Resources & Affiliations

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Camp Ronald McDonald

Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California provides year round experiences that support families, patients, and siblings. 310-473-0351

First Descents

First Descents is an outdoor program for young adults whose mission is to address the emotional effects of cancer by empowering them to regain control of their lives. Young adults experience whitewater kayaking and other challenging adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment in an effort to boost their self-confidence.

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For Children & Young Adults On-line Connections


Helps children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities by connecting them to medical information and resources such as financial assistance, camps, support groups, dental assistance, childcare, and health services.


CaringBridge provides free, personal websites available 24/7 that connect family and friends during a serious illness. The websites are easy to create and add to with health updates, photos and visitors can leave messages of support in the guestbook. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed.

Group Loop: Teens. Talk. Cancer. Online.

This site is geared to supporting teens with cancer. Through an on-line database, teenagers with cancer can connect with other teens based on such criteria as age, location and diagnosis.

I'm Too Young For This / Stupid Cancer

The mission of I'm Too Young For This is to improve both survival rates and quality of life for young adults living with, through and beyond cancer. Its goals include empowering young adults affected by cancer by reducing late detection, ending their isolation by providing a community of young adults with cancer, improving quality of life and providing meaningful survivorship.

Planet Cancer

Founded by a community of young adults with cancer, this website facilitates young adult connections by providing peer support and empowers them to access the resources geared to their unique needs and issues.

Songs of Love

The Songs of Love Foundation website creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child's name and references individual favorite activities, pets, people, etc.


Supersibs provides education, awareness and understanding for siblings of children with cancer. The needs of siblings are so often overlooked and the Supersibs programs are specifically designed for siblings to help them cope, understand and learn about their brothers and sisters diagnosed with cancer.

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Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

This U.S. government website has direct links to clinical trial information.

Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research

This site includes clinical trial information for patients with brain tumors.

Neurological Disorders

TGen's Center for Noninvasive Diagnostics looks for early warning signs of medical conditions, while TGen's Center for Rare Childhood Disorders is diagnosing pediatric ailments at nearly three times the national average. From Alzheimer's to ALS - from concussions and other traumatic brain injuries to stroke - TGen's Neurogenomics Division seeks answer to both common and rare neurological disorders.

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Grief Support/End of Life Support/Palliative Care

Comfort Zone Camp

Comfort Zone Camp is the national's largest bereavement camp. Comfort Zone Camps are offered free of charge to children ages 7-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The camps are held year-round in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia. Comfort Zone Camps create an environment where grieving children can have fun and break the isolation death often brings, while learning valuable coping skills for their daily lives.

Coping With Change After Loss

The death of a loved one creates many changes for surviving family members. These range from changes in household routines to changes in priorities or plans for the future. The process of adapting and reacting to new life situations may take months or years.

Hospice of North Coast

Serving all of San Diego, North County area.

Lifeworks Ministry: Therapeutic Inner Healing

Psalm 23 Ministry

Research shows that religion plays a vital role in helping people cope with cancer, both mentally and physically. The psychological benefits of prayer include: reduction of stress and anxiety; promotion of a more positive outlook; and a strengthening of the will to live.

The Elizabeth Hospice

Serving North County San Diego area

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Health Insurance and Legal Information

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program

The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance. The program offers free financial advice and free legal consultation about health insurance.

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Integrative Medicine

Chitra Bhakta MD

Specialist in Lyme Disease-Lyme is a complex disease that can be highly difficult to diagnose. Reliable diagnostics tests are not yet available which leaves many patients and physicians alike relying on the so call tell tale signs of the Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is often referred to as the "great imitator" because it mimics other conditions often causing patients to suffer a complicated maze of doctors in search of appropriate treatment.

Bastyr University

Bastyr University California in San Diego is the state's first and only accredited institution of naturopathic medicine, offering a rigorous science-based doctoral degree program. Their clinic of Naturapathic Medicine emphasizes disease prevention, the body's inherent ability to heal and the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic Doctors blend centuries-old knowledge with current scientific research to help patients achieve whole-person wellness. California is one of 16 states to license NDs as primary care doctors. Areas of specialty: Accupuncture, Nutritional Counseling, Chinese herbal medicine, Physical medicine, Homeopathy, Naturopathic medicine, Natural products and Chinese herbal dispensaries.

