Friday, July 19, 2013

Where does a person go for money to treat cancer?

I saw this fundraising call for donations for Joshua Henderson of Maine, and my heart goes out to him and his family:
https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/dcq2/josh-henderson-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma

I know I have mentioned sources of money for individuals before (most recently this month: http://cheekylibrarian.blogspot.com/2013/07/in-case-you-are-considering-fundraiser.html ).

I know that the American Cancer Society has an office nearby (or as near as the database says when I plugged in "Bangor, ME"), and one should call to see if there is assistance for traveling to and from cancer treatment:

Northern New England Region - Topsham, ME, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine 040861240  / Phone: (207)-373-3700 / Hours: 9:00 - 5:00

I know that a ton of money goes into research right where I work - but I am not always aware of funding or assistance for individuals. If you are in a bind with costs and coordination of cancer care, please find a hospital social worker where you are getting treatment and call the local chapter of the American Cancer Society (you can look up your city or zip code on this page: http://www.cancer.org/myacs/index . Donate to individual causes if you can, and if you trust that they are real (allegedly, the opposite sometimes exists). 

Believe me, when I "won" the cancer lottery and was diagnosed with a rare cancer, I figured there should be a check in the mail to me somehow - but it didn't happen then, nor has it happened since. There are 'make a wish' type foundations for adults, like the Dream Foundation http://www.dreamfoundation.org/ , but I would hope that we don't have to wish for cancer treatment money.

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