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6 Quarantine-Safe, Kid-Friendly Halloween Activities in DFW

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Are you looking for some fun activities this Halloween, but want to stay safe? We have a list of 6 fun activities that you can do with your kids at home or from the safety of your car.

Please review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations and considerations for staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 during holiday celebrations before planning to participate in any of these activities.

1. Go See Luke’s Lawn

Price: Free
When: Anytime

Every year at Halloween, 14-year-old Luke decorates his lawn with a menagerie of spooky characters that literally fills up his ENTIRE front yard! Because of his superb decorations, his home in Highland Park is now a destination for Highland Park buggies, and traffic down his street is nonstop from October through the New Year (yes, there are set changes and this is an activity you can add to your quarantine-safe holiday activities, too!). Stay in your car as you drive through Highland Park and add this to your list of quarantine-safe Halloween fun.

In honor of his grandfather who died suddenly from pancreatic cancer earlier this year, Luke is dedicating his yard art to help raise funds for Cancer Support Community North Texas, whose mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. If you would like to donate to Luke’s fundraiser, you can do so here: LukesLawn.org

2. Try Making Some Fall Crafts & Recipes

Price: Free
When: Anytime

We have posted some fun activities on our Facebook page. You can check out these videos to learn how to make a fun fall craft or tasty pumpkin treats.

Let’s Make Origami Pumpkins – This origami craft is perfect for both adults and children: it starts out as mental challenge then, once you’ve mastered the folds, is a relaxing activity. Make several pumpkins to create a garland to decorate your house just in time for cooler weather! This craft only requires a few supplies that you might already have at home: paper (you don’t need origami paper, but thinner paper is easiest to work with), scissors, glue or tape, and string if you want to make a garland.

Let’s Make Pumpkin Bars – Are you looking for a healthier option for pumpkin spice and everything nice? Try out these gluten-free and paleo friendly pumpkin bars. They are the perfect addition to your healthy holiday table!

3. Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Price: Free
When: Anytime

Instead of going door-to-door to trick-or-treat, take a walk through your neighborhood – or you can drive – and do a Halloween scavenger hunt. You can sit down and write out what you expect or want to find and look for those items, or you can print a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt that you find online!

4. Candy Caravan at Dallas Heritage Village

Price: Free
When: Oct. 31st from 12-3pm

Join the City of Dallas for a contact-free, drive-thru “candy caravan” this Halloween. Decorate your car, put on your Halloween costumes, caravan through Dallas Heritage Village, and leave with a bag of treats! For the safety of participants and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this event will be outside, participants must remain in their cars at all times, and participants are encouraged to wear masks. Learn more and reserve your complimentary ticket here: Eventbrite.com

5. The Drive-In at the Central

Price: $28-$35 per car
When: Oct. 27th through Nov. 1st

Enjoy Halloween classics and the Dallas skyline at the same time! Movies like Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Beetlejuice and Coco are being shown at The Drive-in at the Central between now and November 1st. The movies are projected onto a 52-ft screen with skyline views as a backdrop. You are welcome to bring your own food and snacks or purchase at the drive-in through their contact-free system! It is conveniently located at 2999 N Carroll Ave in Dallas. Learn more and buy tickets here: rooftopcinemaclub.com

6. Drive Boo Halloween

Price: $30 per car
When: Oct. 30th & 31st from 7-11pm

Drive-thru Halloween fun that ranges from circus thrills to Halloween classics in Dallas at the American Airlines Center Silver Parking Garage. You remain safe and contact-free in your car while enjoying a spooky good time. Halloween costumes are encouraged! Learn more and buy tickets here: driveboohalloween.com

Learn more about our program of support for kids and teens who have been impacted by cancer here.

COVID-19 Emergency Funds & Available Medical Bill Assistance for Cancer Patients

By: Patricia Callahan, LMSW, Cancer Resource Specialist at Cancer Support Community North Texas

During the current COVID-19 crisis, individuals and families already burdened by the high cost of cancer, inability or decreased ability to work, and the physical and emotional tolls of their cancer and it’s treatment may be experiencing increased challenges in meeting their basic expenses for a variety of reasons: furlough or layoff of themselves or their caregiver, decreased availability of financial assistance, or loss of health insurance. Check out these COVID-19 Emergency Funds designed to bolster resources for living expenses during the pandemic and the nonprofits and foundations which have open funds to assist with copays and medical bills.

COVID-19 Emergency Funds

Cancer Support Community
Cancer Emergency Fund
This fund will provide assistance in the form of a $250 relief grant for people with cancer who are in active treatment, including palliative and hospice care. This assistance is for non-medical expenses during the coronavirus pandemic. Please be aware that our funds are limited, and we are working to assist as many patients as possible. The financial assistance will be limited to food, transportation, housing, utilities, childcare, or other non-medical expenses.
Call our Cancer Emergency Fund toll-free number — 1-888-409-4166— to learn more and to apply for the program.

Good Days
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund open for anyone with a chronic disease and Medicare during the pandemic: $250
The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund is a reimbursement only program. The following expenses are eligible for reimbursement:

  • Food (including meal delivery services, take-out, pick-up and groceries)
  • Utility Bills
  • Rent or Mortgage Payments
  • Transportation (including Gas, Taxi/Cab Fare, Ride-Share Services, Parking Fees, Tolls)
  • Hotel Rooms
  • Flights

For more information or questions regarding the COVID-19 program, please contact a Care Navigator at (855) 215-2717.

The Assistance Fund
COVID-19 Health Insurance Assistance Program
The COVID-19 Health Insurance Assistance Program provides immediate financial support for eligible TAF patients by offering grants of up to $2,500 to help them secure health insurance for the remainder of 2020. Applicants will be required to submit verification that they lost insurance, purchased new insurance or are paying for a continuation of their previous insurance, and proof of economic hardship.
To be eligible for the COVID-19 Health Insurance Assistance Program, you must be actively enrolled or have been enrolled in a TAF copay program in 2020; you must have filed a claim in 2020; must not be currently enrolled in a TAF financial assistance program; and must meet the following additional criteria:

  • You must be a legal resident of the United States or a US territory, and must fall within household-income and household-size financial guidelines based upon the Federal Poverty Level.
  • Your insurance coverage must have been impacted by a COVID-19-related job loss.
  • You must have secured or be in the process of securing replacement insurance (or must be paying directly for continuation of existing insurance).
  • You must submit a complete program application that includes the patient’s attestation.

