Financial Resources

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is overwhelming. Your life was already busy enough, and now cancer has entered the picture. Doctor visits, treatments, work, and family — trying to manage all of the this and maintaining your health is stressful.

Thrive to Survive has done some work to find quick and useful resources for financial, travel, housing assistance and other area support groups.

Medical Expense Assistance

Embrace Your Sisters

Embrace Your Sisters (EYS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in the Finger Lakes region (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties) with emergency funds when faced with the diagnosis of breast cancer, allowing our grant recipients to focus on their families and recovery!

Help SIS

SIS is committed to improving the quality of life of those battling breast cancer. We do this by providing financial assistance, essential services and quality of life enhancements during treatment to those in need.

Blue Foundation

The Blue Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization based in Canandaigua, NY. Their mission is to support local families impacted by cancer, while simultaneously raising awareness about men’s health and wellness. Financial support may be requested through the Blue Foundation website.


Hope Walks of Yates County
(607) 283-4673

A group of Yates County community members passionate about cancer support services have come together to raise money and awareness for people in Yates County. Assistance is available for any resident living in Yates County currently receiving treatments for cancer that is in need of personal or financial assistance. Hope Walks is now providing help and hope to cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers by providing financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs.

The Living Well/New Hope Cancer Care
(315) 536-0838

New Hope Cancer Care is here to offer financial assistance, practical help and services to Yates County residents diagnosed with cancer, and their families. Their services include: financial assistance, transportation assistance, personal care needs, cancer library, resources and referrals, and support group meetings.

Patient Advocate Foundation
(800) 532-5274

Excellent Resource to find financial assistance! The Patient Advocate Foundation provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt and job retention related to their illness. Case managers work with patients, caregivers or their medical personnel free of charge.


Cancer Care
(800) 813-4673

Cancer Care offers limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs. Costs may include transportation to and from cancer treatment, home care, child care, pain medication, and chemotherapy or targeted treatment co-payments. The organization is staffed by professional oncology social workers.

Team Continuum
(646) 569-5621

Team Continuum provides immediate and vital non-medical assistance to cancer patients and their families. Funding is only available in NY, NJ, CT, MA, NH and RI to patients that demonstrate financial need and are in active treatment. Applications will only be accepted from social workers affiliated with hospitals or treatment facilities in the eligible states. Grants may include payment for a months rent/mortgage, gas cards or grocery cards.

American Cancer Society
(800) 227-2345

The American Cancer Society can help find specific resources in your region for day to day living such as rent, utilities and transportation. They also have a health insurance information team that helps people understand their choices to change or purchase new insurance.


HealthWell Foundation
(800) 675-8416

When health insurance is not enough, HealthWell fills the gap. We assist patients living with chronic and life-altering illnesses in paying their share of prescription drug copayments, deductibles, and health insurance premiums. By reducing this financial stress, the people we serve can focus on what's most important, their health.

21st Century Care
(888) 850-1622

21st Century C.A.R.E. provides patients immediate financial assistance for incidental expenses related to active cancer treatments. This allows the patient to put their focus where it belongs - on beating the disease. When health insurance is not enough, HealthWell fills the gap. We assist patients living with chronic and life-altering illnesses in paying their share of prescription drug copayments, deductibles, and health insurance premiums. By reducing this financial stress, the people we serve can focus on what's most important -their health.


Travel Assistance

National Patient Travel Center

The National Patient Travel Center aims to ensure that no financially needy patient is denied access to medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of long-distance medical transportation. The National Patient Travel Center does not provide financial assistance by itself, but it does link cancer patients to other organizations in the national charitable medical transportation network. The center prefers contact by email.

Corporate Angel Network
(914) 328-1313

Corporate Angel Network's mission is to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets. They offer air travel assistance to any cancer patient and to accredited cancer treatment hospitals.

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute provides a search engine for support organizations. This can be used to search over 100 organizations worldwide that provide emotional, practical and financial support for people with cancer and their families. Their list includes camps for children who have parents with cancer, groups that assist with housekeeping, and many other programs.


Housing Assistance

Hope Lodge

Hope Lodge is an American Cancer Society organization that offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when undergoing treatment. There is a lodge in Rochester.

Joe's House

Joe's House is a nonprofit organization that provides an online nation-wide list of places to stay for cancer patients and their families seeking lodging near treatment centers.

Hospitality Homes

Hospitality Homes is a nonprofit organization that provides free short-term housing in volunteer host homes for families and friends of patients receiving medical care in the Boston area. Patients who live more than 50 miles away from their hospital are encouraged to apply.


Other Local Support Groups

Finger Lakes Breast Cancer Support Group

Local group made up of women around the Geneva area who have had breast cancer. The group usually has monthly meetings and is very informal. Please contact one of the following members to learn more about the group:

Barb - 315-789-8159
Gail - 315-585-6625

New Hope Cancer Care Support Group

General Cancer Support group open to all cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm at the Living Well, 121 E. Elm St, Penn Yan NY.

For more information contact: Beulah or Babs at 315-536-0838.



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