In our area, the average family of a child with cancer or a life threatening blood disorder sees a 30% drop in their income in the first year after diagnosis. Childhood cancer treatments are very aggressive, and a parent must provide extensive care for the child or teen and drive to frequent appointments for tests and treatments. Loss of income, combined with greatly increased medical and travel expenses, lead to serious financial hardship for many families.
We provide direct emergency assistance to needy families for help with transportation and basic living expenses. Working on referrals from social workers, we provide assistance with household and travel expenses that, if left unmet, might compromise the health and safety of the critically ill child. In particular, we aid families of children on acute treatment with their utility bills, phone bills, rent/mortgage, car payments, car repairs, gas and groceries. This program constitutes the greatest part of our annual budget.