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The following is taken from Appendix C of Childhood Cancer: A Parent's Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers , 2nd Edition by Honna Janes-Hodder & Nancy Keene, copyright 2002 by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. For book orders/information, call 1-800-998-9938. Permission is granted to print and distribute this excerpt for noncommercial use as long as the above source is included. The information in this article is meant to educate and should not be used as an alternative for professional medical care.

Service organizations

American Cancer Society
1599 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-4251
(800) ACS-2345
http://www.cancer.org/

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has a national network of employees and volunteers who implement research, education, and patient service programs. Although programs differ according to state, some widely available programs are patient-to-patient visitation, transportation to appointments, housing near treatment centers, equipment and supplies, support groups, literature on a large variety of topics, summer camps for children with cancer, research, and educational programs.

Canadian Cancer Society
565 W. 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4J4
(604) 872-4400
http://www.bc.cancer.ca/

Provides some of same services as the American Cancer Society.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 498
Kensington, MD 20895
(800) 366-CCCF
http://www.candlelighters.org

Founded in 1970, Candlelighters has more than 40,000 members worldwide. Some of the free services provided by Candlelighters are a toll-free information hotline, a quarterly newsletter, various handbooks to help families of children with cancer, local support group chapters, and national advocacy.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada
National Office
55 Eglinton Avenue E., Suite 401
Toronto, ON Canada M4P 1G8
(416) 489-6440 or (800) 363-1062 (Canada only)
http://www.candlelighters.ca

Provides the same services as US Candlelighters.

Childhood Cancer Ombudsman Program
P.O. Box 595
Burgess, VA
Fax: (804) 580-2502
Email: gpmonaco@rivnet.net

This free service helps children with cancer and their families who are experiencing difficulties in gaining access to appropriate education, medical care, healthcare cost coverage, and meaningful employment. Services include medical library searches, a second opinion program, and help resolving problems with insurance or discrimination.

Organizations that provide information

The Academy for Guided Imagery
P.O. Box 2070
Mill Valley, CA 94942
(800) 726-2070
http://www.interactiveimagery.com

This organization trains health professionals to use interactive guided imagery with their patients and clients. Self care books and tapes on guided imagery are available for sale. They can assist in locating a professional in your area to help your child learn visualization.

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
130 East Elm Court, Suite 201
Roselle, IL 60172
(630) 980-4740
http://www.asch.net

A membership organization for doctors, psychologists, and dentists who use hypnosis in their practices. For referral to a local member, send a request with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The Cure Our Children Foundation
(310) 355-6046
http:www.cureourchildren.org/

A foundation, created by the father of a child with Ewing's sarcoma, that provides educational materials to families of children with cancer to help them understand the disease, the best treatments, and the best places to get treatment. Has a second opinion referral service and an excellent website that has extensive resource lists.

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
2212 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(800) 466-4232

Answers questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, explains how to file a complaint, and provides dispute resolution.

Disabled Sports USA
451 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
http://www.dsusa.org

Provides opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to gain confidence and dignity through participation in sports, recreation, and related educational programs.

Foundation for the Children's Oncology Group
(formerly National Childhood Cancer Foundation)

440 E. Huntington Drive
P.O. Box 60012
Arcadia, CA 91066
(800) 458-6223
http://www.ConquerKidsCancer.org

Supports pediatric cancer treatment and research at over 235 hospitals in North America. Their free newsletter, Childhood Cancerline, provides information on new treatments and psychosocial support.

Hepatitis Liver Disease Help Line
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603
New York, NY 10038
(800) 223-0179
http://www.liverfoundation.org

The help line is run by the American Liver Foundation, a national, voluntary, nonprofit health agency dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing hepatitis and all liver diseases through research, education, and support groups.