Biodynamic Wellness-Certified Nutritionist


Natural Medicine Acupuncture

(760) 753-2900

San Diego Center Hyperbaric Therapy

The HBOT procedure transports oxygen through out the body tissues and increases the oxygen entering the blood stream. By increasing the oxygen under controlled pressure the oxygen can reach tissue, bone, plasma, the central nervous system and the lymph that are not normally accessible to the red blood cells.

Todd Thoring ND

Dr Todd Thoring, graduated in 1999 from the well respected John Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. I am currently licensed in my native State of California to practice primary care as a Naturopathic Doctor. Since 2002,1 have been committed to the integrative treatment of tick born infections and chronic degenerative disease. This specialty was not intended yet rather brought about by a single patient with the diagnosis of chronic Lyme Disease which in turn prompted me to reevaluate and test many other patients revealing a much greater problem than I was taught. This eye-opening pivitol patient changed my practice forever, as well as made me realize how little I knew about this complex, elusive and devastating disease. I then decided to embrace this calling and learn as much as I could through ILADS, CALDA, patients, conferences and preceptorships with the leading Lyme disease experts.

UCSD Hyperbaric Medicine and Treatment Center

The UC San Diego Hyperbaric Medicine Center treats patients in accordance with the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society guidelines for the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). In addition, we offer a full range of comprehensive wound care services.

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101 Mobility Stair Lifts | Wheelchair Ramps

101 Mobility of San Diego sells & installs stairlifts, auto lifts, wheelchair ramps, patient lifts, DME, power chairs and scooters. Contact us today! All across San Diego County, Gary and Kindra French and the 101 Mobility team are known for providing dependable, honest mobility advice and solutions. The team at 101 Mobility of San Diego cares about our neighbors in the community, and we strive to make those we serve truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. We are a licensed general contractor, specializing in equipment for the home, including stair lifts, ramps, wheelchair lifts, mobile and overhead track patient lifts, and auto lifts. Our single-minded focus is to meet the needs of our clients and our community by being available, truly caring, serving passionately, exceeding expectations, and walking in integrity. Thank you for taking a moment to learn about us.

American Childhood Cancer Organization

American Childhood Cancer Organization (previously Candlelighters) is a national organization that provides programs and services for families of children and adolescents with cancer. It addresses the needs of families through programs that emphasize information, advocacy, and research. It also supports families through affiliate local organizations.

Boston Children's Hospital-Manton Center

The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research at Boston Children's Hospital was created to develop new methods for understanding, diagnosing and treating unusual diseases and to apply this knowledge to make fundamental scientific advances with broad implications for human health. To reach these goals, Children's joined in a partnership with The Manton Foundation to create a center devoted to understanding "orphan diseases" - genetic syndromes, immune system problems, errors of metabolism, neuromuscular disorders and other little-noticed but scientifically important disease processes. In our Center, experts committed to answering critical questions posed by puzzling and difficult diseases can collaborate, multiplying the impact of key medical discoveries and helping children and families facing profound medical challenges

Cancer Support Community

Support, Information and Financial Resources Find a listing of organizations by alphabetical order below.


CancerCare is a national organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: cancer patients, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. Its programs include counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help are provided by professional oncology social workers

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation

The mission of the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors. To support this goal, CBFT programs include a toll-free support hotline, and sharing family experiences through their Family 2 Family Network, as well as through special events.

Cure Match

CureMatch to Offer Cancer Service Free to Children Check out this article, About CureMatch CureMatch™, Inc. is a San Diego-based digital health company focused on personalized medicine and combination therapy in oncology. CureMatch enables oncologists to become experts in personalized medicine by providing them with actionable intelligence towards advanced cancer treatment options. CureMatch gives patients access to information needed to get personalized treatment. (858) 859-2873 | (619) 988-9282 CureMatch, Inc. | 6370 Lusk Blvd, Suite F208, San Diego, CA 92121


CureSearch unites the world's largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children's Oncology Group, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through their mission to cure childhood cancer. For parents and families, the website provides specific information and resources for when cancer patients are newly diagnosed, in-treatment, end of treatment and survivorship.

Global Genes

Global Genes™ is one of the leading rare disease patient advocacy organizations in the world. The non-profit organization promotes the needs of the rare disease community under a unifying symbol of hope – the Blue Denim Genes Ribbon™. What began as a grassroots movement in 2009 , with just a few rare disease parent advocates and foundations , has since grown to over 500 global organizations. Our Mission To Eliminate the Challenges of Rare Disease. We build awareness, educate the global community, and provide critical connections and resources that equip advocates to become activists for their disease.

