Local Resources

Treasure Valley Resources

Coping Connections
A monthly Support Group For People with Cancer And Those Who Care about Them
Third Thursday, monthly, 6pm-8pm, Saint Alphonsus (you do not need to be a patient at Saint Alphonsus to participate)

http://www.saintalphonsus.org/documents/boise/cancer_coping_connections.pdf

For more info, call (208) 367-7785

Women’s Health Check Program

Women’s Health Check helps low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. You can access the program by calling the 2-1-1 Idaho Careline. If you live in Ada, Boise, Elmore or Valley County, call Central District Health Department at 208.327.8608. For other locations, visit this link:
How to Enroll

Free Home Colon Health Test Kit
Get your FREE colon disease screening kit. These kits are hands free! You simply drop a paper in the toilet bowl. It couldn’t be much easier. These at-home test kits detect hidden blood in the stool, a warning sign of colon cancer. The test is easy to use and is performed in the privacy of your own home. If you’re over 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, dial 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine to request a free test kit and colon cancer materials to be mailed to your home. Visit their website at Idaho 2-1-1, dial 2-1-1, or dial 1-800-926-2588. Supplies are limited. Now is the time! Please note: This test does not replace regular colonoscopy screening.

CCI_CommunityA diagnosis of cancer not only affects the patient, but their immediate family and friends. In many cases, these family members and friends take on the role of caregiver, managing medicines, meals and more. Below are resources to help you and your loved one through your journey.

Friends In Action

A Boise organization that supports family caregivers, including resources, classes, and caregiver respite. fiaboise.org

Caregiver Action Network – www.caregiveraction.org

Family Caregiving Alliance – www.caregiver.org

Help for Cancer Caregivers – https://helpforcancercaregivers.org

National Alliance for Caregiving – www.caregiving.org

National Family Caregivers Association – www.nfcacares.org

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End-of-life preparations can be intimidating and challenging. Here are a few resources to help you and your loved ones navigate the journey through the emotional, moral, and legal considerations that can arise during the transition.

Advance Directives– By preparing these documents, you set the guidelines for your care should you become unable to communicate. What are Advance Directives?– Click here

Creating and Filing Advance Directives-the Idaho Quality of Life Coalition has assembled a starter kit that can be found here.

The Conversation Project- Have you had the Conversation?The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. This website has a starter kit and urges us all to start talking about how we want to live the last days of our lives, honoring each other’s wishes with dignity, respect, and deep compassion. theconversationproject.org

Consider the Conversation- A Documentary on  a Taboo Subject – A copy of this film can be borrowed through our Lending Library, located within our office at 2504 Kootenai St, Boise, ID 83705.

The Idaho Quality of Life Coalition
An excellent resource for information on end-of-life resources, hospice and palliative care. Improved care, conditions, and access to quality end-of-life care is our vision.
http://www.idqol.org/

Local Organizations


angel wings network
In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Angel Wings Network provides transportation for patients to and from chemotherapy, radiation treatments and medical appointments.

Look Good Feel Better classes are held 4 to 5 times a year for women under treatment for cancer. Classes are held at the Weiser AWN office and at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center -Ontario.

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Experience the magic of what happens when people come together to create emotionally empowering experiences for Idaho children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Camp Rainbow Gold is an oncology camp, a sibling camp and a family camp. It’s a teen support group and a college scholarship program. Camp Rainbow Gold is a celebration of life.

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camp-river-runCamp River Run is a 4-day camp in Cascade Idaho designed for kids between ages 7-17 who are coping with medical conditions or life threatening illnesses. We want these children to experience nature and camping without compromising their medical needs.

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cancer companions logoCancer Companions provide emotional support to cancer family members by not only listening and caring but by guiding them through specific topics to help them gain some perspective on their cancer journey. Those topics include faith, questions for God, healing, prayer, stress reduction, relationships, communication and healthy living.

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casting for recoverThe mission of Casting for Recovery is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Casting for Recovery’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.

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cleaning for a reasonCleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization that serves the United States and Canada. Our mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning for women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Click the link to find providers here in the Boise area.

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idaho-flyIf you are a man suffering from cancer or with cancer in remission, we want to hear from you. We are developing programs and retreats that allow you to meet, interact and be supported by other men with cancer and by a community of generous and caring volunteers.   You are not alone.  Others have and are experiencing the emotions and challenges you face.

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kbf logoThe Kif Brown Foundation is a nonprofit organization, pending 501 (c)(3), that reaches out to people who are newly diagnosed with cancer to provide information and resources to more easily navigate through the process of deciding on treatment, which can be a difficult time in a patient’s life. The foundation can also help with the financial limitations often stand in the way of following a chosen treatment path, and has funds available to assist when necessary with travel, supplements, etc.

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river-discoveryRiver Discovery staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and supporters work year round to create, build and fund amazing river adventures for cancer survivors.  Programs are developed for survivors of all ages and stages, from youth survivors and their families, teen survivors, to adult survivors

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american-cancer-societyProvides ambulatory cancer patients with ground transportation to and from cancer treatment. Rides are dependent on volunteer driver availability. Please call for additional information: (800) 227-2345. This program is provided by the American Cancer Society.

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IdahoMontana_SGK-3C-BLK-OL (1)Komen Idaho Montana serves thousands of women in Idaho and Montana as the local source for funding programs that:

Provide low-cost or free screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and breast cancer treatment to uninsured or underinsured Idaho and Montana residents. Provide support services before, during and after breast cancer treatment.
We empower Idaho and Montana residents with information about the importance of early detection and breast health.

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