Support

For questions about your fertility preservation options call 866-708-FERT(3378)

Fertile Hope

An organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients and survivors at risk for infertility. Fertile Hope may provide financial assistance for fertility treatments.

Imerman Angels

A cancer support organization founded by Jonny Imerman, a testicular cancer survivor featured on this Web site. Imerman Angels provides one-on-one cancer support, connecting a person diagnosed with cancer with a cancer survivor. People will have the opportunity to ask personal questions and receive encouragement from someone uniquely familiar with their situation.

Gilda's Club

Named for comedian Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club offers support for the entire family. Gilda’s Club membership is free of charge, and includes many women featured on this Web site: Adrienne, Funmi, Laura, Marci, Sarah, and Vika. Activities include support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events, and structured activities designed specifically for teens. The organization allows members to “customize” their community of support.

Gilda's Club Chicago

Gilda's Club Chicago is a support community for men, women and children living with cancer, and families and friends, and offers a place where members join together to give and receive support. Gilda's Club believes that members living with cancer are the experts and, as experts, members offer each other support while learning how best to live with cancer. Gilda’s Club also believes that cancer happens to the entire family and its social network, so club membership is extended to include all who are impacted by cancer.

LIVESTRONG

Founded in 1997 by Lance Armstrong, this organization inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. It also provides practical information and tools, such as financial assistance for cancer treatments when people complete a SurvivorCare Form (available through the site).

I'm Too Young for This!

Older children and adults may appreciate the alternative perspective of I’m Too Young for This! It’s a specialized site for young people with cancer focused on social networking, and uses humor and an edgy, non-traditional tone to deliver its message of support.

Planet Cancer

The Planet Cancer Web site provides a unique voice for young adults who have been affected by cancer: fresh and irreverent, but always honest. The site offers information, connections, entertainment and support. The heart of the site is the Forum, a thriving online community where users find and communicate with other young adults around the world about what's on their minds – from death or fertility issues to dumb things people say.

CancerCare

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs – including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help – are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

Understanding Cancer

Understanding Cancer is dedicated to informing, inspiring, and involving viewers and changing attitudes, images, and perceptions about cancer.

CarePages

This positive and interactive site allows people of all ages to browse an online community of cancer patients (and those dealing with other illnesses) who have created personal “pages” to upload pictures and give updates on their lives, health, and overall well-being. Patients and their families can exercise their creative muscles by designing a page of their own.

Lotsa Helping Hands

A site for caregivers and supporters of patients who can enlist the help of others in their area. It features an online calendar specifically designed to help organize people who can keep patients’ and their families’ everyday lives running smoothly.

ABA State Bar Association

This section of the American Bar Association Web site allows patients and their families to locate legal advice appropriate to their state.

Cancer Wellness Center

An organization located in suburban Chicago, Illinois, offering free emotional and psychological support services to cancer patients, their friends, and their families.

Cancer Hope Network
887-467-3638

This organization provides individual support to cancer patients and their families by matching them with trained volunteers who have been through and recovered from similar cancer experiences.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Non-profit educational organization committed to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs include educational conferences, a quarterly newsletter, outreach to medically under-served women, consumer-focused booklets, the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center, Young Survivors group, and a Survivors' Helpline.

Patient Advocate Foundation
800-532-5274

A non-profit organization providing education and legal counseling on a national level to cancer survivors on matters of managed care, insurance, and financial issues.

Bright Pink

Bright Pink provides support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Living Well (Geneva, IL)

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center began with a need to instill knowledge, optimism, and inspiration in people living with cancer. LivingWell is a community-based, not-for-profit center dedicated to providing people with cancer, their families and friends, the support and educational services they need when going through this difficult time.

Cancer Support Center (Homewood, IL & Mokena, IL)

The Cancer Support Center provides free comprehensive resources that help people improve their quality of life during the cancer experience. The Cancer Support Center is a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization, and is devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that visitors have immediate access to our free programs and resources. In addition to support groups, individual and family counseling sessions and the Center’s comprehensive Resource Center, wellness programs are offered on a weekly basis.

Wellness House (Hinsdale, IL)

Established in 1990, Wellness House is a community-based independent organization that offers psychosocial support, education and information, as a complement to medical treatment to cancer patients, their families and friends. Program offerings include: support groups, education programs, classes focusing on nutrition, exercise and stress reduction, bereavement counseling and programs for children who have a loved one with cancer. Services are provided at no charge to participants.

Wellness Place (Palatine, IL)

Wellness Place exists to enhance the quality of life for those touched by cancer through education, encouragement, and empowerment, and bases its programs and services on the model inspired by current research in the field of psycho-oncology. Wellness Place distinguishes itself by enhancing the lives of all individuals and families in its service area throughout their entire cancer experience.

Cancer Wellness Center (Northbrook, IL)

Cancer Wellness Center was founded in 1989 to help people live better while living with cancer. CWC helps patients feel more connected by making them part of a comforting and comfortable community of other patients; by offering trained, experienced counseling and support and programs that feature simple exercises, stress relief, healthy diets, relaxing activities, and meaningful conversations; and by offering an extensive library of books, tapes, and videos.