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Not sure what these lodging resources cover? These are resources for temporary housing facilities for patients, and usually a family member or caretaker, when the patient is receiving care at a medical facility far from home.

Disclaimer: These resources are regularly reviewed to ensure that links still work correctly and the resources listed continue to be helpful to our visitors. If you find that a link isn't working or information is incorrect or if you'd like to have your own organization listed here, please email thedirectory@lls.org. Because we want to be sure that our visitors find the most relevant resources, we encourage you to visit the organization's website for more detailed information.

2-1-1
Population served: Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

2-1-1 Canada 
Population served:  Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
Contact:
610-649-3034
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. 
  • SuperSibs! ALSF joined forces with SuperSibs, which temporarily suspended its direct sibling support services due to a lack of funding. To sign up for updates about SuperSibs program, click here.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: 800-227-2345
Population served: People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
Other language(s): Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese

Mission: In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

  • Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges. For more details, click here
  • Provides education materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
  • Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
  • Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
  • Look Good, Feel Better program for female adults and teens helps with self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Cancer Survivors Network, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings.
  • American Cancer Society's Wig Bank provides free wigs from limited supply to needy patients suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. Intended for those with insufficient insurance coverage for wigs. For more details, click here.

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.

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF)
Contact: 661-310-7940
Population served: Patients ages 18-40 currently undergoing cancer treatment

Mission: The BMCF supports patients ages 18-40 currently undergoing cancer treatment with services to meet daily needs.

  • Provides home health care services, co-payments required by many health plans for medical care, temporary housing, and other expenses for those temporarily unable to pay bills like rent, insurance, and food.

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.

Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN)
Contact:
800-542-9730
Population served: Patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.

Mission: Nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations whose mission is to support homes that help and heal to be more effective in their service to patients and families.

  • Hospital hospitality houses provide free or significantly reduced cost lodging to patients and their families while receiving medical care away from their home communities.

Joe's House
Contact:
877-563-7468
Population served: People in the U.S. seeking temporary lodging when away from home for cancer treatment; some lodging options accept any patient regardless of illness

Mission: To centralize the various lodging options and to streamline the reservations process.

  • Website lists thousands of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatment centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones
  • Users may search for accommodations by city or proximity to a cancer treatment center or hospitals
  • Works with hotels and other lodging facilities to centralize inventory and provide medical discounts to cancer patients.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
Contact:
630-623-7048
Population served:  Seriously ill or injured children and their families in the U.S. and some international locations; non-profit organizations; students

Mission: To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.

  • Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-away-from home for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost
  • Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital
  • Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles deliver pediatric health care services
  • Provides grants to non-profit organizations that also focus on the needs of children
  • Offers scholarships to students across the U.S.290 local chapters in 57 countries and regions

The National Children's Cancer Society
Contact:
314-241-1600 or 800-532-6459
Population served: Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, survivors, health professionals

Mission:  To improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.

  • Pediatric Oncology Program (POP) provides financial and emotional support to families throughout the United States during their child's cancer treatment. 
  • Financial assistance for lodging, meals, transportation, health insurance and medical expenses not covered by insurance. (See website for specific financial eligibility criteria.)
  • The "Beyond the Cure" Survivorship Program (BTC) provides the most up-to-date information on survivorship to help survivors and their families adapt and celebrate life after diagnosis
  • Online community provides a private network for parents, caregivers and survivors of childhood cancer to connect, share and offer support to one another
  • Provides resources to healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of childhood cancer and the many challenges associated with survivorship
  • Global Outreach Program partners with pharmaceutical companies to distribute donated cancer treatment drugs and medical supplies around the world.
last updated on Monday, July 28, 2014
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