Below is a list of some information for our Franklin County residents who may be looking for some information on local resources after a cancer diagnosis. All of the below are organizations that we at WAGCA have supported in the past with significant donations because we believe in what they do. They are all fantastic organizations that are there to help in a time of need.
Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley
Designed for those facing breast cancer specifically, the BCA-CV serves those in our area by providing some cleaning assistance, food gift cards, wigs (for any woman facing chemotherapy, not just breast cancer patients), and so much more.
Check out their website for more information: https://www.bcacv.org/free-programs
Hope Lodge - Philadelphia, PA
The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Philadelphia provided in connection with the American Cancer Society is a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. Patients staying at a Hope Lodge must be in active cancer treatment and permanently reside more than 40 miles away from their cancer treatment center.
For more information about the Hope Lodge please click this link.
Hope Lodge - Baltimore, MD
The Hope Lodge in Baltimore offers 26 rooms and opened in 1987. A new lodge is in plans and currently in fundraising efforts. It is a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. Patients staying at a Hope Lodge must be in active cancer treatment and permanently reside more than 40 miles away from their cancer treatment center.
For more information about this Hope Lodge please click this link .
Waynesboro YMCA- LIVESTRONG
The YMCA partnered with LIVESTRONG® to provide a safe, supportive environment for cancer survivors to continue their healing and achieve their whole-person health goals. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free, 12-week program that meets twice per week for 90 minutes and focuses on physical exercise and social activities in a safe, supportive environment for strengthening your whole sense of self.
For more information about the LIVESTRONG program including how to apply please click this link .
Four Diamonds Fund
The Four Diamonds was founded with the goal of supporting children and their families in the fight against childhood cancer. They have created a diverse program that’s helped more than 4,800 childhood cancer patients and their families over the past 50 years.
They ensure every child treated at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital has access to superior medical care and comprehensive support to conquer cancer. They are also dedicated to funding innovative research to develop improved treatments and cures for every childhood cancer patient at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital and around the world.
For more information about the Four Diamonds Fund please click this link .
Wellspan Oncology Bridge Fund
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most emotional and difficult experiences a person can go through. It can also be one of the most debilitating financial burdens. WellSpan is here to help lift some of the burdens during a time when patients and their families need it the most. The Summit Health Foundation’s Oncology Bridge Fund is an emergency assistance fund for WellSpan cancer patients in Franklin County who may need help while they are undergoing treatment – treatment that can make them sick, weak and unable to work for weeks. This financial hardship can be overwhelming and devastating, but the Oncology Bridge Fund provides help with living expenses like transportation, groceries, medications, rent and utilities. With this help, patients can focus on their health and treatment plans. In 2022, the Oncology Bridge Fund provided nearly $31,785 to assist 58 patients in our community to relieve financial burdens. If you or a loved one needs assistance from the Oncology Bridge Fund* or additional information, please reach out to WellSpan Medical Oncology at (717) 217-6020 and select the option to speak to a social worker.
*Financial screening is part of the assessment for use of the funds.
For more information about the Oncology Bridge Fund please click this link.