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Not sure what these lodging resources cover? These are resources for temporary housing facilities for patients, and usually a family member or caretaker, when the patient is receiving care at a medical facility far from home.
Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug, and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older adults and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth, and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
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.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
- Provides educational materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information on topics such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
- Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
- Cancer Survivors NetworkSM, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings
- Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
- Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges.
Cerner Charitable Foundation
Children 18 years of age or younger, or 18 to 21 years of age if the applicant is in a child-like mental state
Cerner Charitable Foundation (formerly First Hand Foundation) is building healthier tomorrows and stronger communities around the world by providing individual medical grants and wellness programs, engaging volunteerism, community initiatives and strategic partnerships. Limited international resources are available.
- Treatment: clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
- Equipment: wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
- Displacement: lodging, food, gas, parking and transportation for families of seriously ill children who must travel during treatment
- Vehicle modifications: lifts, ramps and transfer boards.
Compass To Care Childhood Cancer Foundation
Families with children under age 18 in active cancer treatment in the 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 to parents with demonstrated financial need, whose child is under 18 years old and in active cancer treatment
Cancer patients and their families within the 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and U.S. territories
Dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment.
- Delivers financial education, resource navigation, and emergency relief funds to patients and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis.
- Patient must have a cancer diagnosis; be in active treatment or have completed treatment within 1 year; receive treatment within the US, Puerto Rico or US territories; be represented by a healthcare professional from the treatment center who can confirm diagnosis and treatment information.
Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN)
Patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.
Nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations whose mission is to support homes that help and heal to be more effective in their service to patients and families.
- Hospital hospitality houses provide free or significantly reduced cost lodging to patients and their families while receiving medical care away from their home communities.
People in the U.S. seeking temporary lodging when away from home for cancer treatment; some lodging options accept any patient regardless of illness
To centralize the various lodging options and to streamline the reservations process.
- Website lists thousands of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatment centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones
- Users may search for accommodations by city or proximity to a cancer treatment center or hospitals
- Works with hotels and other lodging facilities to centralize inventory and provide medical discounts to cancer patients.
Lazarex Cancer Foundation
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.
Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation
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.
More Moments More Memories Foundation
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.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Seriously ill or injured children and their families in the U.S. and some international locations; non-profit organizations; students
To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
- 290 local chapters in 57 countries and regions
- Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-away-from home for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost
- Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital
- Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles deliver pediatric health care services
- Provides grants to non-profit organizations that also focus on the needs of children
- Offers scholarships to students across the U.S.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Families of children with cancer in the U.S.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation has four areas of focus: financial assistance, childhood cancer research, awareness and spreading positivity
- Provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer (application form and eligibility criteria are on the website)
- Fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in treatment protocols
- Increase awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for increased research funds
- Spread the B+ Message of being positive
The Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation
Cancer and 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.
- CancerBuddy provides a user-friendly digital experience to help people affected by cancer across the US find buddies, share experiences and resources, provide support, and build a supportive community of peers
- Clinical Care Counseling provides confidential individual and family supportive counseling, financial guidance and resource referrals for cancer, transplant patients, and family members
- Patient Navigators provide guidance and support to anyone faced with a cancer diagnosis or needing a bone marrow transplant
- Ask the Expert enables individuals to anonymously pose questions concerning transplantation and to have them answered by transplant specialists
- 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
- Your Transplant Journey Handbook provides comprehensive transplant information and resources
The National Children’s Cancer Society
Children with cancer and their families, caregivers, survivors, health professionals
To improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.
- Provides financial and emotional support to families throughout the United States during their child’s cancer treatment. Financial assistance includes transportation fund and emergency assistance fund (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.