Job Accommodation Network
P.O. Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26516
(800) 526-7234 or (800) ADA-WORK
http://www.jan.wvu.edu

An international consulting service that provides free information about how employers can accommodate people with disabilities. The service also provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Provides information to people with disabilities about starting small businesses.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
4156 Library Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(412) 341-1515
http://www.ldanatl.org

Organization of parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilies. Has local chapters and provides educational materials.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Cancer Information Service
NCI Public Inquiries Office
Bethesda, MD 20892
(800) 4-CANCER
CANCERFAX: (301) 402-5874
http://www.nci.nih.gov

Provides a nationwide telephone service for people with cancer, their families, friends, and the professionals who treat them. It provides answers and sends out informational booklets on a variety of cancer-related topics.

CANCERFAX provides treatment guidelines, with current data on prognosis, staging, and histologic classifications. To use CANCERFAX, you need a fax machine with a telephone set to touch tone dialing. A recording will give you instructions.

National Retinoblastoma Parent Group
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471
(800) 562-6265

Provides information, support, and a parent-to-parent service for families of children with reintoblastoma.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 770
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 650-9127 or (877) NCCS-YES
http://www.cansearch.org

Addresses the needs of long-term cancer survivors and advocates for change in healthcare to maximize survivors' access to optimal treatment and support. Extensive publications list.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
(800) 695-0285 or (202) 884-8200
http://www.nichcy.org

A clearinghouse that provides free pamphlets and information on disabilities and the rights of disabled children and their parents.

PDQ (Physician Data Query)
(800) 4-CANCER
http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinformation/pdq/

PDQ is the National Cancer Institute's computerized listing of accurate and up-to-date information for patients and health professionals about cancer treatments, research studies and clinical trials.

Starbright Foundation
11835 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-1212
http://www.starbright.org

Starbright is a nonprofit organization that creates and distributes programs for seriously ill children including STARBRIGHT Videos with Attitude, a video series for teens about communicating with healthcare professionals, returning to school, and coping with frequent and prolonged hospitalization.

Organizations that provide emotional support

Cancer Care, Inc.
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 302-8080 or (800) 813-(HOPE)4673
http://www.cancercare.org

A national, nonprofit organization that provides referrals, one-on-one counseling, specialized support groups, and educational programs.

Cancer Cured Kids
P.O. Box 189
Old Westbury, NY 11568
(516) 484-8160

An organization dedicated to the quality of life of kids who have survived cancer, it supplies information about educational and psychosocial needs.

Center for Attitudinal Healing
33 Buchanan Drive
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-6161
http://www.healingcenter.org

A nonprofit, nonsectarian group that sponsors local and national workshops for children with catastrophic or life-threatening diseases and their siblings. It promotes the use of the arts in a loving, supportive program to help children ages six to sixteen share their feelings about their situation. It has published several excellent books.

Chai Lifeline/Camp Simcha
National Office
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 465-1300 or (800) 343-2527
http://www.chailifeline.org

A national, nonprofit Jewish organization that provides support service programs to children and their families in crisis, including medical referrals, support groups, visits to hospitalized and housebound children, financial aid, transportation, a kosher camp for kids with cancer, and more.

Child Life Council
11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 202
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-7090
http://www.childlife.org

Promotes the well-being of children and families in healthcare settings by supporting the development and practice of the child life profession with training conferences, publications, and information.

Children's Hopes and Dreams Foundation
280 Route 46
Dover, NJ 07801
(973) 361-7348
http://www.childrenswishes.org

This organization operates a free, worldwide pen-pal program for children ages 5 to 17 with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or life-threatening illnesses.

Let's Face It
P.O. Box 29972
Bellingham, WA 98228
(360) 676-7325
http://www.faceit.org

Support network for people with facial differences. Support, educational materials, newsletter, and resource lists.

National Children's Cancer Society
1015 Locust, Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63101
(800) 5 FAMILY or (314) 241-1600
http://www.children-cancer.com

Helps children affected by childhood cancer and their families by providing financial assistance, advocacy, education, and emotional support.

Project Linus
P.O. Box 5621
Bloomington, IL 61702
(309) 664-7814
http://www.projectlinus.org

Volunteers, known as blanketeers, provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0 to 18.

