Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University (OSU) supports children in the Columbus community whose parent has cancer, by providing a free summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem is operated by student volunteers and serves approximately 150 campers ages 6-16 every year.
PO Box 3501, Columbus, Ohio 43210
With chapters throughout Ohio, A Kid Again provides free fun adventures, hospital visitations and parents’ nights out for families with children who have serious medical illnesses.
777-G Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43085
Advocates and supports families that are experiencing childhood cancer. Join their email list to get the latest news about programs, resources and events. Learn how to raise awareness locally and support kids battling cancer.
6868 Distribution Drive, Beltsville, Maryland 20705
They offer a comprehensive resource guide to assist patients with conditions such as leukemia and MDS. Planning information is provided for all the steps in the bone marrow transplant process, including selecting a transplant center, managing costs and preparing the family.
National Marrow Donor Program
500 North Fifth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Offers free emotional support, education and hope for people with cancer. Provides a full range of cancer wellness programs and services for all cancer patients of all ages, any diagnosis, any stage and their family members, and caregivers in a home-like setting. Cancer Support Community offers cancer-related information by phone in person, and online led by professional counselors available for adults and teens. They also have a library with DVDs, books, magazines and other resources for program participants.
1200 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Provides a free weekend getaway for Ohio children who have cancer and their families. Together they enjoy relaxation, games and family time in a log cabin and explore 70 acres of land on a golf cart.
3892 Morral-Kirkpatrick Road West, Morral, Ohio 43337
Offers a range of programs and services free of charge for children, teens and young adults throughout Ohio. Many of these children are undergoing treatment for their cancer, but members also include children in remission from cancer who offer hope and encouragement to newly diagnosed children. They provide free family activities, tutoring, counseling and support opportunities.
3440 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Focuses on the well-being of children with parents that have been diagnosed with cancer. They provide emotional support, enhance communication skills, teach coping strategies, and provide the proper tools for children and families to stay strong and stay together through the new environment.
7500 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80226
Provides free information for expectant mothers and families considering cord blood banking. Families may choose private banking for the safety of their family, or public banking to help patients in need of a transplant. The website has relevant, up-to-date information on benefits, pricing and current research for cord blood stem cells. Parents can also visit cordbloodguide.com for a free downloadable guide as well as user friendly content relating to cord blood, donating and how cord blood banking works.
Offers a lot of parent and family information about childhood cancer. Parents can search for information, organized by cancer type, age group and stage of treatment.
4600 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Healthcare providers can refer their patients who have a chronic illness to this national program who offers to assist in making a child’s dream come true. A special trip, a favorite toy, an awesome visit from a special person could be possible for the patient who completes the process.
410 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202
The central Ohio chapter of this national organization has information about local events and support groups.
2215 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer, including not only people with cancer but also loved ones, friends, health care professionals and caregivers of someone diagnosed. Call the hotline for free information about financial help for those with cancer, finding a support group, employment issues and more.
2201 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78702
Toll-free: (877) 236-8820
Cancer Support: (855) 220-7777
Make-A-Wish relies on wish referrals from caring individuals to help them reach more kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The eligibility consideration process is started when a wish referral form is submitted to the local chapter. Visit the website to learn about who is eligible for a wish, who can refer a child and how the referral process works.
2545 Farmers Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 923-0555 or Toll-free: (877) 206-9474
National website: wish.org
Click below to find more resources for kids and families with special needs, including transportation, recreation, legal rights, respite services and more.
Go to CAP4Kids Special Needs Page
As a National Institute of Health (NIH) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, they provide diagnosis, treatment and long-term management for pediatric and adolescent patients with any type of cancer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Helps make life a little easier for pediatric cancer families by providing them financial support and assistance, hospital support, family fun events, and more.
374 Morrison Road, Columbus, Ohio 43213