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Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program

Contact Us: (877) 557-2672 | FinancialAssistance@LLS.org

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance program is available to blood cancer patients, with significant financial need, who may qualify to receive $500 in approved treatment-related travel and lodging expenses including: ground transportation; tolls; gas; parking; car rental; car maintenance, repairs and parts; air transportation; baggage fees; lodging; and ambulance services.

Please note the following expenses are not covered: food and beverages, alcohol, tobacco, clothing, medical/pharmacy expenses, and international travel. Any expense not covered by the program may be subject to audit and may result in loss of award. 

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General Program Eligibility Criteria

Please note, state funds may have additional eligibility criteria.

  • Have a household income that is at or below 500 percent of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines as adjusted by the Cost of Living Index (COLI).  You will be asked for your zip code to determine your COLI.
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or U.S. territories.
  • Have a blood cancer diagnosis confirmed by a doctor
    • Patient must be in active treatment, scheduled to begin treatment, or is being monitored by their doctor.
  • Patients may be insured or uninsured

Patients cannot receive travel assistance from more than one fund in a 6-month period. 
 

Funds

If a fund is listed as Open, please visit the Apply Now section to apply.

If a fund is listed as Fully Subscribed, it is at maximum capacity, serving those enrolled, and is no longer accepting applications.
 

National Funds

The following funds are available throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories:

  • (Open) General Fund - this fund assists all blood cancer patients who are United States citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or U.S. territories.
  • (Fully Subscribed) Pediatric Fund
  • (Fully Subscribed) Myeloma Fund


State Funds

To find your state, click on the first letter of the state’s name:

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Arizona

  • (Open) Arizona Pediatric Travel Fund
    The Arizona Pediatric travel fund is supported by Camelback Subaru. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in the state of Arizona. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) Arizona State Travel Fund
    The Arizona State travel fund is supported by Ak-Chin Indian Community, Banner Health, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix Suns Charities, Thunderbirds Charities, and ROCHE. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the state of Arizona. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

California

  • (Fully Subscribed)  North Bay CA Travel Fund
    The North Bay CA travel fund is supported by Community Foundation Sonoma County and North Bay Cancer Alliance. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Northern CA Region. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) Central and Southern California Travel Fund 
    The Central and Southern California travel fund is supported by Stater Brothers Charities for use limited to the Central and Southern California chapters. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Delaware

  • (Open) The Delaware State Pediatric Travel Fund
    The Delaware State Pediatric travel fund is supported by L-Dubs Love, Inc. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in the state of Delaware. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Florida

  • (Fully Subscribed) The Greater Tampa Area Florida Travel Fund
    The Greater Tampa Area FL travel fund is supported by The members of 200 Muslim Women Who Care in memory of Liyna Anwar. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties in Florida. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Georgia

  • (Open) Central Georgia Travel Fund
    The Central Georgia travel fund is supported by Southern Rivers EMC. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Central Georgia. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Fully Subscribed) Georgia State Travel Fund
    Program support made possible by Aflac, Randy Henderson, John R. Jones, Bill and Audra Rawlings, and Terri Theisen. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the state of Georgia. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Fully Subscribed) Greater Savannah Georgia Travel Fund
    The Greater Savannah Georgia travel fund is supported by Ruth A. Bartlett. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Greater Savannah Georgia. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) West Atlanta Georgia Travel Fund
    The West Atlanta Georgia travel fund is supported by Greystone Power Foundation, Inc. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of West Atlanta Georgia. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Iowa

  • (Open) Nebraska State & W Iowa Travel Fund
    Program support made possible by The Enrichment Foundation. Blood cancer patients who reside in the state of Nebraska and designated counties in Western Iowa. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Indiana

  • (Open) The Greater Cincinnati Tristate Area Travel Fund 
    The Greater Cincinnati Tristate Area travel fund is supported by the Paycor Community Impact Fund and the ChemEd Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Kansas

  • (Open) Greater Kansas City & Western Missouri Travel Fund
    The Greater Kansas City & Western Missouri travel fund is supported by the Guy I. Bromley Trust. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Greater Kansas City and Western Missouri. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Fully Subscribed) The Kansas City Metro Area Travel Fund
    The Kansas City Metro Area travel fund is supported by the American Century Investments Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Kansas and Missouri. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) The Kansas State, Kansas City & NW Missouri Pediatric Travel Fund
    The Kansas State, Kansas City & NW Missouri Pediatric Travel Fund  is supported by The Mader Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in designated counties in Kansas State, Kansas City & NW Missouri. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Fully Subscribed) Sedgwick County Kansas Travel Fund 
    The Sedgwick County Kansas travel fund is supported by Belin Foundation, Inc. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Sedgwick County, KS. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Kentucky 

  • (Open) The Greater Cincinnati Tristate Area Travel Fund 
    The Greater Cincinnati Tristate Area travel fund is supported by the Paycor Community Impact Fund and the ChemEd Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Louisiana

