Free Programs for Childhood/YA Cancer Patients & Families
Any cancer diagnosis brings with it many questions, concerns, and support requirements. While there are free national resources available regardless of cancer type, it is often true that patients and families are best served by specialized programs that understand those unique needs. If your family is coping with a childhood or young-adult cancer diagnosis, customized help is available to you.
The free programs, products, and services below are specifically designed to help support children and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. This section includes no-cost financial assistance programs are tailored just for young cancer patients and help pay for travel, housing, treatment, copays, deductibles, and prescriptions. In addition, you will also find specialized no-cost programs for peer and professional counseling and free gifts to help with the many burdens that accompany this diagnosis.
All support services and products listed here for children and YA cancer patients are provided completely free of charge for patients, caregivers, and family living throughout the United States. If you need assistance finding a program, please reach out to us and we will help you. ❤️
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UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
Phone: (855) 698-4223
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation provides help to cover out-of-pocket insurance expenses up to $5000 ($10,000 lifetime max) for children under 16 who are receiving care in the US and whose family meets income eligibility guidelines based on family size. To see if you qualify for assistance and to complete an online application, see this link on the website.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Phone: (888) 226-4343
Contact: Get in Touch
Medical Care and treatment for children and young adults with cancer. Call or email St. Jude for referral information directly using the contact information above or a member of your current care team can contact the Physician / Patient Referral Office to initiate a referral request. If you prefer to submit your request on the website, please click here for the online referral form.
Compassion Can't Wait Grant Program
The Compassion Can’t Wait national grant program pays for urgent everyday needs during a child’s treatment and when all other resources are exhausted. Eligible single-parent families must reside in the USA and have demonstrated financial need. To apply, please work with your hospital social worker to complete the online form here.
Giving Angels Foundation Grant Program
Phone: (267) 332-1320
The Giving Angels Foundation provides grants nationwide to low-income families in the USA who have a member under 18 suffering from the physical effects of cancer. This program can pay for things like life-changing equipment, medical supplies, essential family bills, specialized camps, and therapeutic toys. There is a $500 maximum one-time grant allowance per recipient family. To apply for this grant program, please visit this link.
ACCF Financial Grant Programs
ACCF has three financial grant programs for families in the USA whose child is receiving cancer treatment in the USA with the goal of providing financial support to ease burdens in order to promote a focus on their children’s wellbeing instead. To apply, please visit this link.
CLRA Patient Aid Grant Program
CLRA Patient Aid Program is a money grant program available for both children and adults with leukemia and other blood cancers who live and receive treatment in the United States. The maximum aid is $3000 per program year (Nov 1- Oct 31 annually). To apply, please complete the request form here.
Sparrow Clubs Grant Program
Grant program for patients in the USA who are 17 years old or under and whose family is facing financial difficulty due to treatment-related expenses. Awards are based on need and can cover medical bills, insurance premiums, deductibles and prescriptions as well as household expenses like family travel costs, lodging, meals, and groceries. Please complete this form to request help.
Iron Matt Foundation Grant
The Iron Matt Foundation provides up to a $1000 grant for pediatric brain tumor or CNS tumor patients in the USA for rent, car loans, treatment travel and lodging. Download the request form here and request that your hospital social worker submit it.
The B+ Foundation Grant Program
The B+ Foundation Grant Program was created in loving memory of the founders’ son to help support the needs of people diagnosed at a young age with cancer. This grant program covers expenses related to the care and treatment of a child/young adult diagnosed before the age of 21. Grants are available once per year with a two-time lifetime limit. Payments are paid to creditors directly. Visit this link to download the application.
Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope
The Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope awards Life Grants up to $5,000 to be used in the fulfillment of a dream, goal, or project for those age 18 to 30 in the USA who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more on this program, please visit this link. To download the PDF application, please use this link.
