This list is provided to assist you in your quest for local services and products before, during, and/or after you are diagnosed with breast cancer.  It should not be considered a recommendation for services and products.  Clicking on the highlighted website will send you directly to the provider. There is also a link to National resources at the bottom of the page.

Local Resources

Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Ena Mendez – (239) 332-0417 x 5333
emendez@hcnetwork.org
Provides education and assessment services aimed at early detection of breast cancer in women from low-income, African-American and Hispanic communities. The Healthy Body, Healthy Soul model is used to forge partnerships with community health and faith-based institutions to provide outreach education and assessments.  Geographical Area Served: Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties.

Lymphedema Resources, Inc. – Claire Hauenstein
844-394-3154
lymphedemares@aol.com
Funds education, outreach, and treatment for uninsured/underinsured breast cancer survivors at risk of developing lymphedema and those already coping with this affliction. Financial assistance for physician prescribed lymphedema therapy and compression garments is provided to qualified clients.  Geographical Area Served: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

The Gaila Fund
www.gailafund.org
The Gaila Fund is a non-profit organization that provides patients with breast cancer stylish hats at no cost.

Google Map
Click here to access  the Google map for a list of resources and locations in Charlotte County.

Support Groups

Celebrate Life Cancer Support
Sara Benson
(941) 575-6765
Celebrate Life Cancer Support is a group of women that have been diagnosed will all cancers. The ladies meet the first Wednesday of every month at 10am at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Center.
For questions, please contact Sara above.

Clinics

Dollars for Mammograms, Inc.
(941) 474-2674
Dollars for Mammograms is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public foundation established for the purpose of providing no-cost mammograms to area women who are uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford the cost for a mammogram. P.O. Box 366, Englewood, 34295-0366.

Manatee County Health Department
Kathy Beckwith, RN – (941) 748-0747×1406
Kathy_beckwith@doh.state.fl.us
Provides mammograms, diagnostics and follow-up to underinsured women under 50 too young to qualify for the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (FBCCP). Assists with screening and diagnostics for FBCCP-enrolled women (50-64) in the 5-county region. Project participants diagnosed with cancer will be assisted to obtain treatment.  Geographical Area Served: Charlotte, Glades, Hendry Counties (women 50 and under); Collier and Lee Counties for the FBCCP (women 50-64).

Movin’ On!
(239) 898-1008
lymphedmares@aol.com
Movin’ On provides a gentle exercise routine for breast cancer survivors.  It promotes a safe return to physical activity and wellness through education, appropriate healthy exercise, and emotional support.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic
Cindy Neads, Breast Health Navigator
cneads@volunteercare.org
Funds low income, uninsured women for preventive mammogram screenings and quality diagnostic testing for women with abnormal screening results.

Cosmetics

Yankee Clipper Hair Replacement Center
(941) 625-2160
Nicki and Jim Hall provide a full-service hair care facility that specializes in cranial protheses.  With private consultations and personal fitting areas, women undergoing chemotherapy treatment can benefit from their 31 years of experience in this area.

Unity Medical
(941) 235-1840

amaher@unityhme.net
Unity Medical provides a comfortable and professional setting with a 10+ year experienced licensed fitter. Unity Medical accepts assignments and provides lumpectomy forms, silicone prosthesis and bras. Unity services all greater area Charlotte County.

American Cancer Society “tlc” Catalog
1-800-850-9445
www.tlcdirect.org
The American Cancer Society provides a catalog that features products to help women cope with the effects of breast cancer. “tlc” contains hats, turbans, twists and head wraps, wigs, prosthetics, mastectomy bras, and specially made swimsuits. You may shop from the privacy of your own home. The catalog also provides tips on how to wear hats and scarves.

 

General Information

Cleaning for a Reason
www.cleaningforareason.org
Cleaning for a Reason provides free house cleaning one time per month for four months while a patient is undergoing treatment.

Good Wishes
1-888-884-3653
www.franceluxe.com
Good Wishes provides scarves which are made from soft and silky hand-picked breathable fabric free of charge. The scarves protect the scalp from the sun and cold weather.

Lisabet Anna Buesing Foundation – Lissa’s Warrior Bracelets
(239) 481-5193
www.lisabetannabuesingfoundation.com
The Lisabet Anna Buesing Foundation was created to help young, single mothers with breast cancer with financial aid. Lissa’s Warrior Bracelets can be purchased to help fund this foundation.

The Beau Beau
www.4women.com
Beau Beau provides a catalog of differently designed scarves for hair loss.  It is a fashionable alternative to wearing a wig. Also included in the catalog are sleep caps, headband scarves, tote bags and gifts for cancer patients.

The Knitting Experience Cafe
(207) 319-7634
www.theknittingexperience.com/knitted_knockers_program
The Knitting Café provides and makes knitted breasts for mastectomy patients. The knitted breasts may be used in place of prosthetic breasts. 

The Rapunzel Project
www.rapunzelproject.org
The Rapunzel Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to help chemotherapy patients keep their hair during treatment. The project creates the awareness that hair loss during chemotherapy may be prevented in some cases through the use of cold caps. It provides the equipment to facilitate this process.

The Survivor Project
Stephanie Shaffer, Christian Counselor, cell (239) 851-6954
Kathleen Midnet, Cancer Survivor/ Bible Teacher, cell (239) 253-2404
The Survivor Project is a video series offering contagious hope and care for those who have cancer as well as their loved ones.  It is an eight week series.

Click here for a national resource list