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Patients of all ages and their caregivers
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.
Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, young adults, healthcare professionals and researchers related to childhood cancer
To change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.
- Travel For Care Program offers financial assistance to eligible families for travel for childhood cancer treatment at medical institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Patient must be diagnosed by age 18 and be under 21 and in active oncology treatment following a relapse, or enrolling in or currently participating in a clinical trial for active oncology treatment or a treatment innovation not available at their local institution. Applications must be submitted by a social worker or medical representative.
- Childhood Cancer Treatment Journal is a free treatment organizer for families of childhood cancer to help parents keep track of important treatment information.
- Ambassadors Program involves family members and friends of a childhood cancer hero who choose to get more involved with ALSF.
- My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series aims to better understand how childhood cancer affects families.
- SuperSibs Programs aim to comfort, encourage and empower siblings during their family’s battle against childhood cancer.
- Offers a free guide for education professionals to help patients, their siblings, and classmates cope with a diagnosis or death in their school community.
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.
Financially needy children and adults with medical conditions in 13 Western states
To provide free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs.
- Professionals may request assistance on behalf of a patient needing to travel in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming
- Call or check website for specific eligibility criteria.
Adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors
To guide young adults with cancer to social support programs and services that can help them manage their mental healing as well as their physical battle.
- Survivorship program in Northern Michigan consists of 6 days of adventure-based learning at no cost
- Travel Assistance for young adults to attend an approved survivorship program in the US
- Annual Base2Summit Scholarship for a Michigan resident who is accepted to an accredited school of higher learning; see website for details
- Lists a variety of survivorship resources related to support, finances, legal, etc.
Patients and families living with Aplastic Anemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases
To support, connect and educate patients, caregivers and health professionals on bone marrow failure diseases worldwide
- Free educational materials: Information on research, treatment, and clinical trials
- Online Academy: Live webinars, webcasts, interviews with experts, and interactive learning modules
- Peer Support Network: Patients and caregivers can speak with trained patient volunteers who share treatment experiences and provide emotional support
- Community Connections: Volunteer-led regional support groups connecting patient and families
- 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.
- Educational Conferences: Our free conferences in cities around the country offer learning opportunities from leading medical experts, and the ability to connect directly with other patients and caregivers
- Travel Assistance: 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
Find A Specialist: online search tool.
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
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.
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.
Cancer patients in the US
To improve access to clinical trials for cancer patients
- Helps cancer patients navigate clinical trial options
- Offers financial assistance (such as lodging and transportation costs) for participation in FDA approved clinical trials; call for eligibility details
Provides community outreach and education.
Serves people from certain Midwest states 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.
- Primarily serves a 10-state area: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin; will partner with other air charities and airlines as needed. The planes used are 4 to 6 seat aircraft owned and operated by private pilots serving as volunteers.
Families whose child is under the age of 21 and diagnosed with a pediatric cancer before age 18
To be a leader in childhood cancer research and advocacy while providing financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling cancer.
- Provides financial assistance for a variety of needs to pediatric cancer families while the child is undergoing treatment; social worker from treatment facility must apply on behalf of the family
- Works with funeral homes to provide assistance towards memorial costs for children whose battle with cancer has ended
- Funds pediatric cancer research.
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.
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.
Cancer patients in the US referred to a clinical trial by a physician and demonstrating financial need
To provide grants that help people access oncology clinical trials for potentially life-saving treatment, offering more moments and more memories with loved ones.
- Assists eligible patients with travel and lodging related expenses for participation in clinical trial in the contiguous United States
- Geographic preference given to residents of Clayton County or Fayette County in Iowa, and then US residents.
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.
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.
Transplant patients and families, caregivers, survivors
To improve the quality of life for cancer and transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, comprehensive resources, educational information, physician referrals, and emotional support programs.
- Lifeline Fund provides financial support to help cover the costs of donor searches, medications, home and child care services, medical equipment, transportation, cord blood banking, housing costs and other expenses associated with transplant
- Carelines provides social media tools for crowdfunding, journaling and a volunteer task calendar for anyone with a cancer diagnosis or receiving a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant
- Airbnb Open Homes Medical Stays offers free temporary housing for cancer and transplant patients and their caregivers
- One-to-One Fund enables patients to reach out to family, friends and social networks for financial support
- Scholarship Grants help make educational aspirations a reality for bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant survivors
- Clinical Care Counseling provides confidential individual and family supportive counseling, financial guidance and resource referrals for cancer, transplant patients, and family members
- Ask the Expert enables individuals to anonymously pose questions concerning transplantation and to have them answered by transplant specialists
- SupportLine links transplant patients and their families with volunteers who have gone through the transplant experience
- Support Groups provide patients, families and caregivers the opportunity to share experiences and draw support from one another
- Medical and Educational Handbooks provide comprehensive transplant information and resources
Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, survivors, health professionals
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
- Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation; call or see website for details
- 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.
Individuals who need specialized medical care and air transportation to treatment, primarily within a 600-mile radius of St. Louis, Missouri.
To change and save lives through the power of aviation.
- Provides medical air transport services, free of charge, to individuals who need specialized medical care not available to them locally. Aircraft are specially outfitted with stretchers to accommodate fragile and non-ambulatory patients. Individuals are flown to hospitals and treatment centers in 26 states within a 600-mile radius of St. Louis, Missouri
- Has global partnerships in Latin America, Africa and Asia.