International Lyme & Associated Disease Society

ILADS’ efforts to increase the level of understanding and expertise about Lyme and associated diseases within the medical community are in service of a larger goal -- to improve care for patients with tick-borne infections. ILADS recognizes that the person most impacted by the onset of Lyme is the patient. Our members are dedicated to shared decision making, which in addition to the best scientific evidence and clinical expertise, takes into account the patient’s values and preferences in deciding among available treatment options. Informed patients are better able to participate in their care, and better able to navigate a medical structure in which Lyme and its associated diseases are often poorly understood. Our sister organization, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Education Foundation (ILADEF) has created a series of materials — Lyme Disease 101 — designed to equip any patient, or member of the media or public, with the basic facts about Lyme disease and Lyme care.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Its Information Resource Center provides accurate, current disease information and support.

Meal Train

Organize meals for a friend after a birth, surgery or illness Organizing a Meal Train Step 1 Identify a friend who could use a little support and enter their name, email address, and where to drop off meals. To learn more go to:

National Children's Cancer Society

The mission of the National Children's Cancer Society is to provide financial, emotional, educational and medical resources for those in need at every stage of their illness and recovery. They provide financial assistance for medical expenses and household bills, and their affiliated group Beyond the Cure helps survivors address issues such as medical and educational late effects, healthy living and advocacy.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Scholarship Program

The PBTF offers scholarships to students who have survived a central nervous system tumor. Awards are used to cover tuition, fees, and books at any accredited post-secondary institution. The PBTF website contains information on how to apply.

Project Parent Muscular Dystrophy

The relatives of a child with Duchenne can help to ensure his (and his family’s) health and happiness. Parents, siblings, grandparents, and others will find helpful information on our website about care and treatment, and access to the Duchenne community.

Steven Harris MD Lyme Disease Specialist

Steven Harris, M.D. has been in private practice since 2001. Dr Harris is a medical doctor (MD), board certified in Family Practice. His private practice was opened as a sole proprietorship until 2006, after which he formed a California medical corporation, Pacific Since 2001 Dr Harris has focused his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne co-infections. In his approach to Lyme disease he incorporates strategies found in conventional, functional and complimentary medicine. He believes that there are many effective treatments available to those with chronic and persistent Lyme. Dr Harris has taken a leadership role in (formerly CALDA -The California Lyme disease Association), a research, patient advocate group which has been largely responsible for spearheding favorable legislation protecting patients rights, expanding Lyme disease awareness and fostering continued public health education. Dr Harris is also an active member of ILADS (The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society). This is a professional medical society of physicians and scientists which has become the authority on effective treatment for chronic Lyme disease.

The Cord Blood Center

Our goal is to provide information for expectant mothers and families considering cord blood banking - we want to help you find the right option for your loved ones. Whether you choose private banking for the safety of your family, or public banking to help patients in need of a transplant, The Cord Blood Center is committed to giving you relevant, up-to-date information on benefits, pricing and current research for cord blood stem cells." Please contact Jennifer Brooks at or visit

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Other Support

HM Systems Inc. HM Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselors Available Anytime, Anywhere You Need Them. The following therapy services provide via PT, OT, SLP and Psychologists, Infant Education are: • Physical health and mental health • Motor skills—including fine motor, gross motor, and visual motor development related sports improvements, ambulating in the environment, lack of organization, academics, core strengthening, manipulation of small objects and tools, etc. • Speech and language • Handwriting and keyboarding • Sensory-motor processing and modulation (self-regulation, body awareness, picky eating, coordination, neurodevelopmental, etc.) • Social emotional development and resiliency • Developmental play skills • Self-care skills • Adaptive equipment, adaptations, modifications • Home programming • Focus and attention • Task completion • Family support & planning For more information: contact Alice Heebner, OTR/L (760) 632-1241 email:

Just Great Lawyers

Understanding Your Legal Rights as a Cancer Patient As a cancer patient, and as an individual in general, you have certain rights that are protected by law, regardless of your diagnosis. During their treatment, patients may experience legal issues with their employers, health insurance companies, government benefits and even their estate planning. Unfortunately, these types of legal issues can cause stress and worry, creating an overwhelming situation for the patient. Without addressing these issues, patients may come through treatment, only to find that their jobs, homes or insurance has been lost. So what rights do cancer patients have?

