Pediatric Cancer Financial Assistance

Andrew  McDonough B+ Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for families of children with cancer

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for day-to-day expenses for families of children with cancer.

Eligibility Requirements: Child must be a patient at one of ASRL’s pediatric hospital partners.

Children’s Cancer Recovery- Helping Hands Fund

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for rent and utilities (heating, water, and electricity). Maximum assistance per family, per year is $250.

Eligibility Requirements: Patient must be under the age of 18 and in active cancer treatment.

Application Process: A social worker or child life specialist must apply on behalf of family of child cancer patient in active treatment. Deadline for application is 15th day of the month. Family must reapply every month.

Children’s Cancer Recovery Camp Scholarships

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for camp.  Maximum assistance per child, per year is $400.

Eligibility Requirements: Patient must be a child cancer patient under age 18 in remission.

Application Process:  Social worker or child life specialist must refer child and must assist family in completing the application.

Children’s Chance

(South Carolina)

Assistance Provided: There are two  financial assistance programs available to families of children with cancer residing in South Carolina:

1. Family Support Funds: Assists families with non-medical expenses, such as mortgage/rent payments, utilities, car insurance. Funds are paid directly to the vendor.

2. Angel Funds: Assists families with out-of-pocket expenses associated with treatment, such as gas, food, and telephone calls.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant family must be residents of South Carolina. Child must between the ages of birth and 18 years old. Child must be in active treatment or less than one year out of treatment.

Resource found on: http://cancerhawk.com/2013/02/12/financial-assistance-for-pediatric-cancer-patients-living-in-south-carolina/

Christians Overcoming Cancer-  Mark Hudson II Fund

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance  for families with a child in active cancer treatment.

Eligibility Requirements: Eligibility is based on income.

First Hand Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for expenses not covered by insurance. “Request must be clinically relevant to the health of the child”. Eligible expenses include: wheelchair, prosthesis, assistive technology equipment, hearing aids, clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, vehicle modifications (i.e. ramps, lifts, and/or transfer boards), and food, lodging, transportation, gas, and/or parking expenses for families who must travel during treatment. Assistance is requested once per year, per child, for a maximum of three times during a child’s life.

Eligibility Requirements: Child must be under age 18 with “specific health care need”.

Friends 4 Michael Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance of up to $600 for non-medical expenses of the family of a child with a primary brain tumor diagnosis in active treatment.

Application Process: Request for assistance must be submitted by a Certified Social Worker on behalf of the family. The Family Assistance Committee will validate the request via telephone interview with the submitting Social Worker and a nurse or administrator at the treating hospital.

Foundation for Children With Cancer (FCC)

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for day-to-day expenses of family of children under age 18  with cancer.   Vendors are paid directly by FCC.

Application Process: Family must be referred by doctor or social worker. Applications are only accepted from last Monday of the month until the 5th day of the following month.

Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation

(Hawaii Only)

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance to eligible families of children with cancer. Financial assistance is only provided for amounts not covered by health insurance or other assistance. Eligible expenses are: treatment bills, medical supplies, travel to treatment, and prescription medicine. Maximum financial assistance provided is $4,000 per family during 1st year of treatment and $2,000 per family for subsequent years of treatment.

Eligibility Requirements: Patient must be diagnosed before the age of 25  and received cancer treatment in Hawaii.

 Isaiah Alonso Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for families of children with cancer.

Resource found on: http://cancerhawk.com/2013/04/03/financial-assistance-for-families-affected-by-pediatric-cancer/

Jake Owen Raborn Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for family of child cancer patient.

Eligibility Requirements: Family will have to show proof of  financial need.

Application Process: Social worker must apply on behalf of family of child with cancer by calling 1-888-356-5253 or emailing request@jakesfoundation.org.

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

(Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey)

Assistance Provided:  Direct financial assistance for out-of-pocket day-to-day expenses, not covered by insurance, such as: co-payments, mortgage/rent, utilities, transportation, and childcare. Additional financial assistance available for uninsured basic living expenses for families with severe financial difficulties through Funds’ Help and Hope Program. Maximum assistance of $1,000 through Help & Hope Program and funds are paid directly to creditors.

Eligibility Requirements: Child must have a “diagnosed serious, chronic, or critical illness, disability, or condition”. Child must reside in or currently receiving treatment in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware. Family must show financial need due to illness-related expenses.

Application Process: Family must be referred by social worker, nurse, case worker, or other healthcare provider.

Kisses for Kyle

(Delaware Valley)

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance to families of children with cancer between ages of birth through 21, residing in the Delaware Valley.

Application Process: Social worker must apply on behalf of family. Assistance request must include letter detailing financial needs and copies of bills to be paid.

The Melonhead Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for families of children with cancer under the age of 21. Assistance is provided for expenses, such as rent/mortgage, utilities, medical expenses, food, and alternative therapies (i.e. acupuncture).

The National Children’s Cancer Society

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance for families of children with cancer or brain tumor  for meals, lodging, transportation, health insurance, and medical expenses not covered by health insurance.Assistance may be requested for up to 2 months at a time. If family needs additional assistance after this time, hospital care provider must request same in writing. Family must reapply for assistance if the amount of time between requests extends beyond 1 year.

Eligibility Requirements: Patient must have been diagnosed on or before the age of 18 and treated before the age of 21. Patient must be legal permanent resident of United States or citizen of the United States. If  the patient is legal permanent resident, he or she must have resided in United States for 1 year continuously before the onset of illness. If the child’s family has more than $5,000 in liquid assets, NCCS may request that they partially or completely “spend down” their assets before they qualify for assistance.

Smiles for Sophie Forever

Assistance Provided: Grants of up to $1,000.00 for families of children with brain cancer.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be US residents. Applicants must be parents or legal guardians and primary caregiver of the diagnosed child. Child must have been diagnosed before 18th birthday. SFSF will review applications submitted within 6 months of child’s death.

Application Process: Assistance may be requested once a year. Application process consists of a completed application, copy of child’s birth certificate, and signed medical verification letter from child’s treating physician on their letterhead.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation

Assistance Provided: Financial assistance  for financially eligible families of children under the age of 16 with medical needs not covered or not fully covered by commercial health insurance policy. Payments are made directly to medical center not to children or their families. Amount awarded to an individual is limited to $5,000 or 85% of fund balance, (whichever is less) per 12 month period.There is a lifetime maximum of $10,000 in assistance.