The Bone Marrow Foundation was founded with one goal: to improve the lives of bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families. One of the ways the Foundation tries to do this is by helping ease the burden of some of the additional expenses related to transplant, such as housing, transportation, childcare, co-pays, and donor searches. The Foundation does not restrict its financial assistance to a specific disease, type of transplant, or age range, which makes these programs vital resources for many patients who do not meet other organizations’ eligibility criteria.
While advocating on behalf of a young mother in need, one social worker recently wrote:
“Furthermore, since she has fanconi anemia and MDS, most of the cancer organizations that usually offer help are not willing to do so, since these are not considered “cancers,” yet the treatment (chemo and stem cell transplant) is the same.”
The Bone Marrow Foundation relies 100% on private contributions from generous individuals, businesses, and foundations. To learn how you can make a gift to support transplant patients and their families, click here.
The other day we received this note from a family who received $300 through our Patient Aid Program.
We share this thank you with everyone who makes it possible for us to help transplant patients with ancillary expenses through our financial assistance programs. Three hundred dollars might not seem like a life-changing amount to some people, but to a patient who is already struggling financially, it can mean gas to and from doctors appointments, housing near the transplant center, or childcare while receiving treatment. It is notes like this that remind us that even a small amount can make a big difference.
For more information about how you can help patients in need, visit our website at bonemarrow.org.
Originally, this was supposed to be a Halloween post about turning your jack-o-lantern into a Coins for Life box. Unfortunately, Super Storm Sandy had other plans. Now, it has become a project for Thanksgiving pumpkins.
Coins For Life is a community service project in which individuals donate spare change to support bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients through The Bone Marrow Foundation’s Patient Aid Program. The Foundation helps bridge the financial gap and assists families with the costs of donor searches, compatibility testing, bone marrow or stem cell collection, cord blood banking, medications, medical equipment, home and child care services, housing, transportation, and other vital patient needs. The Coins for Life collection boxes (or pumpkins) can be placed in offices, schools, grocery stores, shops or any place where there is money. Click here for more information about Coins for Life.