Thursday, August 14, 2008

Resources for cancer patients who have to travel for treatment

I've kept a file on all of this kind of information I've accumulated over four years as a traveling cancer patient. My personal experience is all within NYC, but I've included here the information I have that applies to other sites in the US. It sure is tough to find this information when you really need it...hope this helps someone else in his/her search for affordable housing or transportation to a distant treatment center. I checked all of these links and they were working as of today (August 14, 2008)

Websites which list housing resouces across the US, by city/state/hospital

Both the NAHHH and Joe's House sites try to list all available hospitality houses.
-- National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses Inc. (NAHHH) website:
-- Joe's House website, which also includes area hotels:
American Cancer Society sponsored houses only:
-- ACS Hope Lodges website:
Hope Lodges are available in 19 states and in Puerto Rico.

Individual Hospitality Houses and Treatment Center Information

Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins housing resources webpage:

Boston, MA
Hospitality Homes website (serves all Boston hospitals, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute):

New York City, NY
Miracle House website:
-- 560 West 43rd St., NY NY (near 11th Ave.) in the RiverWest apartment building (doorman, 24-hr. secure bldg.); organization serves patients and caregivers receiving treatment at any NYC hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Accommodations webpage:
MSKCC social worker telephone number (for lodging assistance and ACS Hope Lodge referrals): 212.639.7020

Philadelphia, PA
Fox-Chase Cancer Center housing resources webpage:

Free Air Transportation for Cancer Patients

AirCare Alliance website (list of as many free air transport resources as they can find):
AirCharity Network (coordinates flights for people in need, some on commercial airlines) website:
AngelFlights (volunteer, no fee) website:
Corporate Angels (free flights for cancer patients on corporate jets) website:

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