Kids Alive Kids Alive was founded in 1995 in response to the voiced concerns of participants in a breast cancer support group that there was a lack of organized support for the children of breast cancer patients. The next year Kids Alive expanded to include children whose parents had any cancer diagnosis. It has continued since 1995, meeting and supporting children ages 6-16. The purpose of Kids Alive is to serve children by helping them contend with the trauma of a parent’s diagnosis of cancer by providing a secure and healthy environment in which they are free to express their feelings. The Children’s Treehouse Foundation owes a debt of gratitude to Kids Alive for introducing us to the possibilities for support of children who have a parent with cancer and for inspiring Peter van Dernoot’s first book, Helping your Children Cope with Your Cancer.
National Support Organizations:
American Cancer Society More than one million people in the United States get cancer each year. Whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, understanding what to expect can help you cope. Learn about making treatment decisions, coping with side effects, handling financial matters, caregiving, and living well after cancer. The American Cancer Society also has programs and services to help you manage cancer treatment and recovery and find the emotional support you need. And best of all, our help is free.
The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) is the only multidisciplinary professional society in the United States dedicated to evidence-based research, treatment and practice of psychosocial oncology. APOS is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of psychosocial care and striving to ensure that all people with cancer have access to psychosocial services as a part of quality cancer care.
The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is an international organization created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology, and by existing national cancer organizations, whose mission is to advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families, and caregivers through networking, education, advocacy research and resource development.
Cancer Care, Inc. (CCI) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.
Cancer Support Community (formerly Gilda’s Club and the Wellness Community). Its vision is that no one should face cancer alone. CSC provides support, education and hope to anyone impacted by cancer, either their own or that of a loved one, face-to-face at its 50 sites across North America, online or over the phone.
Camp Kesem (“magic”) provides a network of free summer camps, fueled by college student volunteers, for children affected by a parent’s cancer. Started in 2000 at Stanford University, Camp Kesem has expanded to 50+ college chapters across the country, where thousands of college students work year-round to provide life-changing experiences to children age 6-16. For a full listing of chapter locations, please visit www.campkesem.org.
Lacuna Loft is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that encourages, empowers, and connects young adult cancer survivors and caregivers around the world, 24/7. Lacuna Loft provides online wellness support programs and resources, lifestyle encouragement, and peer support community that young adults need to overcome their challenging health and life circumstances, and thrive. Lacuna Loft’s vision is to become the leader in wellness support programs and resources for young adult cancer survivors and caregivers, enabling them to have the age-appropriate support they deserve through a medium that fits their lifestyle.
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (www.curemeso.org)
The Meso Foundation (formerly MARF) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma and the suffering caused by it, by funding research, providing education and support for patients and their families, and by advocating for federal funding of mesothelioma research.