Resources

Treat Mesothelioma

www.TreatMesothelioma.org

888.322.3075 

At TreatMesothelioma.org, we are determined to be the one-stop resource for mesothelioma and asbestos related guidance and information.

 

American Cancer Society

600 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

704-552-6147

Email: rlaw@cancer.org

www.cancer.org

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. 

 

Buddy Kemp Caring House

242 Colonial Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207

704-384-5223    

www.presbyterian.org/site/locations/presbyterian_buddy_kemp_caring_house/#tabsState=overview_tab

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.

 

Levine Cancer Institute

http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/levine-cancer-institute

Advanced Cancer Care in the Carolinas

 

Care-Line

800-662-7030 (NC only)

If you can’t find what you’re looking for somewhere else – call this statewide human services information and referral center.  Provides access to state and other agencies for financial, medical and other needs.

 

CarePages

www.carepages.com

CarePages are free, easy-to-use Web pages, that help family and friends communicate when a loved one is receiving care.

 

CaringBridge

651-452-7940

www.caringbridge.org

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

 

Carolina Breast Friends 704-370-7773

Sisters united on a journey of hope and courage

www.carolinabreastfriends.org

 

Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation

www.cbtf.org

Our website provides an array of information and resources for the newly diagnosed and long-term survivors.

 

Christ Our Shepherd Ministries

226 West John Street, Matthews, NC 28105

704-845-6278or704-849-0256   

Contact: Estelle Brendle at ebrendle@graceandhope.org

www.cosministries.org

Ministry to single parents, childcare, summer camp, preschool, library, computer lab, etc.

 

Crisis Assistance Ministry

500 Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

704-371-3001

www.crisisassistance.org

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.

 

Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund

Administered by Blue Ridge Community Action 1-866-427-6452 X326

Free assistance for income qualified customers.

 

Friendship Trays, Inc.

2401-A Distribution Street, Charlotte, NC 28203

704-333-9229

www.friendshiptrays.org

Delivering, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in this community who are unable, because of age or infirmity, to obtain and prepare their own meal.

 

Godstock, Inc

P.O. Box 661, China Grove, NC 28023

704-857-7011

Email: info@godstock.org

Contact: Director John Bouk

www.godstock.org

Provides financial assistance to families of chronically ill children - mortgage payment, car payments, insurance, and utilities, etc.

 

Hospitality House of Charlotte

P.O. Box 36891, Charlotte, NC 28236

704-384-6058

Email: hospitalityhouse@mindspring.com

www.hospitalityhouseofcharlotte.org

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. 

 

 

Just 1 Call

301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

704-432-1111

www.charmeck.org/Departments/Just1Call/ENG/Home.htm

A resource/referral system for virtually any services needed for seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers.

 

Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF)

512-236-8820

www.livestrong.org

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.

 

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America

5950 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210

704-998-5012

800-955-4572 – connects to counselor for questions regarding specific forms of cancer.

www.leukemia-lymphoma.org

Provides support and information for blood cancers: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Myelodysplastic syndromes, Myeloproliferate 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.

 

Levine Cancer Institute

http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/levine-cancer-institute

Advanced Cancer Care in the Carolinas

 

LIVESTRONG™ SurvivorCare

866-235-7205 (9am to 5pm eastern time)

www.livestrong.org/survivorcare

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.

 

Loaves and Fishes

P.O. Box 11234, Charlotte, NC 28220

704-523-4333

www.loavesandfishes.org

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.

 

Love Inc. of Mecklenburg County

P.O. Box 18517, Charlotte, NC 28218

704-536-5588

www.loveinc-charlotte.org

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.

 

Matthews Health Center

113 North Ames Street, Matthews, NC 28105

704-841-8882

www.matthewshealthclinic.org

Provides healthcare to uninsured, low income families in Mecklenburg and Union counties

 

Matthews Help Center

119 North Ames Street, Matthews, NC 28106

704-847-8383

www.matthewshelpcenter.org

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.

 

McDowell Street Center for Family Law

101 North McDowell Street # 100, Charlotte, NC 28204

704-331-4774

www.centerforfamilylaw.org

Provides free or low cost family law for low-income people. Christian value based. Strives to keep marriages and families together.

 

MedAssist of Mecklenburg

5516 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28212

704-536-1790

www.medassist.org

Provide free prescription medications to low income individuals.