The National Retinoblastoma Research and Support Foundation
900 N.W. 17th Street, Room 257
P.O. Box 016880
Miami, FL 33101
(800) 226-2734
http://www.djo.harvard.edu/meei/PI/RB/NRRSF.html

A network of local support groups that provide information and emotional support for families of children with retinoblastoma. Newsletter is available online.

Songs of Love Foundation
P.O. Box 750809
Forest Hills, NY 11375
http://www.songsoflove.org

A nonprofit organization that has a volunteer group of more than 200 artists who produce personalized musical portraits for children and teens with chronic or life-threatening diseases.

Amputation

Amputee Coalition of America
900 East Hill Avenue, Suite 285
Knoxville, TN 37915
(888) AMP-KNOW (888) 267-5669
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/

A nonprofit, amputee consumer educational organization that provides educational materials, newsletters, magazines, and a peer support network.

National Odd Shoe Exchange
P.O. Box 1120
Chandler, AZ 85244
(480) 892-3484
http://www.angelfire.com/in2/oddshoes/

International, nonprofit shoe exchange for amputees.

Blindness

Blind Children's Fund
311 West Broadway, Suite 1
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
(989) 779-9966
http://www.blindchildrensfund.org/

Develops educational materials (articles, newsletters, videos) for families and professionals.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471
(800) 562-6265
http://www.napvi.org

A national organization, for and by parents, that gives emotional support, initiates outreach programs, facilitates networking, and advocates for educational needs and welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired.

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
http://www.nfb.org/

A division of the National Federation of the Blind, NOPBC provides public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families.

Deafness

American Academy of Audiology
8300 Greensboro Dr., Suite 750
McLean, VA 22102
(800) AAA-2336
http://www.audiology.org

Provides resources, educational materials, newsletters, ask-the-audiologist feature on website, and a way to locate an audiologist in your area.

American Society for Deaf Children
P.O. Box 3355
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-7922 (Business V/TTY)
(800) 942-ASDC (Parent Hotline V/TTY)
http://www.deafchildren.org

A national organization of families and professionals advocating high quality programs and services to enable parents to make well-informed choices to meet their children's needs.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH)
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-2248 voice
(301) 657-2249 TTY
http://www.shhh.org

National organization that seeks to make mainstream society more accessible to people who are hard of hearing. It works on behalf of all ages and communication styles.

Bone marrow and stem cell transplantation

The BMT InfoNet provides a list of additional resources for bone marrow or stem cell transplant families at http://www.bmtnews.org/

BMT InfoNet
2900 Skokie Valley Road, Suite B
Highland Park, IL 60035
(888)597-7674
http://www.bmtnews.org

Nonprofit organization with the best site on the Internet for people who need a transplant. Provides newsletters, books, helpful services, a list of transplant centers, drug database, extensive resource list, and more.

Children's Organ Transplant Association
2501 Cota Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
(800) 366-2682
http://www.cota.org

Provides fundraising help for organ transplants.

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link
20411 W. 12 Mile Road., Suite 108
Southfield, MI 48076
(800) LINK-BMT or (248) 358-1886
http://www.nbmtlink.org

Provides a hot line, peer support, a library, a clearinghouse, and suggestions for financial assistance.

National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)
3001 Broadway Street, NE, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Patient Advocacy: (888) 999-6743
Business Line: (800) 526-7809
http://www.marrow.org

The NMDP has the world's largest computerized listing of P.O.tential bone marrow donors-4,500,000 in 2002. The NMDP has cooperative search arrangements with many other registries worldwide. They also provide information on transplant centers in the US.

The National Transplant Assistance Fund
3475 West Chester Pike, Suite 230
Newton Square, PA 19073
(800) 642-8399 or (610) 353-9684
http://www.transplantfund.org

Provides fundraising assistance and donor awareness material to transplant patients nationwide.

Camps

For a comprehensive list of camps for children with cancer, visit http://www.acor.org/ped-onc/cfissues/camps.html

Camp Simcha
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
(800) 343-2527
http://www.chailifeline.org

Kosher camp from the national nonprofit Jewish organization, Chai Lifeline.

