Resources

Cancer Financial Resources:

MedAssist of Mecklenburg - Provides free prescription medications to low income individuals. ~ 5516 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28212. (704) 536-1790

Abacus Life Settlements - Abacus Life Settlements gives patients the option to use their life insurance to cover treatment cost. An industry leading life settlement buyer, Abacus has helped thousands use life insurance for present need instead of future benefit. With a perfect BBB rating, they’re often able to pay out between 50% and 80% of a policy’s face amount. Many clients are able to receive their proceeds in less than 30 days. After receiving a settlement, it is yours to use however you want. From funding treatment to investing in the future, there are many ways to make your life insurance a living benefit. Click here to learn more about how Abacus can help fund your cancer care.
If you’d prefer to speak directly to an Abacus representative, please call Cassie Horn at 407-988-1486.

Crisis Assistance Ministry - Serves the low-income citizens of Mecklenburg County, often classified as "the working poor," who are facing financial emergencies and are struggling to meet life's basic needs. These include people who are: Working in one or more low-wage jobs, disabled or elderly and living on fixed incomes, facing increasing costs of living, stagnant wages, and a lack of affordable housing, or without a network of support. ~ 500 Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 371 - 3001

Christ Our Shepherd Ministries - Ministry to single parents, childcare, summer camp, preschool, library, computer lab, etc. ~ 226 West John Street, Matthews, NC 28105 (704) 845 - 6278or7 (704) 849 - 0256

Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund - Free assistance for income qualified customers.

North Carolina Community Action Association - Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. 

Friendship Trays, Inc. - Friendship Trays is the only nongovernmental Charlotte-based organization creating and delivering healthy meals to elderly and infirm community members in their homes. ~ 2401-A Distribution Street, Charlotte, NC 28203 (704) 333-9229

Hospitality House of Charlotte - Provide free housing and meals for family members from out of town, when a medical crisis has a family member in either Presbyterian Main or Carolinas Medical Center. Must be referred by hospital representatives.  ~ 1400 Scott Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 (704) 376-0060 info@hhocharlotte.org

Just 1 Call - A resource/referral system for virtually any services needed for seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers. ~ 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 (704) 432-1111

Second Harvest Food Bank - Strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. ~ 500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 376-1785

Loaves and Fishes - A nonprofit emergency food pantry program which provides a week's worth of groceries to people in crisis in Charlotte Mecklenburg. You need a referral to get these services. (704) 523-4333

Love Inc. of Mecklenburg County - They have a number of services available through their volunteer network for those in need. They have approximately 150 churches they can draw volunteers from. Primary to HCM would be: transportation, cleaning, minor home repairs, and respite care for caretakers. (704) 536-5588

Matthews Health Clinic - Provides healthcare to uninsured, low income families in Mecklenburg and Union counties. ~ 113 North Ames Street, Matthews, NC 28105 (704) 841-8882

Matthews Help Center - Provides English as a second language classes, thrift store, crisis assistance-food, clothing, rent, utilities, medical bills, referral service to other service providers, lending of medical equipment, nurse visits by appointment, meals through Friendship Trays. ~ 119 North Ames Street, Matthews, NC 28106 (704) 847-8383

McDowell Street Center for Family Law - Provides free or low cost family law for low-income people. Christian value based. Strives to keep marriages and families together. ~ 101 North McDowell Street # 100, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 331-4774

Salvation Army - The Salvation Army believes in “meeting the need at the point of need.” ~ 534 Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 344-4731

CaringBridge - Free, personalized websites that support and connect loved ones during critical illness, treatment and recovery.

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Cancer Support Resources:

American Cancer Society - The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service ~ 600 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 704-552-6147

Buddy Kemp Caring House - Serving Novant Health Care clients, the Presbyterian Buddy Kemp Caring House is a community cancer support program offering support groups, counseling services, educational programs and a resource library for individuals diagnosed with cancer, their families and friends. 242 South Colonial Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207 704-384-5223    

Levine Cancer Institute - Advanced Cancer Care in the Carolinas

Carolina Breast Friends - Sisters united on a journey of hope and courage. 704-370-7773

Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) - Inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. Helps people with cancer focus on living. Believes unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything. Provides the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. Serves its mission through advocacy, public health, and research. (512) 236-8820

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America - Provides support and information for blood cancers: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Myelodysplastic syndromes, Myeloproliferative disorders.  The website provides information on types of blood cancers, treatments, clinical trials and support groups (First Connections monthly support group).  Call for financial assistance programs. ~ 5950 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210 (704) 998-5012 or (800) 955-4572 – connects to counselor for questions regarding specific forms of cancer.

Levine Cancer Institute - Advanced Cancer Care in the Carolinas

Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Charlotte Affiliate) - By focusing on breast health education and collaboration with local organizations, we will strive to save lives, improve breast health services and reach out to the underserved members in our community. ~ 505 East Boulevard Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28203 (704)347-8181

Teal Diva - Raising ovarian cancer awareness. The mission of Teal Diva is to celebrate victories, honor memories, empower women, educate the community and fund diagnostic research for ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.

