The financial costs associated with cancer are often overwhelming. This fact sheet lists various sources of financial assistance available to children and teenagers who are affected by cancer. Check with each agency or organization to see if you qualify for help.

Financial Assistance

Provides limited financial assistance for transportation, home care and child care.

Family Reach
Provides financial assistance to families with a child or parent with cancer; assists with medical and everyday living costs.

Firsthand Foundation
Provides funding for children with health-related needs for procedures not covered by insurance, travel, food and lodging.

Friends 4 Michael
Provides financial assistance for children who have been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Offers financial assistance with insurance premiums and co-pays for specific blood cancers.

Mission for Maureen
Provides financial assistance to any patient with a brain tumor.

National Children’s Cancer Society
Provides financial assistance for travel, lodging and other expenses.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
Provides financial assistance for medical costs not covered by insurance.

Travel Assistance

Compass to Care
Schedules and pays for travel arrangements to the hospital where a child is being treated for cancer. Must be at least 60-mile distance.

Miracle Flights for Kids
Helps fly children who are struggling with serious cancers and other debilitating diseases to specialized medical treatment centers across the U.S.


Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program
Provides scholarships to childhood cancer survivors.

Cancer for College
Provides college scholarships to cancer patients and survivors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Scholarships for young adults who were between the ages of 15 to 39 when they or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer.

General Assistance

The Make-A-Wish Foundation
Grants the wish of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

The information provided here is purely informational and does not imply endorsement from CancerCare nor does it guarantee eligibility for assistance.

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This activity is supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Takeda Oncology.

Last updated June 01, 2019

The information presented in this publication is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are aware of your specific situation. We encourage you to take information and questions back to your individual health care provider as a way of creating a dialogue and partnership about your cancer and your treatment.

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