The Samfund for YA Survivors of Cancer
Phone: (617) 938-3484
The Samfund provides monetary grants from $1000-$4000 to US residents ages 21-39 who have completed treatment and are still struggling financially due to a cancer diagnosis. For information on the next open application period, see this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for answers to your questions about this grant program.
Special Love Financial Assistance
Phone: (888) 930-2707
Special Love offers emergency financial assistance up to $500 to help families who are dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Grant requests must come from your doctor, social worker, or hospital representative. For more on the grant program, eligibility and status, please call toll-free (888) 930-2707 or visit this page for the online application.
The Rally Foundation
The Family Emergency Fund Grant from Rally Foundation provides up to $500 in a year ($750 lifetime max per person) to help cover expenses like the patient’s cancer-related medical bills or other family costs related to treatment (i.e.: utilities, mortgage, rent, transitional housing, etc.). Patient must be in treatment and under 21 years of age. For application, visit the website form here.
Family Reach YA Grant Program
Phone: (973) 394-1411
Grants for families facing a childhood cancer. Awards may be used for things like every day needs (rent, car payments/insurance, utilities), transportation to obtain treatment, lodging, day care, palliative care, and other costs not covered by insurance. Grant amounts vary and are based on financial need. To apply for this grant program, please visit this page for the online application portal.
National GRACE Foundation Scholarship Services
The National GRACE Foundation’s College Awareness Program provides free college admission, financial aid counseling, and advocacy services nationwide to pediatric cancer patients anywhere in the USA. This foundation helps make it financially feasible for pediatric cancer fighters to go to college. If you were a young cancer patient and now want to make college a reality, please visit this program page to sign up for their no-cost services.
The Izzy Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship program provides $1000 to pediatric cancer patients and siblings. Must be USA resident and diagnosed before the age of 25. Essay and letter of recommendation required. Applications accepted March 1-May 1 each year. Click this link for the application.
Base2Summit Vacation Program
Free six-day vacation program sponsored by the Cassie Hines nonprofit foundation for young adults in the USA who’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Adventures include hiking, canoeing, and exploring the Mitten with some down time on one of Michigan’s supreme lakes. The program encourages you to try new things and meet other people who understand what you’re going through because they’ve been there, too. To apply for the next session, please visit this link.
HopeKids Free Events
Phone: (800) 319-5845
The HopeDay program offers fun and totally free events and activities for the whole family of a child age 0-18 who has a life-threatening medical condition. Activities are planned every month and include things like attending sporting events and concerts, going to the theater, museum visits and other things to do that involve the whole family. For more and to submit an application, visit this page.
Project Koru Camp
A free, three-to-six day outdoor adventure for cancer survivors age 18-39. From the website “We use adventure-based experiences such as surfing, outrigger canoeing, standup paddling, skiing, and snowboarding, as channels of healing and renewal to treat the mind, body, and soul.” To check out retreat options and schedule, please visit this page for current offerings.
First Descents Camp
Outdoor adventure program for young adults between the ages of 18-39 who have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Free of cost for first-time participants with food, lodging, instruction, gear, and activities covered. Travel costs may be covered. Contact First Descents for more on this and other aspects of this program here.
The Sunshine Foundation Wish Program
The Sunshine Foundation fulfills wishes for patients in the USA ages three to eighteen whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause. Annual income limits apply and currently cannot exceed $75,000. To make a wish for your young loved one and family, please visit this link.
Starlight Children’s Foundation
Contact: Get in Touch
The Starlight Star Visits program offer hospitalized children (and their families) an opportunity to meet some of their favorite actors, entertainers, athletes and characters. This program is coordinated at hospitals across the country. To find your participating hospital, please email using the contact form link above.
Clayton Dabney Foundation
Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer is a national nonprofit that provides gifts, wishes, and financial assistance up to $2500 for children to 18 (21 in some cases) in the USA in late-stage cancer to facilitate quality of family life and create everlasting memories. This wish program is based on financial need. For an application, please have your oncologist or other treating medical professional visit this link.