LIVESTRONG™ Survivor Care - This LAF program helps cancer survivors and family members face the everyday challenges of cancer survivorship through emotional support; individual counseling; and assistance with financial, legal, and/or insurance issues and matching to clinical trials. (866) 235-7205

National Cancer Institute - Resource for information about various types of cancer, treatment options and clinical trial information. 800 number to talk with a cancer counselor to ask further questions. (800) 422-6237

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - Advance Research, Support Patients and create Hope. ~ 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 1 (877) 272-6226

Presbyterian Medical Center - Offer Cancer Clinics, where cancer specialists meet together at one time in the convenience of a single location to consider each patient's case and make the best, most comprehensive recommendation for treatment. Also participates in national research trials, providing patients access to the latest cancer treatment options. ~ 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28233

Second Opinion Clinic - If you receive a cancer diagnosis, it’s understandable that you would want to explore your best options for treatment. You can find answers to your questions and the range of medical and support services you need at Novant Health multidisciplinary cancer clinics in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. Each of these clinics takes a different approach to cancer care. One of them may have services that can make a difference for you.

Strides for Strength - Services include a program of 24 sessions that help cancer patients with the recovery process, particularly, dealing with fatigue issues. Program is for all types of cancers in patients age 18 and older. Services include: oncology nurse consults, social worker, support groups, nutritional guidance, educational programs, yoga, massage, and rehabilitative exercise programs. ~ 125 Baldwin Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 924-6955

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Child/Teen/Young Adult Cancer Resources:

Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation - Our website provides an array of information and resources for the newly diagnosed and long-term survivors.

Pediatric Oncology Resource Center - A website for parents, friends and families of children who have or have had childhood cancer.

Pediatric Support Program Presbyterian Hospital - Support group open to families of children that have any type of cancer.  Presbyterian Medical Center ~ 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28233. (704) 384-4000

Band-aides & Backboards - Features stories from children, teens, and siblings about living with serious illness. This is a site about growing up with medical problems. Its goal is to help people understand what it's like, from the perspective of the children and teens who are doing just that.

4 Kids With Cancer - Offers support, education, and advocacy for children and adolescents with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, their families, and the professionals who care for them.

Outlook-Life Beyond Childhood Cancer - Provides an innovative and unique resource that addresses the issues of childhood cancer survivors, provides information and support to families and professionals and to build a bridge of support between current patients and survivors.

Stupid Cancer - The first digital platform that spoke directly to the young adult cancer experience, Planet Cancer combined biting satire, unfiltered wit, and brutal authenticity in a distinctly irreverent voice to help bring young adults out of the shadows.

The Starlight Foundation - Creates innovative, media-based programs that help seriously ill children and teens better cope with their disease - and enhance their quality of life. Offers free CD-ROMs and online communities of information and support for kids and parents.(800) 315-2580

The SAMFUND for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer - Helps support young adult cancer survivors in the transition from high school to college. Offers financial assistance through grants and scholarships.

13 Thirty Cancer Connect - Sponsored by Melissa’s Living Legacy Foundation. Offers teens a place to get cancer facts, connect with others, and share stories of hope and inspiration.

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Senior Support:

Shepherd's Center of Charlotte - The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte connects learning programs and services to support and enrich the lives of older adults.  We offer our participants rewarding ways to  connect to the community and provide support for seniors to help them remain in their homes as long as practical. Providing medical transportation, handyman, grocery shopping and errand service, arrange for home health aides, Adventures in Learning—a mini-college for senior adults, travel programs and trips, counseling about Medicare, insurance, tax help, computer classes, etc. ~3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC  (704) 365-1995 Contact:  Wayne Felton - Executive Director

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Grief & Loss:

Grief Share - GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Thousands of groups meet weekly around the world. Visit or join a group at anytime. And attend as many meetings as you like.

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region - Support groups for children and adults that are grieving the death of a loved one.  Also, Bereavement Book Club to discuss books on the subjects of grief and loss. ~ 1420 7th Street, Charlotte, NC  (704) 375-0100

Kinder-Mourn, Inc. - Provide a safe haven for families whose lives have been shattered by the death of a child.  All grieving parents are eligible for services regardless of the age of their child or the cause of their child's death. Also assists children and young people who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. ~1320 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 376-2580

Grieving the Loss of a Spouse – St. Matthew Catholic Church - Informal support group for those who have lost a spouse. ~8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC (704) 362-5047 X216 Contact: Sister Therese Galligan

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Online Cancer References:

About Cancer - Information from the National Cancer Institute about cancer treatment, prevention, screening, genetics, causes, and how to cope with cancer.

Better Bone Health - Provides information and tools to help you better understand your condition if you are experiencing cancer-related bone pain, have cancer in your bones or want to know how cancer may spread to your bones.

Cancer Facts - This online resource for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers is dedicated to delivering accurate and personalized information at a time of need.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Offers patients the most sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy in combination with complementary therapies, including nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine and naturopathic medicine. Chat with an Oncology Information Specialist. Our specialists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (800) 615-3055

Caring4Cancer - Provides information and inspiration to guide you through your journey and give you the strength and hope in your fight with cancer.

Genentech BioOncology - As part of our commitment, BioOncology.com is dedicated to sharing information and ideas about a new approach to cancer therapy.

Guide to Internet Resources for Cancer - The aim of "Guide to Internet Resources for Cancer" is to make it easier to find more specific information quickly.

Mayo Clinic - Tools for healthier lives.

Medicinenet - On-line, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers.

National Library of Medicine - Health information for patients, family and friends. Topics on conditions, diseases and wellness, hospitals and physicians, and drug information.

Oncolink.com - Provides information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.

WebMD - Dedicated to providing quality health information and to upholding the integrity of our editorial process.

World Health Organization - WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses.

Treat Mesothelioma - At Treat Mesothelioma, we are determined to be the one-stop resource for mesothelioma and asbestos related guidance and information. (888)322.3075