Population served: Patients of all ages and their caregivers
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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 For Care Fund offers assistance to eligible families who need financial assistance for travel for childhood cancer treatment at medical institutions in the U.S. and Canada. 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: Needy children and adults with medical conditions, primarily in the Northeastern United States.
To provide free, non-emergency air transportation to qualified patients and their families by arranging flights to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas, and reuniting families during desperate times.
- Passengers must be ambulatory, medically stable, and meet other criteria; call or check website for details.
Population served: Patients with Aplastic Anemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases and their families
To support patients and families worldwide living with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), aplastic anemia, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases.
- Free educational materials: The latest medical and treatment information, and clinical trials information
- Online Academy: Webcasts, interviews with experts, interactive learning modules, live webinars
- Guidance for living well with bone marrow failure diseases
- Peer Support Network: Enables patients to talk with trained patient volunteers who share treatment experiences and provide emotional support
- Communities Connections : Volunteer-led local groups connecting patient and families for peer support and information exchange
- Online Community: MarrowCommunity.org is an online community for patients with bone marrow failure and their families. Members can connect with others, share resources, learn about upcoming events and have their questions answered.
- Travel Assistance: AAMDSIF seeks to ensure that patients can see a specialist to seek the best course of treatment. Financial aid may be available for U.S.-based patients with demonstrated financial need.
Population served: Patients ages 18-40 currently undergoing cancer treatment in the US
To support young adults undergoing cancer treatment with services to meet daily needs.
- As funds are available, provides a limited amount of financial assistance for expenses such as insurance co-payments, rent/mortgage, transportation, etc. Check website to see if applications are currently being accepted.
Population served: Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals
To provide individuals diagnosed with cancer with information and tools to help make sound financial decisions before, during, and after cancer treatment
- Online ‘Toolkit’ offers targeted information about health insurance, disability insurance, education, employment, family building, medical bills, financial assistance, and more.
Population served: Families with children under age 18 in active cancer treatment in the contiguous U.S.
To ensure all children can access life-saving cancer treatment by helping them travel from home to the hospital.
- Provides help with travel to the hospital (must be at least 60 miles from home) to parents with demonstrated financial need, whose child is under 18 years old and in active cancer treatment
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: Children and young adults (ages 18 to 30) significantly impacted by a cancer diagnosis; parents with cancer who have children age 17 or younger
To help families with cancer manage the overwhelming financial and emotional burdens of the disease.
- Patient (or family) must be represented by a social worker or resource manager; be in active treatment or within one year of treatment; and be able to demonstrate financial hardship. As funds are available, financial assistance may be considered for necessity items such as household bills, child care, uncovered medical expenses, treatment-related travel, etc.
- Provides free Financial Guide after registering with organization.
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: Patients who need help with air or ground transportation in order to receive medical care in the US
To ensure that no one in need is denied medical care because of a lack of transportation.
- Patients must be ambulatory, medically stable, and meet a financial guideline; see website for details and to apply
- Air transportation may be provided by volunteer pilots or commercial airlines
- The Angel Wheels ground transportation program may provide low-income patients with gas cards, bus or train tickets for medical care more than 50 miles away and generally not exceeding 300 miles.
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: Needy individuals, primarily in the Northeastern United States
To arrange free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up, for military personnel and their families, or for other compassionate and humanitarian purposes.
- Passengers must be ambulatory and meet other criteria; call or check website for details.
Population served: Patients needing transportation by air or ground
To provide information and referrals to patients for charitable, long-distance medical transportation.
- A program of Mercy Medical Angels, it provides information and referrals for charitable, long-distance medical transportation for patients and patient escorts
- Refers to air ambulance assistance services and non-emergency ground transportation.
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