The following organizations represent just some of the local resources available within the North Central Alabama Affiliate area to assist breast cancer patients and family members. By listing the following institutions and companies as resources, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, North Central Alabama Affiliate does not intend to recommend them over any others. If you would like us to consider including a local resource not listed or to add or update information not included in the current listing, please contact our office at 205-263.1700 or e-mail us.
Patient Advocate Foundation: Offers legal help when disputing insurance claim denials and provides financial assistance information.
CancerCare Co-payment Assistance Foundation: Offers health insurance co-payment assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing some types of chemotherapy.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure and CancerCare’s Linking A.R.M.S.: For those who are eligible, Linking A.R.M.S. provides financial assistance grants of up to $350. These grants can be sused for oral chemotherapy and hormonal therapy medications, pain and anti-nausea medication, medical equipment and lymphedema support and supplies.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance: Offers low cost and free prescription drug programs for those with limited income.
Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP): The ABCCEDP provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Free services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as an ultrasound, colposcopy, or biopsy, if needed.
Lodging and Transportation
ACS Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge: The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge in Birmingham, Ala., offers a solution to cancer patients who must undergo treatment far from home. The Hope Lodge provides housing free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis to cancer patients and their families during their course of treatment. The lodge not only reduces the financial burden, but also provides a much-needed supportive environment.
Air Charity Network: Provides air travel to treatment centers.
Corporate Angel Network: Provides air travel to treatment centers.
CancerCare: Offers limited financial help to cover treatment-related transportation and childcare costs.
Head Scarves, Wigs, and Prostheses
Hope Scarves:Free head scarves for breast cancer patients. Each scarf is sent along with a survivor’s story and words of encouragement. To request a Hope Scarf, visit www.hopescarves.org or call 502-264-3215.
For Ladies Only Health Boutique
650 Old Towne Road
Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35216
Touching You, Inc.
1564F Montgomery Highway
Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: (205) 823-6407
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization: Provides wigs, prostheses and mastectomy bras for women with limited financial resources.
American Cancer Society: Several support groups are hosted by the American Cancer Society in the greater Birmingham area. To find a location and time please visit: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/app/resource-detail.aspx?resourceId=21142
The Cancer Support Community: An online support group which provides women a chance to share information, give and receive social support and gain a sense of empowerment. Website: http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/
Yoga: The North Central Alabama Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure hosts yoga every Monday night for survivors and co-survivors at 6pm. Yoga is held at our office: 1909 27th Avenue South, Homewood, AL 35209. Please call 205-263-1700 for more information.
BRCA Support Group: Provides education and support to individuals with BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations & their families. The group meets at the Levite Jewish Community Center Library, located at 3960 Montclair Road. 2014 meeting dates are May 6th, July 1st, September 2nd, and November 4th, from 7-8:30pm. For more information, contact Julie Whatley at 205-801-8266 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Gail Schuster at 205-879-3438 or email@example.com.
ACOR: The Association of Cancer Online Resources is a unique collection of online cancer communities designed to provide timely and accurate information in a supportivesupportive environment. It is a free lifeline for everyone affected by cancer & related disorders.
Male Breast Cancer Survivor Resources and Support
Komen Male Breast Cancer Webpage: Comprehensive information about male breast cancer including resources and information about on-line and one-on-one support.
HIS Breast Cancer Awareness: http://hisbreastcancer.org/
John W. Nick Foundation, Inc.: https://www.malebreastcancer.org/
Request Educational Materials
If you would like breast health educational materials for a community event or program, please fill out the Educational Materials Request Form or call our office at 205.263.1700
*Materials will be limited to 100 per organization (50 in the month of September and October), but are also available for free download.
Request a Speaker or Health Fair Representative
A great way to bring the message of breast health to your friends, co-workers and family is to request a Komen speaker to come to your office, home or religious organization. We do our best to provide speakers and materials at health fairs and other events when requested; however we cannot guarantee these services. Submitting your request as far in advance as possible increases the chance of availability for your event as we rely heavily on our volunteer database. We request that you submit your request at least 3 weeks from your event date.
Fill out the Education Speaker and Health Fair Request Form. If we are able to fill your request, we will contact you regarding your event shortly after receiving this completed form. For more information please contact our office at info@komenNCalabama.org or 205.263.1700