Service organizations

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

Kensington, MD 20895-0498 (800) 366-2223

Founded in 1970, Candlelighters has more than 40,000 members worldwide. Some of the free services provided by Candlelighters are a toll-free information hotline, a quarterly newsletter, various handbooks to help families of children with cancer, local support group chapters, and national advocacy.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada

National Office

55 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 401

Toronto, ON Canada M4P 1G8

(800) 363-1062 (Canada only)

(416) 489-6440 (callers from outside Canada)

Provides some of the same services as US Candlelighters.

American Cancer Society

1599 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329-4251 (800) 227(ACS)-2345

Has a national network of employees and volunteers who implement research, education, and patient service programs. Although programs differ according to state, some widely available programs are patient-to-patient visitation, transportation to appointments, housing near treatment centers, equipment and supplies, support groups, literature on a large variety of topics, summer camps for children with cancer, and research and educational programs.

Canadian Cancer Society

565 W 10 th Avenue Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4J4 (888) 939-3333 or (604) 872-4400

Provides some of same services as the US Cancer Society.

Childhood Cancer Ombudsman Program

IPO. Box 595 Burgess, VA 22432 Fax: (804) 580-2502 Email: [email protected]

This free service helps children with cancer and their families who are having difficulty gaining access to appropriate education, medical care, healthcare cost coverage, and/or meaningful employment. Services include medical library searches, a second opinion program, and help resolving problems with insurance or discrimination.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

1311 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains, NY 10605

This organization provides financial assistance to families (up to $500/year for outpatients), funds research, sponsors a national program in education for the public and the medical community, and publishes a large number of booklets on cancer-related topics.

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