There are many organizations that offer assistance to families dealing with childhood cancer. There is no way to plan for the financial burden that this kind of diagnosis brings. Family income declines as parents stay home to care for the child, medical bills accumulate and necessary expenses like gas, parking and food take their toll.
We have been lucky enough to receive assistance from the Children's Cancer Fund of America, which provides a monthly assistance check to families with a cancer kid. It is not a huge amount, but it helps to keep up afloat while I stay home to care for Scarlett. With the most recent check, a letter explained that it would be the last until further notice. The organization has had a huge decline in donations recently, and are currently unable to distribute checks to families. They are hoping to resume in July, but need additional funding.
This won't make or break our budget, but I am worried about the other families who may not have such an extensive support system as we have. They need help. If you or anyone you know may be able to donate, please visit Children's Cancer Fund of America.