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Air Charity Network (ACN)
Contact:  757-318-9174
Population served: Patients of all ages and their caregivers

Mission: Air Charity Network (ACN) provides access for people in the United States who are in need of free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
Population Served: Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, young adults, healthcare professionals and researchers related to childhood cancer

Mission: To raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes-especially research into new treatments and cures-and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

  • Travel Fund offers assistance to families who need to financial assistance for childhood cancer treatment at select medical institutions across the U.S. May include help with transportation, lodging, and meals. Applications must be received on behalf of a social worker or another medical representative. For more details, click here.
  • Childhood Cancer Symposium is a free annual conference for families of kids with cancer.
  • Childhood Cancer Treatment Journal- ALSF provides a free treatment journal (hard copy or online) to families of childhood cancer. Helps parents stay organized and keep track of important information.
  • Hero Ambassador Program involves family members of childhood cancer heroes who choose to get more involved with ALSF.
  • Parent to Parent Network provides the opportunity for families to connect with one another through emails, phone calls, or in person.
  • Childhood Cancer Database Project aims to better understand how childhood cancer affects families. The goal is to measure the personal and economic impact of childhood cancer and find ways to support families through the journey.
  • ALSF SuperSibs program provides tools to help sibilngs, online activities, the opportunity to be an ambassador, and parent resources.

Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Contact: 302-654-6207
Population served: Families of children with cancer in the U.S.

Mission: To fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in chemotherapy; to provide emotional support and financial assistance nationwide for families of children with cancer.

  • Provides grants to minimize the financial hardship that is directly attributable to the child's illness; application form available on website.

Corporate Angel Network, Inc. (CAN)
Contact: 866-328-1313
Population served: Open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary.

Mission: To help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets; this not only improves the patients' chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden.

  • Must be a cancer patient (or bone marrow donor or recipient):
    o Traveling to treatment, consultation, or a check-up
    o Traveling to recognized treatment center (National Cancer Institute or American College of Surgeons)
    o Able to walk up the steps of a corporate aircraft without assistance
    o Not in need of oxygen, IV, or onboard medical assistance
  • Can be accompanied by family member(s) or companion.

Cord Blood Registry
Contact: 888.CORD.BLOOD or 888.932.6568
Population served: Patients, families, caregivers
Other language(s): Spanish and Chinese

Mission: To advance the clinical application of newborn stem cells by partnering with leading research institutions to establish FDA-regulated clinical trials, exclusive to CBR families, for conditions that have no cure today.

  • Newborn Possibilities Program® offers free cord blood and tissue processing and five years of storage to qualifying families in the U.S.
  • Genetic counselors are available to discuss your family's medical history and to answer questions about how newborn stem cells might be applicable to your family.

Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS)
Contact: (866) 340-3567 United States
            +49 70 719 430 Germany
            020 3176 7620 United Kingdom
            22 882 9400 Poland
Population Served: Individuals willing to donate bone marrow and patients looking for a match worldwide
Other Language(s): Spanish, German and Polish

Mission: To delete blood cancer by empowering people to take action, give bone marrow and save lives.

  • Has over 3 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide
  • Raises awareness about the urgent need to increase the number and diversity of  bone marrow donors 
  • Provides information about registering to be a donor, organizing donor drives, and the process of donating bone marrow
  • Covers all costs for the donor during the bone marrow/stem cell donation procedure
  • Provides a suitable match of bone marrow/stem cells for the patients.

LifeLine Pilots
Contact: 800-822-7972
Population served: Serves people from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast in the U.S. who are seeking medical treatment far from home or have a compassionate need

Mission: To facilitate free air transportation, through volunteer pilots, for financially distressed children and adults with medical and humanitarian needs.

  • The planes used are 4 to 6 seat aircraft owned and operated by private pilots serving as volunteers

National Patient Travel Center
Contact: 800-296-1217
Population served: Patients needing transportation by air in the U.S.

Mission: To ensure that no financially-needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical transportation.

  • Provides information and referrals for charitable, long-distance medical transportation, including deep-discount airline ticket programs for patients and patient escorts
  • Offers telephone helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Facilitates air ambulance assistance services and ground transportation
  • Operates various Special-Lift and Child-Lift programs on behalf of special disease organizations and clinical research centers

Operation Liftoff, Inc.
Contact: 314-298-9770
Population served: Children under age 18 in the U.S. with a life-threatening illness

Mission: To provide hope for courageous and frightened children with air transportation for a treatment trip.

  • Due to budget constraints, Operation Liftoff is temporarily limiting trips to treatment trips from or to St. Louis, MO.

The Air Care Alliance (ACA)
Population served: Assists all cancer patients, and their caregiver or companion, in air travel to a treatment center far from home.

Mission: To assist those in need of transport services such as patient transport, disaster relief, and educational experiences for youth, environmental support, and other missions of public service.

  • Provides a listing of all non-profit volunteer flying groups to patients, communities, and others with needs.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation
Population served: Children age 16 and younger, who have commercial health insurance.

Mission: The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a non-profit charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of children's lives through much needed medical grants. These medical grants help improve access to medical services and items that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family's current commercial health insurance plan. 

Besides being 16 years old or younger and covered by a commercial health insurance plan, a child must be diagnosed with a current or ongoing medical need, be receiving treatment by a qualified medical practitioner in the US and meet certain financial criteria to qualify.

Grants may be provided for:

  • Help with medical services costs
  • Help with medication costs
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Costs associated with transplant
  • Air and ground transportation for medical appointments
last updated on Friday, February 27, 2015