Blood and Marrow Transplantation Finances
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BE THE MATCH
Contact: (800) 627-7692 (General Information) or (888) 999-6743 (Patient Advocacy)
Population served: Patients needing a cord blood or unrelated donor transplant at a participating transplant center in the United States
BE THE MATCH is dedicated to creating an opportunity for patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.
- Provides Search Assistance Funds, to help with costs for searching the BE THE MATCH registry of unrelated donors and cord blood units - funds are paid directly to the transplant center
- Provides Transplant Support Assistance Funds, to help with some costs not covered by insurance during the first six months after transplant (i.e., treatment costs and living expenses)
- Produces a publication, titled Mapping the Maze, to help plan finances
Andrew McDonough B Foundation
Population served: Pediatric cancer patients (under the age of 21) and their families in the United States. Assistance is available to families who are experiencing financial hardship brought on by the diagnosis.
The B Foundation is committed to helping the families of critically ill children with financial assistance so they can focus on helping their child get well.
- Provides financial support to eligible patients once a year for a maximum of 2 years
- Grants typically can range from $250 - $750
- Application available on the website
The Bone Marrow Foundation (BMF)
Contact: (800) 365-1336
Population served: Patients needing a transplant in the United States
BMF works to improve the quality of life for children and adults who are undergoing transplantation for cancers and genetic disorders. It does not limit assistance to a specific disease, type of transplant or age range.
- Offers direct financial assistance for donor searches, compatibility testing, bone marrow or stem cell collection, cord blood banking, medications, medical equipment, home and child care services, housing expenses and transportation
- Provides a resource listing for other transplant needs
Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA)
Contact: (800) 366-2682
Population served: Patients, age 21 and younger, who need or have had a transplant and healthcare professionals in the United States
COTA helps children and young adults who need a transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support.
- Assists in fundraising efforts for medical/travel expenses; COTA serves as trustee for the funds
- Trains fundraising volunteers in the community
- Offers resource information to healthcare professionals and transplant teams
National Foundation for Transplants (NFT)
Contact: (800) 489-3863
Population served: Patients who need a stem cell transplant or who have had a transplant in the United States
NFT provides financial support services and patient advocacy for transplant candidates, recipients and their families.
- Trains volunteers to set up a fundraising campaign in the patient's community
- Provides limited emergency assistance in some cases
- Provides an incentive grant for new patient campaigns
- Provides grants for bone marrow donor searches when insurance does not cover them
National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF)
Contact: (800) 642-8399
Population served: Solid organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant patients in the United States
NTAF helps patients and their families organize, launch and sustain grassroots fundraising campaigns and providing fiscal accountability for the funds.
- Helps mobilize communities to raise funds for medical needs and expenses not covered by insurance, such as lodging and transportation
- Helps patients organize, launch and sustain successful fundraising campaigns based on the kind of support network and special events available in their home communities
NTAF serves as a trustee for the funds raised and redistributes to patient as reimbursements or directly to vendor
Icla da Silva Foundation
Contact: (888) 638-2870
Population served: Patients with any disease needing a stem cell transplant worldwide, with focus on Latin America
The mission is to assist children and adults with leukemia, lymphoma or a genetic immune or metabolic disorder and improve patient access to bone marrow from volunteer unrelated donors.
- Provides financial aid, information and emotional support to patients with blood cancers
- Provides limited services to patients coming to New York for treatment, helps to arrange housing and find a treatment center
Population served: Patients, caregivers, and anyone looking for resources around stem cell transplantation
ExploreBMT, an easy-to-search web portal, is the result of collaboration by several organizations. It allows users to browse through multiple resources and services needed throughout the transplant journey, from diagnosis through survivorship. Users can search for resources according to:
- The age of the patient (pediatric, adult)
- The phase of transplant
- The type of resource needed