Bone Marrow Foundation: This patient aid program assists patients with transplant-related costs, such as a donor search, compatibility testing, bone marrow harvesting, medicines, home and child care services, medical equipment, transportation and housing expenses.
Cancer Care: This program is staffed by oncology social workers who provide emotional support, information and financial assistance to cancer patients and their loved ones.
Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA): COTA provides fundraising assistance for children and adults needing lifesaving transplants. Staff members and advocates work with the family to set up the initial organization and campaign goals prior to an on-site visit. Volunteers, family members and staff work as a team to raise the necessary funds.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: This organization provides education, sponsors, research and limited financial assistance to patients who need treatment for leukemia/lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease or myeloma. Contact your local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society chapter for more information.
Lymphoma Research Foundation: This foundation provides reimbursement grants to lymphoma patients in need of financial assistance. The grants are available for uncovered expenses incurred during treatment, such as child care, travel costs needed to undergo treatment, medical aids and devices, educational and support meetings, camps, cosmetic aids (i.e., wigs or scarves) and hygienic products. Grants must be used within one year of the award date.
Be the Match: This organization, along with the National Marrow Donor Program, helps patients afford a BMT, find a matching donor and build a future as advances in medical research are made.
Medicaid: Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps eligible people who cannot afford medical care pay for some or all of their medical bills. Medicaid can be obtained through a variety of programs administered by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Information regarding eligibility requirements can be obtained from a transplant financial counselor or social worker.
National Children’s Cancer Society: This organization supports children with cancer and their families. It provides financial assistance for blood stem cell transplant and emergency ancillary expenses, education, information, advocacy and emotional support for children and families dealing with a child’s cancer.