Topic: Financial assistance for family travel

I'm looking for any resources anyone might have that may assist family members that live long distances from recently diagnosed patients. My father was just diagnosed with stage 4. He is in Oregon, I am in Georgia. I have 2 children, 12 & 13. We have not seen my dad, their grandpa for 6+ years.

Our finances are very, very tight. I want my dad and my kids to reconnect while he is still feeling ok. My children are his only grandchildren.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Re: Financial assistance for family travel

American Cancer Society might help with your dad traveling. I don't know about you and your family. There is something called Angel Wings I think. Again, with you not being the patient I don know. You should google financial assistance for families of cancer patients in your area. There are some that might help.
He can get help, through all kinds of places. There are many groups that offer some sort of assistance yo cancer patients from rides to treatment, paying a bill, sending gift cards, lawn care, etc...
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

KrisJ
"Don't just have minutes in the day; have moments in time."
Any opinions I give are based on personal experiences, and are not based on medical knowledge. I strongly suggest receiving medical care and opinions.

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mannaribbit.....The lack of financial assistance for patients with Cholangiocarcinoma presents a pet peeve for this foundation.  We, myself included, have contacted numerous organizations, researched and pleaded to offer financial help for those in need.  Unfortunately, due to the fact that we are a "rare" cancer, all organizations have denied our request to include our patients too.  However, some of these links might be of use to you:
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … hp?id=1645
Hopefully others can come up with some suggestions also.
Please stay in touch.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: Financial assistance for family travel

I'm confused.
Are you looking for travel for medical treatment or travel for enjoyment?

~Tiffany~ 31 years young wink Fighting CC since 10-27-2011
Wife to Brian; Mommy to Carter (8) and Madison (4)
http://tiffanyschwantes.wordpress.com/
Liver transplant 7-9-2013

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Tiff,
     I think its quite clear what is needed and that it is a family reunion because of a sick grandfather.
   I see money being raised for all kind of scenarios,sometimes it's a case of  who you know or are connected to ,it can be rather random really ...but I wish them luck in reconnecting
                                               Janet

  Sorry I am in another country  so can't help practically

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Sorry Janet- the post wasn't clear to me.
While I do have a few good resources for traveling for medical reasons, I really don't think I can help with the other.
Wishing him the best of luck.

~Tiffany~ 31 years young wink Fighting CC since 10-27-2011
Wife to Brian; Mommy to Carter (8) and Madison (4)
http://tiffanyschwantes.wordpress.com/
Liver transplant 7-9-2013

7 (edited by sdas Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:58:21)

Re: Financial assistance for family travel

mannaribbit wrote:

I'm looking for any resources anyone might have that may assist family members that live long distances from recently diagnosed patients. My father was just diagnosed with stage 4. He is in Oregon, I am in Georgia. I have 2 children, 12 & 13. We have not seen my dad, their grandpa for 6+ years.

Our finances are very, very tight. I want my dad and my kids to reconnect while he is still feeling ok. My children are his only grandchildren.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Dear Amanda,

I am so sorry to hear about your father's diagnosis.

My good friend passed away this January after a 2 year struggle from CC. His 11 year daughter Mira Bhandari has set up a website (not complete yet) where she has raised money for this sort of thing: engineers4cancer.org. There have been some donations made, and I think that there should be enough money for travel. She could help you with financial help for family travel. You can contact me and I'll help you get in touch with Mira. I sent an email to you with my tel #s.

Sanjoy

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Sanjay, what a wonderful thing!! Tell Miss Mira she is our hero!!

KrisJ
"Don't just have minutes in the day; have moments in time."
Any opinions I give are based on personal experiences, and are not based on medical knowledge. I strongly suggest receiving medical care and opinions.

9 (edited by sdas Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:05:56)

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kris00j wrote:

Sanjay, what a wonderful thing!! Tell Miss Mira she is our hero!!

Thank you so much Kris, Yes, Mira is a truly wonderful kid! She turned 11 only a couple of months ago. I'll pass on your message to her right now.

[added later] Mira giggled over the phone and said "Thank you" to you.

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Miss Mira is an 11 year old? Oh, my! She is a star, this is so beautiful and sure gives one a look at all the good people in this world and that our World will be in good hands for a long time. Thank you Miss Mira! I hope others pay your goodness forward.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Sanjoy...what an incredible story.  I am in awe of Mira.  Sanjoy, I have e-mailed you.  Please let me know if you have received it.
Thanks and hugs,
Marion

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Sanjay, this is  a heart warming story and I am totally amazed by an 11 year old with a passion for helping others.
Hugs
Lisa

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Everyone,

Thank you so much. Mira is a precocious kid - I've seen her grow up from the very day she was born. There is money with her to help out families of those diagnosed with CC.

Marion, please do call me. Unfortunately, as I am quite busy during weekdays with lectures, meetings, etc. there might not be enough time slots during the day for discussing with you. Weekends are fine too.

Also I haven't heard back from Amanda yet. I hope that it's because she might have obtained other means of travel.

Warmly,

Sanjoy