Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
STAR Program® (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation)
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Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Our mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Since its founding in 1947, Dana-Farber has been committed to providing adults and children with cancer with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research.
Lahey Clinic Cancer Center
A full range of comprehensive medical and surgical specialists are available at the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Clinic. Board-certified physicians in medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology collaborate to bring personalized, compassionate care to patients.
Maine Children’s Cancer Program
The Maine Children’s Cancer Program is to provide integrated, comprehensive, clinical research based medical care and psychosocial and practical support services to infants, children, and adolescents with cancer from throughout the state of Maine.
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC)
Defining breast cancer as a political issue, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition challenges all obstacles to the eradication of this disease.
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center – The HOPES Center
The HOPES Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services plus education and support workshops. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
The Cancer Center offers patients access to a wide variety of clinical trials of promising new therapies.
Milford Regional Medical Hospital
The Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center provides world-renowned cancer care close to home.
National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
NBCC’s mission is to eradicate breast cancer by focusing the administration, U.S. Congress, research institutions and consumer advocates on breast cancer. NBCC encourages all those concerned about this disease to become advocates for action and change.
Ovations for the Cure
Ovations for the Cure, Inc. is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a cure for ovarian cancer.
Pan-Massachusetts Challenge – Jimmy Fund
The PMC is nationally recognized as a model in fundraising efficiency, it generates half of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and it is Dana-Farber’s largest contributor.
Southcoast Hospitals Group
Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.
The Jewish Hospital Blood and Bone Marrow Program
The Jewish Hospital offers the only adult blood and marrow transplant center in the Tristate where more than 100 blood and bone marrow transplants are performed each year.
The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University
Dedicated entirely to the treatment and cure of brain and spinal tumors in children and adults, they combine the resources of a leading research hub with a commitment to the best in patient care.
Tufts New England Medical Center
The cancer specialists at Tufts Medical Center’s Cancer Center, a major academic medical institution, offer a unique array of multidisciplinary and integrated care programs for the treatment of all types of common and rare cancers in both adults and children.
The Magical Moon Foundation
The Magical Moon Foundation in Marshfield Massachusetts. Their mission is to nurture and empower children with cancer.
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach is a 501(c)3 organization based out of Marietta, GA. They help cancer patients directly (i.e. financial support, utilities, groceries, gas, transportation, prepared meals, co-pays, prescriptions, support groups, etc.), in an effort to make their journey with cancer less stressful.
Seeds 2 Life
Seeds 2 Life A portion of the donations received in exchange for Mel’s Bracelet™ during the month of March will be gifted to Seeds2 Life in Memphis, TN. They are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving health conditions though innovative self-breast exam, breast cancer education, and support services.
The Stowe Weekend of Hope
The Stowe Weekend of Hope, through a partnership of Vermont’s medical community and Stowe’s hospitality businesses, offers a healthy, inspirational retreat weekend for cancer survivors and their families. The Weekend of Hope is FREE and open to the public. Survivors of all types of cancer are welcome to attend. Lodging properties throughout Stowe offer free rooms to first time attendees and discounted rooms to returnees.
The Morgan Center
The Morgan Center in Hicksville, New York is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charitable organization dedicated to providing preschool age children who are undergoing treatment for cancer the opportunity to learn and socialize in a safe environment. The center takes special precautions to limit exposure to germs including special cleanings and supplies, modified activities and adherence to specific codes of conduct. The Morgan Center is provided free of charge to the children and their families.
Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Illinois Medical Center
This program provides direct financial support for bone marrow transplant patients who have difficulty covering the costs of co-pays, prescription medication, travel, and other expenses related to their treatment. Through the generosity of a private donor who has committed to a one-to-one challenge, funding from the Friends of Mel Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar.
Gilda’s Club South Jersey (GCSJ)
Our selection for February’s Mel’s Magic is Gilda’s Club South Jersey (GCSJ). Gilda’s Club is named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986. They offer support groups, lectures, workshops and social events as a supplement to medical care in a warm and welcoming home-like setting. Their program is free of charge to all members and open to everyone touched by cancer.
Pathfinders for Cancer
Pathfinders for Cancer is a non-profit, psychosocial support program for cancer patients, caregivers, family members and the community. The Colorado Chapter of Pathfinders works in collaboration with hospitals and other cancer support organizations to provide patients and their caregivers with the tools needed to live their life productively through their cancer journey.
