Bay area pediatric cancer resources

Art for Life Foundation, UCSF Benioff Hospital, Oakland CA. Programs provide inclusive, interactive, therapeutic art activities that help normalize the hospital experience for kids.

Bay Kids, San Francisco, CA. Brings filmmaking programs to kids with serious illnesses to improve their morale, self-confidence, and sense of hope.

Family House, San Francisco CA. Provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.

George Mark Children’s House, San Leandro CA. Residence and other services for children with all kinds of serious illness not just cancer.

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Service, Santa Cruz CA. Provides support to parents and families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and South Santa Clara Counties. Camp Heart+Hands.

North Bay Cancer, Santa Rosa CA. Independent community resource, not affiliated with any hospital or medical group, providing a direct path to local cancer resources and information as well as financial support for cancer patients who cannot afford to pay. Serving Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties.

oTHER US-CANADA Cancer Resources

Art for Cancer Foundation. Free creative programs/workshops for people living with cancer in Toronto.

The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles CA. Pairs volunteer artists with communities in Los Angeles to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis.

Cancer Support Community. Programs and services are offered free of charge to individuals facing cancer, including their families and friends.

Discovery Art, UCLA & Long Beach CA Arts Adventures bring smiles, laughter, comfort and hope to these often forgotten children. Children with cancer have enormous emotional needs, they need a safe place to express their feelings, they need relief from the pain and chaos of critical treatments and they desperately need creativity, large doses of fun, and as much normalcy as possible.

Tracy’s Kids. Program employs art therapist to address the multi-faceted needs of children with cancer through art and play therapy. In Greater Washington DC Area, San Antonio, & NYC.

CALIFORNIA BASED Camps for families with cancer

Camp Kesum. Operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer at University Campuses nationwide.

Camp Koru. Camp Koru is a camp to help cancer survivors diagnosed between 18-39 to find healing and renewal through outdoor experiences in the ocean and mountains.

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, Mountain Center CA. Fun-filled, medically supervised, cost-free year-round progams in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County.

Camp Sunshine Dreams, Fresno CA. Camp Sunshine Dreams is designed to offer the child who has cancer & their siblings a camp experience as similar as possible to the typical summer camp experience.

The Moyer Foundation. Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for children and teens ages 6-17 grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.Camp Erin is offered in every Major League Baseball city as well as additional locations across the U.S. and Canada.

The Seany Foundation Camp, Julian CA. Camp Reach for the Sky (CR4TS) is a free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Based in Southern California, it’s is made up of camping sessions to meet the needs of those dealing with cancer. This includes Resident Oncology Camp for kids with cancer (residents), Sibling Camp for the brothers and sisters of kids with cancer, and Day Camp for residents and siblings.

Okizu, Novato CA. Helps all members of families affected by childhood cancer to heal through peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs.

cancer ADVOCACY & EDUCATIONAL resources

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

American Cancer Society. Funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention.

American Childhood Cancer Organization. Shaping policy, supporting research, raising awareness, and providing educational resources and innovative programs to children with cancer, survivors, and their families.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Research, Patient Access & Advocacy.

Monty’s Corner. Worldwide organization childhood cancer support for all affected.

National Cancer Institute. Cancer Research & Providing information.

National Foundation for Cancer Research. (NFCR) was founded in 1973 to support cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. It promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside. NFCR is committed to Research for a Cure – cures for all types of cancer.

Pediatric Oncology Resource Center. Resources and information for parents of children with cancer by parents of children with cancer. Resource pages for survivorship clinics, scholarships, books, Make-A-Wish, cancer camps, and a few others.

Organizations that support families in grief

The Dougy Center. Provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.

GriefNet. Integrated approach to on-line grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of many kinds.

Griefshare. A friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Kara. Provides grief support for children, teens, families and adults.

Tim Griffith Foundation. Heal and strengthen Bay Area communities by providing support and services to those affected by addiction, violence and loss.

college Scholarships

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. March 31st, 2019 for Fall 2019 semester.

Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarhsip Program. Check in Dec for 2019 Program Details.

Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation. 2019 Application will be available in Mid-December. April 16th Deadline.

The Izzy Foundation. Applications will open for 2019-2020 on March 1st and close May 1st 2019.

Art resources

American Art Therapy Association. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan, professional, and educational organization dedicated to the growth and development of the art therapy profession.

American Dance Therapy Association. Define, promote and support the highest standards of education, credentialing, ethical practice and professional identity of dance/movement therapists.

American Music Therapy Association. Advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.

Artworks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation. ArtWorks aims to improve the healthcare experience of pediatric patients (ages 0-24) facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses, and their families by providing programs in the creative and performing arts.

Healing Power of Art & Artists. HPAA is a community of artists, writers and advocates. We believe art is a powerful catalyst for positive change in the world. Founded by Renée Phillips, artists’ advocate & mentor, and also Founder, Director & Curator of Manhattan Arts International.

UCLA Arts & Healing. Our mission is to transform lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment.