Population served: Patients of all ages and their caregivers
Other language(s): SpanishMission: 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.
Population served: Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, young adults, healthcare professionals and researchers related to childhood cancer
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.
- Childhood Cancer Symposium is a free annual conference for families of kids 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.
- 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.
- The ALSF SuperSibs program provides tools to help siblings, online activities, the opportunity to be an ambassador, and parent resources.
Population served: Families of children with cancer in the U.S.
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.
Population served: Patients, families, caregivers
Other language(s): Spanish and ChineseMission:
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.
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.
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):
- Traveling to treatment, consultation, or a check-up
- Traveling to recognized treatment center (National Cancer Institute or American College of Surgeons)
- Able to walk up the steps of a corporate aircraft without assistance
- Not in need of oxygen, IV, or onboard medical assistance
- Can be accompanied by family member(s) or companion.
Population served: Individuals willing to donate bone marrow and patients looking for a match worldwide
Other language(s): Spanish, German and PolishMission:
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.
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
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.
Population served: Children under 18 needing specialized medical care; adults needing specialized medical care as funding allows
To improve access to health care by providing financial assistance to low income children for commercial air travel to obtain specialized medical care or second opinions.
- Provides free, non-emergency medical air transportation via commercial airlines to children under the age of 18; flight assistance is also provided to the parents/legal guardians traveling with the child patient
- Covers inbound medical travel to the U.S. only from all points around the world; destination must be to a licensed medical doctor or facility
- Applicants must qualify both financially and medically
- Patients must be ambulatory (wheelchairs ok), and able to meet all airline requirements to fly
- Adult patients may receive assistance, along with an adult medically-necessary caregiver, when funding allows
- An administrative fee of $50 is applied to all adult travelers
- May also assist with travel for training sessions with a service dog.
Population served: Patients needing transportation by air in the U.S.
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
Population served: Children under age 18 in the U.S. with a life-threatening illness
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.
Population served: Assists all cancer patients, and their caregiver or companion, in air travel to a treatment center far from home.
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.
Population served: Children age 16 and younger, who have commercial health insurance.
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
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