***Disclaimer: Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the Children's Tumor Foundation. The Children's Tumor Foundation does not guarantee that assistance will be granted by the organizations listed.***
I. TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE
Air Charity Network is a non profit organization comprised of pilots, volunteers and staff dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free private air transportation for medical patients who cannot afford commercial travel. Their passengers are patients who have to travel long distances for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment that are not locally available.
National Patient Travel Center (NPTC) exists to facilitate patient access to appropriate, charitable transportation in the US.
Miracle Flights for Kids is a non-profit medical flight organization dedicated to helping very sick children overcome financial obstacles that prevent them from getting access to the correct medical care and treatment. Miracle Flights for Kids strives to forge the necessary alliances with pilots, commercial airlines and sponsors to provide the means to get our kids to and from treatment. For more information, contact them at (702) 261-0494.
Mercy Medical Airlift is a national charitable organization providing air transportation to people in medical and financial crisis.
II. SURGICAL & MEDICAL CARE
Operation Access serves uninsured individuals who do not have the means to pay for outpatient surgery.
The House of Charity provides donated medical and surgical treatment to children of all nationalities from impoverished backgrounds locally, nationwide and internationally. The House of Charity is based in Houston, TX and focuses on caring for children 18 years and younger.
The National Brain Tumor Foundation provides grants of up to $1,000 to financially needy families through its Patient Help Fund. Grants can be used to help with treatment-related expenses (co-pays for doctor visits, medications, referrals, costs for transportation,etc.) Patients must be 18 years or older with a primary or metastatic brain tumor and must be recieving treatment at one of the National Brain Tumor Foundation's partner institutions. For more information, contact them at (800) 934-2873.
Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) assists Ohio residents under age 21 with finding medical services and paying for medical bills. For more information, contact them at (740) 368-1700.
The Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) in Houston TX has an adult genetics clinic that provides genetics services and coordination of care to uninsured/underinsurred patients who qualify. Contact Maria Blazo at the Texas Children's Hospital for information: 832-822-4280.
The Haiti Foundation Against Poverty provides food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance to the needy in Haiti.
First Hand Foundation helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.
Healing the Children provides medical services to children throughout the US and abroad who do not have access to care. Healing the Children has Chapter Offices in several US States. See their webiste for contact information.
GiveForward is an online fundraising and donation website, and the easiest way to raise money for a loved one in need. They are the #1 platform to start a medical fundraiser and the only site with fundraising coaches who provide fundraising ideas and guidance on how to raise money online. Also provides other ideas on where to obtain financial assistance for medical bills.
III. TEMOPRARY HOUSING
The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
Saint Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Boston, Massachusetts operates the Philoxenia House for patients who come to Boston for medical care but do not have a place to stay. For more information, contact the Parish at: (617) 277-4742.
Joe's House is a listing of patient accomodations across the country.
IV. HEALTH INSURANCE ADVOCACY
The Patient Advocate Foundation provides patients with arbitration, mediation, and negotiation services to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness.
V. DISCOUNTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
The Pharmacy Discount Card is a FREE, pre-activated card that offers discounts on prescriptions that range from 0%-75% depending on the drug and location. The use of the discount card, is just like shopping at a discount store. The products are the same, but the pricing is different.
VI. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa
The Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa awards three $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors with learning disabilities. The deadline is in mid-March.
P. Buckley Moss Society Harbison Scholarship
The Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship is awarded by the P. Buckley Moss Society to high school seniors with language-related learning disabilities for college education. For more information, write to P. Buckley Moss Society, 601 Shenandoah Village Drive, Suite 1C, Waynesboro, VA 22980 or call 1-540-943-5678.
National Society of the DAR/Margaret Howard Hamilton Scholarship
This award is for $1,000 (renewable for 4 years) for a high school senior who has been accepted to the Ben Caudle Learning Center, University of the Ozarks. For more information, write to NSDAR Administration Building, 1776 D. Street N.W., Washington, DC 20006-5392.
Recording for the Blind/Learning through Listening
This program provides three scholarships of $3,000 each for high school seniors who are learning disabled. The award is based on academic achievement, leadership, enterprise, and service to others. Financial need is not a factor. For more information, call 1-609-452-0606 or write to Recording for the Blind/Learning through Listening, Attn: Lorraine Grestry, 20 Rozelle Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.
George Bartol Memorial Scholarship Fund
Offers college scholarships for brothers and sisters of children with cancer. Phone: (866) 444-742.
The Mesothelioma Group
The Mesothelioma Group is proud to present the first bi-annual Mesothelioma Group Cancer Scholarship, awarding $1,500 to one male and one female student who have experienced and overcome strong adversity in the face of cancer. Valid applicants include those diagnosed with cancer (active or in remission), those who have lost a parent to cancer, or those whose parent is currently fighting cancer.