A Shelter for Cancer Families provides stability, shelter and support for families seeking cancer care in the Texas Medical Center.
21+ years of providing the stability, shelter and support families depend on when seeking, often, lifesaving care in the Texas Medical Center.
More than 25,000 nights of housing provided since inception, offering free, short-term housing for cancer families.
An $850,000 cost savings every year to cancer families who without ASCF would need to pay for housing.
After diagnosed with sarcoma, Tom Amschwand vowed to help improve life for families affected by cancer. In addition to the need for better awareness and research funding for rare cancers like sarcoma, Tom saw a need for improved support for ALL FAMILIES seeking cancer care in Houston. Home to both the largest cancer center and the largest pediatric hospital in the world, Tom felt our city's programs for cancer families should reflect that.
Tom continues to serve as the original inspiration for our work, but today so do the thousands of other cancer families we've come to know and serve.
Because of Tom's vision, A Shelter for Cancer Families (formerly Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation) was formed to address the needs of families affected by cancer (specifically sarcoma) that were not already being met elsewhere. The availability of appropriate housing for out-of-towners seeking cancer care in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) has not kept pace with the need. Even more, families affected by cancer often find it difficult to traverse the cancer landscape.
Whether native or new to our area, patients and their families need guidance for the cancer journey that is both accessible and uncomplicated. ASCF believes cancer families should be afforded options and dignity especially during times of crisis.
In 2017, after a needs assessment, ASCF's board of directors voted to focus our future efforts on providing stability, shelter and support to families affected by all types of cancer. Then, in 2019, ASCF found it's permanent place with the purchase of a 15-unit apartment complex that provides free short-term housing for families seeking, often, lifesaving cancer care in the TMC.