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.

Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Provides financial assistance to families of children with cancer for prescription medications not covered by insurance, travel to and from treatment, mortgage payments/rent, groceries and much more.

Clayton Dabney Foundation
Gifts, last wishes and financial assistance, which will facilitate quality of family life and create everlasting memories for low-income families of children under 18 with late stage cancer.

Family Reach
Provides financial assistance to families with a child or parent with cancer for mortgage, rent, auto, utilities, transportation, lodging, daycare, and other expenses.

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

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

Go 4 The Goal
Wish granting, assistance with medical and household bills, travel for treatment, tuition assistance for education and enrichment activities. Requires referral from social worker or child life specialist.

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

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

Pinky Swear Foundation
Financial assistance for families of children with cancer to help with rent, mortgages, car payments and car repairs, groceries, gas, childcare and more.

Small Miracles Foundation
Financial assistance for families of children under 17 with cancer to help with some medical bills, related expenses such as travel, lodging, child care and respite care and everyday expenses such as lodging and utilities.

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

Travel Assistance

Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Funding for transportation and lodging is available for eligible families who are financially burdened by traveling away from their home hospital for care that is only available elsewhere.

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

Patient Airlift Services (PALS)
631-694-PALS (7257)
Arranges volunteer medical flights in the greater Northeast region as far west as Ohio and as far south as Virginia.


Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program
The National Children’s Cancer Society 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.

Children’s Cancer Association
CCA’s Kids’ Cancer Pages is a national resource directory for families facing childhood cancer.

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

Edited by A.J. Cincotta-Eichenfield, LMSW

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This fact sheet is supported by Bristol Myers Squibb.

Last updated March 24, 2022

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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