  • (Open) Louisiana Pediatric Travel Fund
    The Louisiana Pediatric travel fund is supported by the Angel Wings Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in the state of Louisiana. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Minnesota

  • (Fully Subscribed) Minnesota, North & South Dakota Travel Fund 
    The Minnesota, North & South Dakota travel fund is supported by The Douglas J. Olson Memorial Fund for Patients. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the states of Minnesota, North & South Dakota. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Missouri

  • (Open) Greater Kansas City & Western Missouri Travel Fund
    The Greater Kansas City & Western Missouri travel fund is supported by the Guy I. Bromley Trust. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Greater Kansas City and Western Missouri. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Fully Subscribed) The Kansas City Metro Area Travel Fund
    The Kansas City Metro Area travel fund is supported by the American Century Investments Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Kansas and Missouri. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) The Kansas State, Kansas City & NW Missouri Pediatric Travel Fund
    The Kansas State, Kansas City & NW Missouri Pediatric Travel Fund  is supported by The Mader Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in designated counties in Kansas State, Kansas City & NW Missouri. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Nebraska

  • (Open) The Douglas & Sarpy County Nebraska Travel Fund 
    The Douglas & Sarpy County Nebraska Travel Fund is supported by the Enrichment Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the counties of Douglas & Sarpy in Nebraska. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) Nebraska State & W Iowa Travel Fund
    Program support made possible by The Enrichment Foundation. Blood cancer patients who reside in the state of Nebraska and designated counties in Western Iowa. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

New York

  • (Open) The Upstate NY/VT Pediatric Travel Fund
    The New York/ Vermont Pediatric travel fund is supported by Jules & Bonnie's LLS Family Support Fund. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in the states of NY/VT. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) The Upstate NY/VT Travel Fund
    The New York/ Vermont travel fund is supported by State Employees Federal Credit Union (SEFCU). This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Upstate NY/VT. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Fully Subscribed) Western & Central New York Fund 
    The Western & Central New York travel fund is supported by Health Foundation for Western & Central NY. This fund assists pediatric (age 0-19) and adult (age 40+) blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of New York. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) The Western New York Pediatric Travel Fund 
    The Western New York Pediatric travel fund is supported by the Against the Storm Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of New York. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

New Jersey

  • (Open) NJ & Lehigh Valley PA Pediatric Travel Fund 
    The NJ & Lehigh Valley PA Pediatric travel fund is supported by The Provident Bank Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in certain zip codes in the states of NJ & PA. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes. 

North Dakota

  • (Fully Subscribed) Minnesota, North & South Dakota Travel Fund 
    The Minnesota, North & South Dakota travel fund is supported by The Douglas J. Olson Memorial Fund for Patients. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the states of Minnesota, North & South Dakota. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Ohio

  • (Open) The Greater Cincinnati Tristate Area Travel Fund 
    The Greater Cincinnati Tristate Area travel fund is supported by the Paycor Community Impact Fund and the ChemEd Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) Northern Ohio Travel Fund 
    The Northern Ohio travel fund is supported by Jim and Ethel Heller, and the PNC Bank- Edwin D. Northup Fund. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Northern Ohio. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes. 

Oklahoma

  • (Open) The Oklahoma State Travel Fund
    The Oklahoma State Travel fund is supported by the Oklahoma State Health Department. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the state of Oklahoma. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Pennsylvania

  • (Open) The Cambria & Somerset County PA Travel Fund 
    The Cambria & Somerset County PA Travel Fund is supported by 1889 Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the counties of Cambria & Somerset in PA. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Fully Subscribed) Greater Western Pennsylvania Travel Fund 
    The Greater Western Pennsylvania travel fund is supported by Alleghany Health Network & Highmark. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Pennsylvania. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes. 
  • (Open) Juniata & Perry County Pennsylvania Travel Fund 
    The Juniata & Perry County PA travel fund will assist Leukemia patients living in either Juniata or Perry County in Pennsylvania. For a list of covered Leukemia diagnoses click here. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) NJ & Lehigh Valley PA Pediatric Travel Fund 
    The NJ & Lehigh Valley PA Pediatric travel fund is supported by The Provident Bank Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in certain zip codes in the states of NJ & PA. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes. 
  • (Open) Pennsylvania State Travel Fund
    The Pennsylvania travel fund is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through funding secured by Senator Pat Browne. This fund assists blood cancer patients in the state of Pennsylvania. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

South Carolina 

  • (Fully Subscribed) South Carolina Travel Fund 
    The South Carolina State travel fund is supported by the Dorothy D. Smith Charitable Foundation and the Dabo’s All In Team Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the state of South Carolina. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

South Dakota 

  • (Fully Subscribed) Minnesota, North & South Dakota Travel Fund 
    The Minnesota, North & South Dakota travel fund is supported by The Douglas J. Olson Memorial Fund for Patients. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the states of Minnesota, North & South Dakota. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Texas 

  • (Open) The Dallas County Texas Travel Fund 
    The Dallas County Texas Travel fund is supported by Toyota. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Dallas County. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) The South Texas Pediatric Travel Fund
    The South Texas Pediatric travel fund is supported by The Harvey E. Najim Charitable Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients, between 0-19 years of age, who reside in designated counties in South Texas. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.
  • (Open) The Tarrant County Texas Travel Fund
    The Tarrant County Texas travel fund is supported by Sid W. Richardson Foundation and Black Dog Charity. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in Tarrant County, Texas. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.

