One day at a time: Getting through treatment

Receiving cancer treatment is no walk in the park - but what happens when just getting to and from the hospital is a challenge in itself? Maybe you're fortunate enough to live close to one of the outstanding pediatric cancer clinics we have here in the northeast, like the Jimmy Fund Clinic, MGH, Tufts Floating Hospital, UMass Memorial, or The Tomorrow Fund Clinic, but many drive an hour or more just to get to treatment. Whether you travel 15 minutes or 3 hours to get to your pediatric oncology clinic, check out our friends below who offer varying levels of support to help families fighting childhood cancer obtain the treatment they need!

Patient Airlift Services (PALS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment, or follow-up, and for other compassionate and humanitarian purposes. Free flights are available in the greater Northeast region as far west as Ohio and as far south as Virginia. Typical flight times typically range from one to three hours per leg, covering from 200 miles to 600 miles. If you would like assistance traveling for medical diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, or illness-specific camp, you may request a flight!

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation aims to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation offers a Travel For Care program to help families who need to travel to obtain childhood cancer treatment. Transportation, lodging, and meal accommodations are available to eligible families.

One Mission is a pediatric cancer charity that does whatever it takes to get kids through cancer. One Mission programs make living in the hospital less lonely and stressful, bring back joy in a time of fear and uncertainty, and give kids and their loved ones the support they need to get through the emotional and financial challenges of treatment. Their Parking Assistance program distributes parking vouchers to families in need to help cover the costs of expensive hospital parking that can really add up.

Do you know a child on active treatment whose family could use some help getting to and from the hospital? Join us at our first-ever Family Resource Fair on Saturday, April 1, in Chestnut Hill to meet representatives from each of the nonprofits above and find out how to apply for these great resources!