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Alex's Lemonade Stand Travel For Care Program

Now open to all institutions in the U.S. and Canada!

Recognizing the financial burden that families often encounter, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Travel For Care Program offers assistance to families who face the need to travel for childhood cancer treatment. Transportation and lodging accommodations are available to eligible families who meet our criteria. Applications must be received on behalf of a social worker or another medical representative.

Please review the guidelines below before applying. View what healthcare professionals have to say about this program!

Please reach out to our team directly if there are extenuating circumstances.

To submit a new Travel For Program Application, click below.
To submit a request for a family who has already received assistance.

Expand a section below for more information

How to apply

Travel For Care applications have transitioned to our new secure portal. In the new portal, you will be able to:

  • Submit referrals for multiple programs
  • Track the status of submitted referrals
  • See current amount of assistance received
  • Communicate securely and directly with Family Services staff about specific applications

If you have not already done so, please visit to set up your hospital’s account and your contact information.

**Please note that due to security requirements, Internet Explorer is not supported by this portal. Using Internet Explorer to create an account will generate error messages and will require admin support.

For support and questions, please email [email protected] or call 610-649-3034

Criteria to be met

  • Applications must be submitted by a member of the patient’s oncology healthcare team
  • All sections of the form must be completed truthfully. Any false or misleading information will result in an automatic denial.
  • Travel for Care is not meant to be the sole source of travel assistance for a family
  • Patients must be 21 years old or younger and diagnosed before their 18th birthday
  • Patient must be currently in active treatment for childhood cancer
  • Diagnosis must be oncologic, or a cancer predisposition such as Histiocytosis/Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), or Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorders (PTLD)

Things to know before applying

  • Travel For Care approves assistance on a sliding scale based on current family income
  • The program prepays travel expenses; we are unable to reimburse travel expenses
  • We are unable to pay for travel that has already taken place
  • At this time, travel assistance is only available within the US and Canada
  • Please provide as much lead time on travel dates as possible

Items we do not assist with

  • Travel for second opinions, integrative therapy, follow up appointments after active treatment, and non-cancer treatments (dentist, PT, etc.)
  • Expenses that are not travel related (mortgage, rent, utilities, childcare, etc.)
  • Travel for visits from additional family members

*Hotel Requests

  • The patient’s current annual family income should not be greater than $100,000
  • Family must reside at least 2 hours or 100 miles from treatment facility.
  • Please include exact dates for lodging
  • ALSF will cover room and tax only; incidentals will need to be covered by the hospital or family.
  • **If the family does not have a credit card, we must be notified ahead of reservation**

*Airfare Requests

  • The patient’s current annual family income should not be greater than $100,000
  • ALSF covers the airfare for the patient and one caregiver
  • Airfare applications MUST include: full legal names and birthdates of both travelers, departure and arrival airports, country and state of residence, and anticipated dates of travel
  • Please indicate if there are special accommodations needed for the patient upon arrival to the airport (i.e. wheelchair assistance)

*Gas Requests

  • The patient’s current annual family income should not be greater than $50,000
  • Gas card assistance is approved only for driving the patient to/from active cancer treatment
  • Assistance amount formula: (# miles per round trip) / (avg mileage per gallon) x (local cost of gas) x (# of trips)
  • Please indicate the best address for the card to be sent

After Submission

We respond to all requests within 1 business day. For emergency requests, please contact Family Services directly. Follow up requests for approved families should be submitted through the Approved Applicant Request on our website:


Click here for a PDF version of these guidelines.

ALSF reserves the right to change these guidelines at any time without notice, and to apply these guidelines at its reasonable discretion. If you have any questions, please contact Family Services at 610-649-3034 or e-mail [email protected].

Special Thanks To

Rita’s Fund of Hope


In 2013, Rita’s established the Rita’s Fund of Hope-an endowment created to ensure that the ALSF Travel For Care Fund will always be able to meet the travel needs of families whose children are battling cancer.

Northwestern Mutual Special Thanks to TD Bank

Featured Travel For Care Program Story

Garrett Briggs

Garrett is an energetic 3 year old who was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma in 2016, leaving him blind in his left eye. To prevent further damage, their family was forced to travel from Maryland to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York for treatment at different hospitals. Travel for Care helped his family secure hotel rooms during their travels to provide greater peace of mind during this difficult time. After a successful procedure to remove the glioma in August of 2017, his last three MRI’s have shown no new tumors or tumor growth! He has been a rockstar throughout his entire... Read more of Garrett Briggs's story