The Loved Ones section helps to answer the question “What can I do to help?” This section provides links to resources that assist caregivers and guide loved ones. It also provides ideas for gifts and suggestions on ways to help and support cancer patients. Dealing with cancer is difficult enough, no one should have to do it alone. This section will help you help your loved ones.

ManageCancer.org

Tell your loved ones about ManageCancer.org. Just use the Share button in the upper right hand corner of this page for sharing options.

Caregivers

Caregiver.com

Caregiver.com provides information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. They offer a bi-monthly publication entitled Today’s Caregiver magazine. On their site you can find topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store.

Caregiver.org

Caregiver.org is the online home of the Family Caregiver Alliance, a public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges you face, offering you the assistance you so desperately need and deserve, and championing your cause through education, services, research and advocacy.

Children

SomeoneILoveisSick.com

Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope with Cancer in the Family is a customizable book to use for talking with children ages 2-6 years old when a parent or grandparent has cancer. It addresses all stages of the cancer journey including diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, recurrence and end of life. All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The Gathering Place, a non-profit cancer support center providing free programs and services to individuals and families.

HugsandHope.org

HugsandHope.org allows you to pray for, encourage and send “happy mail” and gifts to children battling disease. You can submit an application to include the story of a child that you know and care about to be posted on the site. That child will then receive encouraging cards, balloons, gifts, etc. from caring people that read their story.

General

CancerBeGlammed.com

CancerBeGlammed.com believes that cancer can be survived in comfort and style, and that wearing and using fashionable, comfortable and soothing products during treatment and recovery can have significant, positive impact on a woman's mental and physical outlook. Their web site is an online shopping resource, connecting women to stylish items from post-operative necessities, to fashion finds, pampering products, unique gifts and more.

GiveForward.com

GiveForward.com empowers friends and family to send love and financial support to patients as they navigate a medical crisis. Create a page today to spread hope and contribute to a loved one's out-of-pocket medical expenses.

ChemoAngels.net

ChemoAngels.net helps support and encourage cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy through cards, cheerful notes, and occasional small inexpensive gifts sent from Angel Volunteers. You can register as a patient on their website to receive support from a “Chemo Angel” and “Card Angel” or you can volunteer to become an Angel for someone else. The site also provides helpful information and cancer resources.

Ideas and Suggestions

You Can:

  • purchase a one year subscription to Netflix for your loved one
  • purchase a subscription to a magazine of interest
  • provide or pay for periodic maid services
  • provide or pay for periodic lawn care
  • offer babysitting, playdates or sleepovers for your loved one's children
  • purchase a gift certificate for a spa day or massage
  • provide periodic home cooked meals
  • get a group together and pick a household bill to pay for each month
  • offer company, conversation and support

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