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Guidelines and Participating Institutions: Travel For Care Program

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

Financial aid provided by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is made possible with the support of TD Bank, Northwestern Mutual and other private donors. Please review the guidelines below before applying.

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

Click here for a PDF version of these guidelines.

To submit a new Travel For Program Application, click below.
For previously approved applicants with new requests, click below.

The following criteria must 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 on or 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 processes assistance on a per request basis up to the $4,000 lifetime cap per patient
  • 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

What 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

*For 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.
  • 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**

*For 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 (unless patient requires additional assistance)
  • 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)

*For Gas Requests:

  • The patient’s current annual family income should not be greater than $75,000
  • Gas card assistance is approved 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:

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].