Children's Oncology Camping Association International
c/o Children's Memorial Hosptial
2300 Children's Plaza
Chicago, IL 60614
(800) 737-2667
http://www.coca-intl.org

Umbrella organization of groups that provide camps for children with cancer.

The Silver Lining Foundation
1490 Ute Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-9540
http://www.kidstuff.org

A camp created and run by tennis star Andrea Jaeger.

Drug reimbursement

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Directory of patient assistance programs.
1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20002
Physican hotline: (800) 762-4636
http://www.phrma.org/searchcures/dpdpap/

Lists companies that provide prescription medicines free of charge to physicians whose patients might not otherwise have access to necessary medicines.

Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance Program
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
(410) 786-3000
http://www.medicare.gov/Prescription/Home.asp

Provides information on programs that offer discounts or free medications to individuals in need.

RxHope.com
http://www.rxhope.com/default.asp

Resource for patient assistance programs offered by federal, state, and charitable organizations.

Financial help

Cancer Fund of America
2901 Breezewood Lane
Knoxville, TN 37921
(800) 578-5284 or (865) 938-5281
http://www.cfoa.org

Helps defray cancer-related expenses not covered by insurance.

Consumer Credit Counseling Foundation
(877) 426-6363
http://www.4-creditcounseling.com/

A national, nonprofit consumer credit counseling agency that provides 24-hour toll-free telephone credit counseling. Provides help with budgets, payments, and debt collection.

Genus Credit Management
(800) 570-3341
http://www.genus.org

Nonprofit credit counseling agency that offers free debt management and educational programs to help financially distressed families.

The Sparrow Foundation
4192 NW 61st Street
Redmond, OR 97756
http://www.sparrow-fdn.org

Promotes youth compassion by establishng and supporting Sparrow Clubs to help local children in medical crises. Provides a grant for the ill child that local children/schoolmates/friends earn by doing community service or fund raising.

Genetics

Genetic Alliance, Inc.
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, #404
Washington, DC 20008
(800) 336-GENE or (202) 966-5557
http://www.geneticalliance.org

Nonprofit coalition of support groups, professionals, and consumers dedicated to promoting the interests of children, adults, and families with or at risk for genetic disorders. Specializes in linking people interested in genetic conditions with organizations that provide support and information.

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
233 Canterbury Drive
Wallingford, PA 19086
(610) 872-7608
http://www.nsgc.org/

Assists consumers in locating genetic counseling services.

Hair loss

Locks of Love
1640 S. Congress Ave., Suite 104
Palm Springs, FL 33461
(888) 896-1588 or (561) 963-1677

Nonprofit organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children across the US under age 18.

Insurance help

Patient Advocacy Coalition, Inc.
777 East Girard Ave., Suite 250
Englewood, CO 80110
(877) HELP-123 or (303) 744-7667
http://www.patientadvocacy.net

Helps resolve insurance reimbursement problems.

Patient Advocate Foundation
753 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite B
Newport News, VA 23606
(800) 532-5274 or (757) 873-6668
http://www.patientadvocate.org

Provides publications, help with insurance problems, referrals to attorneys.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
2301 McGee, Suite 800
Kansas City, MO 64108-2604
(816) 842-3600
http://www.naic.org/splash.htm

An organization of insurance regulators from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the four US territories. NAIC's website links to each state's insurance regulator at: http://www.naic.org/1regulator/usamap.htm

Insure Kids Now!
(877) KIDS NOW
http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/

The US Department of Health and Human Services began the Insure Kids Now! Program to link the nation's uninsured children with free or low-cost health insurance.

Free air services

AirLifeLine
National Office
50 Fullerton Court, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95825
(877) AIRLIFE or (916) 641-7800
http://www.airlifeline.org

A national nonprofit charitable organization of over 1,500 private pilots who fly ambulatory patients who cannot afford the cost of travel to medical facilities for diagnosis and treatment.

Air Care Alliance
(888) 260-9707 or (918) 745-0384
http://www.aircareall.org/

Nationwide association of humanitarian flying organizations that provide flights for healthcare, compassion, and community service.

