Childhood Cancer

Your Child in the Hospital

Service organizations

Many service organizations help families in need. They can provide transportation, special equipment, or food. Often, all a family has to do is describe their plight, and good Samaritans appear. Some organizations that may have chapters in your community are: American Legion; Elks Club; fraternal organizations such as Masons, Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Lions, Rotary; United Way; Veterans of Foreign Wars; and religious organizations of all denominations. Local philanthropic organizations also help needy families in many communities. To find them, call your local health department, speak to the social worker, and ask for help. In addition to local organizations, numerous programs fly children free of charge to the best hospital for their medical needs. The Resources section of the book contains contact information for several of these organizations.