As a parent, almost nothing worse could possibly happen to you than to find out your son or daughter has been diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer. It is one of the most difficult situations any family could face and its more prevalent than you might think. One in 330 kids is diagnosed with one of the twelve forms of childhood cancer before they turn twenty years old. This translates to an estimated 263,000 new cases worldwide each year. Leukemia is the most prevalent childhood cancer, with around one-third of diagnoses involving this type of cancer.
Having a child with cancer can devastate family finances making the cost of proper treatment out of reach for some. Childhood cancer certainly doesn’t discriminate, facing households of every socioeconomic background. Every parent is prepared to move Heaven and Earth to help their child but for those that simply cannot afford it, there is help in the way of grants for children with cancer. This assistance comes from private foundations dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer and from a really stunning research based pediatric hospital.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Travel Fund
This foundation is a living legacy of a rather remarkable young lady named Alex Scott who passed away at the age of eight after succumbing to pediatric cancer. Alex raised over $1 million during her short lifetime to help other kids like her. While most of the work of this foundation is focused around cancer research funding, it provides money to help families with pediatric cancer patients travel to receive lifesaving treatment. Families can apply for up to $2,000 to pay for airfare, gas, room and board while traveling to one of 38 hospitals in the United States and Canada. Patients must have been diagnosed before turning 18 and must currently be 21 or under. Families can apply for funding as long as their annual income is less than $75,000. Applications are usually processed in only 2-3 business days. For additional questions or to make an emergency request for funding, contact ALSF directly. Reach Shirley Moy by calling 610-649-3034 or send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer Care Financial Assistance
Cancer Care provides money for transportation, home care and child care expenses for many types of patients affected by cancer and its been doing so since 1944. One of its major priorities for this support are families with children diagnosed with pediatric cancer. To be eligible, you must live in the United States or Puerto Rico and have an annual income less than 250% of poverty guidelines. To apply, simply conduct a short telephone interview by calling toll-free 1-800-813-4673 Monday through Friday.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
When I worked in country radio, I was really proud of the fact that we raised over $200,000 in two short days hosting a St. Jude Radiothon. I got to travel to Memphis and see St. Jude first hand as part of the training for that fundraiser and I can tell you that this is a really special place. Danny Thomas founded St. Jude in 1962 as a research hospital to help children with pediatric cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Over the five decades since, survival rates that were as low as a dismal 5% of diagnoses is now around 80%. This is largely due to the research conducted at St. Jude and other similar facilities working to help these special kids. Families of children accepted for treatment are never billed. They are not required to have health insurance. Children are accepted as patients regardless of their race, religion or anything else. To be accepted for treatment, your child must be eligible for current clinical trials and referred by your physician. Even if your child is not accepted for care at St. Jude, staff will help you find a hospital in your area and will consult with your local medical team at no charge. If you believe your child is eligible for treatment through a current St. Jude study, have your doctor call 1-888-226-4343.