Colleen's Corner

Colleen was a young physician who battled cancer for 12 years. She believed it should be easier for patients and families facing a cancer diagnosis to find available supportive resources and services. We are working to make her belief a reality. When you see the Colleen's Corner icon anywhere on our webpage, the information provided is patient and community submitted. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please don’t hesitate to email our cancer support specialist.


Local financial assistance

U Can-Cer Vive Foundation

Provide vital funding for cancer research to create a cancer-free world

Provides grants to help fund cancer research that is conducted locally in the state of Michigan, and personal grants for people living in Michigan who are currently fighting cancer.

New Day Foundation for Families

The New Day Foundation helps families facing any type of cancer with financial assistance, counseling, and several other helpful programs.

Specialty wigs, bras, and other cosmetic resources

Marlene's Wigs with Love

Marlene gives cancer patients a free wig and all of its accessories, regardless of their ability to pay

Call the Henry Ford Columbus Center at 248-344-7360 to make an appointment

Susan's Special Needs

Great yelp reviews

Susan’s Special Needs is a store for women with cancer that carries a wide range of products including more than 2,000 wigs, turbans, hats, many different styles of breast forms, bras and swimsuits with mastectomy pockets and a line of products to accommodate the needs of women experiencing menopause

The owner of the store, Susan, is an oncology nurse, certified menopause practitioner, and breast cancer survivor. She has dedicated her life to giving women undergoing these challenging times in their life the best possible service and products.

Phone and tablet cancer apps

Use Henry Ford MyChart

The Henry Ford Rx application allows you to manage prescriptions, including request for prescription refills, refill by scanning your label, track refill status, find nearby stores to place a refill request and setup dosage reminders for helping with medication adherence.

The app is a cancer-specific app for researching information on cancer, coming up with questions for your loved one's care team, recording notes or voice recordings from appointments, tracking side effects, and storing medication lists with pictures of the medication labels.

The CreateToHeal mobile app is a relaxation app that uses breathing techniques, music, and visual imagery to reduce stress.

Interact with other cancer patients

Cancer Survivor Network

Create your own personal space to tell us about yourself and your cancer experience, share photos, audio, etc., start an online journal (blog), contribute resources, and more. Expressing feelings and experiences and supporting one another is what CSN is all about.

To take a virtual tour of the Cancer Survivors Network, click here.

NavigatingCare Community

A list of support groups and message boards that are public and free to use.

Navigating care seems like a MyChart-esque tool, so not going to promote too much

Cancer Hope Network

A free service that matches cancer patients and their loved ones with cancer survivor volunteers who will lend a trained, listening ear- sharing their experiences with cancer, providing hope and inspiring courage for patients and their caregiver(s).

My Life Line is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and caregivers to create free personalized websites. Our mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.

Find cancer specific resources, post requests for help and invite close friends and loved ones to follow your updates

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

Advocates for changes in how the nation researches, regulates, finances and delivers quality cancer care.

Empowers cancer survivors through its publications and programs, which provide tools for self-advocacy.

Convenes other cancer organizations to address nationwide public policy issues affecting cancer survivors.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Anyone diagnosed or caring for someone with cancer is eligible to be matched with a mentor. When a patient or caregiver requests a mentor, the program staff facilitates a match with respect to diagnosis, gender, and age. The mentor makes the initial contact with the patient to offer one-on-one support over the phone or e-mail.

Colon Cancer Alliance

Buddy program, live chats, podcasts online support groups, financial aid for treatment or screening, and other supportive services for patients and loved ones affected by colon cancer

M-F, 11:30am-noon, there is a moderated live chat for newly diagnosed and treatment side effect management

Finances and Cancer

A site to help young adults understand the costs associated with cancer and what they can do about it.

Cancer Community- Speaking Frankly about the Cost of Cancer booklet
Family Reach

Family Reach is a national nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer. Working with more than 200 hospitals and cancer centers nationwide, the organization provides immediate financial assistance, education and navigation to families before they hit critical breaking points. Family Reach’s efficient, solutions-driven model bridges the gap between hospital and home, quickly providing the vital support families need to stay afloat.

Family Reach offers a free financial handbook to help families make the best financial management decisions, and where to turn for assistance if It's needed.

Cancer financial assistance coalition (CFAC)

A coalition of organizations helping cancer patients manage their financial challenges

Young Adult resources

3 Little Birds 4 Life

3 Little Birds 4 Life is an organization that is passionate about giving young adults currently managing cancer the experience of living life as if they were never diagnosed with cancer. While it is certainly right to give attention and care to children and elderly people with cancer, those between the ages of 18 and 40 often are forgotten and lost in the shuffle. We want to make sure that people in this age group have their wishes granted and are given the resources they might need to find help in all aspects on their journey.

Cancer Finances

A site to help young adults understand the costs associated with cancer and what they can do about it.

Stupid Cancer

Information geared toward young adults who are battling cancer or are supporting a loved one with cancer

Cancer Care Support