Note: You are required to apply online. Phone and paper applications will not be accepted.

Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Crisis Financial Assistance Fund and Screening Support
If you are a colorectal cancer patient in treatment, you are eligible to apply for our crisis financial awards. If you are seeking colorectal cancer screening, such as colonoscopy, we can help connect you to a resource that works best for you.
Funds may be used for any daily living expenses such as household bills, childcare, transportation costs, or food. Applicants who are U.S. residents and are eligible may receive a $200 award.

Lymphoma Research Foundation
COVID-19 Financial Assistance Grant
LRF’s COVID-19 related financial assistance provides limited financial assistance for people with lymphoma/CLL in active treatment to help with costs including food, transportation, lodging or housing, utilities, child care, and/or devices (e.g., canes, wheelchairs, ramps, air filters). In order to be eligible for financial assistance you must:

  • Have a diagnosis of lymphoma or CLL confirmed by an oncology health care provider (Physician Referral Form must be completed)
  • Be in active treatment for your cancer or received treatment within the last 6 months
  • Live in and be a legal resident of the U.S
  • Have a household income that is at or below 500 percent of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines

Please note that these funds cannot support co-pays and/or coinsurance, insurance premiums and direct costs of medicine.
Contact the LRF Helpline at 800-500-9976 or helpline@lymphoma.org to apply for the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Grant

Lungevity
COVID-19 Breathe Easier Emergency Response Fund
The Breathe Easier fund will offer financial assistance to eligible lung cancer patients and their families to satisfy their critical basic needs of food, transportation, and general household bills. Support in the amount of $500 will be provided to eligible patients and their families.
Call the Lung Cancer HELPLine (844-360-5864), a free phone service in partnership with CancerCare, to learn more and apply for support from the Breathe Easier fund. To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Patients must be in active treatment, or actively pursuing treatment, for lung cancer.
  • The patient’s household income does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); however, special consideration will be given to those who are recently unemployed or furloughed as a result of COVID-19.
  • Patient must be a US resident and be receiving care for lung cancer in the US.

Team Rubicon Disaster Response
COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program
The COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Fund, a program of Patient Advocate Foundation (“PAF”), in collaboration with Team Rubicon (“TR”) provides financial assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis and have been impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Fund grant is intended to help with out of pocket expenses for food/nutritional needs, including assistance with groceries, food delivery, take-out, and medically designed meals.
There are two ways this program may be able to assist you:

  • Team Rubicon is mobilizing volunteers to provide food pick-up and delivery assistance.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation is providing a one-time $500 financial assistance grant to those in need of financial assistance to purchase food.

Tigerlily Foundation
Funds for Families COVID-19 Relief Program
Tigerlily Foundation now offers financial grants to breast cancer patients through the Funds for Families COVID-19 Relief Program. The program provides financial assistance to families based on need. To be eligible and in line with our mission statement, the breast cancer patient must be 45 years old or younger at time of diagnosis.
Financial assistance is limited to a one-time grant of between $250 to $500 per applicant.
Funding is limited, therefore, not guaranteed.
It may take up to 21 days to process and approve your application.
Tigerlily works diligently to meet as many requests as possible.

Open Funds for Treatment Related Expenses

The Assistance Fund
Open Funds

  • Melanoma

Open Waitlists

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma

Lymphoma Research Foundation
Contact the LRF Helpline at 800-500-9976 or helpline@lymphoma.org to apply for the Patient Aid Grant.
LRF’s Patient Aid Program provides one-time grants to qualified applicants. Qualified applicants can only receive a one-time grant from either our COVID-19 Financial Assistance or Patient Aid Grant. In turn, any individuals awarded a grant from the original Patient Aid Grant program cannot apply for a COVID-19 Financial Assistance and vice versa.

Healthwell Foundation
Open Funds:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Cancer-Related Behavioral Health (Accepting phone applications only)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Gastric Cancer – Medicare Access
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma – Medicare Access
  • Pediatric Assistance (Accepting phone applications only)
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer – Medicare Access
  • Wilm’s Tumor

Cancer Care
Open Funds:

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer

Patient Access Network Foundation
Open Funds

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Co-pay Assistance Program
Open Funds

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
  • Myeloma
  • Lymphoblastic Lymphoma

1 Up on Cancer
Accepting applications for 3rd quarter grants for all types of cancer “Dedicated to direct financial assistance for adults in the United States undergoing cancer treatment.”

  • Q1 = January – March
  • Q2 = April – June
  • Q3 = July – September
  • Q4 = October – December

Resources from Cancer Support Community North Texas

If you have questions about any of these emergency funds or if you are looking for other resources, please contact our Cancer Resource Specialist, Patricia Callahan, at PCallahan@CancerSupportTexas.org or by calling 214-345-8248.

Read our other posts about COVID-19:
Cancer & COVID-19
Coping with COVID-19 and Reopening for Cancer Patients
Our Response to COVID-19

Fondos de Emergencia COVID-19 y Asistencia Médica Disponible para Pacientes con Cáncer

Durante la crisis actual de COVID-19, las personas y familias que ya están agobiadas por el alto costo del cáncer, la incapacidad o la disminución de la capacidad para trabajar, y los peajes físicos y emocionales de su cáncer y su tratamiento pueden estar experimentando mayores desafíos para cubrir sus gastos básicos para una variedad de razones: licencia o despido de sí mismo o de su cuidador, disminución de la disponibilidad de asistencia financiera o pérdida del seguro de salud. Eche un vistazo a estos fondos de emergencia COVID-19 diseñados para reforzar los recursos para gastos de subsistencia durante la pandemia y las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y fundaciones que tienen fondos abiertos para ayudar con los copagos y las facturas médicas.

Fondos de Emergencia para el crisis de COVID-19

Cancer Support Community
Fondo de Emergencia para el Cáncer
Este fondo proporcionará asistencia en forma de una subvención de alivio de $250 para personas con cáncer que están en tratamiento activo, incluidos cuidados paliativos y de hospicio. Esta asistencia es para gastos no médicos durante la pandemia de coronavirus. Tenga en cuenta que nuestros fondos son limitados y estamos trabajando para ayudar a tantos pacientes como sea posible. La asistencia financiera se limitará a alimentos, transporte, vivienda, servicios públicos, cuidado de niños u otros gastos no médicos.
Llame al número gratuito de Cancer Emergency Fund: 1-888-409-4166, para obtener más información y solicitar el programa.

