Cancer Financial Assistance Programs in the Triangle
The journey to overcoming cancer is a full-time job that requires physical and emotional energy and support. While you are going through this challenging time, the road to recovery can sometimes become difficult due to healthcare costs and financial realities.
There is good news for the uninsured or the underinsured. Many programs and networks are available to help you address the financial impact of your diagnosis so that you can focus on your road to recovery.
Explore these excellent resources to see if any are a good fit for your needs:
Patient Advocate Foundation/Co-Pay Relief
Patient Advocate Foundation has a Co-Pay Relief Program that helps insured patients through direct financial assistance for out-of-pocket costs such as prescriptions or treatments. This national nonprofit is 100% donor funded, and its application process is streamlined as much as possible for patients, providers and pharmacies.
21st Century CARE
21st Century C.A.R.E. was originally established in 1996 in Asheville, NC, by a patient who bequeathed a large donation to provide cancer education for the community. A nonprofit that provides financial assistance for incidental expenses related to active cancer treatments, 21st Century C.A.R.E. often covers costs for transportation, childcare during treatment, follow-up visits for cancer care, temporary housing and more. Patients must apply online.
The Caring Community Foundation, Inc.
The Caring Community Foundation has been serving cancer patients in the Triangle for over 15 years. This 501(c)(3) charitable organization supports cancer patients in need by providing financial assistance with treatment costs, utilities, rent or other basic needs during the course of cancer treatment. Grants are only issued for patients referred through its Social Worker Network.
CancerCare® is a national organization that provides free support services such as counseling, educational workshops, support groups and financial assistance to people affected by cancer. Its Financial Assistance Program assists with transportation, child care, home care and other treatment-related costs. Its Co-Payment Assistance Foundation offsets insurance co-payments to help with the cost of treatment.
CancerCare also offers a searchable, online database called “A Helping Hand” at www.cancercare.org/helpinghand. This is a great tool for cancer patients to search for up-to-date contact information for hundreds of organizations that can offer financial support. You can search by type of assistance, zip code and diagnosis.
Angel Wheels™ is a charity organization that assists with non-emergency, long-distance ground transportation for patients traveling out of town for treatment. Providing gas cards, bus tickets or trains tickets for travel, Angel Wheels typically covers trips that do not exceed 300 miles (one-way). Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.
Pretty in Pink Foundation
The Pretty in Pink Foundation is an organization that assists uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients in North Carolina with financial support for quality, life-saving medical treatment. The organization funds patients needs through donations, fundraising, sponsorship and pledge drives.
Good Days gives financial support to patients who cannot afford the treatment they need. This charity also connects patients with additional information and support resources. All funding is secured from donors, and Good Days pledges that more than 91.6 cents of each dollar goes directly to patients.
The HealthWell Foundation’s goal is to improve access to healthcare for America’s underinsured. The nonprofit fills the health insurance gap by assisting with premiums, copays, deductibles, travel costs and out-of-pocket expenses. Since 2004, HealthWell has helped more than 320,000 patients afford necessary treatments and medications.
For more information and resources to help cover cancer treatment costs, visit PatientResource.com and Need Help Paying for Bills. These websites contain additional listings of financial resources that can help patients with cancer cover a range of needs.
On a parting note, we’d like to thank our amazing patients who contributed to this article. Your feedback is invaluable and helps others during their journey to recovery.
If you’d like to share a new resource that we haven’t mentioned here, please contact Luminita Castillos at Personalized Hematology-Oncology.
Cancer Support Groups in Wake County & the Triangle
Cornucopia – Cancer Support Center
Cornucopia provides free support services and support group meetings for anyone touched by cancer, including patients families and caregivers. Support can range from counseling, support groups, additional therapies and meal prep services.
Charities and Non-Profits Offering Support for Cancer Patients in the Triangle
Cleaning for a Reason
Cleaning for a Reason provides cleaning services throughout the country for women undergoing chemotherapy treatments. This service provides a free house cleaning once a month for four months to support patients during those difficult times.