The following serve as the core requirements:
- The patient must be on active treatment or within one year of treatment in order for the family to qualify
- In each case, a child or young adult must be impacted in a significant way. The majority of our funds are used to support families with a child (aged 17 or younger) fighting pediatric cancer. However, we also provide assistance to young adults (aged 18 to 30) living with cancer, as well as parents living with cancer who have young children (aged 17 or younger)
- The patient or family must be represented by a social worker or resource manager who can serve as a liaison with Family Reach and verify the patient’s or family’s financial needs and the patient’s medical information
- The patient or family, through the social worker or resource manager, must demonstrate hardship related to the financial impact of their loved one’s cancer treatment
- Eligible expenses are considered to be necessity items, including mortgage or rent, utilities, auto-related expenses (eg, repairs, loans, and insurance payments), child care, treatment-related travel, hospital parking, prescription medications, other ancillary uncovered medical costs, etc
In addition to these guidelines, Family Reach has a formal Family Grant Review Committee that evaluates each grant request and makes final decisions. In most scenarios, Family Reach will make a one-time grant to an approved family. However, in some cases in which significant financial need is demonstrated, we may review a second request for the same family.
Dealing with cancer can be very challenging for families—emotionally, physically, and financially. Family Reach provides financial assistance to families facing cancer so that they can focus where it matters most. We help families cover essential costs, including
- Everyday needs (including mortgage, rent, car payments/insurance, utilities, etc)
- Transportation costs to hospitals and treatment centers
- Treatment-related lodging costs for patients—or, in some cases, for family members who need to travel to visit with loved ones undergoing treatment
- Day care and other costs incurred when parents are required to be away from home to care for a child in treatment
- Home care and palliative care costs incurred by families when bringing a child home from the hospital
- Additional costs incurred for special needs not covered by insurance
- Other expenses may be considered if providing financial assistance will enable parents to focus on their child getting well
If you or your child is in treatment at one of the Family Reach’s partner hospitals, you can contact your hospital social worker about eligibility and the application process.
If you or your child is being treated outside of our network, have your social worker contact Family Reach to inquire about an application or email grants@familyreach.