Good Days
Fondo de Ayuda de Emergencia COVID-19
Fondo de ayuda de emergencia COVID-19 abierto para cualquier persona con una enfermedad crónica y Medicare durante la pandemia: $ 250
El Fondo de Ayuda de Emergencia COVID-19 es un programa de reembolso solamente. Los siguientes gastos son elegibles para reembolso:

  • Alimentos (incluidos servicios de entrega de comida, comida para llevar, recogida y comestibles)
  • Recibos de servicios públicos
  • Pagos de alquiler o hipoteca
  • Transporte (incluido gas, tarifa de taxi / taxi, servicios de viaje compartido, tarifas de estacionamiento, peajes)
  • Habitaciones de hotel
  • Vuelos

Para obtener más información o preguntas sobre el programa COVID-19, comuníquese con un navegador de atención al (855) 215-2717.

The Assistance Fund
Programa de Asistencia de Seguro de Salud COVID-19
El Programa de Asistencia de Seguro de Salud COVID-19 brinda apoyo financiero inmediato para pacientes elegibles de TAF al ofrecer subvenciones de hasta $ 2,500 para ayudarlos a obtener un seguro de salud para el resto de 2020. Los solicitantes deberán presentar la verificación de que perdieron el seguro, compraron un nuevo seguro o están pagando por la continuación de su seguro anterior y prueba de dificultades económicas.
Para ser elegible para el Programa de Asistencia de Seguro de Salud COVID-19, debe estar inscrito activamente o haber estado inscrito en un programa de copago TAF en 2020; debe haber presentado un reclamo en 2020; no debe estar actualmente inscrito en un programa de asistencia financiera de TAF; y debe cumplir con los siguientes criterios adicionales:

  • Debe ser un residente legal de los Estados Unidos o un territorio de los Estados Unidos, y debe cumplir con las pautas financieras de ingresos y tamaño del hogar según el Nivel de pobreza federal.
  • Su cobertura de seguro debe haber sido afectada por una pérdida de trabajo relacionada con COVID-19.
  • Debe haber obtenido o estar en el proceso de obtener un seguro de reemplazo (o debe pagar directamente por la continuación del seguro existente).
  • Debe enviar una solicitud de programa completa que incluya la certificación del paciente. Nota: debe presentar su solicitud en línea. No se aceptarán solicitudes telefónicas y en papel.

Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Fondo de Asistencia Financiera para Crisis y Apoyo de Detección
La asistencia financiera relacionada con COVID-19 de LRF proporciona asistencia financiera limitada para personas con linfoma / CLL en tratamiento activo para ayudar con los costos que incluyen alimentos, transporte, alojamiento o vivienda, servicios públicos, cuidado de niños y / o dispositivos (por ejemplo, bastones, sillas de ruedas, rampas). , filtros de aire).
Para ser elegible para asistencia financiera debe:

  • Tener un diagnóstico de linfoma o CLL confirmado por un proveedor de atención médica oncológica (se debe completar el Formulario de referencia del médico).
  • Estar en tratamiento activo para su cáncer o recibió tratamiento en los últimos 6 meses.
  • Vivir y ser residente legal de los EE. UU.
  • Tener un ingreso familiar que sea igual o inferior al 500 por ciento de las pautas federales de pobreza de EE. UU.

Tenga en cuenta que estos fondos no pueden pagar copagos y / o coseguros, primas de seguros y costos directos de medicamentos.
Comuníquese con la línea de ayuda de LRF al 800-500-9976 o helpline@lymphoma.org para solicitar la subvención de asistencia financiera COVID-19.

Lungevity
COVID-19 “Breathe Easier” Fondo de Respuesta a Emergencias
El fondo “Breathe Easier” ofrecerá asistencia financiera a pacientes elegibles con cáncer de pulmón y sus familias para satisfacer sus necesidades básicas críticas de alimentos, transporte y facturas generales del hogar. Se brindará apoyo por un monto de $ 500 a los pacientes elegibles y sus familias.
Llame a nuestra LÍNEA DE AYUDA para el cáncer de pulmón (844-360-5864), un servicio telefónico gratuito en colaboración con CancerCare, para obtener más información y solicitar ayuda del fondo Breathe Easier. Para calificar, los solicitantes deben cumplir con los siguientes criterios:

  • Los pacientes deben estar en tratamiento activo o en búsqueda activa de tratamiento para el cáncer de pulmón.
  • El ingreso familiar del paciente no excede el 300% del Nivel Federal de Pobreza (FPL); sin embargo, se dará especial consideración a aquellos que están desempleados recientemente o que están suspendidos como resultado de COVID-19.
  • El paciente debe ser residente de EE. UU. Y recibir atención para el cáncer de pulmón en EE. UU.

Team Rubicon Disaster Response
Programa de Asistencia Alimentaria de Emergencia COVID-19
El Fondo de Asistencia Alimentaria de Emergencia COVID-19, un programa de Patient Advocate Foundation (“PAF”), en colaboración con el Equipo Rubicon (“TR”) brinda asistencia financiera a pacientes que han sido diagnosticados con cáncer, artritis reumatoide o esclerosis múltiple y tienen sido impactado directa o indirectamente por COVID-19. El subsidio del Fondo de Asistencia Alimentaria de Emergencia COVID-19 está destinado a ayudar con los gastos de bolsillo para alimentos / necesidades nutricionales, incluida la asistencia con alimentos, entrega de alimentos, comida para llevar y comidas diseñadas médicamente.
Hay dos formas en que este programa puede ayudarlo:

  • El equipo Rubicon está movilizando voluntarios para proporcionar asistencia para la recogida y entrega de alimentos.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation proporciona una subvención de asistencia financiera de $500 por única vez a aquellos que necesitan asistencia financiera para comprar alimentos.

