Boston Cancer Support is a non-profit that was created for all who have been touched by cancer throughout the state of Massachusetts-whether you’re a patient, friend, caregiver, or healthcare professional. We function both online and within communities. The web presence provides information at the state, region, city and town level, such as financial aid opportunities, resources for clinical trials, free or subsidized lodging, support groups to fit various needs, and free transportation to treatments. Boston Cancer Support also runs two Collective Impact Programs:
The CancerCollaborative™ provides professional development and networking opportunities, along with resources and tools to maintain partnerships. The conferences are designed for patient navigators, nurses, social workers, community health workers, and organizations that support cancer patients and their families. Continuing education credits are provided to nurses and social workers through our partnerships with the American Cancer Society, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the American Lung Association of the Northeast.
Mission: “To empower patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals throughout Massachusetts through a one-stop cancer resource from diagnosis through treatment, by way of multi-organizational collaboration.” – BCS
Vision: “To streamline the lives of patients, families and healthcare professionals throughout Massachusetts by providing direct access to information, resources, education and peer support; facilitating innovative partnerships that encourage creative strategic collaboration in place of working in silos.” – BCS
2018 Recipient of The Lenny Zakim Fund
Lenny Zakim believed that one person can change the world. As the executive director of the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League, he fought tirelessly to put an end to prejudice, civil rights violations, anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry of all kinds. After Lenny was diagnosed in 1995 with multiple myeloma, he created, with the help of friends and supporters, a philanthropic organization that would transform his vision of social justice into an enduring legacy: The Lenny Zakim Fund. The fund provides resources that enable and empower people and communities to effectively address social and economic injustice. The mission of The Lenny Zakim Fund is to identify, listen to, support and connect grassroots community organizations and programs operating “below the radar screen” of many large charitable groups and government grants. The Lenny Zakim Fund provides assistance to those who demonstrate the will and potential to make a difference.
Boston Cancer Support was chosen by Massachusetts General Hospital as a 100 Everyday Amazing honoree. Each year MGH honors 100 individuals and groups — caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers from around the globe — whose commitment to the fight against cancer inspires everyone to take action.
Boston Cancer Support was selected for the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award by the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. The Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards place a spotlight on those who give their time to help others and exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology selected Boston Cancer Support to receive one
of two ASTRO Survivor Circle grants for work supporting those who have been touched by cancer, through our website and community outreach programs.