Medication management for cancer patients and caretaker

By SINGLECARE TEAM | Updated on NOVEMBER 5, 2020 Medically reviewed by GERARDO SISON, PHARM.D. For cancer patients, medication is a critical aspect of recovery. A patient’s specific mix of medications will be designed in consultation with a care team. Those medications will work best when given at the proper doses and times. This guide will help cancer patients and caregivers successfully manage the storage, dosage, and special circumstances related to cancer medication. What are the 5 R’s for medication safety? Caregivers who follow the 5 Rights of Medication Administration will be the most effective at keeping cancer patients safe and healthy. These are the same steps followed by the care professionals at your clinic or hospital. Right drug Right dose Right time Right route Right person Click on the link to read and learn more about this important information

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is a not-for-profit alliance of 30 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, efficient, and accessible cancer care so patients can live better lives.

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Therapy Animals

Canine Support Teams Inc. Service Dogs

Canine Support Teams, Inc - Service Dog Application To Apply for a Service Dog from Canine Support Teams, Inc., simply click the button below; download or print the application, complete it and send it – with the required attachments – to our office. (all veterans are required to provide copy of DD-214) By e-mail send to By fax send to 951-301-3605 By post to PO Box 891767 Temecula, CA 92589-1767

Heart and Hooves Therapy

Heart and Hooves Therapy (619) 633-5105 Melissa is the owner. They are located in Ramona.

Little Angels Service Dogs

Little Angels Service Dogs 1-800-528-9550 Service dogs for those with disabilities

REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship

The mission of REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is to support the physical, mental and emotional health of disabled children and adults with therapeutic equine-assisted activities. The benefits of this therapy are both mental and physical and include normalization of muscle tone, increased balance & coordination, developments of speech & language, and improvements in body awareness & self-esteem. 760-731-9168 Location Address: 4461 S. Mission Rd Fallbrook, CA 92028

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Transplant/Donor Programs

Be the Match

Be the Match contact info 1-800-MARROW2

Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network

This site provides resource information for transplant centers by disease or type of marrow transplant needed.

National Cancer Institute

The NCI website includes current and comprehensive cancer information from the US government's principal agency for cancer research.

National Foundation for Transplants

NFT provides financial assistance to transplant patients in all 50 states, plus U.S. territories.

The Bone Marrow Foundation

The Bone Marrow Foundation mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults who are undergoing transplantation as a life saving treatment for leukemia, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia, severe combined immunodeficiency, neuroblastoma and many other cancers and genetic disorders. The services are free to patients and their families and there is no limit on type of disease, transplant or age range.

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Air Charity Network (formerly Angel Flight America)

Air Charity Network is made up of independent charity organizations that arrange free air ambulance flights for those patients and families in need.

Corporate Angel Network

Corporate Angel Network matches cancer patients in need of travel by arranging free flights using empty seats on corporate planes. Eligibility is open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling.

Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift's mission is to ensure that no patient in need is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation.

Patient Airlift Services

Patient AirLift Services arranges free air transportation based on need to individuals requiring medical care and for other humanitarian purposes.

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Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation

Andre Sobel Award: Young Cancer Survivors' Essay The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation offers an annual Essay Award to young survivors of catastrophic illness as a chance to express their personal experiences. A $5,000 cash award is presented to the first place winner with additional prizes going to the second and third place winners. Participants must be between the ages of 12 and 21.

Cancer Survivors Fund

This fund provides scholarships to young adults to enable them to start and/or continue their college education. The Fund awards four levels of scholarships to augment the expenses associated with the college educations of young cancer survivors. A selection committee chooses scholarship recipients based on the applicants' personal hardships, assessing their financial and emotional needs as well as their academic qualifications.

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Patient Advocate Foundation scholarships provide support to individuals, under the age 25, that are or have been diagnosed with cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. The award amount of $3,000 can be used to defray tuition and other costs. Scholarship requirements and application can be found on the website.

SuperSibs! Scholarship Programs

Super Sibs college tuition assistance scholarships provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are siblings of a child who has or had cancer. Applicants are required to articulate how being the sibling of a brother or sister with cancer has impacted their lives and how they will apply this learning to make a difference in the future. Application requirements are found on the website.

The Ulman Fund for Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund provides grants to young adults to assist them in continuing their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a family member.

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Wish Foundations

Cherished Creations — Wish Requests

Cherished Creations grants wish requests for seriously-ill children up to age 21 and have included trips to Disney World; celebrity meet-and greets; Broadway shows and concert tickets with limousine service; computer systems; and shopping sprees.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with a life-threatening medical condition. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted the wishes of more than 174,000 children around the world and currently has 65 chapters in the US.

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