Archive for the ‘Patient Advocacy’ Category

Hand Knits for Hope: Free Hats for Cancer Patients

Posted By on January 15th, 2015 at 10:26 am | 53 comments.

bopeepsbonnetsBo Peep’s Bonnets is the creative result of a Lancaster County daughter’s search for stylish hats for her mother to wear during her chemo treatment. Danielle (a.k.a. Bo Peep) decided to fill the need she saw for winter hats by using her own knitting skills to come up with beautiful hats designs. Now, several years later, Bo Peep’s Bonnets offers a free hat to any woman experiencing hair loss through chemotherapy treatments. How can you apply?

Simply fill out the request: You even get to choose from a dozen different designs!

And for you knitters, a few free hat patterns:

Friends Are By Your Side Provides Wigs, Salon Services

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:50 am | 5155 comments.

FRIENDS ARE BY YOUR SIDEFriends-are-By-Your-Side-for-PL is a nonprofit organization, uniting salon owners who share the mission to help women and children going through cancer treatment. Stylists and beauty industry experts donate wigs and salon services, and grant children’s wishes.  The website lists salons across the country (and beyond!) participating in the program, including 20 salons in Pennsylvania.

For more information on Friends Are By Your Side, visit the website here.

Pink Daisy Project to the Rescue!

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:33 pm | 6118 comments.

Pink-Daisy-Project-for-PLThe Pink Daisy Project offers short-term assistance for women under the age of 45 who are within three months of breast cancer treatment or reconstruction. The organization provides gift cards for groceries, gas, and restaurants in order to offset the increased expenses in your budget during treatment. How can you apply?

As part of the application process, your oncologist must verify your age and date of diagnosis. To receive an application, send an email to

Free Beach Vacations Available for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted By on August 15th, 2014 at 8:48 am | 9927 comments.

littlepinkhousesfamilyforwebLittle Pink Houses of Hope provides FREE week-long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families. Each beach retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate. Families accepted are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the vacation site; all other aspects of the retreat are covered by Little Pink Houses of Hope.

Applications are now open for fall vacations in North Carolina, California, South Carolina and Florida. Each family is housed in their own beach housing which has a refrigerator stocked with all of their breakfast and drink needs.  Common meals are held for lunch and dinner, allowing families to meet and enjoy getting to know other families on the same journey.  During the week, a schedule of daily activities is put together based on local community donations.  In the past, activities have included, kayaking, hang gliding, stand up paddle boarding, golf, jewelry making classes, massage, fishing, sailing, concerts, carnivals, etc.
For more information on Little Pink Houses of Hope, visit the website:

Cancer Card Xchange Offers Free “Gifts” to Survivors

Posted By on July 11th, 2014 at 12:50 pm | 2006 comments.

CancerCardXchangeforPLThe Cancer Card Xchange is a nonprofit organization that collects donated gift cards and distributes them as one-time gifts to cancer patients and their families, simply to brighten their day.

The organization was founded when a survivor read that about $41 billion worth of gift cards had gone unclaimed since 2005, and she remembered that one of the brightest moments during her initial treatment for cancer was a night out with her husband — compliments of a gift card given to them by friends. Cancer Card Xchange has given almost 1,000 people close to $100,000 worth of gift cards. For more information, or to request a gift card donation for a cancer patient, send an email to Receipt of the gift cards may take up to a month.

For more information, visit

FREE Summer Camp Open to PA Kids Affected by Cancer

Posted By on June 16th, 2014 at 8:45 am | 252 comments.

Camp-Kesem-picCamp Kesem, a summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer, is now accepting applications! The one-week sleep away camps are a chance for children ages 6-16 to have a fun-filled week and just be kids. Everything at Camp Kesem focuses on the goal of giving campers the best week of their lives, while providing the extra support and attention they need.

Camp Kesem empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, FUN summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer.  There are two locations offered here in Pennsylvania:

Camp Kesem Central PA – Fort Washington

Camp Kesem at UPenn – Philadelphia area

Learn more about the Camp Kesem experience in the video below:

The “A Day at Camp” link provides an overview of a typical day your child might expect:

Targeted Breast Cancer Therapy Study Calling for Participants

Posted By on May 15th, 2014 at 10:14 am | 199 comments.

Are you currently undergoing breast cancer treatment? A new study is looking for survivors who are taking either Afinitor breast-cancer-study-for-PL Tykerb. Researchers want to learn more about the patient experience including daily nutrition and any side effects they may be noticing. Want to learn more?

GlaxoSmithKline’s Focus on the Patient team is conducting this study of oncology patients.  To be eligible, you must be:

•    Currently taking one of these medications – Afinitor or Tykerb – as part of treatment regimen for at least the past two months

•    Available to participate in on-on-one interviews on one of the following dates:  May 19, 20 or 21 to be conducted in Collegeville, PA or via Skype or telephone.

•    Willing to discuss daily nutrition and any side effects experienced as a result of this treatment as well as its effects on quality of life

Researchers are hoping to gain insight into any changes for patients related to the treatment.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Kay Warner at or call the PBCC at 800-377-8828.

Financial Assistance Available for Younger Cancer Survivors

Posted By on May 15th, 2014 at 10:14 am | 1028 comments.

Help-for-young-survivors-for-PLIf you are under the age of 39 and have completed your treatment for breast cancer, you may qualify for a grant from Surviving And Moving Forward: the SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer. The SAMFund provides financial assistance to young adults (ages 21-39) to empower survivors to achieve their educational, professional and personal goals. Grants cover a wide range of needs including medical bills, rent, utilities, gym memberships and transportation costs.
The two-part process begins in June with Part 1 of the application. Approved applicants submit Part 2 in November. Instructions for grant application are at