Tigerlily Foundation
Programa de ayuda: Fondos para Familias COVID-19
La Fundación Tigerlily ahora ofrece subvenciones financieras a pacientes con cáncer de mama a través del Programa de ayuda COVID-19 de Funds for Families. El programa brinda asistencia financiera a las familias según las necesidades.
Para ser elegible y estar en línea con nuestra declaración de misión, la paciente con cáncer de seno debe tener 45 años o menos al momento del diagnóstico.
La asistencia financiera se limita a una subvención única de entre $ 250 y $ 500 por solicitante. La financiación es limitada, por lo tanto, no está garantizada.
Puede tomar hasta 21 días procesar y aprobar su solicitud.
Tigerlily trabaja diligentemente para satisfacer tantas solicitudes como sea posible.

Fondos Abiertos para Gastos Relacionados con el Tratamiento

The Assistance Fund
Fondos Abiertos

  • Melanoma

Listas de Espera Abiertas

  • Leucemia mieloide aguda
  • Leucemia linfocítica crónica
  • Cáncer gástrico
  • Linfoma de Hodgkin
  • Tumores neuroendocrinos
  • Carcinoma de células renales

Lymphoma Research Foundation
Póngase en contacto con la línea de ayuda de LRF al 800-500-9976 o helpline@lymphoma.org para solicitar la subvención de ayuda al paciente.
El Programa de ayuda al paciente de LRF proporciona subvenciones únicas para solicitantes calificados. Los solicitantes calificados solo pueden recibir una subvención única de nuestra Asistencia Financiera COVID-19 o de la Subvención de Ayuda al Paciente. A su vez, cualquier persona que reciba una subvención del programa original de Subvención de Ayuda al Paciente no puede solicitar una Asistencia Financiera COVID-19 y viceversa.

Healthwell Foundation
Fondos Abiertos

  • Leucemia mieloide aguda
  • Salud conductual relacionada con el cáncer (solo acepta aplicaciones telefónicas)
  • Leucemia linfocítica crónica
  • Cáncer gástrico: acceso a Medicare
  • Linfoma de células del manto
  • Mieloma múltiple: acceso a Medicare
  • Asistencia pediátrica (solo acepta aplicaciones telefónicas)
  • Cáncer de pulmón de células pequeñas: acceso a Medicare
  • Tumor de Wilms

Cancer Care
Fondos Abiertos

  • Leucemia linfoblástica aguda
  • Leucemia linfocítica crónica
  • Cáncer gástrico
  • Carcinoma de células de Merkel
  • Cáncer de pancreas
  • Cáncer de pulmón de células pequeñas

Patient Access Network Foundation
Fondos Abiertos

  • Carcinoma de células basales
  • Leucemia linfocítica crónica
  • Linfoma de células del manto

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Co-pay Assistance Program
Fondos Abiertos

  • Leucemia mieloide aguda
  • Leucemia linfocítica crónica
  • Linfoma de células del manto
  • Síndromes mielodisplásicos (SMD)
  • mieloma
  • Linfoma linfoblástico

1 Up on Cancer
Aceptando solicitudes para subvenciones del tercer trimestre para todos los tipos de cáncer “Dedicado a la asistencia financiera directa para adultos en los Estados Unidos que reciben tratamiento contra el cáncer.

  • Q1 = enero – marzo
  • Q2 = abril – junio
  • Q3 = julio – septiembre
  • Q4 = octubre – diciembre

Cancer & COVID-19

What we hear about COVID-19 changes daily, even hourly. To learn about the current trends of the disease and understand the perspective of the healthcare community, we are sitting down – virtually, of course – with oncology healthcare experts in the DFW metroplex. We will discuss health and safety concerns for cancer patients and survivors and other immunocompromised individuals as our surrounding community plans for reopening. Our experts will tell us what they are learning and hearing, what precautions we should be taking, the impact the disease is taking on our daily lives, and answer your questions. Ahead of our town hall discussion, we have prepared this list of resources.

COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COVID-19 have experienced a wide range of symptoms. This list is not exhaustive, and you should contact your healthcare provider about any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When to seek emergency medical attention:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Dallas County

For an up-to-date, comprehensive list of testing sites, their hours, co-pay information, and criteria for testing, visit the Dallas County Coronavirus page.

Drive-Thru Locations

American Airlines Center, Parking Lot C

2500 Victory Plaza

*through June 30th

University of Dallas, Lot B

1845 E. Northgate Drive | Irving, TX 75062

*beginning July 1st

Ellis David Field House

9191 S. Polk St.

Walk-Up Locations

Red Bird Mall/Westmoreland Park

7222 S. Westmoreland Rd.

Inspired Vision Compassion Center

2019 N Masters Dr.

Sam Tasby Middle School

7001 Fair Parks

Additional Testing Options

Parkland Hospital Testing Sites

Baylor Scott & White Health

Methodist Health System

Dallas Mobile Testing

1-888-601-0568

Learn more here

Find testing criteria and additional testing sites here.

Tarrant County

For an up-to-date, comprehensive list of testing sites, their hours, co-pay information, and criteria for testing, visit the Fort Worth Coronavirus page.

Collin County

For up-to-date information about the response to the Coronavirus in Collin County, please visit their COVID-19 page.

Resources & Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019

COVID-19 Resource Hotlines

Dallas County: 214-670-4636

Tarrant County: 817-248-6299

Collin County: 972-941-5922

Cancer Support Community Helpline

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Central Time

Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time

888-793-9355

Cancer Support Community North Texas, Cancer Resource Specialist

PCallahan@CancerSupportTexas.org | 214-345-8248

About Cancer Support Community North Texas

Cancer Support Community North Texas provides cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones with a place to turn for support, education and strength.

Cancer Support Community North Texas offers a wide range of free programs and services designed to nurture your body and spirit, including:

  • Support Services
  • Health & Wellness Workshops
  • Educational Presentations
  • Social Connection
  • Resources & Referrals

To learn more about our free program of support and our virtual services, we invite you to explore our website, visit our Response to COVID-19 page or contact us at Info@CancerSupportTexas.org or by calling 214-345-8230.

Coping with COVID-19 & Re-Opening for Cancer Patients

By: Patricia Callahan, LMSW, Cancer Resource Specialist at Cancer Support Community North Texas

Cancer patients are uniquely vulnerable to the Coronavirus because treatments like chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplants can result in compromised immune systems. Even though more places are opening up and most are tired of staying home, it’s still important for anyone with a compromised immune system to continue to stay home as much as possible. Other household members should limit their outings as well to reduce the risk of bringing the virus home to vulnerable loved ones. If you have to go out for medical appointments or essential errands like grocery shopping, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and practice social distancing – staying 6 feet apart from others. (MD Anderson Staff, 2020)

As businesses open up and the world around you is returning to going out and socializing more, it can feel even more stressful and isolating to continue staying home, especially if you are cooped up with children or other family members and feel like you have no time for yourself. Or conversely, if you live alone and really wish you could have face to face contact with loved ones. Cancer patients, like everyone else, want to know when this will be over, when they can go out and see their people. Although we don’t have a set time frame for when the need to practice social distancing will end, it can be helpful to remind yourself that it is likely time limited. It is also helpful to remember that “social distancing and isolation are not meant to be a punishment but a way to protect the work and treatment you already have undergone to treat or manage your illness. It is the best way we know how to maintain your health.” (Balliet, 2020)

It can be easy to zone out or even be in a state of holding your breath, just waiting for things to get back to normal, but this actually increases anxiety and irritability and can contribute to a sense of hopelessness and frustration. Now, more than ever, it is important to implement practices for increasing feelings of well-being and connectedness and lowering stress. So what can cancer patients and their loved ones do to survive and thrive during extended isolation?

Focus on strengths. For cancer patients and survivors, it can be helpful to focus on what they’ve already come through – the strength and courage they found to get them through whatever challenges they have already faced, and the tools and resources that helped them do that. Writing these things down in a journal or on a piece of paper they can post somewhere they will see it can be a good tool to have when things start to feel hopeless or overwhelming.

Smile and connect. If you are a patient and are continuing to come to medical visits, the landscape has changed. Having to wear a mask, have your temperature taken, and answer questions to enter a building, plus not being able to have your loved ones with you for support can be provoke feelings of anxiety. Remember you are not alone. Smile when you pass someone. Make small talk in the elevator. You will be amazed what these small acts can do to lift your spirits and the spirits of those around you. (Balliet, 2020)

Use Online Support. The use of the free online platforms for support groups, counseling, classes, and presentations offered by Cancer Support Community allow patients to take an active role in their care and limit the information overload that comes from channel surfing or too much time on social media. Become a member of Cancer Support Community North Texas to access free counseling and support groups. Access our virtual classes and presentations here.

Look for opportunities to do things in a new way. If you are tired of video chats with friends and family, get creative with it: play online versions of classic games like Clue, Monopoly, and Uno; make a favorite recipe together while on FaceTime, Messenger, or Zoom; watch movies with friends on Netflix Party, or start a virtual book group. Reconnect by text or phone calls with friends and family you haven’t talked to in a while. Check in on others more than you normally would. Take your morning coffee, breakfast, or dinner outside and enjoy the fresh air. Read new books. Watch uplifting and humorous television shows that aren’t your regular go to shows or genres.

Focus on what’s good. It can be easy to get caught up in the latest Coronavirus statistics or political debates about social distancing, but there is also a lot of good and kindness going on in the world right now: neighbors checking on one another, restaurants and schools offering free food to children, and strangers offering to grocery shop for vulnerable people. It can feel like the universe is against you when faced with the dual stress of cancer and the worry of catching COVID-19. “So, each time you look at the news, search for a ‘tell me something good’ story to help balance the narrative.” (Balliet, 2020)

Provide Acts of Kindness. Email someone you know who may be alone and scared just to let them know you are thinking of them. Write thank you notes to the people who have helped you. Write positive messages on social media if you use it. (Balliet, 2020)

Increase positive feelings. One way to do this is what Vice President of Clinical Services for Cancer Support Community Susan Ash-Lee calls “a spoon full of oxytocin.” Oxytocin is the “love hormone”, the feel-good hormone that is generated when we do things like pet animals, share a meal with someone, take a warm bath, give someone a hug, or say I love you. This feeling of well-being and connectedness can also be generated by practicing Loving Kindness Meditation or finding things in our lives that Ash-Lee calls “Hula Hoops and Tambourines” – those things that are unique to each one of us that make us giggle with delight. (Ash-Lee, 2020)

Create ways to center and calm yourself. Conscious breathing and mindfulness meditation are two ways to practice staying in the present moment, noticing what is, right now. You don’t have to be perfect at it. It’s a practice. It helps us bring our minds back to the present and away from worrying about the future and things we can’t control. You can find free mindfulness and other meditation videos on the Cancer Support Community Facebook page and on Youtube. There are also apps that offer guidance on breathing:  Prana Breath: Calm & Meditate, Breathe2Relax, Universal Breathing: Pranayama.

Use reliable sources of information. Keep yourself informed with official information from sources like the Center for Disease Control, The World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society. Take their recommendations seriously. Avoid unsubstantiated comments on social media.

References

MD Anderson Staff (2020, May 8) COVID-19: Businesses are reopening. Is it safe for cancer patients to go out? MD Anderson. https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/covid-19coronavirus–businesses-are-reopening–is-it-safe-for-cancer-patients-survivors-caregivers-to-go-out.h00-159381945.html

Balliet, W. (2020, March 25) Top 12 tips to relieve COVID-19 stress. Medical University of South Carolina. https://web.musc.edu/about/news-center/2020/03/25/covid-19-stress-relief

Ash-Lee, S. (2020, April 28) Spotlight on Coronavirus: Coping with the Emotions. Interview by K. Thiboldeaux. Frankly Speaking About Cancer [Online Radio Show]. Retrieved from https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/radio-show/spotlight-coronavirus-coping-emotions

For more information on lowering stress for cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis, please see the following resources:

How Patients with Cancer, and Survivors, Can Manage Stress Through COVID-19 Uncertainty

https://www.curetoday.com/articles/how-patients-with-cancer-and-survivors-can-manage-stress-through-covid19-uncertainty

Expert Q&A: Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health

https://www.cedars-sinai.org/newsroom/expert-qa-cancer-covid-19-and-mental-health/

Expert Advice: Cancer Care During COVID-19

https://baptisthealth.net/baptist-health-news/expert-advice-cancer-care-during-covid-19/

Sobrellevando con COVID-19 y Reapertura para Pacientes con Cáncer

Los pacientes con cáncer son especialmente vulnerables al Coronavirus porque los tratamientos como la quimioterapia, la inmunoterapia, la radiación y los trasplantes de células madre pueden dar como resultado sistemas inmunes comprometidos. A pesar de que se están abriendo más lugares y la mayoría está cansada de quedarse en casa, aún es importante que cualquier persona con un sistema inmunitario comprometido continúe en su hogar tanto como sea posible. Otros miembros del hogar también deberían limitar sus salidas para reducir el riesgo de llevar el virus a sus seres queridos vulnerables. Si tiene que salir para citas médicas o mandados esenciales como comprar comestibles, use una máscara, lávese las manos con frecuencia y minuciosamente, y practique el distanciamiento social: manténgase a 6 pies de distancia de los demás. (MD Anderson Staff, 2020)

A medida que los negocios se abren y el mundo a su alrededor está volviendo a salir y socializar más, puede sentirse aún más estresante y aislado para continuar quedarse en casa, especialmente si está encerrado con niños u otros miembros de la familia y siente que no tiene tiempo para Ud. O, por el contrario, si vive solo y realmente desea poder tener contacto cara a cara con sus seres queridos. Los pacientes con cáncer, como todos los demás, quieren saber cuándo terminará esto, cuándo pueden salir y ver a su gente. Aunque no tenemos un marco de tiempo establecido para cuando termine la necesidad de practicar el distanciamiento social, puede ser útil recordar que es probable que sea por tiempo limitado. También es útil recordar que “el distanciamiento social y el aislamiento no están destinados a ser un castigo, sino una forma de proteger el trabajo y el tratamiento que ya ha recibido para tratar o controlar su enfermedad. Es la mejor manera en que sabemos cómo mantener su salud “. (Balliet, 2020)

Puede ser fácil desconectarse o incluso estar en un estado de contención de la respiración, solo esperando que las cosas vuelvan a la normalidad, pero esto en realidad aumenta la ansiedad y la irritabilidad y puede contribuir a una sensación de desesperanza y frustración. Ahora, más que nunca, es importante implementar prácticas para aumentar los sentimientos de bienestar y conexión y reducir el estrés. Entonces, ¿qué pueden hacer los pacientes con cáncer y sus seres queridos para sobrevivir y prosperar durante un aislamiento prolongado?

Centrarse en las fortalezas. Para los pacientes y sobrevivientes de cáncer, puede ser útil concentrarse en lo que ya han superado: la fuerza y ​​el coraje que encontraron para superar los desafíos que ya enfrentaron, y las herramientas y recursos que los ayudaron a hacerlo. Escribir estas cosas en un diario o en una hoja de papel que puedan publicar en algún lugar donde vean, puede ser una buena herramienta cuando las cosas comienzan a sentirse desesperadas o abrumadoras.

Sonría y conéctese. Si usted es un paciente y continúa asistiendo a consultas médicas, el panorama ha cambiado. Tener que usar una máscara, tomarse la temperatura y responder a preguntas para ingresar a un edificio, además de no poder tener a sus seres queridos con usted como apoyo, puede provocar sentimientos de ansiedad. Recuerde, no está solo. Sonría cuando pase a alguien. Haga una pequeña charla en el ascensor. Lo sorprenderá lo que estos pequeños actos pueden hacer para elevar su espíritu y el de los que lo rodean. (Balliet, 2020)

Utilice el soporte en línea. El uso de las plataformas en línea gratuitas para grupos de apoyo, asesoramiento, clases y presentaciones ofrecidas por Cancer Support Community les permite a los pacientes desempeñar un papel activo en su atención y limitar la sobrecarga de información que proviene de la navegación de canales o demasiado tiempo en las redes sociales.

Hágase miembro de Cancer Support Community para acceder a asesoramiento gratuito y grupos de apoyo aquí.

Acceda a nuestras clases y presentaciones virtuales aquí.

Busque oportunidades para hacer las cosas de una manera nueva. Si está cansado de chats de video con amigos y familiares, sea creativo con él: juege versiones en línea de juegos clásicos como Clue, Monopoly y Uno; hacer una receta favorita juntos mientras están en FaceTime, Messenger o Zoom; mire películas con amigos en Netflix Party o inicie un grupo de libros virtuales. Vuelve a conectarse mediante mensajes de texto o llamadas telefónicas con amigos y familiares con los que no ha hablado en mucho tiempo. Chequear a los demás más de lo que lo haría normalmente. Tome su café, desayuno o cena afuera y disfrute del aire fresco. Lee libros nuevos. Mira programas de televisión alentadores y humorísticos que no son habituales en programas o géneros.

Concéntrese en lo que es bueno. Puede ser fácil quedar atrapado en las últimas estadísticas de Coronavirus o debates políticos sobre el distanciamiento social, pero también hay muchas cosas buenas y amables en el mundo en este momento: vecinos que se controlan entre sí, restaurantes y escuelas que ofrecen comida gratis a niños y extraños que se ofrecen ir la tienda de comestibles para personas vulnerables. Puede sentir que el universo está en su contra cuando se enfrenta con el doble estrés del cáncer y la preocupación de contraer COVID-19. “Entonces, cada vez que mira las noticias, busque una historia de ‘cuéntame algo bueno ‘ para ayudar a equilibrar la narrativa”. (Balliet, 2020)

Proporcionar actos de bondad. Envíe un correo electrónico a alguien que conozca que pueda estar solo y asustado solo para informarle que está pensando en él. Escribe notas de agradecimiento a las personas que lo han ayudado. Escribe mensajes positivos en las redes sociales si lo usa. (Balliet, 2020)

Aumente los sentimientos positivos. Una manera de hacer esto es lo que la Vicepresidenta de Servicios Clínicos para la Comunidad de Apoyo al Cáncer, Susan Ash-Lee, llama “una cuchara llena de oxitocina”. La oxitocina es la “hormona del amor”, la hormona del bienestar que se genera cuando hacemos cosas como acariciar a animales de compañía, compartimos una comida con alguien, nos damos un baño caliente, le damos un abrazo o le decimos que te amo. Este sentimiento de bienestar y conexión también se puede generar al practicar la Meditación de Amabilidad y Amor o al encontrar cosas en nuestras vidas que Ash-Lee llama “Hulahopes y Panderetas”, esas cosas que son únicas para cada uno de nosotros y que nos hacen reír con alegría. (Ash-Lee, 2020)

Cree formas de centrarse y calmarse. La respiración consciente y la meditación de la atención plena son dos formas de practicar permanecer en el momento presente, notando lo que es, en este momento. No tiene que ser perfecto en eso. Es una practica. Nos ayuda a traer nuestras mentes a regresar al presente y lejos de preocuparnos por el futuro y las cosas que no podemos controlar. Puede encontrar la meditación de la atención plena y otros videos de meditación en la página de Facebook de la Comunidad de Apoyo para el Cáncer (https://www.facebook.com/CSCNT) y en Youtube. También hay aplicaciones que ofrecen orientación sobre la respiración: Prana Breath: Calm & Meditate, Breathe2Relax, Universal Breathing: Pranayama.

Use fuentes confiables de información. Manténgase informado con información oficial de fuentes como el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades, la Organización Mundial de la Salud y la Sociedad Americana del Cáncer. Tome sus recomendaciones en serio. Evite los comentarios sin fundamento en las redes sociales.

Referencias

MD Anderson Staff (2020, May 8) COVID-19: Businesses are reopening. Is it safe for cancer patients to go out? MD Anderson. https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/covid-19coronavirus–businesses-are-reopening–is-it-safe-for-cancer-patients-survivors-caregivers-to-go-out.h00-159381945.html

Balliet, W. (2020, March 25) Top 12 tips to relieve COVID-19 stress. Medical University of South Carolina. https://web.musc.edu/about/news-center/2020/03/25/covid-19-stress-relief

Ash-Lee, S. (2020, April 28) Spotlight on Coronavirus: Coping with the Emotions. Interview by K. Thiboldeaux. Frankly Speaking About Cancer [Online Radio Show]. Retrieved from https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/radio-show/spotlight-coronavirus-coping-emotions

Para obtener más información sobre cómo reducir el estrés en pacientes con cáncer durante la crisis de COVID-19, consulte los siguientes recursos:

How Patients with Cancer, and Survivors, Can Manage Stress Through COVID-19 Uncertainty: https://www.curetoday.com/articles/how-patients-with-cancer-and-survivors-can-manage-stress-through-covid19-uncertainty

Expert Q&A: Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/newsroom/expert-qa-cancer-covid-19-and-mental-health/

Expert Advice: Cancer Care During COVID-19: https://baptisthealth.net/baptist-health-news/expert-advice-cancer-care-during-covid-19/

Virtual Support for People Living with Cancer & their Loved Ones

During this difficult time where citizens of DFW counties have been ordered to “shelter in place,” Cancer Support Community North Texas has been working diligently to transition many of our support services to a virtual platform so that everyone can stay safe while still having access to much needed support.

Our support groups are up and running through Zoom for current members:

Wellness Support Group (for those in active treatment)

Family and Friends Support Group

Metastatic Support Group

Post Treatment Support Group

Living with Loss Support Group

Amigos Unidos (Spanish speakers support group)

We are also offering our membership process virtually. Our support groups are FREE to people living with cancer, survivors, as well as friends and family members. You just need to become a member of Cancer Support Community to access them. People can sign up for a virtual membership appointment by emailing one of our Program Managers:

Angela Sims, Dallas Program Manager: asims@cancersupporttexas.org

Catherine Nandy, Plano Program Manager: cbolton@cancersupporttexas.org

Stacey Birst-Yates, Fort Worth Program Manager: sbirstyates@cancersupporttexas.org

In addition to our support groups, Cancer Support Community North Texas is offering many of the same classes and presentations that our members are used to attending in person on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CSCNT These are available to the public. Here are a few examples: Cancer & Nutrition, Managing Pain, Clearing and Renewing Meditation, Gentle Exercise, Qigong, Understanding Disability (Spanish language video), Boredom Busters: Making Bath Bombs, and for the kiddoes – Making Slime, and many more. Each video premieres at a certain time and date and is then available permanently. For a complete list of our live and pre-recorded Facebook videos, just click on “Videos” on the menu at the left of the page.

Here are some other local virtual resources:

“Living with Breast Cancer and COVID-19. What you need to know about mastectomy and reconstruction surgery during this uncertain time”  –  video will premiere live on the AiRS Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Facebook page this Thursday 4/2/2020:

https://www.facebook.com/events/656085461633518/

“How to Overcome ANXIETY and FEAR in a Corona Virus World: The Spiritual Response” – InnerWellbeing (Spanish subtitles available): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsSx0e6HCYQ&t=937s

Young Adult Virtual Support Group for anyone ages 18-39 who currently has or has had cancer in the past – Young Adult Support Program at Simmons Cancer Center UT Southwestern: contact Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, Clinical Social Worker at youngadults@utsouthwestern.edu or text/call 214-267-UTYA (8892). https://utswmed.org/cancer/support-services/young-adult-cancer-support/

(the web page says support groups have been cancelled, but will be updated to reflect the virtual group)

Apoyo Virtual Para Personas Que Viven Con Cáncer Y Sus Seres Queridos

Durante este momento difícil en el que se ordenó a los ciudadanos de los condados de DFW “refugiarse en su lugar”, Cancer Support Community North Texas ha estado trabajando diligentemente para hacer la transición de muchos de nuestros servicios de apoyo a una plataforma virtual para que todos puedan mantenerse seguros y al mismo tiempo tener acceso a apoyo muy necesario.

Nuestros grupos de apoyo están funcionando a través de Zoom para los miembros actuales:

(Se incluye un calendario de nuestros grupos con este blog)

Grupo de apoyo para el bienestar (para aquellos en tratamiento activo)

Grupo de apoyo de familiares y amigos

Grupo de apoyo metastásico

Grupo de apoyo posterior al tratamiento

Grupo de apoyo para vivir con pérdidas

Amigos Unidos (grupo de apoyo para hispanohablantes)

También estamos ofreciendo nuestro proceso de membresía virtualmente. Nuestros grupos de apoyo son GRATUITOS para personas que viven con cáncer, sobrevivientes, así como para amigos y familiares. Solo necesita ser miembro de Cancer Support Community para acceder a ellos. Las personas pueden inscribirse para una cita de membresía virtual enviando un correo electrónico a uno de nuestros gerentes de programa:

Angela Sims, Gerente del Programa de Dallas: asims@cancersupporttexas.org

Catherine Nandy, Gerente del Programa de Plano: cbolton@cancersupporttexas.org

Stacey Birst-Yates, Gerente del Programa de Fort Worth: sbirstyates@cancersupporttexas.org

