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This page contains articles and links to possible benefits like Social Security and articles about freebies. We hope you find whatever you need, if not ask as there’s usually someone who knows something!!

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Social Security Disability

From the site:The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.

Medicare Dental Coverage 

From the site: Currently, Medicare will pay for dental services that are an integral part either of a covered procedure (e.g., reconstruction of the jaw following accidental injury), or for extractions done in preparation for radiation treatment for neoplastic diseases involving the jaw. Medicare will also make payment for oral examinations, but not treatment, preceding kidney transplantation or heart valve replacement, under certain circumstances. Such examination would be covered under Part A if performed by a dentist on the hospital’s staff or under Part B if performed by a physician.

Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge 

From the site: Welcome to the online information resource center for Total and Permanent Disability discharge of Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Teacher Education Assistance for Higher Education. DISABILITYDISCHARGE.COM

The SAMFund: Grants for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

We proudly provide financial assistance to young adults as they regain momentum in their lives after cancer. Since 2005, we have awarded over $1,600,000 to recipients across the country. THESAMFUND.ORG

HNC Living Foundation

HNC Living Foundation’s mission is to help head and neck cancer patients live life fully, during and after treatment, through financial assistance. Although starting local, our vision and commitment is to become a national resource of financial assistance for head and neck cancer patients. Our promise, as we expand nationally, is that money raised in any community will be granted back to assist patients in need in that community.

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance

From the site: ​The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance is proud to announce our Gas Card Program that supplies a limited supply of BP and Exxon gas cards in the amount of $50.00 to head and neck cancer patients to help with transportation to and from treatments. This patient assistance is made possible by three private donors to whom we are greatly indebted. Click here to download the Application Form.

Vitamix and The Oral Cancer Foundation

From the site: ​ ​OCF has recognized the very real need for a blender that can produce a smooth and thin enough liquid to be used in PEG feeding, and turning the toughest of things like even meats into a liquid diet. We have developed a relationship with Vitamix, manufacturer of the premium, high power blenders that are capable of creating the consistency of foods that work in these situations. Vitamix has been the blender of choice in commercial kitchens and used by high-end chefs. Their top of the line machines are the ideal piece of equipment to satisfy this very demanding application that oral cancer patients and survivors face. While their product line is diverse, one machine within their offerings has satisfied all the criteria that OCF and its PEG tube dependent advisors have set out. While it has several different designations depending on the outlet that it is being sold through, OCF has chosen the model 7500 as the machine that we will promote to our patients and their families.


Cancer + Careers

From the site: ​​ ​Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

The Laryngectomy Site

From the site: ​​ ​

Are you or someone close to you about to undergo a total laryngectomy? You are not alone.

Access valuable information, find guidance, and learn from others.



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From the site: ​ ​What is CaptionCall?
CaptionCall is a revolutionary phone for anyone with hearing loss who has difficulty hearing on the phone. CaptionCall offers amplification and superb sound quality while displaying smooth‐scrolling captions of what callers say on a large, easy‐to‐read screen. It helps people use the phone again with confidence! Plus, it is so easy to use—anyone who knows how to use a phone will understand how to use CaptionCall.

The American Cancer Society

From the site: Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away – an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.


From the site: This service helps 9-1-1 protect your family by providing more information to first responders. Plan Ahead For Any Emergency

Give 9-1-1 the information they need to help you fast.


From the site: This service helps 9-1-1 protect your family by providing more information to first responders. Plan Ahead For Any Emergency

Give 9-1-1 the information they need to help you fast.



Recommended by a member: Howdy Ya’ll,
Since I ain’t got no tongue or vocal cords, I’m been embracing technology like crazy (or like a cat who ain’t got no tongue or vocal cords). I’m posting an audio link here that I uploaded to my server. It’s a sample of how I “sound” now, using text to speech (T.T.S) software, whereby I type into a program what I want to say, hit the “talk” button, and the words come out of my computer speakers.

From the site:
68-key PC-style keyboard with one touch buttons for typing commonly used phrases
Connects to your TSB-121 compatible cellular telephone
Text answering machine with programmable personalized greeting and remote message retrieval
Built-in microphone for hands-free Voice Carry Over (VCO) calls
Place Hearing Carry Over (HCO) calls with optional speakers or headset

Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Programs

From the site: National List of Equipment Distribution Programs – Free Specialized Telephone Devices

Cleaning For A Reason

From the site: Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization that serves all the United States and Canada. Our mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Our goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge. We have recruited over 1,200 maid services to donate free housecleaning to women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Since 2006, our partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for over 24,000 women – valued at over $6,300,000.

Southwest Airlines

From the site: Apr 19, 2016 Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that 73 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations from across the nation will benefit from the Southwest Airlines® 2016 Medical Transportation Grant Program, with the total impact reaching 97 facilities. Through the program, participating nonprofit hospitals and medical programs provide complimentary, roundtrip air travel to families who need to travel for specialized medical care to lessen the financial burden of serious illness.

Free Hearing Aids For The Elderly

Article: If you’re willing to do a little leg work, there are many organizations that can help you or your loved one afford hearing aids.

Cancer Financial Assistance

From the site: People with cancer sometimes need financial assistance to pay for cancer treatments, supportive care, living expenses, and other areas. These resources include organizations and funders providing financial support. This list does not include all existing programs. You can also consider the organization of fundraising through your community.

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