Free Products and Services for Childhood/YA Cancer Patients

Free Products and Services for Childhood and YA Cancer Patients

Free products and services specifically designed to help support children and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. This section includes no-cost financial assistance programs for young cancer patients to 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 a 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 have a program, product, or service you think would benefit our readers, please let us know about it here.

Be sure to check out our national directory of support programs, products, and services available to anyone in the USA diagnosed with any cancer type: free financial help, free counseling, and more cancer freebies.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
Premiums, Copays & Deductibles

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (855) 698-4223
Email: customerservice@uhccf.org

Description:

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: https://www.uhccf.org/apply-for-a-grant/is-my-child-eligible/.


NCCS Transportation Assistance Fund for Childhood Cancer Patients
Free Transportation & Housing

NCCS Transportation Assistance Fund

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (800) 532-6459

Description:

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: https://www.thenccs.org/financial-assistance.


Family Reach
Free Grants

Family Reach Grant Program

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (973) 394-1411

Description:

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 http://familyreach.org/family-eligibility/.


Special Love
Free Grants

Special Love Financial Assistance

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (888) 930-2707

Description:

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 http://specialove.org/financial-relief/.


The Samfund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
Free Grants

The Samfund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (617) 938-3484
Email: grants@thesamfund.org

Description:

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 http://www.thesamfund.org/get-help/grants/ or email grants@thesamfund.org for answers to your questions about this grant program.


First Descents free vacations for cancer patients
Free Vacations & Day Trips

First Descents

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@firstdescents.org

Description:

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: https://firstdescents.org/programs/programs-application/.


Project Koru
Free Vacations & Day Trips

Project Koru

Main URL: Visit
Email: programs@projectkoru.org

Description:

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 https://www.projectkoru.org/why-we-exist/.


HopeKids free activities for kids with cancer
Free Vacations & Day Trips

HopeKids

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (800) 319-5845
Email: info@hopekids.org

Description:

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 https://www.hopekids.org/become-a-hopekid/.


CHSCF Travel Assistance Program
Free Transportation & Housing

CHSCF Travel Assistance Program

Main URL: Visit
Email: travel@cassiehinesshoescancer.org

Description:

The CHSCF Travel Assistance program helps to cover travel expenses to and from certain young-adult themes camps and retreats in the US. To find out if the camp you’re attending is eligible see this list https://www.cassiehinesshoescancer.org/camps/camps/. If your camp is listed, visit https://www.cassiehinesshoescancer.org/camps/chscf-travel-assistance/ to apply for travel funds.


Cool Kids Campaign Free Care Packages for Cancer Patients
Free Care Packages

Cool Kids Campaign

Main URL: Visit
Contact: Get in Touch

Description:

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 gift to brighten a child’s day. This program requires an online application which can be found here https://www.coolkidscampaign.org/what-we-do/care-packages/ and, in addition, a note from a medical professional that confirms the child is under medical care for cancer.


Hats Off for Cancer
Free Hats, Wigs & Scarves

Hats Off for Cancer

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@hatsoffforcancer.org

Description:

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.


American Childhood Cancer Organization free Comfort Kit for Kids
Free Care Packages

ACCO Comfort Kit

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (855) 858-2226

Description:

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 duffle 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 https://www.acco.org/comfort-kit/.


Firsthand Foundation Free Medical Equipment for Cancer Patients
Free Medical Equipment

Firsthand Foundation

Main URL: Visit
Email: firsthandfoundation@cerner.com

Description:

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, visit https://www.firsthandfoundation.org/request-funding/.


Free Wigs for Children with Cancer
Free Hats, Wigs & Scarves

Wigs for Kids

Main URL: Visit
Contact: Get in Touch

Description:

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 on this program and to complete an application online, visit http://www.wigsforkids.org/apply-for-a-wig/hair-replacement-system/.


CWHL Free Wigs for Children with Hair Loss
Free Hats, Wigs & Scarves

Children with Hair Loss (CWHL)

Main URL: Visit
Contact: Get in Touch

Description:

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 who have a medical need that is verified by a medical doctor. For free online application, visit this link: http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/apply-for-hair/hair-application/. You can also print and mail the application in if that’s your preference.


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