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  1. 4th Angel Mentoring Program - The CARES Initiative, founded by Olympic skating champion and cancer survivor, Scott Hamilton, is a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic in seeking to empower and inspire cancer patients. Through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, cancer patients of all ages and with all types of cancer are matched with a cancer survivor with the same diagnosis for peer counseling and one-on-one interaction. http://www.4thangel.org/

  2. American Cancer Society (ACS) - This is a nationwide, community-based health organization, which provides the public with up-to-date information on all aspects of cancer through their web site, toll-free information line, and published materials. http://www.cancer.org  Phone: (800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345).

  3. American Childhood Cancer Organization national office is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, support, serve and be an advocate for families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them. http://www.acco.org/  Phone: (800) 366-CCCF (800-366-2223); staff@acco.org

  4. Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) - The ACA is a national non-profit amputee consumer education organization representing people who have experienced amputation or who have been born with limb differences. The ACA includes amputee education and support groups for amputees, family members and friends of amputees, and professionals. http://www.amputee-coalition.org  Phone: (888) AMP-KNOW (888-267-5669).

  5. Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network - This not-for-profit organization is dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of persons facing a bone marrow, blood stem cell, or umbilical cord transplant. The network provides high quality, easy to understand medical information so patients can be active, knowledgeable participants in their health care planning and treatment. http://www.bmtinfonet.org  Phone: (888) 597-7674; help@bmtinfonet.org

  6. Canadian Cancer Society - A national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate and enhance quality of life for people living with cancer. They provide financial support for cancer research and deliver community based support programs and prevention information. http://www.cancer.ca  Phone: (416) 961-7223.

  7. CancerCare for Kids ® - Children and teens who are affected by cancer have special needs and concerns. That's why CancerCare has a special program called CancerCare for Kids ® . It's all part of the free, professional services CancerCare provides, but focused on the particular needs of children and parents. They offer practical support, education and advice to parents, and counseling to children and teens to help them understand cancer. Families who live near a CancerCare office may also participate in their We're Talking About It ® workshops that teach children and parents how to talk to each other about cancer. CancerCare for Kids ® services are provided free with services in both English and Spanish. http://www.cancercare.org/get_help/special_progs/cc_for_kids.php?tr=y&auid=2389786

  8. Chemo Angels - A non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to adding a ray of sunshine to the lives of those undergoing treatment for cancer. Chemo angels pamper cancer patients through the mail with uplifting notes, cards, and small gifts. http://www.chemoangels.com; ChemoAngels@prodigy.net

  9. Children’s Art For Children’s Cancer Foundation - The mission of Children’s Art For Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. is to educate and empower children to create art that will benefit and support children facing cancer and other life threatening diseases; and to support the conduct of art therapy for children with cancer and children whose parents have cancer who are undergoing treatment at cancer hospital centers. Through the Art Pal Heroes, the Foundation seeks to use student artworks to emotionally support children in their fight against cancer and other life threatening diseases. Students become contributing citizens while using their drawing skills as a means of service learning. www.childrensartforchildrenscancer.org

  10. Children's Cancer Web - A children's cancer website that provides a directory of various childhood cancer resources. http://www.CancerIndex.org/ccw/

  11. CoachArt - CoachArt is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children with life-threatening illnesses by providing personal lessons in the arts and athletics. Coaches and teachers, who are professionals in their fields, donate lessons, free of charge. Coach Art works closely with Children's Hospital Los Angeles. http://www.coachart.org  Phone: 213.736.2850

  12. Cure Search - This organization represents the combined efforts of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Children's Oncology Group. Parents and families of children coping with cancer will find educational and support resources. http://www.curesearch.org  Phone: (800) 458-6223; info@curesearch.org

  13. First Connection (Peer-to-Peer) Program - Recognizing the needs of families in the initial phases of diagnosis, the First Connection program brings patients and their caregivers the opportunity to share experiences with someone who has "been through it" and obtain valuable information on society and community resources available to support them. This unique match gives the new patient or caregiver valuable insight from someone who also has experienced a blood cancer. Patient and volunteers are matched by age, diagnosis and gender when possible. Peers are trained in basic counseling skills and are armed with local resource materials so that patients and their caregivers need not feel isolated as they begin the process of treatment. Anyone with leukemia or related cancers is eligible to receive a call or visit. http://leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page.adp?item_id=4582  Phone: (800) 955-4572.

  14. Hodgkins Disease Mail List - This site has an Internet mailing list dedicated to the exchange of information concerning Hodgkins Disease. http://www.deltronix.com/public/li/listserver.html

  15. I'm Too Young For This - An innovative cancer foundation for young adults affected by cancer.  Founder Matthew Zachary's vision is to end the isolation faced by so many and to use music and the arts to help young survivors create, connect and unite.  stupidcancer.org Phone: 877-735-4673; info@stupidcancer.com

  16. Kids Kicking Cancer - A non-profit organization established to host events and programs for families who have a child/teen afflicted with cancer. http://www.powerpeacepurpose.com/  Phone: 313-557-0021; office@kidskickingcancer.net

  17. Lance Armstrong Foundation LIVESTRONG (LAFL) - LAFL helps cancer patients of all ages through medical and scientific research grants, development of after-treatment services and support for survivors, public education and awareness programs, as well as information and support for those diagnosed with cancer. http://www.livestrong.org/   Phone: (512) 236-8820.

  18. Little Star Foundation - This non-profit children's foundation (founded in 1990 by former professional tennis player, Andrea Jaeger, and fellow humanitarian Heidi Bookout) set out to change the world for children suffering from cancer and other diseases, neglect, and poverty. The impact, growth and success of their long term programs has changed the course of how many healthcare professionals and caregiver facilities conduct their efforts and programs. Little Star Foundation's programs have reached thousands of children stricken by disease, neglect and poverty on an annual basis. They support & serve as a year-round resource to children, families and health care professionals in hospitals, communities, orphanages and abuse shelters. Outreach efforts include the distribution of medical supplies and equipment, food, clothing and educational supplies worldwide. http://www.littlestar.org/ Phone: 1-800-543-6565; info@littlestar.org

  19. National Brain Tumor Society- This non-profit organization is dedicated to providing information and support for brain tumor patients, family members, and healthcare professionals. They also support innovative research, better treatment options, and a cure for brain tumors. http://www.braintumor.org  Phone: (800) 934-CURE (800-934-2873); info@braintumor.org

  20. Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Society - This organization provides information on neuroblastoma for families of children diagnosed with this disease. http://www.neuroblastomacancer.org  Phone: (800) 532-5162; info@neuroblastomacancer.org

  21. Teen Cancer America Founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who band, this is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. http://teencanceramerica.org/.To contact them fill out the form on their site: http://teencanceramerica.org/contact/

  22. The Children's Cause, Inc. - The Children's Cause is dedicated to accelerating the discovery and access to innovative, safer, and more effective treatment for childhood cancer through education and advocacy. With advice from leading medical, scientific, and public policy experts, the Children's Cause works with policy experts to advance basic and clinical research, healthcare and services for childhood cancer patients, survivors, and their families. http://www.childrenscause.org  Phone: 202.336.8374.