Los hispanohablantes pueden llamar o enviar un correo electrónico a nuestra Especialista en Recursos para el Cáncer: Patricia Callahan

214-345-8428 pcallahan@cancersupporttexas.org

Además de nuestros grupos de apoyo, Cancer Support Community North Texas ofrece muchas de las mismas clases y presentaciones a las que nuestros miembros están acostumbrados a asistir en persona en nuestra página de Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CSCNT . Estos están disponibles para el público. Aquí hay algunos ejemplos: Cáncer y nutrición, Manejo del dolor, Meditación para la Limpieza y renovación de salud, Ejercicio suave, Qigong, Comprensión de la discapacidad (video en español), Aburrimiento: Hacer bombas de baño y para los niños – Hacer limo, y muchos más. Cada video se estrena en un momento y fecha determinados y luego está disponible de forma permanente. Para obtener una lista completa de nuestros videos existentes en Facebook, simplemente haga clic en “Videos” en el menú a la izquierda de la página.

Estos son algunos otros recursos virtuales que ofrecen los proveedores locales:

“Viviendo con Cáncer de Seno y COVID-19. Lo que necesita saber sobre la mastectomía y la cirugía de reconstrucción durante este tiempo incierto” – el video se estrenará en vivo en la página de Facebook de la Alianza AiRS en Cirugía Reconstructiva este jueves 4/2/2020:

https://www.facebook.com/events/656085461633518/

“Cómo superar la ANSIEDAD y el MIEDO en un mundo de Virus Corona: La respuesta espiritual” – InnerWellbeing (subtítulos en español disponibles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsSx0e6HCYQ&t=937s

Grupo de Apoyo Virtual para Adultos Jóvenes para cualquier persona de entre 18 y 39 años que actualmente tenga o haya tenido cáncer en el pasado – Programa de apoyo para adultos jóvenes en Simmons Cancer Center UT Southwestern: comuníquese con Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, Trabajadora Social Clínica a youngadults@utsouthwestern.edu o texto / llame al 214-267-UTYA (8892). https://utswmed.org/cancer/support-services/young-adult-cancer-support/ (la página web dice que los grupos de apoyo han sido cancelados, pero se actualizarán para reflejar el grupo virtual)

Cancer Support Online

The health and well-being of our members, volunteers and staff is our first priority. Beginning March 13th, in response to growing concern over the pandemic, our in-person events and activities at our clubhouses have been temporarily suspended. We are monitoring the recommendations of local, state and national health organizations to determine when it will be safe to reopen our clubhouses.

We are still open and serving our community!

All of our programs and activities are available on digital platforms.

Our program staff facilitate support groups, networking groups and individual counseling via Zoom meetings. We post health and wellness videos and educational presentations on our Facebook page.

Our Cancer Resource Specialist assesses and refers survivors to appropriate resources and services in the community. She is available by phone or email at (214) 345-8428 and pcallahan@cancersupporttexas.org. Please visit our Cancer Resources page for general cancer support resources.

You can still become a member!

The services and programs that we provide are completely free of charge to anyone impacted by cancer. Our licensed mental health professionals conduct New Member Meetings and Customized Membership Plans on an individual basis via phone or Zoom meetings. If you would like more information about membership at CSCNT, please send an email to info@cancersupporttexas.org.

Additional Support Available Online

Cancer Support Helpline

(888) 793-9355 | Cancer Support Helpline

Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm CST

Saturday – Sunday, 8am-4pm CST

  • Short-term cancer counseling and emotional assistance
  • Short-term housing resources
  • Connecting callers to local or national resources, including support groups, transportation services and other programs
  • Treatment decision planning
  • Financial navigation and counseling regarding the costs of cancer and its treatments
  • Specialized information and navigation in pediatric oncology, finances, clinical trials, and genetics/genomics
  • Access to an online distress screening program, CancerSupportSource®
  • General information about the Cancer Support Community
Cancer Emergency Fund

1-888-409-4166 | Cancer Emergency Fund

Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm CST

Saturday – Sunday, 8am-4pm CST

The Cancer Support Community launched the Cancer Emergency Fund to provide support and financial assistance to those facing cancer who may be struggling with financial hardships

Open Homes for COVID-19 First Responders.

1-844-986-1650 | Open Homes for COVID-19 First Responders

Cancer Support Community and Airbnb are partnering to connect first responders with clean, convenient places to stay that allow them to be close to their patients — and safely distanced from their own families.

Our goal is to resume in-person programming at our clubhouses as soon as it is safe to do so. We will keep you informed on program updates through our website, social media and emails. For more information on our response to COVID-19, please click here. Thank you for your patience during this time.

What is ONE Run?

Saturday, March 7 is shaping up to be a glorious, early spring Dallas day! What better way to celebrate cancer survivors and all those supporting them than by starting the day with an invigorating and fun walk/run! ONE Run is a community-focused fun run benefiting Cancer Support Community North Texas, and we at CSCNT love planning it each year! It reminds us how important it is to shine a light on, support, and celebrate all cancer survivors and those supporting them, whenever we can. We have all been impacted by cancer, whether by a personal diagnosis or as a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor. Let’s also acknowledge the healthcare professionals who guide patients through their treatments to the other side – yes, we are all impacted. At every ONE Run there is nothing more inspiring than seeing that sea of excited, smiling participants, wearing their colorful, tie dyed t-shirts head out across the bridge into the bright early morning sun. And for us, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that Cancer Support Community is doing so much to support everyone impacted by cancer in our local community. Our free program of support is truly amazing! We offer so much, all free of charge, but there is always more to do, more people to reach with our support. ONE Run helps us raise that awareness in our community, and each of us can do our bit by talking about Cancer support Community and sharing what we do. We are stronger together – so let’s enjoy this 9th ONE run, and on Monday, March 9th, we’ll start planning for our 10th annual ONE Run – truly a milestone to celebrate! For more information on this year’ ONE Run, check out ONERunTexas.org. It would be great to see you there!   Our 9th annual ONE Run is a community-focused fun run benefiting Cancer Support Community North Texas. One Run celebrates survivors of all cancer diagnoses and their loved ones with a 1K walk and 5K run. The fun continues with a party featuring music, dancing, free food & drinks, and lots of family friendly activities! ]]>