Angel Flight America
Administrative Office
4620 Haygood Road, Suite 1
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(877) 621-7177
http://www.angel-flight.org/

Provides free transportation to medical treatment (travel distance 1,000 miles or less) for people who cannot afford public transportation, or who cannot tolerate it for health reasons.

American Airlines - Miles for Kids in Need
P.O. Box 619616
Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport, TX 75261
(817) 963-8118
http://www.unitedwaygso.org/intouch/3u0wyzfl.htm

Provides free travel for ill children and their families. A third party such as a charitable organization, hospital or other tax-exempt organization must submit travel requests.

Continental Airlines - CAREFORCE
(281) 360-5314

Provides free travel for ill children and one accompanying adult. A third party such as a doctor, social worker, or lawyer must submit requests.

Corporate Angel Network, Inc. (CAN)
Westchester County Airport, Building 1
White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 328-1313
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org

A nationwide, nonprofit program designed to give patients with cancer the use of available seats on corporate aircraft to get to and from recognized cancer treatment centers. Patients must be able to walk and travel without life-support systems or medical attention. A child may be accompanied by up to two adults. This service will also fly donors. There is no cost or financial need requirements.

Delta Airlines - SkyWish Program
(703) 836-7112
http://www.uwint.org/services/delta.html

Helps children and adults with life-threatening illnesses and injuries travel to get the help they need.

Hope Air
Proctor & Gamble Building
4711 Young Street
North York, ON Canada M2N 6K8
(416) 222-6335
http://www.hopeair.org

Provides free air transport to Canadians in financial need who must travel from their own communities to recognized facilities for medical care.

Mercy Medical Airlift
4620 Haygood Road, Suite 1
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(888) 675-1405 or (757) 318-9175
http://www.mercymedical.org

Dedicated to serving people in situations of compelling human need through the provision of charitable air transportation.

Miracle Flights for Kids
2756 N. Green Valley Parkway, #115
Green Valley, NV 89014-2120
(800) 359-1711 or (702) 261-0494
http://www.miracleflights.org

Purchases commercial airline tickets, utilizes private aircraft, and combines resources from individual donors to provide free transportation to medical treatment centers all across America.

Northwest Airlines KidCares
(612) 726-4206
http://www.nwa.com/corpinfo/aircares/about/kidcares.shtml

Provides air travel to children age 18 and younger who are unable to receive treatment in their home area.

PatientTravel.org
24-hour hot line: (800) 296-1217
http://www.patienttravel.org

Specialists refer callers to the most appropriate, cost-effective charitable or commercial services, including volunteer pilot organizations and special airline transport programs.

Wish fulfillment organizations

For many children with cancer, having a dream fulfilled by a wish organization creates a special, joyous memory. Dreams range from trips, to taking friends out for high tea, to getting a computer. Often parents think that wishes are available only for children in the last stages of their life, but this is not the case. Many organizations grant wishes to children in remission from cancer and other diseases or chronic conditions. Some questions you might ask when determining which organization to apply to are:

  • Who is eligible for a wish fulfillment?
  • Are there any geographic or other restrictions?
  • Who makes the arrangements for the wish?
  • What costs are covered by the wish organization?
  • Who can accompany the child?
  • Are there appropriate medical facilities where the wish will take place?
  • How do we apply?
  • When do we hear if the wish will be granted?

Listing these organizations does not constitute endorsement. The best way to choose is through careful questioning of the organization and through recommendations from other families who have experience with the organization.

B.A.S.E. Camp Candlelighters Children's Cancer Foundation
c/o Terri Jones
7501 Glenmoor Lane
Winter Park, FL 32792 (call for information and request form well in advance of arrival date)
http://www.basecampccf.org

Does not grant wishes, but does help obtain free or reduced price tickets to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and other central Florida attractions, for children with a hematoloty/oncology disease and their immediate family. The child with cancer must be on treatment when tickets are sued. B.A.S.E. needs to receive a written request and doctor's statement (containing child's name, disease, and whether he/she is medically able to visit any central Florida attraction) between two and three weeks prior to your arrival date in Florida.

