may be used instead of insurance.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient financial support programs provide limited financial assistance (including financial support toward insurance copayments, insurance premium costs, and travel expenses) to patients with significant financial need who are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma.

Lymphoma Research Foundation


This foundation offers 2 financial assistance programs: the Patient Aid Grant Program and the T-Cell Lymphoma Transportation Assistance Fund. The Patient Aid Grant Program provides limited financial assistance to patients with lymphoma who are uninsured or have adequate medical insurance but struggle to pay for expenses related to their lymphoma treatment, such as medical bills, transportation costs to get to and from treatment, lodging expenses during treatment, and childcare costs while they are receiving treatment. The T-Cell Lymphoma Transportation Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to patients with T-cell lymphoma who are uninsured or who have adequate medical insurance but struggle to pay for transportation costs (such as mileage, parking, tolls, gas, and train tickets) to get to and from treatment. Each grant is $500, paid directly to the individual, and applicants may reapply every 6 months.


The Assistance Fund


The Assistance Fund is a leading nonprofit organization that provides access to medication and advanced therapies for patients with melanoma for the underinsured critically or chronically ill population through a range of services, including education and financial aid.

Miles Against Melanoma


This organization’s Family Assistance Program helps with medical expenses directly related to treating stage III and IV metastatic melanoma. The program assists with any type of medical bill, including office copays, annual deductibles, prescription medication, hospital bills, and healthcare premiums, including COBRA premiums. Patients are asked to submit a letter from their oncologist documenting their diagnosis, a copy of their driver’s license, and a copy of the bill(s) they would like paid. Checks are issued directly to whoever is billing the patient. Typical grants are $700 to $1,000, based on available funds.

Multiple Myeloma

International Myeloma Foundation


The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is staffed by coordinators who answer questions about multiple myeloma and provide support and information by phone or via e-mail to thousands of families each year. The IMF sustains a network of more than 150 support groups and offers training for the hundreds of dedicated patients, caregivers, and nurses who volunteer to lead these groups in their communities. In addition, the IMF provides ongoing online updates on its website about financial support available to patients with multiple myeloma through specific foundations with funds dedicated to patients with multiple myeloma, as well as copay and other financial support from various manufacturers of drugs for multiple myeloma.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient financial support programs provide limited financial assistance (including financial support toward insurance copayments, insurance premium costs, and travel expenses) to patients with significant financial need who are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma.

Ovarian Cancer

Ferring Reproductive Health Heart Beat Program


This program offers fertility medications at no cost to patients with cancer who require fertility preservation treatment. Although there are no financial requirements, applicants must not have undergone chemotherapy within the previous 6 months.



The LIVESTRONG Foundation program provides practical, financial, and support services to anyone affected by cancer, including patients and their caregivers or families. In addition to connecting people directly with the services they need, the LIVESTRONG Foundation offers free emotional support and assistance for patients with regard to managing medical costs and difficulties related to insurance, understanding their treatment options, and accessing clinical trials.

Melanie Finley Ovarian Cancer Foundation


This foundation offers medical bill assistance (up to $500 monthly) for women age 35 and younger who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Patients will not receive any direct funding.

The Samfund


The Samfund provides scholarships to young adult cancer survivors for a wide range of cancer-associated costs. They offer 2 categories of family-building grants. Option A provides up to $1,000 toward the storage of eggs, embryos, or sperm. Option B offers up to $4,000 toward expenses for fertility procedures, such as testing, IUI, IVF, gestational carrier, adoption, and others. Applicants must make clear and direct connections between their current financial situation and their experience with cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer

Hirshberg Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research


The Hirshberg Foundation is available by phone to assist patients in finding pancreatic specialists, treatment facilities, and clinical trials. The Hirshberg Foundation offers limited financial assistance to patients for transportation and treatment costs, home care, pain medication, and childcare through the Hirshberg Pancreatic Program.

National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation


The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation provides direct financial resources to patients with pancreatic cancer undergoing treatment. The assistance covers basic living expenses. The foundation also offers support groups that meet in person and online, as well as patient advocacy and educational awareness programs.

Prostate Cancer

Eligard Patient Assistance Program


Patients who are uninsured or underinsured may qualify to get help with the cost of Eligard. Patients must meet certain financial restrictions.


Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation


Patients with sarcoma who are traveling a minimum of 50 miles for treatment and who can demonstrate financial need may be eligible for an Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation Provide the Assist Fund grant, issued twice a year. Each grant maximum is $1,500 annually and helps cover the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and childcare during treatment.

Sarcoma Alliance


This foundation’s Hand in Hand: The Suzanne R. Leider Memorial Assistance Fund helps patients with sarcoma by offering financial assistance for second opinion consultations by reimbursing expenses related to travel, phone bills, costs of the evaluation, and related expenses. The current grant maximum is $500.

Strikes Against Sarcoma


Patients with sarcoma whose annual income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level may qualify for assistance from this foundation. Assistance provided covers the cost of treatment transportation, home care, childcare, meals, and living expenses.

Last modified: March 7, 2018

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