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On the line: Up Front Costs

House

Photo: “House” by Tax Credits

Katie has significant expenses, as she will need to re-locate near the transplant center for 3 months. Her rent at home is $800/month. Though she can be reimbursed $1,500/month for lodging at the transplant center from insurance, she needs to come up with the money up front and does not have it….The patient is in desperate need of funding to help pay for her portion of lodging ($1,500 for 3 months = $4,500)

Katie’s doctors decided that an allogeneic transplant was the best course of treatment for her aplastic anemia. In addition to housing, she also listed transportation and co-pays/insurance premiums as her areas of greatest need.

In order to give a more clear idea of the depth of need faced by bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families, we are sharing excerpts from actual applications to The Bone Marrow Foundation’s Patient Aid Program. The names have been changed to maintain confidentially, but the stories are straight from the applications.

To learn how you can make a gift to support the Foundation’s efforts to help transplant patients and their families, click here.

On the line: Cannot work

Limo arrives!

Photo: “Limo arrives!” by fotobydave

Richard is a 49 year old male with myelofibrosis who underwent an allogeneic stem cell transplant in July 2012. He used to work as a limousine driver but cannot work any longer and he cannot afford his rent/utilities. Richard does not qualify for SSI/SSD because he is a resident, but not a naturalized citizen. He has three children and a wife, and the family is struggling significantly financially.

Richard’s wife and eldest son work low wage jobs, but without his income, they are unable to meet the family’s basic needs. They’ve requested assistance paying for housing, utilities, and living expenses.

In order to give a more clear idea of the depth of need faced by bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families face, we are sharing excerpts from actual applications to The Bone Marrow Foundation’s Patient Aid Program. The names have been changed to maintain confidentially, but the stories are straight from the applications. To learn how you can make a gift to support the Foundation’s efforts to help transplant patients and their families, click here.

On the line: Eligibility criteria

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.