Children’s Treehouse Foundation
Children’s Treehouse Foundation provides hospital-based, cancer-focused, psychosocial intervention training and programming dedicated to improving the emotional health of children whose parents have cancer.
National Brain Tumor Society
The National Brain Tumor Society offers top-notch resources and caring support for everyone affected by brain tumors. They provide education and information to help patients, families, and caregivers make informed decisions and develop strong support systems during every stage of the journey.
Camp Casey is a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer. They are located in Michigan and offer 3 unique programs: Horsey House Calls, Outlaw Outings, and Cowboy Camp Outs. Their programs offer a much-needed break from cancer to children & their families. Through generous donations and amazing volunteers, Camp Casey has spread the healing power of horses for over eight years.
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors (ages 18 to 39) a free week-long outdoor adventure experience designed to enable them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.
The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope, & Healing
The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing provides free support, education and wellness services to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and healthcare professionals. They are dedicated to support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends.
All 4 One Alliance
The Cancer Resource Foundation, Inc. has joined with CancerCare, Inc, The Breast Form Fund, and The Friends of Mel Foundation to form the All4One Alliance. This partnership with one shared mission is committed to helping all underserved women recover from breast cancer with dignity.
Lung Cancer Alliance
Providing patient support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for lung cancer in Massachusetts. LCA-MA is committed to reversing decades of stigma and neglect by empowering patients, elevating awareness and changing health policy.
Facing Cancer Together (FCT)
FCT serves people with all types of cancer at all stages of the disease. Their mission is to provide support, wellness and educational services to all people affected by cancer, regardless of their capacity to pay.
The Cancer Support Community – Massachusetts South Shore (CSC-MSS)
The Cancer Support Community – Massachusetts South Shore (CSC-MSS) has as its mission to provide a comprehensive program of services that help people who have been impacted by cancer enhance their health and well-being through professionally led programs of emotional support and education. All their programs, which are designed to enhance the mind, body and spirit, are provided free of charge and offered in a comfortable home-like environment.
The Learn, Live, and Love Cancer Outreach Organization
The Colon Cancer Alliance
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) s the oldest and largest national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. In order to increase rates of screening and survivorship, the CCA provides patient support, public education, supports research and conducts advocacy work across America.
The Scan Foundation
(Skin Cancer Awareness Network) was founded in 2006 by Marilyn Fry, a survivor of melanoma. Her mission is to use her experience and second opportunity for life to educate members of the community on the harmful effects of the sun, to help them avoid this preventable disease, and to provide information on care options treatment. Their mission is to support community outreach programs and help educate the public about safe exposure and fun in the sun.
Friends of Mel donated to Camp Kesem’s Indiana University and Northwestern locations! Since 2000, Camp Kesem has given children affected by a parent’s cancer the opportunity to just be kids. The ever-expanding Kesem community engages in camp activities like sports, arts and crafts, and drama to give campers a fun-filled week. The tremendous fun and support campers experience is what makes Camp Kesem a transformative, magical week for campers and counselors alike.
Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors.
Reel Recovery was founded in 2003 by a group of avid fly-fishers, inspired by their fishing buddy’s ongoing battle with brain cancer. Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing provided their friend, they created Reel Recovery to provide the same opportunity for other men battling the disease. Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations”, the organization provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.
Women Beyond Cancer
Women Beyond Cancer s a 501c3 corporation offering free retreats for women dealing with any type of cancer. They provide an opportunity for women to get away from it all while dealing with the physical as well as emotional impact of cancer. Retreats are located in: -East Orland, Maine -Aiken, South Carolina -Island Park, Moab, a& Park City, Utah
Lung Cancer Alliance of Massachusetts
Lung Cancer Alliance of Massachusetts (LCA-MA) is a full service radiation oncology facility, utilizing state-of-the-art technology in the fight against cancer.
Alice Hyde Medical Center – Reddy Cancer Treatment Center
Alice Hyde Medical Center – Reddy Cancer Treatment Center is a full service radiation oncology facility, utilizing state-of-the-art technology in the fight against cancer.
Amy’s Treat is dedicated to providing solutions to the day-to-day difficulties of living with cancer and offers unexpected “treats” to renew the spirit.
Heaps of Hope
Heaps of Hope continues the fight against breast cancer and other cancers by inspiring and supporting all women in their cancer journey. They are dedicated to providing a life line to women by easing the burdens created by cancer.
The Heart Connection Cancer Camp
Northern Nevada Children’s Foundation
Lung Cancer Alliance of Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center
Pathfinders for Cancer