Once you are diagnosed, not only do you have to worry about your health, but also about how you are going to pay for the costs associated with your surgery, treatment, medications, co-pays and more. Thankfully, there are generous people and organizations whose mission it is to make the journey a little easier and take the burden off your wallet. Enjoy these perks. Please consider making a donation to the non-profits featured so they can keep giving freebies to others like you.
Breast Friends understands that humor is key to survival. As they say, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Breast Friends has created humorous hats (‘Has Anyone Seen my Hare?’ or ‘Temporarily Bald, Permanently Beautiful’) to help turn the heartbreak of hair loss due to chemotherapy into an opportunity for laugh therapy. These hats are sent out free to cancer patients (within the United States) who are experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy
Created by a group of women who have come together for the single purpose of crocheting and knitting handmade prosthetic breast forms for women who have had breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy and explant surgery. Awesome Breastforms are made of high quality 100% cotton fiber yarn. They are cooler, lighter and much more comfortable than traditional silicone prosthetics. You have several color options when ordering, as well as choosing if your form is made with nipples. Awesome Breastforms are washable and easy to care for. When you place an Awesome Breastform in your bra, you will be surprised at how similar it feels to a natural breast. In fact, many women say they soon forget they are wearing them!
These breast forms are completely free to any woman who has had a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Volunteers pay the cost of yarn, lovingly give their time to produce the forms and then pay for all shipping expenses. Unlike other groups, we do not accept monetary donations. All we ask is that you share our website information with others who may also be in need.
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The LIVESTRONG Guidebook can help cancer patients and their loved ones navigate the health care system and deal with challenges and changes that may occur at the time of diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment is done.
This free two-volume set contains important information, organizational tools and a journal to address physical, emotional and practical needs during each phase of the cancer journey. Only shipping charges apply.
For more information about LIVESTRONG’s free, confidential, one-on-one support services for anyone affected by cancer, please visit LIVESTRONG.org/get-help.
Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away – an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.
Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. Accommodations and eligibility requirements may vary by location. Society at 1-800-227-2345 for more information.
Happy Chemo! works diligently to find companies and resources that provide quality products, services, and resources to help cancer patients before, during and after chemotherapy. Whether you are just beginning your cancer journey or you are a thirty year survivor explore each of their national partners to see the cancer discounts and gifts available in your area.
The Cancer Card Xchange collects and distributes FREE gift cards to cancer patients around the country in the denomination of $10 to $100. They accept donations of restaurant, store, Movie Theater and gas gift cards that people have lying around and aren’t using. Donors can also make tax-deductible donations of money or gift cards in honor or memory of loved ones.
A national non-profit helps metastatic breast cancer patients cover the insurance co-payment cost of chemo and targeted treatment drugs. Patients must meet certain criteria related to their diagnosis, treatment and financial situation and must have private insurance or Medicare. If you do not qualify, the organization will refer you to other patient assistance programs that may be able to help.
As part of the Sisters Network, a leading voice for African American breast cancer survivors, this program provides FREE services to women facing financial challenges during treatment, radiation and chemotherapy, including medical related lodging, co-pays, office visits and prosthesis. They also provide FREE mammograms
Are you struggling with the financial burdens of a breast cancer diagnosis? Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer, offers a FREE Tool Kit addressing the often complicated issues of health insurance, disability rights, financial planning, and estate planning. Sharsheret’s Financial Wellness Tool Kit includes guidelines from experts in the field, tools to record and organize your personal information, vital resources and helpful tips from other Jewish women who have faced illness.
France Luxe will give breast cancer patients a gorgeous silk scarf of their choosing. The CEO herself will contact you back. They ship free inside the USA and internationally if you cover the costs. These scarves retail for $70.00 so it’s a generous offering. If you aren’t a cancer patient, buy something from them because they do good work.
Casting for Recovery is a fabulous organization which offers weekend retreats for breast cancer patients in all stages of survival and teaches them fly fishing. It’s a great bonding weekend where you have a blast, learn a new skill, and are spoiled by the volunteers who put it together. They offer retreats around the country and some overseas.
Chemo Angels offers support to those who are undergoing IV chemotherapy. Angels will send weekly postal mail, providing uplifting messages, supportive words and lots of positive energy. Applications can be found on their web site.
Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation offers limited FREE financial assistance to women under 30 living with breast cancer for medical-related expenses only.
Cleaning for a Reason will provide three free housecleaning services for people undergoing chemotherapy. You have to fax a note from your doctor. May be overbooked in some areas, (like mine) but is a very necessary service for those who can take advantage.
Heavenly Hats will send you a package of hats. Keep in mind, these are donated – some will work for your style and some may not but heck, it’s free. It was started by a kid and has grown to be a wonderful service for those who have lost their hair.
Fill a Heart offers a free, heart-shaped pillow which comes in very handy after a mastectomy.
If you have had a mastectomy and lymph surgery, you are forever at risk for lymphodema. You cannot have blood pressure taken or blood drawn from that arm. If you are going into the hospital and want to remind medical personal of the risks, you can get a free bracelet from ReidSleeve.com
Bethany Kandel has lovingly put together “THE” resource for wonderful freebies for breast cancer patients. In fact, most of the resources listed above came from her dedicated research. Please visit her website – Breast Cancer Freebies – to discover more resources to help you on and in your recovery.
It is the most important thing that I grab before every surgery! I did not know of this in time for my first round of the mastectomy. I have had 9+ surgeries since and this baby is on me every time!
I wore your shirt after surgery as well; my surgery was just a couple months ago and i will be passing it on to someone in need; thank you for reminding us we're not alone!! hugs
I've actually sent this information to 3 women in the last 4 months. This is the most loving and brilliant innovation yet!
Wore my healincomfort shirt home from surgery today. It is truly one of the best mastectomy / reconstruction MUSTS! Thank you for a brilliant invention!
Headed home finally! Wearing my heal in comfort shirt! Every woman or man needs one after surgery to upper body! BLESSED!!
Any time I get upset about events or people, I imagine what the World would be if everyone had a heart as big as Cherie's.