The Brass Ring Society, Inc.
National Headquarters
551 East Semoran Blvd, Suite E-5
Fern Park, FL 32730
(800) 666-9474
http://www.worldramp.net/brassring/index.html

The society has chapters in all 50 states and grants wishes to children who suffer from life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

The Children's Dream Factory of Maine
Doris Simard or Skip Welch
400 US Rte. 1
Falmouth, ME 04105
(207) 781-3406 or (800) 639-1492

Grants wishes for chronically or seriously ill children from Maine.

Children's Happiness Foundation
PO Box 266
Marshfield, MA 02050
(617) 837-9609 or (800) 424-3543

Serves New England children ages 3 to 18 with life-threatening or chronic degenerative diseases.

Children's Hopes and Dreams Foundation
280 Route 46
Dover, NJ 07801
(973) 361-7348
http://www.childrenswishes.org

Provides first wishes, and in some cases, second wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Children's Wish Foundation International
8615 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30350
(770) 393-WISH or (800) 323-WISH
wish@childrenswish.org
http://www.childrenswish.org/

US or Europe. Fulfills wishes of terminally ill children.

The Children's Wish Foundation
Joel Jones, Director
c/o New Hope Center
100 E. Sybelia, Suite 300
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 629-8920

Orlando-based organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses who have not yet reached their 18th birthday. Focuses primarily on children who reside in Florida, but has also granted wishes to children from other parts of the US, Canada, England, and Russia.

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
95 Bayly Street, Suite 404
Ajax, Ontario
Canada L1S 7K8
(905) 426-5656
http://www.childrenswish.ca/

Their goal is to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for children ages 3 to 18 with high-risk, life-threatening diseases. There are chapters throughout Canada. Parents can call for the location of the chapter nearest to them.

Dreams Come True, Inc.
Emory Clinic-Peds. Heme/Onc
1365 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
(778) 248-3496

Serves any child with cancer or chronic blood disease treated at Emory University Heme/Onc Clinic. Dreams submitted by children.

The Dream Factory, Inc.
1218 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(800) 456-7556
http://www.dreamfactoryinc.com

Chapters in 30 states. Grants wishes of children ages 3 to 13 who are seriously or chronically ill.

Fulfill-A-Dream
PO Box 3989
Fort Smith, AR 72913
(501) 785-4130

Serves eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Fulfills dreams of children 17 or younger with life-threatening illness.

Grant-A-Wish Foundation
c/o Brian Morrison, Executive Director
PO Box 21211
Baltimore, MD 21228
(410) 242-1549 or (800) 933-5470
http://www.grant-a-wish.org/index.htm

Provides a variety of special services and programs (such as beach and mountain retreats, attending Orioles games) to any child up to 18 years of age who is being treated for cancer. Services are provided free of charge and are available on an ongoing basis throughout treatment.

High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire, Inc.
Box 172
North Salem, NH 03073
(603) 898-5333 or (800) 639-6804
http://www.highhopesnh.org/

Grants wishes of chronically ill children and children with life-threatening diseases in New Hampshire.

Kids, Inc.
9300-D Old Keene Mill Road
Burke, VA 22015
(703) 455-KIDS

Grants unfulfilled wishes to gravely ill children 16 and younger anywhere in the US.

The Lisa Madonia Memorial Fund
409 Veloit
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-2057

Charitable organization dedicated to granting wishes and providing support to 18 to 25 year olds with cancer. No geographic boundaries.

Magic Moments
c/o Children's Hospital of Alabama
1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 939-9372

Grants wishes to children 4 to 19 living or being treated in Alabama, who have chronic, life-threatening diseases, or who have severe trauma (burns, spinal cord, head trauma).

Make A Wish Foundation of America
3350 North Central Ave, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 279-WISH or (800) 722-WISH
http://www.wish.org/

US and international chapters and affiliates. Grants wishes to children under the age of 18 with life-threatening illnesses.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada
2239 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3W6
(604) 739-WISH or (888) 822-WISH
http://makeawish.ca/

National office and 9 chapters across Canada. Grants wishes to children under 18 with life-threatening illnesses.

