In most cases when a child has cancer, one parent must quit or take a leave of absence from their job in to care for their sick child. Medical expenses not covered by insurance can be enormous, and ancillary costs, such as travel, childcare for siblings, hospital meals, parking and accommodations during out-of-state treatment are exorbitant. When coupled with reduced income, these expenses can be devastating. The Tomorrow Fund helps ease financial burdens by providing:
• Daily stipends whenever a child is hospitalized overnight. ($15 daily)
• Hospital parking passes for each family to use throughout the entire length of treatment.
• Assistance with home expenses-mortgages, utilities, etc.
• Co-payments for medical services, including chemotherapy, not covered by health care providers.
• Emergency financial support including out of state medical consultations and air travel.
• Daily Travel Stipends when children must leave the state for bone marrow transplants/procedures. ($40 daily)
• A funeral fund for children who lose their battle with cancer and whose families cannot afford these expenses.
• Dino Germani Scholarship Fund, created by Tomorrow Fund friend and benefactor to provide scholarships to Tomorrow Fund teens. More than 50 scholarships have been give in the last 7 years.
Childhood cancer causes serious emotional stress and anxiety for patients, parents, siblings, and extended family members. Emotional support is critical to help the sick child and the family as they face these tremendous strains. The Tomorrow Fund provides funding for:
• A Child Life Specialist in The Tomorrow Fund Clinic who plans, organizes, and directs age-appropriate therapeutic play to alleviate anxiety and stress associated with illness and hospitalization.
• Additional psychotherapy, as needed, through the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Psychiatry.
• Support groups for parents (Coping and Bereavement), patients (School-Age and Teens), and siblings.
• Pediatric oncology Social Workers who meet with each child and family to determine financial and emotional needs.
• Camp Dotty-a weeklong summer day camp for 4-7-year-old patients and siblings.