February 3, 2012
The American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization. Although they CANNOT provide direct financial assistance for medical bills at this time (some people contact the org regarding this need and feel that this should be offered), they are usually able to provide free wigs or wig vouchers, gas cards or transportation grants, mastectomy bras and breast prostheses, volunteer drivers to help patients get to treatment, support groups including Look Good, Feel Better, certain medical supplies, etc. through their Patient Service Centers and local offices. However, it's important to contact them directly to find out what specifically exists in a patient's area. Additional services may be available depending on which division a patient lives in. In addition to these services, ACS lodging programs exist in many areas of the country for those who have to travel far for medical treatment. ACS also has an Air Miles program for those who need help with the cost of a flight to medical treatment. Other nationwide services include a Health Insurance Information Service that can discuss health insurance options with patients who are underinsured, uninsured or in transition. They also offer a clinical trials matching service that can help patients locate clinical trials they may be able to participate in. Finally, they have cancer information specialists available 24/7 to answer cancer-related questions for patients. They can also find additional resources for patients if ACS cannot help with a need. Keep in mind that these are just the services that make available to patients. They also have a HUGE research grant program, a smoking cessation program and other early detection/outreach programs. I would highly recommend supporting them. Their financial allocation information can be found here: http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/cancer/american-cancer-society-in-atlanta-ga-186
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