Marty Lyons Foundation
333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Suite 600
PO Box 9323
Mitchell Field, NY 11553
(516) 745-8966 or (800) 232-7887

Chapters in New Jersey, New York, and Florida provide a special wish to children ages 3 to 17 who are terminally ill or have a chronic life-threatening disease.

Operation Liftoff of Ohio
PO Box 1094
Gallipolis, OH 45631

Fulfills a dream for children in Ohio and surrounding states who have a life-threatening illness.

Rotary Wishing Well, Inc.
Jim Hogue
10900 NE 8th Street #900
Bellevue, WA 98004
(206) 462-4606

Serves Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Arkansas. Provides significant life experiences for children 4 to 19 with life-threatening or chronic diseases.

A Special Wish Foundation, Inc.
2244 S. Hamilton Road, Suite 202
Columbus, OH 43232
(615) 575-WISH or (800) 486-WISH
http://www.spwish.org/

The Starlight Children's Foundation
International Headquarters
5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2530
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-0080
http://www.starlight.org/

Has chapters in the United States, Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom. Fulfills wishes for seriously ill children ages 4 to 18.

Sunshine Foundation
PO Box 255
5400 County Road 547 N
Loughman, FL 33858
(813) 424-4188 or (800) 457-1976
http://www.sunshinefoundation.org/

No geographic boundaries. Grants wishes to chronically or terminally ill children, ages 3 to 21.

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada
148 Fullerton Street, Unit 1710
London, Ontario
Canada N6A 4P3
(800) 461-7935

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada has chapters across the country. Call the national office and ask for the chapter closest to you. The foundation works to fulfill the dreams of children who are challenged by life threatening illnesses or severe physical disabilities. Dreams are granted for children between 3 and 19 years of age.

Teddi Project
c/o Camp Good Days and Special Times
1332 Pittsford-Mendon Road
Mendon, NY 14506
(716) 624-5555 or (800) 785-2135

Priority given to children from Central Florida and the upstate New York area, especially Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton. Serves chronically or terminally ill children ages 7 to 17.

Wish Upon a Star
California Law Enforcement
Maureen Logan, Director
PO Box 4000
Visalia, CA 93278
(209) 733-7753

Serves children in the state of California. Nonprofit, law enforcement effort designed to grant wishes of children afflicted with high-risk and terminal illnesses.

Wish With Wings, Inc.
Pat Skaggs or Kim Clark
PO Box 3479
Arlington, TX 76007
(817) 469-9474

Serves children living in or being treated in Texas. Grants wishes for children 3 to 16 with life-threatening diseases.

The Wishing Star Foundation
Doug Raper, Director; Sharon Johnson, Wish Coordinator
539 W. Sharp
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 325-9803 or (800) 685-6956
http://www.wishingstar.org/

Serves Idaho, eastern Washington, and some areas of Oregon and Nevada. Grants wishes to children 3 to 19 with life-threatening diseases.

Wishing Well Foundation
Jim Reid
PO Box 717
St. Louis, MO 63188
(314) 272-6190
http://www.wishingwellusa.org/

Grants wishes to children in the St. Louis area only who are chronically or terminally ill.

Bereavement

The Centering Corporation
7230 Maple Street
Omaha, NE 68104
(402) 553-1200
http://www.centering.org

Publishes a free catalog which contains an extensive listing of books, cards, and audio and videotapes on death and grieving.

Children's Hospice International
901 North Pitt Street, Suite 230
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-0330 or (800) 24-CHILD
http://www.chionline.org/

Provides resources and referrals to children and families of children with life-threatening conditions.

The Compassionate Friends National Office
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
(630) 990-0010
http://www.compassionatefriends.org

Self-help organization offers understanding and friendship to bereaved families through support meetings at local chapters and telephone support (they match persons with similar losses). Publishes a newsletter for parents and one for siblings.


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