Long Island Nonprofit Organizations Fighting Cancer
Coalition for Women’s Cancers
Southampton – Breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers
This community-based organization provides support to women battling cancer on Long Island’s East End. Women can receive mentorship from a fellow survivor, financial and transportation assistance, and access to support groups and wellness programming through the nonprofit.
Have a Heart Children’s Cancer Society
Sayville – Childhood cancers
This foundation is dedicated to helping parents and families of children with cancer. As children undergo cancer treatment, Have a Heart seeks to alleviate the financial burdens of medical bills and transportation, as well as help with any other household expenses or equipment they need during their difficult time.
Long Island League to Abolish Cancer (L.I.L.A.C.)
Old Bethpage – All cancers
L.I.L.A.C. Alice Gaynes Memorial Chapter raises funds for hospitals researching cancer treatments so they can purchase the most updated, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment in their quest to find the cure. The organization holds fundraisers throughout the year and presents yearly grants to doctors researching several different types of cancers.
Woodbury – Pancreatic cancer
Lustgarten Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to pancreatic cancer research. The nonprofit holds annual Walks for Research to fundraise locally. All donations go directly to research, since the organization has administration costs covered.
Melville – Breast cancer
Educators with the Maurer Foundation visit schools across Long Island to teach youth about the importance of breast health. They bring their breast model to show teens and adults how to conduct a proper breast exam to prevent possible cancer.
Man Cave Health
Melville – Prostate cancer
Inspired by doctors at Mount Sinai Health System, this organization hopes to reduce the stigma of men going for prostate exams. It also offers support groups and financial assistance for men battling cancer.
Mondays at Racine
Sayville – All cancers
This nonprofit helps to improve the quality of life of people with cancer through beauty and wellness services. Cancer patients can receive massages, facials, gentle head shaving, wig care and support, and more, as well as attend wellness classes such as yoga and meditation, all free of charge.
Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information, Inc.
Hewlett – Brain cancer
Musella Foundation helps fund the research of brain cancers and educates the public about brain tumors. It offers virtual trials for brain tumor patients to participate in as well as many free resources on the subject.
Rocking the Road for a Cure
Little Neck – Breast cancer
This organization provides free wellness and support services to cancer patients from Queens and Long Island. Each year it holds a motorcycle run for breast cancer. The 13th annual event will be Oct. 2 in Massapequa.
Oceanside – Childhood cancers
Sunrise Association seeks to enhance the lives of children with cancer and their siblings. Every summer, the organization runs a summer camp for kids and/or their siblings in Wheatley Heights. And that’s just on Long Island – the Oceanside-based nonprofit has camps across the country and in Israel.