The economic burden of childhood cancer can be overwhelming for parents.In a recent NCCS survey, over 89% of families reported income loss due to their child’s diagnosis. Parents are further challenged with maintaining their household, caring for other children, making medical decisions and ensuring financial stability all while trying to stay beside their child through this difficult time.
- Child diagnosed with a pediatric cancer
- Child diagnosed with a high grade or anaplastic brain tumor
- Child diagnosed on or before his or her 18th birthday
- Child is a U.S. citizen or has maintained uninterrupted residency in the U.S.
- A family with liquid assets in excess of $5000 may be asked to partially or completely "spend down" these assets in order to receive financial assistance
To verify eligibility, call 800-532-6459 or click on the link for an application. Please completed application by mail or fax to:
The National Children’s Cancer Society Patient & Family Services One South Memorial Drive, Suite 800 Saint Louis, MO 63102, Fax: 314-735-2014
Once the application is received, a staff member will work closely with you to help you get needed assistance.
Application for Financial Assistance
Solicitud para Asistencia Financiera
Review your insurance policy to see if lodging, meals and transportation are covered. Ask for assistance from a case manager who can answer insurance-related questions.
For hospital expenses, speak to a financial counselor in the business office for developing a payment plan.
For difficulties with general living expenses, talk directly with your creditors. Many utility and mortgage companies will work out a payment plan.
For a comprehensive list of resources visit our "helpful links"
Financial Assistance Questions
Q How do I apply for financial assistance from The National Children's Cancer Society?
A Click Here to receive a copy of the NCCS Application for Financial Assistance.
Q Do I qualify for financial assistance from The National Children’s Cancer Society?
A To determine if you qualify, review the qualifications above.
Q What services do you provide to families that have a child with cancer?
A The NCCS provides assistance for the following services:
- Health Insurance
- Medical Expenses not covered by insurance
Q Will The National Children’s Cancer Society reimburse my family for expenses we have already incurred?
A The NCCS does not reimburse for expenses already incurred.
Q Can my family apply for assistance more than once from The National Children's Cancer Society?
A Yes. If your family continues to qualify for assistance, the NCCS will work with you throughout your child’s treatment. A social worker at your child’s treatment facility can provide you with the information you need to get assistance.
Q Does The National Children’s Cancer Society help with household expenses?
A No, NCCS does not provide assistance for household expenses.
Q How quickly can I get help?
A Assistance is typically provided within 2-3 weeks of sumitting a complete application.