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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. The Society’s Mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Patient Financial Aid -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Patient Financial Aid program offers financial reimbursement for some medications, transportation and procedures for those in need. More information about patient resources and support can be found here: Patient Resources
CONTACT INFO:The Maryland Chapter
11350 McCormick Road
Executive Plaza III, Suite 100
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
800.242.4572 toll free
Casey Cares Foundation
The Casey Cares Foundation is a non profit organization that provides uplifting programs to critically ill children and their families in the Mid-Atlantic. The Foundation’s mission is to provide uplifting and heartwarming programs with a special touch in order to enhance the lives of critically ill children and their families.
The Family Festivities Program offers families an opportunity to spend time together at sporting events, movies or local attractions. Whenever possible, activities are enhanced by providing extras such as refreshments or cameras.
The Birthday Blast Program helps children celebrate with surprise deliveries of balloons, cookies or flowers since this day is a celebration of life and should always be remembered. ·
The Celebration Vacation Program provides getaways for families with the hope of replenishing their spirit.
The Better Together Program encourages families who have lost a child to continue their participation for an additional year. During that time, we hope to help families regain strength and focus on healing.
The Kami’s Jammies Program provides new sleepwear and themed pajama parties to children on extended hospital stays. Inspired in memory of a Casey Cares child, this program helps children feel more at home in an otherwise sterile environment.
CONTACT INFO:Casey Cares Foundation
3918 Vero Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21227
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
Believe in Tomorrow provides exceptional hospital and retreat housing services to critically ill children and their families. We believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process.They believe that the highest standards of service and unparalleled hospitality help to create a unique healing environment, where families find hope and comfort. Since 1986, Believe In Tomorrow has provided over 300,000 overnight accommodations that help families stay together in the midst of medical crisis. Believe In Tomorrow also provides a unique Hands On™ Adventures program that allows children to experience unique “once in a lifetime” opportunities. The goal of this program is to ignite the imaginations of critically ill children in order to help them believe and focus on the future, rather than the stressful routine of hospital visits.
Hands On Adventures - Hands On™ Adventures is a network of strategic national partnerships, between Believe In Tomorrow and unique industries, that allow children to experience "once in a lifetime" opportunities. The goal of this program is to ignite the imaginations of critically ill children in order to help them believe and focus on the future, rather than the stressful routine of hospital visits. It is our philosophy that the healing process is enhanced and strengthened when children believe in tomorrow.
Retreat Housing - Since 1986, thousands of critically ill children and their families have used our retreat homes free of charge to renew their energy and spirit throughout their child’s exhausting medical treatment. Recognizing the ever growing need for these unique and meaningful programs, Believe In Tomorrow is dedicated to the national expansion of our Retreat Housing services.
Hospital Housing - Since 1993, Believe In Tomorrow’s Children’s House at Johns Hopkins has provided accommodations to families traveling from throughout the United States and the world seeking medical treatment at the internationally famous Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins has been used as a model for pediatric hospital housing in the United States and sits on the grounds of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
CONTACT INFO:The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
6601 Frederick Road
Baltimore, MD 21228
The Jeremy Foundation
Jeremy Foundation, Inc. will be networking with pediatric hospitals to identify and help children with cancer. We help any child with cancer whose family is able to demonstrate financial need regardless of socio-economic status prior to diagnosis. The Jeremy Foundation serves children from birth to age eighteen and their families. The Jeremy Foundation, Inc. is committed to securing for all families with children receiving treatments the opportunity to be financially burden free. The Jeremy foundation is further committed to reducing the families that are in financial burden through support of families, friends and community. Founded in July 23, 2003 Jeremy Foundation Inc. works to increase public awareness of childhood cancer through education and community programs. The heart of the Jeremy Foundation exists in its dedicated support of children with cancer and their families as they face life’s next devastating moments.
The Jeremy Foundation provides a parent care package containing gas cards, phone cards, parking vouchers and change for vending machines.
CONTACT INFO:The Jeremy Foundation
11610 Primrose Ct.
Ijamsville, MD 21754
Chemo Angels is a volunteer organization dedicated to adding a ray of sunshine to the lives of those undergoing IV chemo treatment. We believe people going through the physical, emotional and mental rigors of chemotherapy deserve some encouragement. Many of our Chemo Angel volunteers are cancer survivors themselves, or people whose lives have been affected by cancer in some way. Our common denominator is a desire to brighten the lives of cancer patients while they are going through this challenging time.
If your application is accepted, you will be "adopted" by both a Chemo Angel and a Card Angel who, through cards cheerful notes, and occasional small inexpensive gifts, will support and encourage you for the duration of your course of treatment.
CONTACT INFO:Chemo Angels
PO Box 1971
Julian, CA 92031
Children's Road to Recovery
INFORMATION:Children’s Roads to Recovery believes that every child deserves the chance for a healthy and happy future. Since founded in 1991 they have granted assistance to over 460 children, from twenty-one states. These family benefits totaled over $300,000.00.
Due to the unexpected and enormous expenses that arise as a result of cancer treatment, choices have to be made that separate family members for long periods of time. Hospitalization can be lengthy, lasting for months, and sometimes years. With the support of Children’s Roads To Recovery, families will be able to take their child where needed to receive potentially life saving treatments, and stay together at a time when the love and support of a unified family is essential.
The goal of Children’s Roads To Recovery is to provide transportation, lodging and funding for related expenses incurred when critically ill patients have to travel to receive medical treatment at a hospital in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D. C. when Medical insurance does not provide travel benefits.
Children's Road to Recovery
Cool Kids Campaign
The mission of the Cool Kids Campaign is to provide kids with cancer a higher quality of life for themselves and their families while facing the challenges of cancer.Our Cool Kids Campaign is dedicated to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families while they are going through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and its treatments. Cancer creates an instant crisis in a family. Fear and anxiety are the main emotions young people feel after learning of their illness and what they are about to face. Sadness and depression often quickly follow. Our goal with the Cool Kids Campaign is to help lessen these tragic effects on the families. Research shows that among many other things, making sure there is "fun and pleasure in every day and using distractionary tactics such as humor helps alleviate some of the stress. Kids with cancer are still normal kids.
Care Packages - Care packages sent directly to the kids at their homes. These care packages are filled with all kinds of fun items based on a wish list the kids download from this website and fill out. Requests range from toys, gift cards, music cards, restaurant cards and books.
Cool Kids Family Support Fund - This fund is currently being tested at University of Maryland Medical Center. In an effort to help ease the financial burden of families living with cancer, the Cool Kids Campaign will pay the bills of families who have gotten behind due to the cancer diagnosis of their child.
End of chemo celebration - "End of chemo" cakes for their celebrations as each child
Cool Kids Campaign
Air Charity Network
Air Charity Network™ (ACN) is comprised of independent member organizations identified by specific geographical service areas. ACN provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.
Airlift Hope, Angel Flight Central, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, Angel Flight Northeast, Angel Flight Southeast, Angel Flight West, and Mercy Flight Southeast coordinate volunteer pilot missions in the continental United States as well as Alaska and Hawaii.
Mercy Medical Airlift coordinates free airline tickets for missions over 1,000 miles and negotiates low cost air ambulance service for individuals and families, who are in need of this special service.
Air Charity Network
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs – including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help – are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. Founded in 1944, CancerCare provided individual help to more than 97,000 people in 2006-2007, and had nearly 2.1 million visits to its websites.