Organization Name:American Cancer Society
Founded: Dallas, TX
The ACS is a clearinghouse for charities and services available to cancer patients and their families. When you call toll-free, 1-800-227-2345, you will speak to a Cancer Info Specialist (in Texas). This operator takes your zip code, type of cancer, age, and the specific request for the type of assistance you need: rent, utilities, mortgage, medical co-pays, clothing, rides (with 5 day advance notice), wigs, prosthesis, meals, child care, etc and will redirect you to the local organizations in your state or area for that assistance.
- Free Wigs/Headwear by donation only and in limited supply. A headwear coordinator will contact you to make an appointment to meet at a local location (usually a hairdresser or wig store) to try on and select a free headwear option.
- ACS gives no direct financial grants or services to patients or local cancer charities. The service is impersonal and cold considering the subject matter and the perception of this organization.