Phone: (800) 722-9474
Wishes granted for kids faced with life-threatening illness who are between 2½ and 18 at the time of referral and who has not received a wish from this or any other wish-granting organization. To submit a wish request on behalf of a child, please visit this page for the Make-A-Wish online submission form.
Ronald McDonald Housing Program
Phone: (630) 623-7048
Ronald McDonald Housing Programs are a home away from home that provide comfort, support and resources to families in the USA who travel far from home while receiving medical care for their child 18 and under. Please visit this link to find your local chapter and request free national housing assistance while your child is in treatment.
Endure to Cure Transportation Program
Endure to Cure helps families across the USA by funding the various expenses associated with the travel to their child’s treatment such as food, airfare, car rentals, gasoline, and lodging. Eligibility is based on financial need and existing family resources. To apply, please visit this link.
NCCS Transportation Assistance Fund
Phone: (800) 532-6459
The NCCS Transportation Assistance Fund provides help with transportation and housing expenses such as mileage, airfare and lodging when a child diagnosed under the age of 18 and treated before the age of 21 has to stay near the hospital for cancer treatment and no nonprofit lodging is available. For current income limits and online application, please see this link.
CHSCF Travel Assistance Program
Phone: (586) 322-0991
The CHSCF Travel Assistance program helps to cover travel expenses to and from certain young-adult camps and retreats in the USA. This is a one-time travel grant for citizens of the United States. Eligibility is based on financial need and current funding. Applications must be received at least three weeks prior to departure date. To apply, please visit this link.
Cerner Charitable Foundation
Phone: (816) 201-1569
Cerner Charitable Foundation (formerly Firsthand Foundation) provides funding for necessary medical equipment like wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc. for children to age 18, and to 21 for children with a child-like mental state. Eligibility is based on financial need. For application and current max income amounts, please visit this link.
Locks of Love
Free wig program for children under the age of 21 in the USA who have been diagnosed with cancer and have experienced treatment-related hair loss. Applications are available on the website or can be mailed. To apply for this no-cost national program, please visit this link.
Children with Hair Loss (CWHL)
Contact: Get in Touch
This program provides custom wigs to kids experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments. Free wigs and professional styling services are available for all children to age 21 in the USA who have a medical need that is verified by a medical doctor. For free online application, please visit this link. You can also print and mail the application in if that’s your preference.
Wigs for Kids
Contact: Get in Touch
Free wigs for kids who have experienced hair loss due to cancer. All children 18 and younger with a medical referral are eligible. The child will receive a custom wig based on needs and preferences and will work with a local stylist to make sure the fit is right. To find out more about this program and to complete an application online, please visit this page.
Hats Off for Cancer
Hats Off for Cancer provides free hats for kids and teens who are experiencing hair loss due to treatment. Hats Off For Cancer has donated nearly 3,000,000 brand new hats to hospitals, camps, and individuals worldwide since 1996. Request your free hat here using their online Google form.
KCR Care Package for Patients and Siblings
In honor of the founder’s son, Cayden Robertson, Kids Cancer Resources sends a free, themed care package to children fighting cancer and their siblings. Families can choose a themed package with various items related to self-care, playful toys, or creative crafts. Basic treatment information is requested. To apply, please visit this link.
Luke’s Fastbreaks Care Package
Three free medical shirts for cancer patients in the USA age 0-21. This national nonprofit organization strives to promote normalcy and restore dignity during treatment by replacing the hospital gown with three free unique medical shirts. Shipping is also free. To select your shirt package including size and color preference, please visit this page on the Luke’s Fastbreaks website.
Cancer Relief Foundation Care Package
This teen-led organization works hard to bring thoughtful care packages to childhood cancer patients in the USA. Each care package includes items specifically chosen to match the recipient’s interests as well as a handwritten letter to offer hope and encouragement. To request your free care package, please use this link and choose the Childhood Cancer Care Package option to complete the request form online.
