Tom Amschwand created the vision for ASCF shortly before his death at age 30. Following his 18-month battle with sarcoma and after the loss of his mother Kathryn, who also had this rare disease, Tom shared his dream to be able to provide free housing for cancer patients (including those with sarcoma) and their families.
ASCF was the first-ever non-profit to focus equal attention on sarcoma research, sarcoma awareness and tangible support for sarcoma patients and their families. More than seventeen years after our inception in 2001, over fifty organizations have been created with the sole purpose of supporting sarcoma research and increasing awareness, but none offer housing or navigation services for cancer families as a part of their stated mission.
As a result, ASCF evolved to meet the growing demands of housing, navigation services, and celebrations for those with all types of cancer. In 2017, ASCF’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to focus our efforts where we could continue to make the greatest impact. ASCF (formerly Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation) became A Shelter for Cancer Families.
A Shelter for Cancer Families (ASCF) provides free tangible support in the Texas Medical Center to families affected by cancer based on their needs, regardless of age, cancer type, treatment status or income. What sets us apart is our focus on keeping families together during the cancer journey, providing services at no charge, accommodating those of all ages and impacted by all cancers while allowing for privacy, dignity and options. To date, ASCF has provided cancer navigation services to well over 350 families seeking care in the Texas Medical Center and has provided more than 13,000 nights of free housing to out-of-town families seeking cancer care here. Return on investment for those families served by ASCF annually is estimated at one million dollars.
ASCF is recruiting volunteers for its cancer family navigator program and housing hospitality team. Volunteers may visit our volunteer page and submit a volunteer application: https://www.cancerfamilies.org/volunteer.html. Additionally, donations may be made to https://www.cancerfamilies.org/donate.html or checks may be mailed to A Shelter for Cancer Families, 4115 Drake Street, Suite #4, Houston, Texas 77005.
ASCF is committed to creating opportunities for families to celebrate in the midst of the cancer journey. While patients and their loved ones focus on treatment, our team of volunteers can take care of the little details that create cherished moments. These include: holidays, birthdays, ringing the bell (to signify end of treatment) and other milestones.
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