Social Support for Cancer Patients and Families

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Fact sheets on childhood cancer, journal that can be printed or request hard copy American Childhood Cancer Organization Books, publications, medical kits; all free to patients and teachers, etc.

Big Love

Provides basic necessities and personalized care (some parking, meals, weekly toys, etc.) for patients in an inpatient setting.  

Bear Necessities

A national organization that helps kids rediscover their childhood while finding a cure. Their mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. Bear Necessities’ Texas Chapter is funding the development of a new patient literature/education program at Texas Children’s Hospital. The Texas Chapter also funds Flashes of Hope, an organization that photographs children with cancer to honor their unique life and create memories. In addition, the Chapter also sponsors a cabin at Camp Periwinkle where children with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings from Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers attend week-long summer camps. A portion of funds raised also goes towards Bear Necessities’ Bear Discoveries Program, which awards medical research grants each year to researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer. 

Candle lighters

Provides emotional, educational and practical support (parking, meals etc.) for families with childhood cancer diagnosis. This is the local chapter. 


Children’s Cancer Association

Focuses on the belief that joy changes lives. They provide programs (music, friendship, play, and resources to create transformative moments of joy for 20,000 children, teens, and their family members each year. This group gathers information and resources in a free book. 

Chance For Hope

Free temporary housing, meal delivery inpatient, gift cards for back to school supplies, research 


Childhood Cancer Research Fund

Free bear to any child fighting cancer 

Flashes of Hope

Provides photography for child with cancer. Raises funds to accelerate a cure for children’s cancer.

Jamie’s Hope

This group has a program where they do a free photo shoot for cancer patient, family, before and after loss of hair. 

L3 Foundation

This group’s mission is to work hand in hand with children to raise awareness, support, and funding focused on finding the cure to childhood soft tissue cancer. 

Lots a Helping Hands

Online calendar. Post requests for support like meals, rides to appointments, etc. 

Luke’s Fast Breaks

Makes colorful medical shirts for children fighting cancer who are staying in the hospital for long periods of time. The shirts have snap tape up and down each side to replace traditional hospital gowns as a way to help kids feel normal and helping with the mental fight these children face. 


Provides peer support, research and advocacy services surrounding childhood cancer. 

Monkey In My Chair

This monkey and school reentry backpack is for pre-school and elementary aged children who are away from school because of a cancer diagnosis. This program helps to educate the classmates regarding the child’s medical diagnosis and to keep the child connected with the class. 

The Periwinkle Foundation

The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital. 

The Snowdrop Foundation

Raises money toward research. Also has a bling for bravery (nominate online) program. 

The Tiny Sparrow Foundation

Dedicated to providing lasting memories through the art of photography. For families with a child facing a life threatening illness. 

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