This nonprofit organization generously provides warm comfy blankets to babies and children to 18 in the USA hospitalized with serious illness. Requests can be made by a parent, family member and/or legal guardian of the blanket recipient and Binkeez will work directly with your care center for delivery. Complete this form to request your Binkeez blanket.
CureSearch Brave Barbie Care Package
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer provides childhood cancer patients with a Brave Barbie Doll that helps support through the difficulties of treatment and the accompanying hair loss. Dolls are available for free to children in the USA undergoing cancer treatment. To request your free doll, please complete the request form on this page.
Roc Solid Foundation
Roc Solid Foundation provides free care packages in the form of Ready Bags. These Ready Bags include essentials for unexpected hospital stays including toiletries, a blanket, a journal, a tablet and more and are sent to let every family know they are not alone as they begin this journey. If your oncology team does not have access to this program, email Roc Solid directly to request your Ready Bag.
Love Your Melon
Love Your Melon generously provides free knitted hats for children in the USA currently in cancer treatment. These soft knitted hats are made from comfy cotton and designed to provide comfort to a child battling this disease. Please apply for your free hat on behalf of a child in cancer treatment here.
Pablove Shutterbugs is a free program from The Pablove Foundation that offers children and teens a creative voice through photography. This program is open to cancer patients ages 6-18 in the USA who are currently living with cancer or in remission. All lessons and materials, including a camera kit, are provided at no-cost to cancer families. Please visit this link to apply.
Lock Boxes of Love
In honor of the founder’s son, Chase Lock, Lock Boxes of Love sends personalized care kits free of charge to the siblings (ages 0-18) of childhood cancer patients in the USA. These gift boxes are tailored to the age, gender and specific likes of each child and may contain items like books, stuffed animals, toys, blankets and more. To request a free care package for a child whose sibling has been diagnosed with cancer, please complete this online form.
Kylie Rowand Care Package
A thoughtful and generous care package program created in honor of the founder’s daughter Kylie who passed away from cancer. This free care package program for childhood cancer patients in the USA who are in active treatment. Each care package is uniquely customized for the specific recipient. Please complete the online request form here.
Cool Kids Campaign
Contact: Get in Touch
The Cool Kids Campaign provides care packages for kids with cancer that are delivered right to the child’s doorstep. These free care packages are matched to a child’s age and interests by caring volunteers and include a gift to brighten a child’s day. This program requires an online application which can be found here and, in addition, a note from a medical professional that confirms the child is under medical care for cancer.
Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
Phone: (866) 228-4673
CBTF provides age-appropriate care kits including information and activities to comfort kids and to support families so that they know they don’t have to face a brain tumor diagnosis alone. To order a care kit for yourself or loved one, please fill out the referral form here. https://cbtf.org/cbtf-care-kits/. For free online professional support services by trained social workers to help patients, survivors, family members and friends, visit this page. Immediate assistance is also available by phone (866) 228-4673 or email email@example.com.
ACCO Comfort Kit
Phone: (855) 858-2226
Free comfort care package available nationwide to children up to age 18 to help them feel empowered and more confident with upcoming treatments. Kits include duffel bag, soft blanket, pillow case with the ACCO mascot, and playing cards. For more on this free kit and other free resources for kids and parents, please visit the ACCO’s website for the online request form.
Lego Life Magazine
Free subscription to Lego Life Magazine for children ages of 5 and 9 in the USA with fun activities, comics, posters and more. The magazine is delivered directly to your home five times a year and free shipping is included. If your child is in the age range above and enjoys Legos, please use this form to subscribe.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Journal
Free treatment journal for families of childhood cancer. This journal (with Spanish/English translations) helps families keep track of information like medications, expenses, side effects, lab reports, tests. Appointments and more. Request your free treatment journal here.