 

National Cancer Institute

800-422-6237

www.cancer.gov

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

 

Outlook-Life Beyond Childhood Cancer

www.outlook-life.org

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.

 

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

www.pancan.org

1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

1-877-272-6226

Advance Research, Support Patients and create Hope.

 

Pediatric Oncology Resource Center

www.acor.org/ped-onc

A website for parents, friends and families of children who have or have had childhood cancer.

 

Pediatric Support Program Presbyterian Hospital

Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28233

704-384-5377

Support group open to families of children that have any type of cancer. 

 

Presbyterian Cancer Center

Second Opinion Clinic

200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28233

www.presbyterian.org/health_services/cancer_center/index.html

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.

 

Salvation Army

534 Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

704-344-4731

www.salvationarmycharlotte.org

The Salvation Army believes in “meeting the need at the point of need.”

 

Second Harvest Food Bank

500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

704-376-1785

www.secondharvestcharlotte.org

Strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food.

 

Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 

704-365-1995

Contact:  Wayne Felton - Executive Director

www.shepherdscharlotte.org

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.

 

Strides for Strength

125 Baldwin Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28204

704-924-6955

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.

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Charlotte Affiliate)

505 East Boulevard Suite 101, Charlotte, NC28203

Phone: 704-347-8181

Fax: 704-347-8145

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.

Teal Diva raising ovarian cancer awarenesswww.tealdiva.org

YMCA-C.A.R.E.S. (Cancer Awareness Requires Everyone's Support)

Contact: Amy Hoffner at amy.hoffner@ymcacharlotte.org

YMCA-C.A.R.E.S. is an eight week program designed specifically for cancer survivors.  Through this program survivors have an opportunity to:

  • Improve muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility
  • Increase energy and reduce the side effects of cancer treatments
  • Improve quality of life and build self-esteem

For more information and dates of the next class, contact Amy Hoffner.

 

 

Child/Teen/Young Adult

Band-aides & Backboards

www.lehman.cuny.edu/faculty/jfleitas/bandaides/index.html

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

 

Candlelighters® Childhood Cancer Foundation

800-366-2223

www.4kidswithcancer.org

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

 

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

800-695-0285

www.nichcy.org

Provides information on childhood disabilities, the laws protecting children’s rights, and research-based educational practices.

 

Planet Cancer (acquired by the Lance Armstrong foundation)

Planet Cancer is an on-line community of young adults with cancer. (You know, that age between "pediatric" and "geriatric," where no one knows whether to give you a lollipop or have a serious talk about your fiber intake.) It's a place to share insights, explore our fears, and laugh. We don't deny the dark side of illness and death here. But we also firmly believe that laughter and light can turn up in the strangest places.

 

The Starlight Foundation

800-315-2580

www.starlight.org

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.

 

Surviving and Moving Forward

The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

www.thesamfund.org

Helps support young adult cancer survivors in the transition from high school to college. Offers financial assistance through grants and scholarships.

 

Teens Living with Cancer

www.teenslivingwithcancer.org

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.

 

 

Grief & Loss

Grief Share

www.griefshare.org

PO Box 1739 Wake Forest, NC 275881-800-395-5755

 

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

1420 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 

704-375-0100

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.

 

Kinder-Mourn, Inc

1320 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204

704-376-2580

www.kindermourn.org

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.

 

Healing Hearts – St. Gabriel Catholic Church

3016 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

704-362-5047 X 216

Contact: Sister Therese Galligan

Informal support group for those who have lost a spouse

 

Healing Hearts – St, Matthew Catholic Church

8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC

704-362-5047 X216

Contact: Sister Therese Galligan

Informal support group for those who have lost a spouse.

 

Online References

About.com

www.cancer.about.com

 

Better Bone Health

www.betterbonehealth.com

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

www.cancerfacts.com

This on-line 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

800-615-3055

www.cancercenter.com

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.

 

Caring4Cancer

www.caring4cancer.org

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

 

Genentech BioOncology

www.biooncology.com

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

www.cancerindex.org

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

 

MayoClinic

www.Mayoclinic.com

Tools for healthier lives.

 

Medicinenet

www.medicinenet.com

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

 

National Library of Medicine

www.nlm.nih.gov

Health information for patients, family and friends. Topics on conditions, diseases and wellness, hospitals and physicians, and drug information.

 

Oncolink.com

www.oncolink.com

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

 

WebMD

www.webmd.com

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

 

World Health Organization

www.who.int