Utah

  • (Open) Utah State Travel Fund
    The Utah State Travel Fund is supported by the George S. and Delores Dore' Eccles Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in the state of Utah. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes. 

Wisconsin 

  • (Fully Subscribed) Greater Milwaukee Travel Fund
    The Greater Milwaukee travel fund is supported by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This fund assists blood cancer patients who reside in designated counties of Wisconsin. Click here for a list of eligible zip codes.


**As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our sponsors. Program continuation is dependent on the availability of funds and the program could be modified or discontinued at any time if funding is limited or no longer available. Please visit our website in the future to become aware of new funding.**

 

Apply Now

STEP 1: Gather the following information:

  • The patient’s demographic information (including their Social Security number and date of birth) and their contact information
    • If the patient is a minor, you will need a guardian Social Security number as well.
  • The name of the diagnosis.
  • Household financial income.
  • The name of treating physician and his/her phone/fax numbers.
  • This information will not be shared and is for verification purposes only.

STEP 2: Contact the program 

  • By Phone: (877) 557-2672
    Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Online Portals: Click Here                    
    24/7, Available in English only

Awards are based on a first-come first-served basis, for as long as funding is available. Submitting the application doesn't guarantee acceptance in the program. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be notified of your status.

**UPDATE DUE TO COVID-19**

For new applicants, in the event that you are unable to get your doctor to sign off on the Diagnosis Verification Form ​​​​​​for your application, we will accept a portion of your electronic medical record (EMR) or other documentation that shows the diagnosis/ICD-10 code.

Please note, this is a  temporary workaround given the national health emergency.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is pleased to share the story behind our Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program:


We Want to Hear How This Program Has Helped You!

We would love to hear how the financial assistance provided by LLS has helped you. Patient stories help us illustrate the impact and importance of this program in the lives of blood cancer patients.

Submit a Story 

To submit a story by mail, please send to:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Patient Financial Assistance Programs
3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573

Thank you for sharing!


Patient Travel Assistance Benefits and Taxable Income

As a charity, LLS is exempt from federal income tax and individuals who receive assistance from a charity to meet their personal needs do not generally have to pay federal income tax on the value of the assistance they receive. With this being said it should not affect their ability to receive financial assistance from the government or affect their income taxes. 
 

Contact Information

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program
PO Box 12268
Newport News, VA 23612
Toll Free Number: (877) 557-2672 
E-mail: FinancialAssistance@LLS.org
Fax:  (866) 808-3793
 

Program Support

LLS is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of individual, foundation and corporate contributions to advance its mission.  The Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance program is supported by:  

  • 1889 Foundation
  • 200 Muslim Women Who Care, in Memory of Liyna Anwar
  • Aflac, Randy Henderson, John R. Jones, Bill and Audra Rawlings, and Terri Theisen
  • Against the Storm Foundation
  • Ak-Chin Indian Community, Banner Health, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 
  • Alleghany Health Network & Highmark
  • American Century Investments Foundation
  • Angel Wings Foundation
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Belin Foundation Inc.
  • Black Dog Charity
  • Camelback Subaru 
  • Community Foundation Sonoma County and North Bay Cancer Alliance
  • Dabo’s All In Team Foundation
  • Dorothy D. Smith Charitable Foundation
  • Enrichment Foundation
  • Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
  • Gila River Indian Community
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Greystone Power Foundation, Inc.
  • Guy I. Bromley Trust
  • Health Foundation for Western & Central NY
  • Jim and Ethel Heller
  • Jules & Bonnie's LLS Family Support Fund
  • Lang/Stiglitz Family Fund
  • L-Dubs Love, Inc.
  • Oklahoma State Health Department
  • Paycor Community Impact Fund and the ChemEd Foundation
  • Phoenix Suns Charities 
  • PNC Bank- Edwin D. Northup Fund
  • ROCHE
  • Ruth A. Bartlett
  • Sid W. Richardson Foundation
  • State Employees Federal Credit Union (SEFCU)
  • Stater Brothers Charities​
  • Southern Rivers EMC
  • The Douglas J. Olson Memorial Fund for Patients 
  • The Enrichment Foundation
  • The George S. and Delores Dore' Eccles Foundation
  • The Harvey E. Najim Charitable Foundation
  • The Ira and Florita M. Brady Foundation
  • The Mader Foundation
  • The PA Department of Health through Senator Pat Browne
  • The Provident Bank Foundation
  • Thunderbirds Charities
  • Toyota

 


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